My Custom MAC Palette | A 2016 Monthly Project (Yogurt, Jest, Star Violet and Blackberry)

Thursday 7 January 2016

Custom mac palette

Last month (technically... year!) I had a fun idea.  What if I bought myself a 15 pan custom MAC palette and then each month I picked up a new shadow to create my own custom palette over the course of the year?  In basically every palette have ever owned there have been colours I don't love. This is  my chance to make something uniquely me.  I started with four shadows, and each month until the end of the year I will add one more.  Follow along as I build the perfect eyes shadow palette. 

The palette cost me $10, and the 15 eye shadow pan insert was $3 (You can also get a 6 pan blush insert for the same price) making my start up costs $13. Each shadow costs $12 meaning that once I am done this palette will have costed me $193+tax.  The nice thing though is that rather than costing me that much all at once, I can pay for it in $12 increments.  Kind of like a payment plan for a palette.

I thought about getting a double sided palette, but when I was in store with my friend Sarah we determined that it was too annoying to open, and that if I wanted to make a blush palette I could easily spend the extra $10 at a later date.  The perfect palette needs to be full of beautiful colours, and functional.

I was first inspired to create my own palette by my friend Katherine from The Green Bows.  Of course, given our similar sense of style, and skin tones, I inevitably ended up with two of the same shadows she has! 

Custom mac palette cost

Thankfully I can move the shadows around as I see fit.  The placement is roughly where I think they will end up, with the top row full of light shades, the middle with medium shades and the bottom with darker shades.  Of course, I don't know what shadows will catch my eye between now and December 2016, but this is my best guess on placement.

mac yogurt mac jest mac star violet mac blackberry

Top: Yogurt, Jest 
Bottom: Star Violet, Blackberry

I wanted my shadow palette to be functional from Day 1.  That's why I grabbed a mix of mattes, satins, light and dark.  Over the coming months I will fill in the missing parts to create a palette that has everything I could possibly want.

mac yogurt mac jest mac star violet mac blackberry swatches

Yogurt, Jest, Star Violet, Blackberry

Yogurt is a matte, cool light pink.

Jest is a beautiful frosted shadow that is a perfect pop for under the brow, or even on the lid for a more gentle look.

Star Violet is a veluxe pearl is an easy to blend and feels super glam to wear.  I love this coppery purple, and can't wait to include it in a dramatic look.

Blackberry is a matte deep plum that will be perfect in my crease.

I know moving forward that I want to include gold, taupe, navy and a brighter aqua shadow in my palette.  While it will be mostly neutral, I want to include all of the colours I love. I can't wait to craft something beautiful.

What are your favourite MAC shadows?  What ones do I need to add to this palette to make it perfect?


  1. I have been eyeing jest for my collection, looks so pretty! This is a great idea for those people that don't like 1 or 2 colors in pre-set pallets. My favourite mac shade is Sable, its a satin shade from them. It's a gold-plum with a perl shine to it, it's a great all over lid or transition color. Go check it out you may like it specially if your like neutrals.

    Katie |

    1. That sounds really lovely! I will have to check it out :) Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Those are some lovely colours! Years ago when Annabelle had their custom palettes I loved picking the colours- it's more special when you've actually got everything you want.
    I can't wait to see what else you choose in the coming months :)

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

    1. I think I remember that! Thanks! I am really looking forward to seeing how this takes shape over the coming year. I think it will be a fun project :)

  3. I've been thinking of doing this but work MUFE! Just need to purge some more stuff first. Can't wait to see your custom build :D

    1. That would be fun! If you do I would love to see what you put together! And thanks (ps totally feel you on the purging front. haha)

  4. What a great idea. You will have so much fun creating your own palette. I love Omega, Texture, and Cranberry!

    1. I'll have to take a look at those when I go to buy my February shadow! :)