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Best Empty Palette – Freedom Makeup #ProArtist


If you’ve ever asked yourself why Z Palettes are so expensive, or why there aren’t many empty magnetic palette options on the market, this post is for you. I recently discovered an incredibly beautiful, sturdy, and practical empty palette that comes at a fraction of the price of other cardboard magnetic palettes.

It took me a while to warm to customizable palettes, since they always seemed a little messy and unruly. I finally bit the bullet when I decided to try Makeup Geek eyeshadows, and I’ve been sold on the idea of making custom palettes ever since. They’re perfect for travel, obviously, but being able to rearrange your eyeshadow singles (and other pan products) on a whim is an oddly satisfying endeavour. I haven’t gotten in to depotting my makeup, but I do love the flexibility and affordability of buying single pans knowing I have the empty magnetic palettes to put them in.


Freedom Makeup #ProArtist Empty Palette

Freedom Makeup (from the creators of Makeup Revolution) offers an incredible empty magnetic palette, and I have nothing but pros:

  • compact size (without being miniscule)
  • affordable ($9 CAD!!)
  • sturdy plastic packaging
  • lays flat when open

This palette is basically a Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palette, with a magnetic base instead of an insert for shadows. It measures 9.5cm x 17.5cm and fits 8 #ProArtist contour/highlight/blush pans or 18 eyeshadow pans. I cannot say enough good things about the huge mirrors contained in these palettes. Some might prefer the clear window as you’d find on a Z-Palette, since you can see what you’ve put inside. But when it comes to travel especially, I already know what’s inside, since I customized the palette myself — I’d much rather have a mirror so that I can easily put my makeup on wherever the best lighting is (somehow, it’s never in the bathroom).

Some contour, highlight, and shadow pots for scale. The contour and highlight shadows are also from Freedom Makeup; the eyeshadows are Coastal Scents hot pots.

Some contour, highlight, and shadow pots for scale. The contour and highlight shadows are also from Freedom Makeup; the eyeshadows are Coastal Scents hot pots.

Given the cost for shipping to Canada ($20 CAD) it might not be worth it to order this palette alone. If you’re thinking of making a purchase across other TAM Beauty brands, add this product to your cart. I regret not buying a few more!

September 30, 2016
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  • Reply Sonya Mann

    This is great to know about! I just made my first Z Palette, actually, and depotting a bunch of stuff was so satisfying.

    October 1, 2016 at 2:57 am
    • Reply Marissa June

      I’m so torn about depotting! It makes sense as a space-saving measure but I’m too attached to original packaging. Next time I order from Makeup Revolution I am definitely buying more of these empty palettes. Even with the shipping cost they’re cheaper than a Medium or Large Z-Palette.

      October 3, 2016 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Kris

    Hi, this palette looks great! I been looking for one with mirror and the measurements fit my bill. Are you able to measure the empty palette weight? Thanks!

    November 29, 2016 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Lydia

    What do you think about their highlighter refills? Are they good? Id loooove to see some swatches

    December 23, 2016 at 11:11 am
  • Reply themakeupaficionado

    I definitely need to get a bunch of these empty palettes! I mean I want to depot some of my makeup but I have no interest in spending tons of $$$ on z palettes and when I eventually buy the blushes and some contour shades from makeup geek the z palettes aren’t worth it because even the largest one can only fit 8 blushes.


    February 13, 2017 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Bethany

    Hiya, can you tell be how big the pan sizes are for the eyeshadow and contour powders please x

    February 28, 2017 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Heather

    I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I have been eyeing up these empty palettes for ages. I have literally 4 just sitting in my cart. I always hesitate about getting them cause I worry about duty and shipping cost…

    March 21, 2017 at 4:13 am
  • Reply Debbie

    I am also interested in the diameter of the different pans

    April 15, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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