I was lusting over the Japonesque lip palettes for awhile, but decided not to purchase them because they're around $30.00 for one on Amazon and while I love the way it looks I decided to just wing it at the craft store to see what they have.
I asked the store clerk for bead containers because those are the smallest sort of containers for anything. I ended up purchasing a container with 30 small jars in it. Each jar is around 3cm in height with a twist cap. I thought it was still kinda big but then after experimenting with it at home I realized that it is the perfect size because I extracted the entirety of the lipstick from the tube to the jar (otherwise I wouldn't be consolidating, right? ;))
Dainty little jar.
I started with my Revlon Soft Nude Lipstick
Using a opened paperclip (didn't have one of those spatulas), just cut through the lipstick. This is the hardest part! I shuddered thinking about cutting my perfectly fine lipsticks but told myself to see the big picture. It's about condensing. Continuing on...
I used a metal chopstick to scoop the remaining lipstick out of the tube. Just stick it in anywhere... and twist in circular motion to get everything out.
You will be left with the remaining. There is going to be waste because you can't possibly get everything out of the tube.
The fun part... squishing everything into the jar! It's going to look messy and you will have to clean the edges of the jar.
My lipstick is ready to be used with a lip brush!!! Don't forget to peel off the label on the lipstick and stick it under the jar.
The "end" result...
I used 18 out of the 30 jars so I still have to add to it. I mainly used drugstore lippies and some Shiseido and MAC ones but I couldn't get myself to squish my Chanel ones =p
The pros of having this lip palette like this is that it's extremely portable. If you are the type of person who likes applying their lipstick with a lip brush (like me), it's really great for travel or for any occasion really! These jars are sanitary with a twist cap lid. You can look at the colors first hand, or mix them to create a unique shade. Anything! I just feel this is so inspirational for me when choosing a lip color.
I also like that it's not "perfect" looking because I've seen many too perfect looking ones in-store and they look kind of mass produced and bleh. And dry.
The palette cost me $10.00. If you get an ad/flyer, you can always use the 50% off one item.
So there it is! My new DIY lip palette. I'm quite proud of it and I think that it looks kinda cool and inspiring. The best part is that it is SUPER easy. The hardest part is to choose the lipstick you want to put in the jar and then cutting it up. After that it gets kind of addicting ;)
There is a top lid to cover the entire box so you can store it away neatly. The entire box measures about 5x6inches.
Do you ever make your very own customized palettes to consolidate or otherwise? :)