New on the Scene: UNII Cosmetic Palette Review and Giveaway!

For a long time now it has been common practice for freelance makeup artists to consolidate their makeup kits for no other reason than to lighten the load they have to lug around and to have everything as neat and organized as possible.

Those cute packages that may draw our eye to a particular product  may look harmless, but many of them grouped together give off some considerable weight, and ounces can seem like pounds when hauling a makeup kit. This is where magnetic palettes come in. There have been a number of palettes put on the market geared towards makeup artists that serve the purpose but skimp on the style department, but now UNII Cosmetics have come out with their own fun version for consumers and artists alike.

UNII Palette in Twilight

Is that an empty palette you ask? Why yes, it is! Not only is it empty, but it is magnetic, and it’s purpose is to cling on to the metal pans that lie within those pretty packages. This method is known as “depotting”. The metal pans that contain the makeup have a glue backing which adheres the product to the outer casing. Using techniques to warm up that glue loosen the pan, and voilà, the pan pops out and can then be stored onto a magnetic palette! The amount of product you can store in one palette depends on the size of the pan and palette itself, but there is no question…palettes are a great for consolidating your many products into one slim, easy to carry case.


Quick Tutorial on Depotting: I had made a video a while back showing one of the processes I use to depot. I warn you, this version is pretty hard core in comparison to some who use the oven and a cookie sheet to warm and loosen packaging glue. UNII’s palettes has a beautiful outside packaging that instructs on another method of heating up the bottom of the pan with a blow-dryer to loosen up the pan. I’m impatient, I go all out or nothing. When I start to depot I mean business, so here is my way to tear up and destroy some packaging while keeping my makeup intact! Grin  Be careful when trying this at home!

In playing around with the UNII Cosmetic palettes I noticed some unique features that it had in comparison to other pro counterparts. UNII first offers many different colors which is great for color coding. If you have ever grabbed for a palette and found yourself opening the wrong one because they all look alike, this is a helpful feature for you. I love that all of the options coordinate with my bright turquoise Tutto case! It comes in Pomegranate, Twilight, Lemongrass, Eggplant, and Snow. Each colored palette is covered by a clear coating making it easy to maintain and clean!

UNII colors/ my Tutto makeup case

Another unique feature is the rubber strip on the inside of the palette which helps to create a seal and the clasp on the outside which keeps that seal air tight and budge proof. In the event that any product did happen to fall out of place inside the palette, you could rest assure the palette would not open and get that product into your purse/kit and all over your things.

I think consumers will really appreciate that the UNII Palettes are also very light in weight and has a magnetic “thumb grip” which can be moved anywhere within the palette to help you balance it while applying your makeup. A wide mirror comes in every palette making it easy to apply your makeup anywhere! If you take a look at UNII Cosmetics website you will see different ways people are using their UNII’s for work and home. Many brands automatically cling onto the magnetic bottom but for those that don’t there are magnet strips with sticky backings provided. These palettes run slightly smaller than other palettes on the market but have lots of features the others don’t. I love this in my purse to tote around while keeping others in my set bag or setting up one for talent whose makeup tends to stay the same for continuity on set.

Extra information for UNII users…

How to care for your UNII Palette:

First, carefully remove the rubber gasket and steel (magnetic) plate at the bottom. Removing these and washing them separately will prevent the steel plate from scratching the paint off of the inner surfaces of the palette. The mirror is not removable. Please do not use chemicals or cleaning products containing isopropyl alcohol, ammonia, chlorine, or abrasive ingredients, and do not use rough towels or cloths to dry the plastic.

The body:

Carefully clean and wipe the palette with a damp soft cloth. Any abrasion or chemicals may result in removal of the paint on the inner surfaces. The mirror can be cleaned with a damp soft cloth, or with a mild soap if needed. Do not dunk your palette in water, doing so might result in water getting stuck behind the mirror.

The gasket:

The rubber gasket can be removed and washed in the sink with mild soap and water. Dry thoroughly before replacing.

