Every once in a while a new product comes along that is simply so brilliant that you wish that had come up with that idea yourself. Minerals Mate has done just that with their Mineral Makeup Application & Mixing Trays. They are elegant in their simplicity, but they are equally rugged and hard working (without sacrificing good looks). In fact, these pretty babies were made to be top rack dishwasher safe ensuring that they receive a proper and thorough cleaning. Click to enlarge all photos.
The seven snug fitting removable break-resistant and non-toxic caps reveal three large and 4 small wells to store a generous amount of product. Not only is this a way to keep your favorite products in one place, but it also makes it very convenient for travel. In between the smaller wells on the bottom there is a ribbed thumb grip that doubles as a scrubbing surface to gently clean your brushes.
While these were made with mineral makeup in mind- I would suggest that they are fantastic for all types of loose makeup. Not only are they great for housing your loose makeup, but the larger wells are so generously sized that they are fantastic for mixing colors. I actually think that these gorgeous palettes are also perfect for mixing liquid products as well. I tried mixing some OCC Lip Tars as well as customizing the color of a liquid foundation, and it works brilliantly in this application as well. If you have lots of lipsticks that aren't quite the right color- these trays are also perfect for custom blending.
Red at Play is an elegant yet playful palette that was inspired by: "Lipstick. Nail polish. And shoes! Red is a woman’s color and this fun and lovely “Red at Play” Minerals Mate tray is perfect for the colorful woman you are!"
This little beauty gives you a clean, effective and fun surface to use when applying your minerals or any other powder product. Highly polished and substantial in weight, it features three large wells and four small wells, perfect for those foundations, blushes and eye colors! Use once and wash with soap. Or, if you have some leftover minerals on the tray, just snap on one of its red caps or two and save your minerals for the next use! Comes with a beautiful Minerals Mate red satin pouch.
Double Platinum is a gorgeous black on dark gray palette that is "subtle but dramatic and oh, so pretty, this black-on-dark-gray Minerals Mate tray goes with just about any vanity decor."
This elegant Minerals Mate Application & Mixing Tray gives you a clean, effective and fun surface to use when applying your minerals or any other powder product. Made of professional-weight, highly polished melamine, it features three large wells and four small wells, perfect for those foundations, blushes and eye colors! Use once and wash with soap. Or, if you have some leftover minerals on the tray, just snap on one of its black caps or two and save your minerals for the next use! Comes with a beautiful Minerals Mate satin pouch.
$19.95 each from Minerals Mate. Get a 25% discount through May with discount code: 2468MineralsMate
Overall assessment: BRILLIANT!! So well conceived and executed- BRAVO! This product should not be thought of as only being relevant to those who wear mineral makeup- this is great for everyone who likes to mix products (liquid or powder), and for anyone that wants a convenient place to store their loose powder products. I even think every makeup artist should have one of these beauties in their kit! A+
*These products were provided for editorial review, but the opinions expressed are categorically my own.