What Fits Into What - Cosmetic Pans & Palettes

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P.S. I'm personally really interested in what fits exactly into what -- for instance, I know that you can put Stila pans into a large MAC e/s palette, but they are NOT the same size...  If anyone has exact sizes (inches/mm) or is curious and would like to measure any of these for me, please let me know!

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General information about the items on this list:

[listed by diameter, from smallest to largest, * = size is in question -- may not be in correct category]

small MAC e/s
size: 25 or 26 mm
fits in palettes:

Bonne Bell Flip It! (2-pan, cardboard, adhesive instead of magnets)
Elizabeth Arden Eyeshadow Duo Refillable Compact ($3, 2-pan, with mirror and magnets)
MAC Pro Colour Palette/x4 Eye Shadow ($3.50, 4-pan, metal-backed for pans with magnets, clear cover, 27mm slots)
MAC Pro Colour Palette/Small Eye Shadow ($12, 15-pan, metal-backed for pans with magnets, 27mm slots)
MMU 8-Slot Palette (
$20, 6 slots for small pans and 2 for large - possibly cardboard?)
Prescriptives Pick 2 Refillable Eyeshadow Compact ($3, 2-pan, with mirror and magnets)
Prescriptives 4-pan compact, other combo (blush/eyeshadow) compacts (discontinued?)
Prescriptives combo palettes (Wishbox, etc.)

same size as:

sold in pans and pots:
MAC small e/s
MMU Shadow Petites (2 g., pan is $8.25, stacking pot is $9.50)
* FACE Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow (0.07 oz./2 g, $15 for pot)
La Femme "Ultra Pearl" eyeshadow

sold in pans, only:
Elizabeth Arden Eye Shadow Refill (0.05 oz./1.6 g pan, $10 as sold at beauty.com)
Bonne Bell Powder Pak Eye Shadow Pans (two shades per package)
Prescriptives Pick 2 Eyeshadow ($13 at Gloss.com, called "tablets")

sold in pots, only:
Bath & Body Works eyeshadow
Clinique Touch Base (a cream eyeshadow)
* Estee Lauder e/s
Fetish (small size - there are two?)
* i nuovi X mm e/s (discontinued?)
Jane EyeZing Shadows ($2.79 online at Harmon Discount)
Jordana eye shadows
Origins Eyeshadow (0.05 oz/1.5 g mirrored compacts, $12.50)
Paula's Select Soft Matte Eyeshadow (0.07 oz/2 g, $7.95)
Prestige e/s (OLD e/s, before Spring 2002)
Revlon Streetwear cream eyeshadow

Studio Makeup / Studio Gear
Trade Secret e/s
Urban Decay Eye Shadow (0.05 oz, $15)

unknown - are these pans, pots, or both?:
fou d'elle
Red Earth

larger-than small MAC e/s
size: various
fits in palettes:  

sold in pots, only:
* Fresh (smaller than Stila?)
Garden Botanika Eye Shadow ($9/$8.10/$6)
* LORAC Eye Shadow (0.06 oz./1.7 g pots, $16) -- slightly bigger than small MAC e/s?
Max Factor e/s (30mm)
* The Body Shop
Tommy Hilfiger e/s (33mm)

* Victoria's Secret e/s (VS is DEFINITELY larger than small MAC pans but still smaller than Stila)

Stila e/s and blush
size:      35 mm
fits in palettes:

Stila 4-pan Compact ($12, cardboard, limited runs of each pattern)
Stila 6-pan Compact ($26, mirrored plastic with brush, new for 2001)
Stila 8-pan Compact ($38, mirrored plastic with brush)
Stila 9-pan (metal, discontinued)

same size as:

sold in pans and pots:
Stila Cheek Color ($13 for pan, $15 for pot, combo pots are a different size!)
Stila Eye Shadow ($13 for pan, $15 for pot, combo pots are a different size!)

large MAC e/s
size: 1-7/16 inches, 36mm
fits in palettes:
Chantecaille 8-pan
(found at Neiman Marcus)
So far these are Holiday 2001 (Olivia, Sylvie), Summer 2002, etc., and are almost identical in form to the Stila 8-pan palette, but hold larger pans, of course. These are only sold as FILLED palettes, and cost quite a bit.
FACE Stockholm
Pro Palette, Everyday 4-Pan Compact
10-pan Compact (does this exist?)
Pro Palette, Professional, 15-pan Compact

