As I received some MUJI vouchers for xmas, I decided to finally purchase some of those clear acrylic drawer boxes that I'd heard so much about and I love them! They look great, are really compact so they can fit almost anywhere, but at the same time, you can still fit quite a lot of things into them. Best of all, I can see exactly what I have and where it all is!
I decided to buy one 5 drawer box and one 2 drawers wide box to start with and I've put the make-up that I use the most often into these. Once my spending ban is over, I'm going to be looking at buying some more storage to fit the rest of my make-up collection in so that everything's all together, but for now, here's how I've got it set up.
The first unit here was actually a gift from a friend and I believe she may have picked it up from John Lewis, but you can find similar on eBay and Amazon too. It comprises of four main sections: one at the back that's narrow and split into two - this is perfect for mascaras and eyeliners etc. Next to that is a small stand up part where I keep my Benefit Hoola Bronzer and Liz Earle Foundation. At the front, there's a larger stand up part where I have bits and bobs like an EOS lip balm, ELF Cream Eyeliner, Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush etc. Lastly, the other section is mainly for lipsticks, but I've used the front four slots for my Benefit minis.
Underneath that, I have my MUJI 5 drawer box. I decided to pick this up because I wanted to keep my make-up singular and flat (so not piled up on top of each other in the drawers themselves).
First drawer of 5 has my most used lip products, so things like my Korres Lip Butters, Revlon Lip Butters, a couple of MAC lipsticks that I wear all the time and some Revlon lipglosses etc. As you can see you can fit quite a lot in one of these little drawers!
Second drawer of 5 contains my most used eye products. Here I mainly have a bunch of singles and some trios. Near the back of this drawer, I also keep some eyeliners that I want to use more often.
Third drawer of 5 has some bronzers and blushers, as well as couple of lip products that couldn't fit into the above drawer. With larger items, you'll find that you have to play a bit of Tetris to see how they'll all fit together!
Fifth drawer of 5 has my Urban Decay Naked Palette, Sleek Storm palette and a Stila palette. I thought it would nice to put my favourite palettes into a drawer of their own, but in hindsight I don't think it's the best use of space and I'll probably put them somewhere else at some point.
Moving on, I keep all of my make-up brushes & tools in mugs and containers like so.
Underneath my brushes, I have the MUJI 2 drawer wide box which fits a mix of bulkier items that won't fit into the slimmer 5 drawer box. The first drawer has primers, my mineral foundations, thick packaged eyeshadows and some other bits. If you have a lot of MAC Paint Pots, then those will fit nicely into this.
In the last drawer I've put my Urban Decay Alice In Wonderland palette which I love so much, but shamefully rarely use. I'm hoping that having it like this will encourage me to use it more often, though like the palettes in the 5 drawer box, I still think the space can be used more efficiently for other items.
- Think about what size of drawers you want to get: sounds obvious I know, but some items will simply not fit into the narrower 5 drawer box etc.
- Alternatively, you may find the other storage options like their partition boxes and singular deep drawer boxes better suited for your needs.
- Phone/email your local MUJI store for stock queries: I found that the 5 drawer box was out of stock for a while at my local store, but they notified me when new stock was arriving so that I didn't make a wasted journey. Alternatively, check their website and see what's in stock on there.
- Be aware that this storage can get dirty quite quickly: Like NARS packaging, these plastic drawers will look grubby in no time if you're using them regularly, so perhaps make a habit of giving them a quick wipe once a week to keep them looking clear.
So that's it for now - I'll be sure to do an updated post when I get some more storage from MUJI in the near future!
How do you store your make-up?
Do you like the look of MUJI storage?