So ... I picked up a Z Palette from drugstore.com. Yes, it's $20 and I understand the absurdity of spending $20 on a palette for $7.50 worth of product. And to that I say:
1.) In the Z Palette, I will actually use the product
2.) This makes the cost of the entire palette $27.50, which is not bad.
3.) I bought it through EBATES, so I got 6% back and they were having a 20% off Neutrogena, so I picked up some of my regular moisturizer too.
The palette arrived this afternoon, so this evening I pried all the shadows out of the packaging. (Lessons learned: DO NOT DE-POT EYESHADOWS ON THE BED. EVER.) So now the sheets and my clothes are in the washer and I'm really hoping that that really vibrant purple color comes out :(
In the de-potting process 2 of the shadows crumbled to pieces, the aforementioned purple and then a really bright shimmery coral. Oh well, it could have been worse.
I was able to fit 28 eyeshadows into the palette. I had a hard time trying to get the stick on magnets that came with the Z Palette to adhere to the back of the pans, so I just used double stick tape to put them in the palette.
Minus the 2 pans I killed, that still left me with 3 shadows and the 3 gel liners which wouldn't fit in the Z Palette. I decided to just stick them in an old CD jewel case. It isn't pretty, but at least it gets them out of the way and into something where they won't be crushed.
Like everything E.L.F. does, the shadows are hit and miss - though I have to say, more hits than misses. Most of the shadows are really creamy with good color payoff. There are a few duds. The gel eyeliners are as disappointing as I expected. I'm not really sure if you could even use them as a cream color base, but I'll test them out.
and the left overs: