I dunno if anyone on here has seen these but when you buy false lashes, some of them come in these little black and clear plastic cases that close similar to a compact.
Anyway after I used all my individual lashes I took out the plastic that was holding the lashes and realized that the case they come in can double as a palette. So I started thinking. I have a metal makeup spatula from my makeup class and used that with some alcohol to pry out the metal tins inside other eyeshadow compacts, and placed the makeup in the empty eyelash case.
I took some of my L'oreal HIP shadows out-the kind that comes with two colors in one case- and placed them in one of my plastic lash cases.
Usually the bottom on the pan of shadow was sticky enough to adhere to the plastic case. But I didn't stop there. I kinda went crazy. I had some old lipglosses that my sister wanted and that I was ready to toss just so I could keep the case it came in. She insisted so I melted these down and poured them into the HIP compact. - I did this with other containers that used to have shadow in them before I pried them out. I also took my Benefit Lemonade compact and scraped the makeup out of that and another concealer and placed these two in one of my empty HIP compacts.
It was alot of work but now most of my shadows are in a few cases and I have a couple lipsticks in a new clear compact where my old shadows were.
Mini Tut- Shadow
Find an eyeshadow that you want to place into a palette. You're going to remove the metal pan the shadow comes in from the plastic holder its in and put it in another container.
Usually no matter what shape the metal pan is that holds the powder shadow, there is some form of wiggle room between the pan and the plastic case the shadow comes in, so I pried my metal spatula in a slightly open spot ( an area that wasn't right up against the plastic container) and then used an eye dropper that had alcohol in it ( I used an old visine bottle, with the label removed so as not to confuse what was in it)to put a few drops of alcohol in the open spot. This might get the shadow wet so be careful not to scrape the shadow. After a few minutes the glue underneath the pan starts to get loose with the alcohol and that makes it easier to use the spatula to pry the shadow out. I just used a little pressure and the pans popped out. When you have the free pan of shadow you can place it in any empty container, an old cd case, an altoids tin or my preference an empty lash case. You might need some super glue if the back of the pan isn't sticky enough, or you can glue magnets to the empty container and to your shadow pans so you can mix and match the shadows.
-Lipstick/gloss- I find that this will only work with gloss that is waxy/wax based, liquid gloss like the kind in the squeeze tubes will not work because they don't set up aka get hard enough to stay in a different container=runny all over the place in your purse yuck.- if you
found something that works though then by all means try it.
I used my spatula to scrape out the gloss or the lipstick. You can even use the spatula to scrape the very bottom of the lipstick out, that bit that's left over when the top part is all used up.Put it into a METAL (seriously metal only) measuring spoon, ( measuring spoons have deeper wells than regular spoons = less mess trust me ) and placed the spoon over a candle flame- not too close. When it was melted I poured the gloss into the empty container. Make sure your container is deep or big enough to hold all the lip product, if not it will run over and you'll have wasted product that's melty all over the place. ( again trust me)
Hope this helps!-J