MAC Custom Eyeshadow Palette (old): Club, Cranberry, Trax, Vex.

Throwback Thursday! I Found My Lost MAC Palette…and Much More

I doubt anyone will recall, but I’ve mentioned on my blog that since I moved over five years ago, I misplaced what I thought was a few eyeshadow palettes, including my old, custom MAC eyeshadow palette with Club, Cranberry, Trax, and Vex. I also knew a few other palettes from Stila (my less-used ones), mark. by Avon, and some cheapies were missing, but the MAC palette was the one I wanted most.

As time went by, I lost hope of finding them, and thought that perhaps they went missing during the move. I even gave up and finally repurchased those four MAC eyeshadows last year (helps that MAC dropped the price of refill pans, so that it was cheaper to buy them now than when I did around ten years ago!).

Weeeeell. Over the weekend, I threw myself into a frenzy cleaning out the kids’ bedroom. Now, we actually use this bedroom as a guest/storage room, since we still have both kids sleeping with us (in separate cribs) in our master bedroom. We all love it this way for now!

Anyway, guests are coming soon for the winter, so I need to get that guest bedroom organized. I decided to do a top-to-bottom overhaul instead of the half-assery I usually do, and ended up donating about half of my old shoes to charity, etc. (After having two kids, most of my old shoes no longer fit my ever-so-slightly wider feet, not to mention I have more weight to lose and I think my feet are currently fatter than they used to be. My right foot has always been larger than my left, and while my left still fits into many of these pairs, the right simply cannot.) So long, my Elizabeth & James heels, comfy Converse, and leopard print flats! Sniff. I am saving some of the niftier pairs for Olive, though. Heh. She’ll have awesome/horrible vintage shoes by the time she’s twelve.

fivezero's old shoes: Elizabeth & James, Converse, Seychelles, Delman, Rockport, Hayden-Harnett, Puma, Superga, Jeffrey Campbell
Elizabeth & James Mazi Pumps / Converse Skidgrip EV Argyle Broken Heart
Seychelles Shimmy Pumps / Delman Sonya Pumps
Rockport Audry Welt Oxfords / Hayden-Harnett Laurel Flats / Puma Caroline Wedge Sneakers
Superga Cotu Classic Sneaker / Jeffrey Campbell Ring-2 Ballet Flats

On the positive side, a few pairs fit me a little better now, since they were a tad roomy before!

Hayden-Harnett Memphis Pumps / Fluevog Dig Booties / Biviel Mary Jane Zipper Pumps

Another positive: more room for handbags!

What was this post supposed to be about again? Oh right. Eyeshadow palettes!

Here we go…

So, I was digging way into the bottom of the closet, and I came upon three shoeboxes at the back. Two Aldo (mine) and one Allen Edmonds (Mr. Fivezero’s). More shoes, right?

Hahahahahahahahaha! The Allen Edmonds box contained mostly Misa nail polish (is it bad that I totally forgot that I should have had more Misas lying around?) but also literally all the eyeshadow palettes I was missing. Plus even more stuff.

(The two Aldo boxes contained more nail polish. I’ll cover those…at a later date.)

Onward!

This is the MAC palette I thought I’d lost. It’s the old 4-pan compact style, which I still like better than the new ones. Grooves make it easy to remove the pans and swap them out.

MAC custom eyeshadow palette with Club, Cranberry, Trax, Vex
MAC Custom Eyeshadow Palette: Vex, Trax, Cranberry, Club.

This is an old e.l.f. 4-pan eyeshadow palette, back from when most of their products cost $1 each. The nail polishes were tiny and absolutely horrid, but the empty eyeshadow palettes, while not the most luxe-looking, were really solid and great value! I forget if it was actually just $1, though. I bought a couple; just found one in the shoebox.

e.l.f. empty 4-pan eyeshadow palette
e.l.f. Empty 4-Pan Eyeshadow Palette.
e.l.f. empty 4-pan eyeshadow palette
e.l.f. Empty 4-Pan Eyeshadow Palette.

CoverGirl made empty 4-pan palettes for a while, too! It (and the e.l.f. one above) was the same size as the MAC palettes, which was super handy. I remember MAC, e.l.f., CoverGirl, Annabelle, Bonne Bell, Jane, Milani, and Urban Decay eyeshadows all being in the same size pans.

I picked up a few CoverGirl palettes but generally skipped their actual eyeshadow pans—blech!

CoverGirl 4-pan eyeshadow palette
CoverGirl 4-pan eyeshadow palette: Jane Eye Zings in Rock Star & Dream Cream; Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Chains.
CoverGirl 4-pan eyeshadow palette
CoverGirl 4-pan eyeshadow palette: Milani Eyeshadows in Classic Beige & Golden Bronze; CoverGirl Lipstick Pans in Rose Quartz & Vintage Wine (both are shimmery but you can’t tell from the photo.

mark. by Avon used to make such nice eyeshadow palettes! They might still…I just haven’t bought anything from Avon in ages.

mark. by Avon Bohista eyeshadow quad
mark. Bohista eyeshadow quad.
mark. by Avon Bohista eyeshadow quad
mark. Bohista eyeshadow quad.
mark. by Avon Bohista eyeshadow quad
mark. Bohista eyeshadow quad.

I also used to love the i-mark Custom Eyeshadows! Here’s my Snap to It Custom Palette in the Mezzo size; it’s empty because I eventually got a Mega palette and moved everything in there. I need to find that palette. Ha!

mark. by Avon Snap to It Custom Palette in Mezzo
mark. Snap to It Custom Palette in Mezzo.

