I am super excited about this new storage system I bought for my makeup! For years I have been storing my makeup wherever I could fit it. That meant a train case in the bathroom closet, along with some plastic shoe boxes. My armoire had also been transformed into a makeup storage. So, because I do my makeup in my bathroom I would have to go to a couple of different places to get makeup to pull together one look. With the makeup being in all those different places I would sometimes forget what I had and some makeup never got used.
Thus, my quest for a newer, better way to store my makeup. I needed something fairly large and something that would allow me to place my products on their side so they wouldn't be stacked on top of each other. I watched endless youtube videos and searched all the forums. Then a friend of mine(who will be starting her own blog Gorgeois soon, so be sure to check it out!) on one of my favorites sites, Long Hair Care Forum showed a picture of her storage system called The Elfa System from the Container Store.
This system seemed to be just what I was looking for. It is customizable, so you can purchase the set up that suits you best. These systems are intended for closets, kitchens, bathrooms, and wherever else you need to organize, but it works beautifully for large makeup collections.
The options are narrow, medium and wide for the drawers. The colors you can choose from are white or platinum. You can choose from a 4-runner, 7-runner, or 10-runner drawer system. The drawers also come in a variety of sizes from 1-runner(which is shallow), to 2-runner(deep), and lastly 3-runner(ultra deep). The 1-runner drawer takes up one slot, the 2-runner drawer uses two slots, the 3-runner drawer uses three slots. I chose the medium 10-runner drawer system in platinum. I bought six 1-runner drawers, and two 2-runner drawers. I was torn between the wide and medium, but the sales associate convinced me to purchase the medium, because she said it was a bit sturdier.
I purchased the Elfa System during The Container Store's annual sale, so I was able to received the 30% discount. I paid about 110.00 for the 10-runner system, not including the separate organizers. I also purchased the Silver Mesh Drawer Organizers, the Silver Mesh Cutlery Trays, the Silver 3-section Mesh Cutlery Trays, the Platinum Melamine Top, and the Elfa Casters .
Each of these organizers allows me to organize my makeup in a way that it can be seen easily. Before I had everything stacked on top of each other, so that I had to take everything out of the drawer to find the one product I was looking for. Not, anymore! All I have to do now is flip through my products or look into the drawer and pick out what I want. I love the addition of the top and the wheels as well, because I can move it around if I need to and I can place my cotton balls, q-tips, etc. on the top.
I have one empty drawer left for more blushes, lipsticks, and lip glosses. I don't have all of my collection in this system, but it fits a good majority.
Ok, so enough of the chatter and on to the pictures of the Elfa System:
pigments, paint pots, aqua creams, etc.
eyeshadows, cream color bases, eyeliners, mascara, shadesticks, paints
MAC pigments, mixing mediums
blushes, msf's, shimmer powders
lipsticks, lip glosses, lip pencils, more blushes and bronzers
msf natural, face powders, concealers, foundations, liquid highlighters
eyeshadow palettes, blush palettes
This drawer is for my supplies like: sponges, mascara wands, brush cleanser, skincare, etc.