Creating My First Mac Customized Eyeshadow Palette

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The last few times I’ve been to the States I have completely forgotten to look at the customized eyeshadow palette inserts so when I made a recent US order to try mail forwarding I thought I better give them a go. The eyeshadow inserts work out at just $6 in the US compared to around £10 in the UK which is a HUGE difference. Having seen a few brands doing these customizable eyeshadow palettes’ I thought the Mac one seemed a steal for the high-end products.

One of the biggest mistakes I made was not popping into a store in the UK to swatch shades before making a decision as to what to purchase. Because of this I spent ages looking up customized eyeshadow palette swatches and this meant I stuck to very safe shades and yes they’re all neutral/ brown. These are the type of colours which I use a lot of so I know they’ll get a good deal of usage.

Mac Customisable Palette

Although I could have purchased most of the shades I decided to limit myself to six which were Sable, Mythology, Bronze, Woodwinked, Antiques and Saddle (Top left to bottom right in the image). Alongside the customized eyeshadow palette inserts I obviously needed the case and an insert. Instead of buying a six slot one and then having to create a second one as soon as I bought any more I opted for nine which gives me three spaces for future purchases.

I’ve managed to have a bit of a play around with the shades and they’re all good quality for shadows which work out just under £5 but I don’t think I’d spend double that on them over here as they’re not a huge deal better than other branded shadows you can get for a more competitive price. That being said the pans are a decent size, and there was minimal fall out when using, even with the slightly shimmery shade.

Have you got a Mac customized eyeshadow palette?
November 10, 2016
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  • Leah Shafik

    I don’t have the customisable MAC as I find I enjoy Makeup Geek more and the magnetic palettes but I do have the pre-made palette – warm neutral and I really really like it x

  • Vicky Hallnewman

    I have never tried MAC products before, but these eyeshadows look lovely. I do like customised cosmetic pallates though

  • LaaLaa

    I use Z palettes but they’re over expensive for what they are. I think I need to get some of these as I get a % so it’s worth it as I’ve got more loose e/s than I’d like to count right now.

    These shades take me back when blogging was first starting these were THE shades to always have!! xo

  • Yes I have 2 in my make up bag. Love them.

  • Jo Wiggins

    What a great idea. I adore MAC make up, I spend a fortune on it x

  • I haven’t actually tried any MAC shadows but love some of their other products – neutral and brown tones are a great shout for guaranteed everyday wear!

  • Galina V

    Beautiful palette, these are the kinds of shades I’d be happy to wear.

  • Alana

    I’ve got a Mac customisable palette from years ago that I really need to refill! It’s a great addition to your makeup bag.
    Alana x

  • I’ve always fancied making one of these myself but never got around to actually putting one together, love the colours you have so far.

  • Kathryn

    I have never done this, but I think it is such a good idea, I love your choices xx

  • I do love those shades! What a great idea, to have a customisable palette. That would certainly save extra unused ones getting chucked out!

    • That’s what I thought, there always tends to be one or two unused shades in a palette x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Great selection of shades. I love that you can customise the palette to suit your taste.

  • Ayesha Farhad

    i always end up spending a fortune at mac and never knew that these could be so cheap! I am not a major fan of eye shadows but this seems so doable to have the colours to your liking!

  • I’ve never really looked at the customisable palettes but the idea really appeals to me – I’m a big fan of MAC on the whole but tend not to by palettes from anywhere for fear of ending up with colours I don’t use so being able to choose is a great idea.

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    Oooo I liked the shadows you went for, they are the ones I like to wear! .

  • I was just talking to myself whilst in Venice about customised palettes even though I decided not to buy in the end. I do love mac and these are lovely colours

  • I love the fact that you can customise it yourself. Sometimes I find there are some colours that I don’t use in palettes.

  • I don’t have a MAC customised palette but I’ve been thinking of doing one for a while – the shades you’ve picked are gorgeous! x

  • Francesca Nelson

    I love the shades you have chosen, the ones with shimmer look amazing and bet they look incred on!

  • i did my first customisable mac palette around 2 years ago. haven’t made one since then due to all of the other beautiful palettes that are currently out there

  • LOVE the idea of designing your own palette as there are always shades you don’t like in regular palettes aren’t there x

  • I had no idea it was possible to design your own palette! Must try that sometime. The colors you picked are beautiful <3

  • Leah Shafik

    Great choices – I have makeup geek shadows as single eyeshadows but I have the Mac Warm Neutrals palette which I think is similar to your customised one and I love it x

  • Gem

    This looks lovely – I’d have gone for safe shades like this too! It’s crazy how much cheaper these are in the US!

  • Viki Marden

    This sounds like a great idea, there are always ones that never get used on my palletes x

  • sarah Lea

    What a fabulous idea! I’d love to create my own pallet to suit me! The Woodwinked MAC shade is so pretty – They all are but that shade is my favourite 😀 xx

  • How much was your customised pallet as a set? £30? X I use a lot of neutrals too as I have a warm tone to my skin. I love shimmers in winter do I’ll have to look for those in my pallet! 🙂

  • Jenni Grainger

    Love this idea of being able to pick what you want x

  • Jazmin Williams

    Oh wow, these are some gorgeous colours – you seem to have the same ideas as me! I don’t have a MAC one but I have a MakeUp Geek one and people are debating on the MakeUp Geek shades to be on the same level of MAC quality 🙂

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I still haven’t done this yet! I am such a bad beauty blogger lol. I will start one, one day x

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    This is one of the things I like about MAC. They offer shadows in regular and refillable format. I have two large palettes from MAC that I fill with their shadows. It’s great for carrying around with you. I also have the customizable blusher ones too. You did a good job of co-ordinating the colors too x

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