Alternatives To The Z Palette

Z palette dupe

A few weeks ago, the official Instagram account of the Z Palette brand made a customer service gaffe. Since then a lot of people have been looking for good alternatives to the Z palette and I have some great ones to share today.

I’ve actually not been a fan of the Z Palette for a while, not because of any lapses in judgement concerning customer service, but because I just don’t think the Z Palette is good quality for the price, considering what else is out there.

There are lots of great quality, affordable empty magnetic palettes out there, and I wanted to share some of my favourites in this post.



Here’s what I’ve been using instead;

The Travel Vault from Makeup Geek : Z Palette Dupe 

The @makeupgeekcosmetics Travel Vault is a mini magnetized palette with a mirror and a reflective cover. It can hold up to 10 single shadows or a combination of 2 large blush/contour pans and 6 single shadows. It is the same size as a small Z palette but it's a couple of dollars cheaper, and it has a latch mechanism where the Z Palette doesn't so it closes much more firmly. It is roomier on the inside than a Z palette so you can fit a little bit more. I love that it comes with a mirror which is actually large enough to be useful. I love it and I hope larger sizes will eventually become available so it can be a good storage solution and not just a great travel item. #makeupgeek #makeupgeekcosmetics #makeupgeekmafia #bblogger #bbloggers #nigerianblogger #nigerianbeautyblogger

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The Travel Vault is a magnetized palette with the signature gun metal MakeupGeek packaging. It comes with a large  mirror.

For now, there is only 1 size, which is a mini. It can hold up to 10 single shadows or a combination of 2 large blush/contour pans and 6 single shadows. It can also hold 4 contour/blush pans.

It is the same size as a small Z palette but it’s a couple of dollars cheaper, and it has a latch mechanism while the Z Palette doesn’t so it closes much more firmly, and this makes it great for travel. It is roomier on the inside than a Z palette so you can fit a little bit more.  It is made of plastic while the Z palette is made of cardboard, and it just looks and feels better than the Z palette.

Z palette dupe

You can buy it from the Makeup Geek website for $13.

There will be bigger sizes available by the end of this year. Makeup Geek delivers worldwide at affordable rates.




Freedom Pro Artist  HD Empty Magnetic Palette : Z Palette Dupe

Empty Magnetic Makeup Palette

This is a sleek, black, professional looking empty magnetized palette made by the  brand Freedom. They are a sister brand to Makeup Revolution.



This palette is  made of decent quality plastic, and it comes with a mirror. It can hold 18 shadows  or 8 blush/contour pans. It closes firmly and it is perfect for travel.

Z palette dupe
The Freedom Empty Magnetic Palette.
Best of all, it costs only £5 which works out to less than $10. I’m not sure if this brand is available in the US, but hopefully, they  will soon be.

It is available here on the Tam Beauty website though,  and they offer international shipping.

For my UK babes, you can buy it from Superdrug

For my Nigerian readers, you can preorder it here

Coloured Raine Magnetic Palettes : Z Palette Dupe

Empty magnetic makeup palette

Coloured Raine also makes a magnetic palette. It is made of cardboard, but it comes with a mirror. It does not seem to have a latch. I don’t own this because I prefer the plastic packaging of the Makeup Geek Travel Vault and the Freedom Pro Palette to cardboard packaging, but I would still choose the Coloured Raine palettes over the Z Palettes, because you get a mirror in the Coloured Raine ones. They have a $12 palette that holds 28 shadows, and a $20 palette that holds 35 shadows.



These are available from the Coloured Raine website.
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4 Replies to “Alternatives To The Z Palette”

  1. Very informative post Ijeoma. I was thinking of picking up a Z palette but after that scandal, I’m happy to direct my coint somewhere else. I will not be supporting a brand that has such terrible customer service

  2. Me too. I legit thought they were hacked til I realised it was the ECO herself. That was totally appalling behaviour, and I’m honestly glad that people are boycotting the brand. Definitely can’t stick such rudeness

    btw I’m unable to reply to your replies from the WordPress app. you know why thtat might be happening?

    1. I don’t know why. I’m typing out my replies on the WordPress app. And I haven’t changed any of my settings.

      Honestly it was appalling. There was no need to make such comments.

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