DIY Urban Decay Palette

Thursday, June 21, 2012

UD palettes can be so bulky!
Hey guys!  It's been a while since I've had a chance to post anything.  ):

I'm really excited because I have a DIY tip for today.  I love doing DIY things, but I haven't ever had anything that was original enough to share... until now.

I love Urban Decay palettes but they can be pretty bulky - Book of Shadows, I'm talking to you!! (; So I decided to save a lot of space and make it easier to access the shadows.  If you want to see how, keep reading!

Things You'll Need

Palettes - I used Urban Decay, but any brand will do! (Shown are the Rollergirl palette and the Midnight Cowboy palette.)

Any sort of stick with a thin, flat end.  (the one I used is something for pimples, I think? ew.)

An empty palette to put the eyeshadows in once they're removed.  I got mine from Coastal Scents.
       (I forgot to take a picture of it before, but you can see it 
         later on in a picture once it's filled.  (; )

Any sort of label to put on the inside of the new palette.  This is optional, but I wanted to remember the names of the shadows!

The Actual Process

In all honesty, the actual process is really simple; you just need a lot of patience.  I had to loosen the shadow up by running the stick around the edging and wiggling it a little bit - otherwise it would start to crack the eyeshadow.  Once it's loosened up enough, just slide the stick underneath and lift it out as shown on the right.

 Voilà! Now you should have a single eyeshadow pan, ready to be inserted into your new palette. (:

The palette I got from Coastal Scents (buy it here!) is already magnetized, so the shadows stick right to it. It also had an insert with spaces to put your MAC sized shadows in, but that was easily removed using the same tool I used above.  (;  Without the insert, it's basically a Z-palette, but cheaper. 

Ta da!  After you remove all of the shadows, just pop them in the empty palette in any order you'd like.  I just put them in the order they were in the original palettes, but you can do it however you'd like.  (:  I'm still on the hunt for better labels - I used two lined post-it notes and drew a grid on them to write the shadow names on - it's not very pretty, but it works for now!!

So that's it for my very first DIY tutorial!  Let me know if you guys like it and if you'd like to see more.  Also, please let me know if you try this out - I'd love to see how it works for other people!! (:


  1. Such a cool idea!! Going to have to try this <3
    Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Nice DIY- I hope to see more, I've subscribed :)

    I look forward to see more amazing posts,
    Love, Hannah...<3

  3. Yay, great post! 
    As for "Book of Shadows, I'm talking to you!!" have you ever seen the show Charmed? -That's what the quote reminded me of... anyway, as to your DIY, the space saving tip is good but I wonder, have you used it much since your move? I am afraid that perhaps the shadows will blend onto each other. Is this just an insane worry?


    A Preponderance of Fashion

  4. Hi! I nominated you for the Liebster Blog award. Check out my post here for more info
    Thanks for all your work!

  5.  Thanks so much Hannah!  I followed you back! (:

  6. Thanks so much!!! 
    And yes!!  I used to watch Charmed a lot when it first came out, and you're right - that does remind me of the show now that you've pointed it out! (:

    That is a good question, and I have used it a lot more now that the shadows are out of their original packaging.  I think it's so much easier to access them now and also I can see what different colors from different palettes look like together! (:  As far as having them blend together, I don't think that's a silly question at all!  I don't ever use anything larger than a typical eyeshadow brush and I haven't come across any problems so far... maybe once I hit pan and I have to use the part of the shadow closer to the edge that might become a bit of a problem, but luckily you can move the shadow pans around in the palette however you'd like.  So I guess if it becomes a problem, I can just space them out a little bit more.  (:

    Sorry for the huge reply!! hehe.  xoxo

  7.  Thank you so much Katie!!!!  I truly appreciate it! 
    I will be doing a post for this in the future! (:
    xoxo <3

  8. Lovely blog and great post! 

    Now following you! :)

    Looking forward to your next post! 


  9. Wow this is so informative! You have a lovely blog! :)

    xx Veronica

  10. Thanks so much for the follow up reply!! Very helpful!! :)

  11. I want to invite you to enter my giveaway!

    xo ali

  12.  Thanks Helen!  I really appreciate it! (:

  13.  Thanks Veronica! Your blog is great too! 
    I started following you (:

  14.  Thanks Ali!!  I entered your giveaway! (:

  15. Stunning colours. I would love to see a tutorial. I love your blog banner by the way! 

  16.  Thanks Anna!!  I was thinking about doing a tutorial, but I'm not even sure how to go about it... I'll definitely give it a try though! (:

  17. This is a really good idea! You made it look really easy :-) I am sure I would end up flinging it out across the room! 


  18.  Thanks Hannah! 
    I'm surprised that I didn't end up flinging at least one of them across the room! hehe.  I did crack a few because I was impatient, but I repressed them back into their pans so you can't tell, LOL.


  19. great idea! :)


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