Makeup Organization Ideas: MAC Paint Pots, Pigments or Fluidlines

Published in: Daily Beauty, Makeup Tips/How To, Makeup Tools

Another makeup organizational treasure from the craft store, babes!

I found this clear ArtBin box with 18 compartments at Joanne for about $7. Each cubby is big enough to fit a MAC Paint Pot, Pigment or Fluidline (Benefit Creaseless Creams and Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams also fit nicely, too).


I used to keep ’em jumbled up in a single drawer, but it took forever to find the color I wanted, and whenever I’d move one pot, all the others would move too. With the pots separated like this, I can always find exactly what I need quickly.

Added bonus: the containers are see-through, stackable and portable, too.

I know there’s a lot of cream shadows in one space in these pics, and most women probably don’t hoard as much as I do, LOL! Things just start to add up after one avidly collects for a few years…


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  1. Anna says:

    What’s that outstanding gold in the last picture?

  2. Scientific Housewife says:

    Once again, you have so many pots! I don’t own a single cream shadow or pot of eyeliner. I would have no idea how to use it!

    • Karen says:

      Oh, it took a while to get to this point, LOL! May I suggest starting with Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans or Birthday Suit? Both are great neutrals for the eyes and are super easy to use (just dab the color onto your lids with a finger).

  3. Michaela says:

    Love this!

  4. Jennifer says:

    What a great idea!! I’ve been using a toolbox for what I use regularly but it’s basically a big jumple of everything together. This looks like it would stack neatly if two or more boxes are needed….which they are! 🙂

  5. HC says:

    Hm, I need this. BUT if I have a tray that has some slots unfilled, it’ll drive me crazy until I fill them. That can be disastrous.
    .-= HC’s last blog post… Chanel takes you to Bondi Beach =-.

    • noemii says:

      i have to agree with this .. it’d gnaw at my mind endlessly if i knew there were empty spots just waiting to be filled with lovelies ..

  6. Chibu74 says:

    girl, this is a great idea to store paintpots/eye liners….great stuff

    u’ve got awesome collection….i don’t own a single paintpot yet 🙁

  7. Jaclyn Rose says:

    OOOOOH i love this! since the Tendertones lip balm are the same size as the paint pots, it would sooo fit! Yay, great idea. I think i’m going to get me one now.

  8. Catherine says:

    Dude, that looks SO AWESOME.
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… MAC To The Beach Marine Life High-Light Powder pt. 1 =-.

  9. Hana Berlin says:

    Ohhhhh ahhhhhh I LOVE IT!!!

  10. Amber says:

    You’re killin’ me. Can I please come over and play makeup now?! I’ll even bring tea and baked goods!
    .-= Amber’s last blog post… Spring beastie babies =-.

  11. amy says:

    That is a great storage container, thanks for sharing your system :). I love frequenting craft stores but I never thought to buy storage containers for makeup there.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… A Sparkling Star with Thierry Mugler Angel Sunesscence Édition Bleu Lagon Eau de Toilette Légère Summer 2010 Limited Edition =-.

  12. lindsey says:

    Sweet Collection!

  13. Theresa says:

    I totally envy your cream shadow collection (and its storage container 🙂

  14. Kelsey says:

    I keep mine upside down like that too
    .-= Kelsey’s last blog post… What do you want to see MORE of? =-.

  15. Shelby says:

    This is a great idea! I’m trying to get organized right now. I need to make a trip to the craft store really badly.

    And I spy Rollickin’!! (which I bought at CCO recently and I’m currently obsessed with and using almost daily)

  16. knownever says:

    I love those benefit shadows as bases WAY better than MAC paint pots. I don’t understand the appeal of paint pots at all! they’re so thick and heavy!
    .-= knownever’s last blog post… What’s in my purse =-.

  17. Nina says:

    Nice! I dont have too many pots to store. Now im worried that if I get that cubby organizer, the empty slots will feel lonely and ill have to just fill `em up!

  18. Michelle says:

    Wow, just beautiful. Do you think you could swatch these on paper? Please and thank you!

  19. Jay says:

    Love the ArtBin! Now I gotta make a trip to the arts and crafts store to check these out. You have inspired me to organize my makeup 🙂

  20. kim says:

    I actually use Artbins too! Mine is filled with Benefit creaseless creams….I also use the one with 6 long vertical compartments, it holds my smudgepots, UDPPs, paint pots, and HIP liners. I love all these little pots! I just picked up a few more, they are 50% off at JoAnns right now (making them $3.50 each).

  21. Rica says:

    I’m gonna start to look for this now. It seems great! My paintpots and creaseless cream shadows are still shuffling around in my drawer LOL

    I’m wondering if the MAC pigments (old packaging) will fit into these compartments.

    .-= Rica’s last blog post… The next Iron Man? =-.

  22. mill says:

    ah i want rollickin so badly! i wasnt really into makeup when it came out….

  23. April says:

    i absolutely love seeing and finding new ways to organize my stuff, especially my makeup. i bought some mesh drawer organizers from The Container Store (during the spring organization sale) to sort out my eyeshadows & palettes, makeup brushes & tools, mineral makeup, and eyeliners/mascaras/etc. so i could clear up counter space but now I’m actually needing to get a countertop pencil holder for all my pencil eyeliners, lipglosses, and what not.

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