I also found a bunch of old Stila palettes, though they’re mostly the ones I barely used, so it was easy for me to forget about them. I picked up most, if not all, of these from Hong Kong-based StrawberryNet, back when they used to offer older/discontinued products at low prices. (They’ve changed their business model somewhat and I haven’t shopped with them for many years, now.)

Stila eye shadow palettes
Stila eye shadow palettes.
Stila eye shadow duo in Wheat & Ebony
Stila eye shadow duo in Wheat & Ebony.
Stila eye shadow duo in Twilight & Sapphire
Stila eye shadow duo in Twilight & Sapphire.
Stila Vanity Fair eye shadow palette
Stila Vanity Fair eye shadow palette (tie-in with the Reese Witherspoon film).
Stila Vanity Fair eye shadow palette
Stila Vanity Fair eye shadow palette (tie-in with the Reese Witherspoon film).
Stila Vanity Fair eye shadow palette
Stila Vanity Fair eye shadow palette (tie-in with the Reese Witherspoon film).
Stila eye shadow & cheek palette
Stila eye shadow & cheek palette.
Stila eye shadow & cheek palette
Stila eye shadow & cheek palette: Starlight, Sun, Bud (Cheek Color), Twig.

This blush from Club Monaco is very old, because they stopped making cosmetics over ten years ago!

Club Monaco Blush in Innocent
Club Monaco Blush in Innocent.

This was my absolute favorite blush because it was a fantastic, natural color and so dummyproof. However, it’s hard to tell because it doesn’t look all that used, does it? I mean, you can’t even see any pan!

Club Monaco Blush in Innocent
Club Monaco Blush in Innocent.

In my defense, it’s a whopping 10 g! How does anyone finish 10g of blush?! A MAC blush is 6 g and that’s big enough already.

Club Monaco Blush in Innocent
Club Monaco Blush in Innocent.

I also found some silly things that are probably well past their expiry date and must be thrown out.

This Revlon foundation is almost used up, so I don’t know why I even bothered to bring it in the move! The color looks darker than Buff usually does; must be the aging and oxidizing.

Revlon ColorStay Makeup SoftFlex Normal/Dry Skin in Buff
Revlon ColorStay Makeup SoftFlex Normal/Dry Skin in Buff.

And, best of all, I found an OPI car antenna topper shaped like a bottle of nail polish, a small jar of One Minute Manicure in Cinnamon (I hate fake cinnamon, so no real loss), and an Essie hand lotion that can’t still be good…can it?

old crap fivezero found: OPI car antenna topper, One Minute Manicure in Cinnamon, Essie Smoothies Hand & Body Lotion in Pomegranate & Mango
OPI car antenna topper, One Minute Manicure in Cinnamon,
Essie Smoothies Hand & Body Lotion in Pomegranate & Mango.

And that’s it for today’s Throwback Thursday!

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

I’ll leave you all with a tune, since this was such a long post. As some of you may know, Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip passed away yesterday at the age of 53. He had terminal brain cancer.

When I first came to live in Canada as a college student, the Hip were one of the bands I instantly gravitated to, and “Scared” (1994), from the album Day for Night—I can’t say how many times I’ve listened to that album all the way through—has always been one of my favorites. Here’s a live performance from last August:

RIP.

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8 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday! I Found My Lost MAC Palette…and Much More

  1. It’s the best feeling when you find something that was long thought to be gone forever!!!
    Oh man, I had MAC Cranberry ages ago and got rid of it. I thought it was a discontinued shade but I just checked on MAC’s site and it’s still available.
    Yeah those $1 elf empty palettes were awesome! But omg you had a CG palette?! I did not know they existed and now I want one.
    I loved Mark’s eye shadows too. I have a couple of those Mezzo palettes. I still use them from time to time.
    Yay Club Monaco makeup! I never had a blush but I had an eye shadow palette, lipsticks, eye gloss and lip gloss, brushes (still have the eye shadows and brushes). That line was way ahead of its time. Will you use that blush? The shade is gorgeous.
    Used to shop on StrawberryNet too! Haven’t looked on that site for ages.

    I LOVE this post – a trip down memory lane. ❤

    And RIP Gord Downie – we ran into him in 2015 when we did a road trip to Ottawa. He was staying at the same hotel we were and him and his crew were just hanging out in front of the hotel entrance, so chill. Definitely the soundtrack to my youth especially while camping!

    Hey what shoe size are you? 😉
    Looking forward to seeing all the nail polishes…

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    • Yes! CG did the palettes and lip/eye pans for a very brief time! I am not sure when exactly. Early 2000s?

      I loved CM makeup, though it was pricey for me back then. Wish they’d bring it back! Remember the Monica Lewinsky lipstick, Glaze? OMG I loved it. And the Jennifer Aniston one, too.

      I’d love to see your mark palettes! 😀

      And aw how cool you met Gord Downie once. I never meet anyone famous – except last week I did see Justin Trudeau. Like, 20 feet away. LOL.

      So, my feet are on the wide side, which turns out to be a bit of a blessing. I’ll explain. By length, my shoe size would be 5.5, making it really a pain to find shoes in my size that aren’t in the juniors dept. But because my feet are wider, I need to size up, so previously, I was a size 6-6.5. Now I’m more like a 6.5-7. And I’m short so I just feel like bigfoot, now. Hahaha! 😩

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      • I will do a Throwback Thursday on some of my oldies but goodies and include the Mark palettes in there!

        oh but seeing Justin Trudeau in person is still something to boast about! 😛 You were breathing the same AIR (potentially)! 😮

        Ah yes, size 5.5 is a nightmare. I have a friend with that shoe size and the poor thing is limited in her choices. Nah, I’ve never noticed any weird proportions between your feet and your height – no clown feet!

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