The steel:

The steel plate can be wiped down with a damp soft cloth. Make sure to fully dry the steel plate to prevent it from rusting.

Reassembly of your unii palette

Please make sure everything, especially the steel plate, is completely dry before reassembling your palette, because the steel can rust if water or moisture remains trapped between the steel and plastic case. First, carefully place the dry steel plate, painted side facing up. Next, carefully insert the rubber gasket into the groove along the perimeter of the case.


UNII Palette Giveaway from!

Makeup Is Art Beauty Blog has only been re-launched for a matter of weeks and has such a growth in readership! I want to show my appreciation by offering one of these sweet UNII Cosmetic palettes, in the color of your choice, as my current beauty giveaway!

All you have to do is leave a comment sharing your feedback on the Makeup is Art Beauty Blog thus far or what you would like to see more from it in the future. I will choose a random winner from on Friday, January 22nd, and let you know of the winner right here on this blog by 5 p.m.  that day. This contest is open to any of my readers so comment away and I can’t wait to get one of these fun palettes in some ones hands!

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About Kathy Aragon

I’m a licensed freelance makeup artist and hairstylist repped by Artists by Timothy Priano in NY. I work for the CNN Network as a makeup artist and hairstylist and am a presenter for The Powder Group. Some of my clients include CNN, BBC, NFL, HBO, Elle, Glamour, In Touch, In Style, Shape, Cosmo Girl!, O Magazine, People, Real Simple, Working Mother, Virginia Living, DC Modern Luxury, Washington Life, Capitol File Magazine, and more. I also work with clients such as American Express, Choice Hotels, NFL Players, Rocawear, Jones NY and Amtrak to name a few. My job also entails working on high profile and celebrity clientele. I am also the co- founder of fashion photography studio, Studio400, as well as founder of “elevate artists” along with my husband, photographer Luis Aragon. For a more complete resume feel free to visit my site at Email:
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34 Responses to New on the Scene: UNII Cosmetic Palette Review and Giveaway!

  1. Shayne says:

    Thank you for having this website I am considering getting a magnetized makeup palette for travel and convienence..

  2. You know, the comments section is one of the most forgotten about sections of a blog when it comes to a design. However, it is also a very important section as far as building a community goes. Thanks for the reminder to focus on that section more, and thanks for the post of the great designs that you have found!

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  4. Sidory says:

    Kat, I love this write-up! Love these palettes!

  5. Mary says:

    These palettes are a great idea! You always have such good suggestions. I am becoming a real fan of your blog.

    Thanks for recommending the Eve Pearl salmon concealer. Best concealer I have used.

  6. arynjuan says:

    I LOVE your blog!! It is full of useful tips!!

  7. Amy says:

    I love this palette! I’ve always been intrigued by depotting! This would definitely come in handy!

    I like the product reviews on here!

  8. Alicia says:

    I have the worst under eye circles + fine lines and would love to hear how to get rid of them!

  9. Erin says:

    What a great post! I love how that these come in different colors and am looking forward to purchasing a few UNII’s for myself.

  10. Kristina says:

    Very cool website! That palettes are very cool and are a great idea! Very cool thatyou have videos! Thanks!

  11. Lisa Beth says:

    Your blog is fabulous and informative. Thank you for all your reviews. Your blog makes trying out new products so easy.

  12. Mary says:

    With the economy the way it is, I’m watching each and every dollar more carefully. It’s wonderful to hear your thoughts on a product before I spend my money on it!

  13. I think your blog looks fantastic! I really like the layout.

    I would love to see posts about sales (which I know you do frequently anyway, but it can never hurt to ask for more!).

  14. Charity S. says:

    I’m very much a beauty junkie, and I love the content on your blog. I would love more featured product segments. Thanks

  15. Olga says:

    These are very cute but I am hooked on the Z Palette especially the Zebra one. I love the fact you can see through them. To answer Angela’s question try the Z Palette they have a window.

  16. sonya says:

    I LOVE the subject matter; so far, you’re discussing products that I haven’t seen on other blogs and I like that. I never get the feeling of “been there, done that” when I come here.
    Keep up the fantastic work.

