Do you remember my post about falling out of love with Nars? If you are new to MWS go read it but don’t blame me if you too fall out of love with Nars :)
Essentially, I learnt the hard way that Nars’ sexy rubberized packaging does not survive in the hot humid tropical Malaysian climate. Nars Cosmetics should really look into this – we’re a global community now!
Things got so bad, I refused to touch ANY of my Nars blushes. Why would I want to when my fingers come away sticky and icky? So yeah, Nars makes beautiful blushes but I have options – a whole drawerful of them!
Then I came across the Unii Palette while browsing online, and thought “Hmm… this might be a good home for my Nars blushes!” So I placed an order (they ship internationally for about US$4.90 for 1st palette) and a week later, I received it well packed in a box. Its cheaper to order more than 1 but I wanted to see first how useful it’d be. Let me tell you more about it below :)
My Unii Palette is in Pomegranate which is a red with orange undertones. Its a pretty colour and I’m glad I chose this one :) The box it comes in opens up with instructions on how to depot, and how to assemble your Unii Palette. It even comes with a piece of magnetic strip you can cut to size.
I decided to start with the worst afflicted Nars item I own – Orgasm. I’d treated it like a leper, banishing it to the far recesses of my blush drawer, far away from its brethren so it would not infect the others. Not that it helped. The others started to melt anyway :P
Here’s a quick picture tutorial on how I depotted my Nars blush. It was not without incident as you will see of the nick in the corner of the Orgasm blush. But it was by and large successful.
Once you are done, cut a piece of magnet out of the strip Unii Cosmetics gives you and stick it to the bottom of the pan.
Do note that if you manage to get the metal pan out of the black case, you do not need to peel away the double sided tape from the magnetic strip. It will adhere, and adhere tightly. However, if you can’t get the pan to come out without shattering, like Sin, leave the black plastic insert on and stick on the magnetic strip with the double sided tape provided. Take note to peel off the plain side, not the side with the Unii Cosmetics logo. Aren’t you lucky I’m here to tell you this? I wasn’t so lucky hence my mistakes :P
Unfortunately, I only managed to get 3 Nars blushes to fit into the Unii Palette properly. (If you lie them horizontally, you can only fit 2 side by side with lots of wasted space) There is space for a couple of eyeshadows or another slim blush pan, or perhaps a small blush brush. I’m not planning to add anything because I generally do not depot my makeup. I like them in their original cases, no matter how bulky they might be. For me, it came in a case for a reason and part of the price I paid is also for the packaging.
In this case, I had no choice. It was depot or toss and it would be a waste to toss out the Nars blushes I have.
I did have 2 casualties. Desire shattered totally beyond repair, and Torrid has a fault line running right through it, like an earthquake zone. I gave up on depotting Torrid so as not to damage it further. Gina’s case is relatively alright so I’ll hold off depotting that one too because its discontinued.
Do I like the Unii Palette? Yes I do. Its got a nice heft, I like the thoughtfulness of including a thumb grip that moves around to fit all sizes of hands (the square thing with the flower pattern) and I like that it is a magnetic palette so you can swap things around more easily.
Would I recommend it? Yes, if you like depotting stuff and like nice looking well made palettes to house them in. This one’s pricey at US$29 each (a little cheaper if you buy more so do share with friends), but I’d pick it over a more flimsy non magnetic palette any day because I’m like that. I do however find it thick so if you plan to use this for travel, it can get bulky.
Would I get another? Not at present because as I said, I don’t like depotting my makeup. I’ll learn to live with the other 2 Nars blushes which are still in their original packaging. In time, if my tolerance level falls, I might get another Unii Palette to house them in. Till then, I’m happy with just one.
Do you NEED this? No you don’t. If you aren’t into depotting your makeup, aren’t into having makeup that does not fit nicely into the palette without odd spaces, or you like your makeup that fits in their proper slots e.g. MAC eyeshadows in MAC palettes; and you aren’t into making your own palettes in general, don’t bother with this.
Have you had problems with your Nars packaging melting? How do you deal with it? Do you like the idea of the Unii Cosmetics palette? :) Perhaps if it was a little bigger, it might be better. But then not everyone is hankering to put all their Nars blushes in one place lol…
The Unii Palette retails at US$29 each (cheaper if you purchase more) and comes in 5 colours. I purchased this from www.uniicosmetics.com and they ship internationally. I have been told they are sold online here too at serendipity.com.my at slightly higher prices (even taking into account international shipping costs). However I have never shopped with them so you’ll have to take your chances.