illustration by Megan Hess
When you are totally addicted to cosmetics and you have crammed your drawers and shelves brim full of products, it makes sense to think of space saving ideas. This is not only when storage solutions come in handy but also handy compact palettes. I love these pretty little gem-like cases which incorporate a small selection of colours. Although they do tend to be a little more expensive, than maybe a single lipstick as opposed to a whole compact palette of lipstick colours, in the long run they are so useful and will serve you well. Just make sure you look for compacts containing colours and textures that you are likely to wear.
For years I have been giving palette-style compacts to friends as they make really great gifts. My advice is to purchase these little beauties in limited-edition when they arrive in the stores before Christmas, usually around October here in Australia. The best ones tend to be sold out by mid-November.
Most brands which produce colour cosmetics will come out with some sort of lovely compact palettes for the Christmas season. I recommend keeping an eye out for them at companies such as YSL, Dior, Laura Mercier, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, Nars and Lancome. If you are extra lucky you might even pick up a free little gift with your purchase. Always a pleasant bonus.