I’m on a mission to reorganize and consolidate makeup, which includes pressing loose shadows, de-potting other makeup and giving things a new home in a magnetic palette. After some research and knowing I was going to need to drop a chunk of money on whatever palettes I decided to buy, I landed on the Book of Shadows shop on Etsy run by Anothersoul. Book of Shadows offers a wide variety of beautiful, handmade magnetic makeup palettes in all different sizes, and I bought a pretty good mix of them for my collection.
Since I’m diving into this project for the first time, I really tried to take my time and figure out what my needs were. I wanted a few smaller palettes that I can alternate between, rather than a monster palette. I tallied up all of my loose shadows and separated out all the makeup I want to de-pot from their compacts, and just did the best I could in estimating how much space it was going to take up.
I think most people who buy empty magnetic palettes end up going with Z Palettes. Those are available from their own website as well as other retailers like Makeup Geek, and they’re supposed to be good! It’s just that they’re still not cheap (competition in this particular market seems to be low), and they’re extremely basic-looking. They just don’t light my fire, and I figure that if I’m going to spend this much money on palettes, I want to get something I actually like, you know? And if I can get something that’s handmade, that makes me even happier.
Book of Shadows offers a lot of different patterns, and I went with some of the florals. There’s a lot of different stuff to choose from if that’s not your thing, though. Among their wide selection, certain items are listed as limited edition, although I suspect many of the patterns run out over time. If you look up reviews of the palettes from previous years, the stuff that those people bought no longer exist in the shop today. It also looks like new offerings are constantly being added to the shop, too – new patterns have appeared in just the past few weeks since I placed my order at the beginning of August. Two of the palettes I purchased are limited edition, and one of them is still available in the shop at the moment.
In the shop organization, you can see that they split the palettes up by size groups (including single and double-sided) as well as basic material (either paper or water-resistant). All of the palettes I purchased are water-resistant, and one of them is single-sided while the rest are all doubles. The store states that all items are custom made once ordered, and I received my palettes exactly one week after ordering – not bad at all! A hand-written thank you was included, which always makes me smile.
In terms of quality, I’m really pleased and impressed. These are beautifully made, and have some nice weight to them. They feel like nice book covers. The magnets are pretty strong and close securely, and the backing seems plenty strong and grasps my tin pans well. I’m as happy with these as I’d hoped I’d be.
I’ll go through and show you each of the palettes that I purchased:
Basic Water-Resistant Palette – Panache ($16.99) – This is their “basic” palette size, which you can see can fit 15 26mm pans with a bit of room to spare on the edges. This is 7″ x 4″, and I think this strikes a good balance with holding enough makeup while still not feeling like a huge palette in my hand. The single-sided palette does feel noticeably lighter weight than the double-sided versions do.
Basic Double-Sided Water-Resistant Palette – Serendipity (Limited Edition, $27.99) – This is the same size as the first palette, but is double-sided and so is a little bit thicker when closed. Serendipity is a limited edition pattern that is no longer available, but you can certainly look at other patterns in their basic double-sided category. Double-sided palettes come with a clear plastic sheet that you can keep inside to protect shadows from touching each other. I get the reasoning behind having it, but I’m on the fence about keeping it in the longer term. It’s functional but kind of annoying, and if I had one complaint in general about these palettes, it’d be having to deal with this plastic sheet.
Medium Double-Sided Water-Resistant Palette ($19.99) – This is a really handy size, and would be great for traveling if you feel like the smaller travel sized palette was too limiting. The medium palettes measure 6″ x 3″. I’ve pictured it with 15mm pans on top and 26mm pans on bottom. 26mm are more or less standard and match up to MAC, Makeup Geek, e.l.f., and other brands’ eyeshadows.
Medium Double-Sided Water-Resistant Palette ($19.99) – Here’s another double-sided 6″ x 3″, just in a different pattern. These patterns don’t have names listed, but I’ve linked to their individual product pages. Both of these medium sized palettes have patterns with nice texture on them that feels kind of fancy.
Mini Travel Double-Sided Water-Resistant Palette (Limited Edition, $14.99) – This one is marked as limited edition, but is still available at the moment. The double-sided travel palettes go for $14.99, and measure 4″ x 3″. You can fit 6 26mm pans on each side of it, so I do think it’s really practical for travel – you can put 6 eyeshadows on top and a blush on bottom, or you could fit a couple of face products side by side if they’re in longer rectangular pans. Pretty pattern, huh? I like how rich the colors are.
Those last three smaller palettes I showed all have some fine texture in the pattern which I think makes them look even better in person than they do in photos, but all of the palettes look and feel really nice. They’re products I’m happy to continue to collect in the future, too. In addition to the travel, medium, and basic palettes, Book of Shadows does also offer luxe, deep, and pro versions, so check those out if you’re hoping for something bigger.
I’m going to have a few posts coming up relating to the pressing and de-potting of makeup in my collection, so it won’t be too long before you’ll start to see these palettes get populated by pretty colors. Do you use customizable palettes? Have you ever gone on a pressing and/or de-potting spree before? Would love to hear!