Kit Downsizing: MAC Pro Palettes

It’s been no secret that I have been on a downsizing rampage this last week. With the addition of the Z-Palette Z-Potter to my arsenal (video will be out next week) I am now able to depot pretty much anything I own.  I had a ton of empty MAC Pro Palettes sitting around and instead of purchasing brand new magnetic palettes for all of my recently depotted shadows, powders, and creams (that would have been costly), I figured I would repurpose those and make use of them. In this post I will go over which MAC Pro palettes I used, how I made them magnetic (heads up they aren’t), and why they are perfect for your depotting and downsizing needs.

Here’s what I love about the empty MAC Pro Palettes:

  • The palettes themselves are well made, air tight , and they have a clear lid which is really great to have when you are working on set.

  • The hard plastic keeps everything in the palettes safe and protected.

  • The palettes snap shut (held firmly in place with a magnet) and are easy to open so there is no fussing to try to pry them open when you need to quickly get into them.

  • The price is definitely right with these palettes. The largest size is $10 and the smallest is $6 (as far as I know there is a pro discount on the smaller sized ones).

  • All of the sizes are perfect for working, even the largest size is easy to work out of.

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Here’s a list of what you will need to make these magnetic:

  • Cutting Mat

  • Ruler

  • Pen/Pencil

  • Self adhesive magnetic sheet (got mine from the dollar store - they can also be purchased by the roll depending on how much you need, shop around for the best deal)

  • Neoprene Sheet/Roll (also available at the dollar store/amazon/craft store)

  • Glue Dots (dollar store/craft store/amazon)

  • Mac Pro Palettes: I like the large (single), medium, and eyeshadow x 4 compacts

  • Z-Palette Pans (I am LOVING the Mini Round Makeup Pans)

  • Z-Palette Metal Stickers (for anything that is not magnetic)

  • Sharpie (for labelling)


A lot of these items are available at the dollar store and you won’t need a magnetic sheet larger than about 5” x 8” for this. These palettes will end up being a good quality, cost effective way of downsizing and depotting items in your kit. It is important to get magnetic sheets that are self adhesive so you can either a) adhere them to the palettes directly or b) adhere them to the neoprene lining. The larger MAC Pro palettes are deep so I used a thin layer of neoprene to pad the magnet so there is not a lot of space for anything to move around between the bottom of the palette and the lid.

Magnetic sheet + neoprene lining in a MAC large pro palette

Magnetic sheet + neoprene lining in a MAC large pro palette


You’ll have to determine if this is a step you want to take with your palettes. Neoprene is also extremely durable and water/chemical resistant so it’s a great option when putting together these palettes. Sticking the magnetic sheet to the layer of neoprene also means I can easily remove both to clean out my palettes if I want/need to.

The Mac eyeshadow x 4 palettes are more shallow than the larger ones so I cut the magnetic sheet to size and stuck it to the inside of the palette without the neoprene padding. You can definitely do this with the larger palette as well if you think it will work!

I removed the old insert and replaced it with just the self adhesive magnetic sheet and my RCMA cream blushes in the Z-Palette mini round makeup pans.

I removed the old insert and replaced it with just the self adhesive magnetic sheet and my RCMA cream blushes in the Z-Palette mini round makeup pans.

This should give you an idea of depth of the palette: MAC large pro palette + neoprene lining + magnet + Viseart eyeshadows.

This should give you an idea of depth of the palette: MAC large pro palette + neoprene lining + magnet + Viseart eyeshadows.

For the larger pans I cut the magnetic sheet to size (I used the measurements of the clear plastic panel on the lids as my guide), stuck the sheet to the neoprene and then cut the neoprene (less measuring required). There is a video about this posted on my instagram feed if you want to see me in action.

If you are going the route of the magnetic sheet + neoprene and the sheet is cut shorter than the palette, use a couple of glue dots to secure the sheet and neoprene in place. The last thing you want is to be on set and have everything come out of your palette. If the sheet fits snugly into the palette you can skip the glue dots.

Once your magnetic sheet is in place in the palette you are ready to go!! Don’t forget to label your pans or palettes to keep everything organized, I just wrote on the bottom of my pans with a sharpie.

Labelling the Z-Palette mini round pans that now hold my Cinema Secrets foundations.

Labelling the Z-Palette mini round pans that now hold my Cinema Secrets foundations.

Once I am done downsizing and depotting expect a bunch of videos, instagram posts, and blog posts with all of the information about what went were and why!!

Happy downsizing!!!