  17. Super_Bre says:

    I absolutely ADORE your website (and your twitter account!) All the tips, tricks, tutorials you share and wonderful!! As an avid Makeup Lover / Makeup Artist (soon to be licensed!) – this UNII palettes look to be the perfect solution to my organization needs! Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. Leslie says:

    I was referred by a friend to ur website. I’m loving it so far and I love the idea of these palettes. Can’t wait to try one!

  19. Racquel says:

    I’d love to see some posts that detail out a day in your life as a working artist. Maybe you can include a vlog and some photos. Other than that the blog is great!

  20. Melanie says:

    What a neat idea! I have been thinking of re-organizing my powder products to get rid of all these little single boxes that take up so much room. These palettes sounds like THE solution! You can make yourself little “kits” by including blushers, shadows and even lipgloss (by melting lipsticks into metal pans).

    Maybe videos on how to make those lipsticks to stick in a palette would be a great addition to the information you provide. I am sure a lot of people have no idea that such a thing can be done. I would also love to see what you can suggest as far as organizing makeup stash Smile

    Keep up the good work and thank you for the giveaway!

  21. Kat
    I LOVE your Blog and all of your work! You have inspired a generation of artist here at home (THE DMV) and beyond!!! THANKS SO MUCH MA for ALL you do!!!

  22. makeupisart says:

    Thanks guys! I’m leaving comments open until 5pm tomorrow and then I will announce the winner. You guys rock! ~Kathy

  23. Lindsey says:

    I have been hearing more and more about these palettes! Thanks for the review. I love that you can use the different colors to color code your products. With the empty palettes I have now, I am always reaching for the wrong one!

    Anyways, I am a regular reader of your blog and I would love to read more of your kit spotlights as well as behind the scenes posts. Or maybe some beauty breakdowns of any of your shoots Smile

  24. I am so excited to see you review these…I MUST get a few and try them out…my kit would love some color!!! And what a great iead about the little button!! THANKS for the review!!

  25. Laddie says:

    Well, you learn something new everyday. I had never heard of depotting till I saw this. It’s a great idea. Now, I’m off to read the rest of your blog!

  26. Brittany Schell says:

    I would love to see some tips for eye makeup for girls who wear glasses. I wear glasses and need help learning to play up my eyes so that they are the focus and not my glasses.

  27. sweetie says:

    Great tutorial. The palettes are adorable.
    I love reading about new products that I normally would never have heard about. Keep the information coming.

  28. gina says:

    I have never depotted before. I’m excited to try this. We’ll see how hardcore I can get. I would love to see more reviews and how tos. Like how to cover my dark dark under eye circles because no concealer seems to work!

  29. Andi says:

    Awesome tutorial Kat! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge, we are spoiled to have your expertise at our fingertips Smile
    Those palettes look great, I will definitely be ordering one (or three!) whether I win the giveaway or not. The new layout looks great and all of your posts are so informative. Thanks so much!!

  30. elisa says:

    I am new to makeup videos. I have been watching constantly. I just turned 55 and have thrown out all of my makeup to start over! Its a major job to find the right products for me. I love watching all the videos and getting everyones point of view.
    Thank you

  31. Jen P. says:

    I’ve just recently started spending more money for quality makeup, and I’d love to have a way to organize them – I’m sure my husband will thank you too! Smile

  32. Valerie says:

    What a great idea and a cute way to contain! And who wouldn’t want something that looks so fun with all of that color in their makeup case?

    And I love that you did a video. I’d like to see more videos from you in the future.

  33. Oooh! I love the look of these palettes!
    Although I really like the look and size of them, do you by any chance know of any palettes with a ‘window’ on the top lid?

    I love reading your blog btw, very informative and fun Smile

  34. mfluder says:

    I’m glad you’re planning on posting more! I enjoy being able to get a view of makeup products I don’t think I’d ever be able to get with just the commercial products (which, lets face it, I do love). Thanks!

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