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Empty palettes review : “Stick with it”

by Sonia G.

I heard there was a new empty palette on the market that did not require magnets, since I am a serial depotter, I had to try it.

It’s called “Stick With It”, it’s made in the USA by Mettano Designs :

I store my palettes labelled in a drawer. Β I have to quickly see where my products are, until today I had a few Unii palettes, Z palettes, Makeup For Ever, a few cheap ebay ones and some other little palettes that I ordered a long time ago. You can’t see the Stick with it palette here because it’s hidden between the UD Naked palettes and the red Z palette.

My first impressions on the Stick with it palette are not brilliant. It doesn’t look beautiful to me, it feels cheap and it doesn’t snap close securely. But I tried to use it anyway since I really need empty palettes at this moment.Β I will do my best to share with you my thoughts on some characteristics that they mention on their website, you should just be aware of the “risks” and “casualties” while using it πŸ™‚

it’s deep enough to hold a variety of items”
Really ???
No it’s not that deep to me unless you only store things in only one side, if you store pans on both sides they might damage themselves, just close the palette gently and check that nothing is being damaged.
If you are storing brushes or tweezers (as they recommend), don’t store blushes or eyeshadows in the same one!
The tools you will store inside won’t have a great surface to grip to the case, so they might be moving around and might be causing damage to your powder products, unless you find a safe way to place them.

no magnets required
Ok no magnets required, but if the bottom of your pans are made of cardboard or paper, it might not stick so well.

cleans easily
hmmmm not really, after 3 cleans, it always looks a bit too dirty to me, it won’t revert to the original state, unless I am not using the right product…

contents are repositionable
just imagine if you couldn’t .. seems pretty normal to me.

perfect for travel
mine doesn’t snap close securely so it won’t be safe in my handbag.

lightweight
yes, I have to say it feels terribly cheap as well..

lays flat when open
have you ever had a palette that you could fill the two sides and wasn’t opening flat ? to me it’s just normal.

mix and match
up to a certain point… remember you can damage the contents depending on what you store inside.

stylish
Really ??? Not to me.

impact-resistant
Really ??? It doesn’t feel that solid to me.

I have tried to store a few wider items, the Stick with it palette is at the bottom-right of the picture:

When I closed it, well the contents were too deep and it did not close, and in the process I damaged some products, maybe you can’t see it but they were cut by the sides of the pans on the top part of the palette :

This is before I used it, they also send a paper protector to put in the palette if you are only using one side:

This is after I used it :

It is smaller than a Z palette but bigger than a Unii palette :

Since I am also talking about the Z palette, they have released bright pink ones, I love the color. They sent small stickers with this new Z palette, the palette is still magnetized but these stickers are meant to be put on the pans that don’t work with Z palette (like plastic pans for example) :

The bright pink and red ones are slightly deeper than the old ones, but they also have a new Z palette that can hold dome shaped pans, you can see a picture here.

I like the Z palettes because I can quickly see what’s inside. I like the Unii palettes but I find they are a bit too small.

A large Z palette costs 20$, a Unii palette costs 29$, a Stick With It palette costs 28$.

Unfortunately, I don’t like the Stick With It palette for the reasons I mentioned above but it might work for you, just be careful with your products and don’t try to close the palette like an animal πŸ˜€

If anyone wants my Stick With It palette I will send it to you for free so just let me know either in the comments or by private mail !
I know I won’t use it but I am sure that someone would love to try it and will give it more love than I would…

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19 comments

Neo 21 October, 2012 - 7:17 pm

Oh, what a disappointment :(! I only have Unii Palettes, and love them dearly, although I agree that they are a bit too small ( but perfect for travel!). The good news is that it seems that they will be coming out soon with bigger palettes (they had posted some pictures on their Instagram account last month). I can’t wait for those!!!

I only started depotting recently, but it’s addictive, lol! I just bought my first Tom Ford Quad last week (Enchanted, absolutely gorgeous!), and the first thing I looked at when I picked it up, was whether I would be able to depot the shadows. I’m really not that fond of the packaging as I find it a bit too bulky and not to my taste (I much prefer the black simplicity of Suqqu, for example, and I still depotted those, lol), and so was wondering if you had any experience with depotting those, by any chance? Thank you :)!

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 21 October, 2012 - 7:38 pm

Hi Neo, oh that’s good to know, bigger Unii palettes would be amazing !
I am really wanting Enchanted ! I will get it for sure !
I haven’t depotted Tom Ford yet πŸ˜‰ I don’t think I will, I am liking the bulky packaging, I am probably the only one who does πŸ˜›
But I prefer Suqqu’s packaging, at least you can remove and reinsert the pans on these compacts.

