{DIY} Building eyeshadow palettes using old cd cases!


I love Z Palettes. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, a Z Palette is basically a customizable palette where you can store all your de-potted eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, and so on. They are magnetic and really user friendly. The concept of having my makeup condensed in one place appeals to me but I probably won’t have any of these palettes soon because: 1) I don’t have that many products to store in them; 2) they’re an investment, which I can’t make right now. {Still, if you’re interested in buying one, I assembled a small selection of great deals on Amazon at the bottom of the post}

But I do have some single eyeshadows that completely annoy me. They take a lot of space and the way I have to store them makes me forget that I have them. And they’re so pretty!

So, I had to come up with a way to make a “fake” z palette.


– this is not meant to be a “how to make your homemade z palette” – even though it would not be that hard;
– this is just me showing you how I came up with a way to store and easily transport my single eyeshadows;
– this is probably not for you if you have lots of singles and want to customize your palette every time you need to travel with makeup.

So, on to the building.

These were the products that were bothering me on their own. You probably even saw some of them in previous posts on this blog.



First things first: I needed to de-pot them. I won’t even go into that on this post, but I will tell you where I learned how to do it: MakeupGeekTV’s video called “How To: Depot Your MAC Eyeshadows”. Go check it out. It’s simple and she explains (and shows) it very well.

And this was the aftermath of the process.


Some of the shadows are a bit old and while they’re still usable, they didn’t survive perfectly to the de-potting. Oops. But I love them, so I’ll keep using them.

With all the products ready, I grabbed two cd cases and took the booklet, inlay and tray, to leave only the front and back parts. Then, it was time to try and figure out how I was going to organize all the items. When that was decided, I took a photo of the display and opened it on Powerpoint. You can use the software of your choice, but I prefer Powerpoint for these projects.


I built an inlay for each of my palettes – using a washout version of the photo – with the names of every product inside. That way I won’t forget any of them. While doing this, you can’t forget to mirror the image – flip horizontally – so it corresponds to the actual palette layout. I measured the inlay I had here and did it myself, but here’s a good representation of what you should have:


(source: http://www.printingforless.com/)

Then all I had to do was print, cut, fold and place. =)


I used double-sided tape on every eyeshadow and blush and this is how the finished product looked like!


I’m pretty sure that I will use these items a lot more now. And I don’t need to worry a lot with travelling with these {I mostly travel with my Naked 2 palette} but if or when I do travel with these, I already have a soft pvc cover to add on top of the products inside and make sure it’s cushioned. =) But this was mainly to reduce the space they were taking and to make them more visible to me daily. =)

They are now resting comfortably on my makeup vanity ehehe


If you don’t travel a lot or want to customize the palettes every week, this may be a good idea for storing your makeup. =)

If not, and you’re still interested in buying a Z Palette, check out some deals that I found on Amazon.

I will also be sharing this post on some of my favorite websites. Check them out! =)

Sofia @ Something on Everything

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9 thoughts on “{DIY} Building eyeshadow palettes using old cd cases!

  • August 30, 2013 at 2:51 am

    This is genius! What a great way to use CD covers.

    Stopping by from the TGIF link party.

    Del @ spud-nails.blogspot.com

  • September 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Fantastic idea 🙂 I actually don’t mind having all my eyeshadows in separate pots but if it ever starts to annoy me I will definitely be using cd cases!

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  • January 30, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I love it! I already bought a CD jewel case.

  • May 15, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    you do a really nice job::))…I also use cd cases::)…and do it by colors…all my MAC eye shadows are in them. Sometimes, though, I wish I hadn’t done it…I miss seeing all of them laid out in the drawer..lol.
    It was a fun little job….:)
    Keep doing what you’re doing…fun reading your page:)

  • March 31, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Genius!! It’s a great idea, i will adapt it to my needs 🙂

    • April 2, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you Monica!!

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