My DIY Lipstick Palette Adventure ~ Chanel, Armani, Dior, and More

A couple of weeks ago I FINALLY got around to making the custom lip palette for my pro kit. I have way too many many lipsticks. Yet this process made me realize just how many more I NEED! There were many shades I wished I could have added but needed to leave out and a lot of shades I just don’t own because either they don’t suit me or I haven’t ventured there yet. In other words, my kit is far from complete in the lipstick department. Hmm…another reason to go shopping? I decided to make a palette using my own lipstick collection because a) I have a lot of really beautiful, high quality lipsticks that I will likely never manage to finish a whole tube of. b) Using my more expensive collection is still more affordable for me than going out and buying all new lipsticks for my kit. c) I get to use the amazing formulas I love on my clients that I couldn’t afford to fill my kit with otherwise. 
There is a great video on MakeupGeek that was my inspiration for the process I used. It was really quite simple and while time consuming it went very smoothly. I was a lot more stingy with the amount of lipstick I cut off for the palette since I love my pretty babies and wanted to leave lots for myself. I figured I could always add more later if needed. 😉


If you are curious about any of the shades used please let me know. I have them all written down but it is a lot to type! They are mostly an assortment of Chanel Rouge Coco, Chanel Rouge Allure, and Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani lipsticks. There are a some Dior Addict, YSL, Edward Bess, Rouge Bunny Rouge, and Le Metier de Beaute thrown in there as well. You can see I am severely lacking in the brown  and red shade families. My collection consists mainly of pinks, peaches, and a lot of plums.
The drier formulas like the Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks do not get as runny upon melting as the sheerer or creamier formulas. That is why some shades spread out nicely in the pans while others sort of held their shape.
I am really happy with how this turned out. My only complaint is that now that I am using it the lipsticks are coming loose from the pans. I’m not sure how or if this could have been avoided? I almost wonder if I should have made the palette Lisa Eldridge style and just smooshed them in rather than melting? It would have saved loads of time and maybe not have come up from the pans as easily? I am very tempted to make something like this for my own use because it is amazing how little space this palette take up while offering such a dizzying array of my favourite shades!
Have you ever made your own lip palette? Would you give it a try?

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  • Anna Luciano of Sicilianna Beauty
    October 4, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    are you using a Japonesque palette?

    I use zpalette and metal pans and haven’t have a problem with the lipsticks lifting from the pot.

  • Perilously Pale
    October 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Anna it is a Japonesque I believe. I have lots of zpalettes and pans hanging around. I should have just used them but I had bought this palette ages ago prior to the palettes and figured I’d better use it!

  • Ezen
    October 4, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    This was cool! I’ve never thought of making my own lipstick palatte. I’m not a huge fan of lipsticks myself but this is a cool idea for lipstick lovers to bring around all those shades for travel!

  • Suselew
    October 4, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    I have the setup to do this with ZPalette (read that the Japonese is problematic) and this is inspiring me to get moving! I just wish I could cut off the entire bullet but I haven’t found a thing that holds that much.

  • Nail Polish and Tea
    October 5, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    I’ve done this using a pill divider (making sure that the divider doesn’t have air holes in the bottom). Very handy to keep in one’s purse.

  • MarciaF (Beauty Info Zone)
    October 5, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Z palette is now selling the pans specifically for that. My blog partner did this the Lisa Eldridge way in the Z and she’s had success with it.

  • Michelle
    October 5, 2012 at 4:42 AM

    This is a really cool DIY, I think smashing it would have been a better take… also, maybe its the texture of the pan you used, maybe it could stick better if it was a more less smooth surface 🙂

    October 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    What a great idea! I think the reason your lipsticks are coming out of their slots, is because once they cooled, the polymers in the formula went back to their original form and can’t adhere to the plastic of the palette – which is another reason why companies place their lipsticks in a metal tube. Still, you’ve inspired me to give this a shot! PS: recently when I went looking for a specific shade in my stash, I realized how lacking I am in many colours too! Yay — another reason to go shopping…a valid one! 🙂


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