Hi guys! I may not be able to post over the weekend as I’m heading to a grad school recruitment event early tomorrow morning for a school I already got accepted to and won’t be back until Sunday. I also just received news that I got into my top choice school in San Francisco today, so I’m incredibly happy!
As you all know, I hate the packaging of my UD palettes, so when I found out that TKB Trading was having a sale on their “Freestyle Palettes,” I jumped on the opportunity to get a few for depotting, as well as some pans to press my loose MAC pigments and Everyday Minerals shadows. I got my order last week on Friday and immediately set to work.
|TKB Trading Freestyle Palette with depotted UD shadows|
I have to say, I am so happy with these! The similar Z-Palettes cost $14, but the TKB ones are $12 and currently on sale for $4.50!! (They do have a minimum order of $18.50 though, and shipping is $6, if I recall correctly.) I don’t have any Z-Palettes to compare, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the TKB Trading ones. They’re cardboard, but they look sleek and feel sturdy. The clear window is made out of a thick cellophane type plastic, but feels like it should hold up pretty well unless you stick something sharp into it. The palettes themselves have a nice smooth finish so you can wipe them down with a wet cloth, and they’re already magnetized, just like the Z-Palettes.
|Empty pigment jars!||Depotted UD palettes.|
I have been wanting to press my loose Everyday Minerals shadows and my MAC pigments for a long, long time, and so I also ordered a bunch of their empty tin pans. (These are also already magnetized!) I bought 25 each of the small square, small round and small rectangle pans, but ended up using only the small square and rectangle ones. In retrospect, I probably would have been better off buying their “Press Pack” which comes with a nice pressing tool for the different sized pans, but I wasn’t really paying attention at the time.
|TKB Trading Freestyle Palette, depotted UD Get Baked & Deluxe palette shadows|
I depotted the UD palettes first, just prying the shadows out with a knife. I did break a few of them in the process, but it wasn’t anything a bit of 91% isopropanol and a little pressing couldn’t fix. The Get Baked palette had much sturdier pans and was much easier to depot. The Deluxe palette is kind of a cheap piece of crap and the pans bent a lot while I was trying to get them out, so I broke most of the shadows at least a little bit, and the pans aren’t even magnetic! I’m hoping to get magnetic stickers for them sometime in the future. In the meantime I just won’t flip my palette upside down.
|TKB Trading Freestyle Palette, Pressed MAC Pigments||TKB Trading Freestyle Palette, Pressed MAC Pigments and EDM loose shadows|
I pressed my MAC pigments, which already have binders in them, simply with 91% isopropanol and they were very easy to press. I used a clean tissue, the back of an empty pan and the handle of my EcoTools mineral powder brush to do the actual pressing. I forgot to buy a pressing medium for my Everyday Minerals loose shadows (they have no binders, so if you only press them with alcohol, they’ll just fluff apart once they’re dry), so… I kind of fudged one. I ruined a few of my shadows this way, but I hadn’t touched them in over a year, so I can’t really complain, and I successfully pressed the ones that matter to me most. I used roughly 1 drop jojoba oil and 2 drops glycerin for every large square pan… but don’t take my word on it! Sadly, Sunset Voyage, Matinee and Coffee Break did harden, but they had too much binder in them to really use as eyeshadows (so no pigment comes off it), but In the Garden, Comfy and Cypress turned out beautifully, and those are the ones I really wanted anyways. In the Garden is probably one of my favorite taupes ever.
I’m very happy with the outcome of my palettes. I am now seriously considering ordering a few more palettes for depotting my NYX singles into while they’re still $4.50. If you prefer the look of the Z-Palettes (or like the larger size, or the fact the larger one comes in pink), you can get 15% off when you order $60 or more of their large palettes with the code MYSTYLE15 until March 9th.