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Neo 21 October, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Don’t wait too long to get Enchanted: it’s really a beauty and it’s selling out fast here in the US. It really ought to be part of the permanent line to be honest, it seems like such a beautiful basic in the pinks and plums,too bad it’s an LE πŸ™

Hmmm, I will have to see if I’m brave enough to risk depotting the TF without the benefit of your advice and experience then… Not sure I will though, especially with an LE – can you imagine the horror if I ruin the quad, and then can’t get it anymore??? Ugh!

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Stacy 22 October, 2012 - 12:09 am

Thanks for the info! I stink at depotting! I just deputed all my Chantacaille and am so irritated at myself for doing it! I guess I just don’t have the patience…
I agree with Neo, you must get the Enchanted! I have talked to one of our friends who didn’t think it was a must have but honestly I am just a TF fan and think the palette is beautiful. Say the word and I’ll pick one up πŸ™‚
Thank you for a weekend of amazing posts! You are the best πŸ™‚

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 22 October, 2012 - 7:35 am

Argh… I really need Enchanted πŸ™
I had a weekend ALONE at home πŸ˜›

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Kay 22 October, 2012 - 7:02 am

I’m sorry you messed up your makeup with this palette. I would be so annoyed.

I recently started depotting and used Yaby Freestyle palettes I got online at Camera Ready Cosmetics. I selected them over the Z or Unii because they are not bulky. You may not find them useful for home use since you prefer large palettes but they are probably good for travel since you have limited space on your motorcycle. I’m very happy with my Yaby (does that rhyme?).

p.s. CRC also sells little self adhesive magnets to stick on the back of eyeshadows that have a tendency to fall out. Most of my shadows didn’t need them but a few did.

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 22 October, 2012 - 7:52 am

thanks for the great rhyme and for the info πŸ˜›
I will check these out πŸ™‚

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anaksunamun 22 October, 2012 - 1:27 pm

thanks for the good review. i’d love to try the palette! if it’s still available πŸ™‚
i’ve always wanted to try the unii or z palette but since i live in asia, it was too much of an hassle to get it here.
plus, i always reading your review πŸ™‚

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 22 October, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Hi πŸ™‚
yes it is still waiting for a new home πŸ™‚
I will contact you by private email !
talk soon !

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anaksunamun 22 October, 2012 - 1:31 pm

typo in the last line; enjoy reading your reviews thank you

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Fran 25 October, 2012 - 1:07 pm

I know this may not be a solution for many, if any of you … but I’ve store depotted items in vintage cigarette tins! πŸ™‚ I think it’s such a cute idea if you like vintage looking items and some of them are very deep/large if you have domed products. They’re already metal, so you only need to put magnets on the back of your products after you depot, however they won’t be uniform in size and shape if you like to keep your stash super orderly. They come in lots of designs, like this one: http://tinyurl.com/9bwv3s3

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 25 October, 2012 - 7:21 pm

Great idea, I love it πŸ™‚

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Gaby 15 March, 2013 - 3:33 pm

It sucks that the palette did not work for you! πŸ™
If you still have it, I would really like to have it. I am in need of a Palette that I could travel with that can be banged around, thats why I want to try this palette out. I have only cream products. Email me if you do, Thank you ahead of time πŸ™‚

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 15 March, 2013 - 3:41 pm

oh sorry Gaby, it has already been sent πŸ™
she sent me pics when she filled it so I am glad it was helpful for someone else πŸ™‚

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Gaby 15 March, 2013 - 6:33 pm

aww man πŸ™ well thats good that someone found a use for it πŸ™‚
thank you for replying!

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Monetta Plassmeyer 7 June, 2013 - 6:06 am

Hi Sonia, I am the inventor of the Stick With It palette. I wanted to thank you for the feedback you gave in your review. All feedback is valuable and appreciated. I have updated my website FAQ page to address the points you brought up. We collect all feedback from our customers for purposes of designing future cosmetic cases.
Hope you are enjoying your adventure in Japan.
My Best.

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 9 June, 2013 - 9:00 pm

Hi Monetta,
I appreciate your comment !
I have read the FAQ, thanks for the additional info, that will help.
Back from Japan now, thank you for your thoughts !
All the best to you too πŸ™‚

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Sol 23 July, 2013 - 2:21 pm

In your opinion which empty palette is best to work with just starting off?

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Sweet Make Up Temptations 23 July, 2013 - 7:41 pm

Hi Sol,
Are you going to travel with it ?
If I travel I use Trish mcevoy double decker, I just place my pans in there, if I just want to store them I use mostly Z palettes (the “dome” ones are better because in there you can store the Benefit thicker blushes), otherwise the Unii palette is nice but too small, I think they might be doing a bigger one… I am not completely satisfied with the choice today, sad that there aren’t more nice looking and handy empty palettes over there.
I have a lot of Unii and a lot of Z palettes and I label them : http://sweetmakeuptemptations.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/palette.jpg today I prefer Z palettes because they hold more in less space πŸ™‚

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