I had a little bit too much fun doing this. I'm not a makeup artist, clearly, and as such I don't necessarily need a lipstick palette. But boy is it fun creating a bespoke selection of your favourite lipsticks (or mixture of lipsticks). Japonesque have released a little Lipstick Palette Kit* which has room for 8 of your favourite lipsticks, or combinations of lipsticks, and it's about the size of a business card holder, so ideal for travelling.
So today I'm Frankenstein and here is my monster (did you know that it isn't the monster that's called Frankenstein, but the scientist? Did'ya?!):
[17 'Beehive', 'the monster', Sleek 'Bare All']
Cut off a little bit of the lipstick (or scoop the dregs out of an almost empty tube) and put it into the 'lipstick melting cup' - a nifty little silicone bowl. Pop it into the microwave for up to one minute (I found it only needed about thirty seconds); make sure it doesn't boil! Pour the melted lipstick straight into the palette and repeat with the rest of your lipsticks. Be quick about pouring it into the palette if you want it to look smooth and neat, as lipstick firms up remarkably quickly. I was a bit slow with the first one (bottom left) hence it looking a little scruffy. That was the hybrid; Sleek 'Bare All' is a lipstick that I love, but the matte formula doesn't always love me so I thought I'd mix it with 17 'Beehive' super sheen lipstick. I melted down a chunk of each and stirred them together before pouring into the palette. The outcome was a perfectly blended mix of the two (rather than the slightly patchy look of just layering them on top of each other) and just what I was after - something like the big sister of MAC's Shy Girl.
I'll be honest, I didn't have the guts to chop a chunk from my higher end lipsticks, but when they start to run out this would be a great way to avoid waste. If you are a makeup artist, you can achieve a similar thing with the Muji pill container for a few pounds, but for day-to-day use this is ideal as the wells hold just the right amount of product and the palette holds a lip brush and mirror.
The set retails at £13 and is available from HQ Hair.