$6.00, as sold at Beauty.com

$12, as sold on Beauty.com
this has foam that surrounds the pans, and is not metal/magnetized

Fresh Eye Shadow Refillable Compact $20, sold only with a shadow included
Generic, sold at MakeupMania.com
15-well palette
advertised as fitting 1-5/16" pans (La Femme)
Japonesque Palettes for 1-7/16" pans sold by whosthefairest.com, makeupmania.com, others
MAC Pro Colour Palette/Large Eye Shadow $12, 8-pan, metal-backed for pans with magnets
Mirenesse Trio Case ($16.50 AU =~$8.88 USD, 3-pan with mirror, free with purchase of three or more shadows online)
Mirenesse 8-Palette Case ($40 AU =~$21.53 USD, 8-pan with mirror, also sold filled in special editions for $99 AU =~$53.28)
MMU 8-Slot Palette with Mirror and Brush MMUcosmetics.com: $22, fits their large MMU Eye Shadows, Lip Smears, Just Cheeky Blushes
Trish McEvoy compacts and planners eLuxury.com
same size as:

sold in pans and pots:
MAC large e/s (This size will possibly be discontinued by MAC, soon? I've heard this on the MUA boards.)
Chantecaille e/s & blush (not sold in pans individually, yet, but seasonal palettes contain removeable pans)
FACE Stockholm Matte Eyeshadow (0.1 oz./2.8 g pot/pan - $15 for pot)
Fresh Compact Eye Shadow Refill (0.11 oz./3 g pan - $12 for pan, $20 for pan IN compact)
La Femme Pressed Eyeshadow Powder ($2 for pan, $3.50 for pot, 1-5/16" size)
La Femme
Blush On Rouge ($2 for pan, $3 for pot, 1-5/16" size)
Mirenesse TwoWay Vitamin Capsule Shadows (4.5 g, sold as a pan/pot set and you pop out the pans, $16.50 AU =~$8.88 USD)
Mirenesse Mirror Gloss (2.5 g, sold as a pan/pot set and you pop out the pans, $16.50 AU =~$8.88 USD)
MMU (large) Eye Shadows: Glimmer or Mattify (4 g pot or pan, pan is $10.50, pot is $12.75)
MMU Just Cheeky Blushes (4 g pot or pan, pan is $10.50, stacking pot is $12.50)
Who's The Fairest? e/s & blush

sold in pans, only:
Trish McEvoy Shaper ($17), Glaze ($15), and Definer ($15) Eyeshadows (magnets included?), circle blushes

sold in pots, only:
Anna Sui Eye Color (0.1 oz./3 g, $17)
*Awake Eye Shadow (0.07 oz./2.5 g, $17)
Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow and Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow ($18)
CARGO Eye Shadow (0.12 oz./3.5 g tin, $15)
* i nuovi Colours Eye (0.15 oz?/3 g?, $13.50/$12.15)
* i nuovi Colours Blusher Eye (0.15 oz.?/3 g?, $16.50/$14.85, "34 mm colours"?)
Jane Blushing Cheeks Blush ($2.99 online at Harmon Discount)
LORAC Blush (0.15 oz./4.2 g, $14)
Paula Dorf Eyecolor and Eyecolor Glimmers (0.1 oz./3 g, $17)
philosophy windows of the soul (0.12 oz/3.4 g pot, $15)
Prestige e/s (NEW e/s, as of Spring 2002)
SkinMarket Pressed Eyeshadow (0.11 oz/3 g, $9.50)
ULTA Eyeshadow (0.13 oz/3.7 g, $6.50) (appears to have thinner pans than MAC)
Tigi "CyberOptics" e/s ($9.95 at local Trade Secret store)
Urban Decay Afterglow Powder Blush ($16)
Vincent Longo Matte Formula and Glimmer Formula Eyeshadows ($16)
Vincent Longo Eyeshadow Trio, Flower Eyeshadow Trio, Sun, Moon, and Stars Eyeshadow Trio ($20)

MAC blush
size:      [inches/mm]
fits in palettes: MAC 6-pan blush
same size as:

sold in pans and pots:
MAC Blush

sold in pots, only:
MAC Sheer Shimmer Powders

Cargo blush
size:      [inches/mm]
fits in palettes:  
same size as: sold in pots, only:
Cargo blush

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