Z Palette Review

Hi Guys & Dolls! A few months ago I received a few Z palettes for review consideration.  From the get-go I was really impressed with them but I wanted to wait a few weeks and see how they held up to use & cleaning, since the main complaints I’ve seen on these are that  since they are cardboard they aren’t as sturdy as plastic palettes. I wanted to put them to the test, so I’ve used them rigorously, putting them in high-traffic drawers & makeup bags.

Pro Size Palette

I love the way the lid folds back like a magazine.


To make the pros and cons a bit easier, I made a list:


Because it’s all open, you can put any pressed powder or cream makeup products,  any size, in one palette, you can even put a few brushes in there. This is great in your purse of personal touch-ups or for makeup artists to organize what you’ll need for touch-ups on the talent.

The magnet is really strong, but not so strong that you can’t move your makeup around. It holds magnetized metal in place really well- no sliding around!

They provide you with several metal-stickers to stick onto any pans that do not attract the magnet.

Being made out of cardboard, they are better for the environment than plastic palettes, since at lease some part of it is biodegradable, plus less plastic waste.

I LOVE the way you can tuck the lid around it this is especially great when you have several palettes out.

I also love the clear lid that allows you to see what colors are in each palette.

Zebra Print. Enough said.

Light enough but not flimsy.


I think the magnet bottom is a great idea, and it works for so many different type of makeup, this also means that makeup pans that already have a magnet on the bottom (MAC pro-pan eyeshadow for instance) doesn’t stick very well if at all. True they provide you with round metal discs that you can stick on, but you can’t easily switch between the two palette types as I had hoped.

Because they are made of cardboard, they are more fragile than a plastic palette if a liquid did spill on them. Some have complained that simple cleaning ruined theirs, so I wanted to be super careful: I cleaned mine with alcohol spray or glass cleaner, sprayed into a paper towel, not directly onto the palette, and I did notice some wet spots- though this hasn’t made them fall apart or anything- only a longer period of time will tell if showing wetness here and there will break them down over time.

Dirty Palette

After it’s been cleaned as I described above, you can see some corners are wet.

Also related to them being cardboard, they are more likely to get crushed-in than plastic palettes.

The Bottom Line: I really like these and I recommend them; I really liked using these because of the freedom to use any size, and I love that the pro size is big enough to hold several shades of face powder. I could see myself buying more especially to help make sense of my random sized single shadows.

Price? $20.00 for the Large Size, $28 for the Pro Size and $14 for the small size.

Where to buy? zpalette.com

Do you have any Z Palettes? What are your experiences with them?

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  1. March 25, 2012 / 12:02 pm

    Nice, didn’t know that brend ! 🙂

  2. Nina
    March 25, 2012 / 1:07 pm

    I have 3 of them /two large and one small) and actually like them better than the MAC ones. Mainly because that I can se the shadows without opening the lid 🙂

  3. March 25, 2012 / 2:28 pm

    Have you ever tried the Unii Palettes? If yes, what did you think? 🙂

  4. Linda
    March 25, 2012 / 2:35 pm

    Well i think like you say they are great. I also think the pros outway the cons… And best of all they are biodegardable…. Plastic is forever…. Keep on doing what youre doing your the bomb to me… I loved the video with you and your hubby , you anwser almost all the question…. Ghostrider rules… Linda

  5. Melodee
    March 26, 2012 / 5:35 pm

    Hi Cora!
    I have 2 large ones, and I really like them. I wanted to depot all of the MAC shadows because the small containers were a pain to store and they all fit. I haven’t had to clean mine yet so we will see!
    Love your personality!

  6. March 30, 2012 / 3:02 am

    Thanks for the great review, although I already have a few MAC palettes I have been consdiering either the Z Palette or the Unii Palette for my none MAC shadows that I don’t pick up enough (I reckon if it’s ‘all under one roof’ they may get a little more love) and I’m still a little stuck between the two! Do you have any experience of the Unii palette (used or heard anything about)? If so which would you recommend? Thanks 🙂

    • March 30, 2012 / 3:03 am

      OK – you’re going to have to forgive the terrible spelling there! Opps!

      • Amanda
        May 19, 2013 / 10:52 am

        Okk use spell check

  7. sara
    April 22, 2012 / 8:30 pm

    fyi tcb trading makes these as well, but they are less than 1/2 the price of z palettes. tcb trading is based in oakland so if you don’t want to pay for shipping you can walk in to pick up your order, otherwise they do free shipping past a certain dollar amount.

  8. jujubee230
    May 15, 2012 / 3:15 am

    I stumbed upon these after seeing a blog on holding inglot eyeshadows in these (I haven’t seen yours yet!) instead of their own freedom system palette. I own the pink large one to hold my inglot eyeshadows and bronzers, and just bought another one to hold my depotted urban decay eyeshadows (from my b.o.s). Love them and I think they are a great buy! So glad I stumbled upon these!

  9. June 5, 2012 / 10:11 am

    Why buy the pro size for so much more when there’s barely any difference in size? I’ve got some of the large Z Palettes & love them, so was thinking of getting the pro size, assuming they were significantly bigger. I’m glad I watched some YouTube videos by gossmakeupartist on the pro palettes before ordering because, as he pointed out, they’re almost exactly the same size. Save yourself $8 & just buy the large ones. The small ones are far too tiny for me, personally.

  10. June 12, 2012 / 7:03 am

    I have a large sized z-palette that I bought when I went to IMATs this year and I got to say I LOVE it!!!!! I haven’t had to clean it yet but I put a couple of loose shadows in it and I love the way they hold my products and let me see what I have in there. There’s nothing I don’t really dislike about the palette yet.

  11. Sarah
    June 13, 2012 / 8:33 pm

    So you have ti put the metal disk on the back of Mac pro pans for it to stick? Does it cover up the names?

  12. Jennifer
    October 9, 2012 / 9:45 am

    I have two large palettes and am looking to get more. I love that I can stack, pack, and take them anywhere with me. I saw on their facebook that the creator, Zena Shteysel, is doing a question and answer on reddit. http://www.facebook.com/zpalette I can’t wait to see what makeup tips she has and what kind of special sale there will be.

  13. Mae
    October 13, 2012 / 3:32 pm

    I have three of these. One in purple, pink and black and I love them. They’ve held up really well for me, and I travel with them a lot. I agree with all of the pros. Being able to see what’s inside is really really nice. And the lid folding under is a huge plus. I tried a MAC palette, because I use their shadows a lot… but I’ve found the zpalette is SO much better because there’s so much more you can do with it. I like being able to mix in blushes and eye shadows, and like you said even a few brushes will fit. It’s fully customizable.

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