I have been on a depotting lark lately, and I showed my efforts in the last couple posts, in which I used the UNII palette (available at uniicosmetics.com). UNII is a great system, and below is a brief video that showcases it. Note that all of the palettes in the video are the original UNII palette style.
Until now I have photographed only the original UNII palette, not the newer style. I have both: three originals in Snow, Coal, and Eggplant, and two new in Lavender and Honeysuckle.
The first time I opened my UNII palette in Snow, it was love at first sight, but when I started to assemble products in it and realized how small the palette really was. I don't own a Z-palette for comparison, but I have seen them online and the Z looks significantly larger. That said, I am perfectly fine with the smaller footprint of the UNII. It makes me think about what I really want to use every day. I'm not a makeup artist, so how many different pans do I need anyway?
Some of you have asked if the old UNII palette style is still available for purchase. It is not, I searched for other sites that might be selling it, but I could not find any. Then I stumbled back onto UNII's FAQ page where the answer had been all along:
Are your original UNII Palettes available?So that's that.
We've been out of stock for some time now while we waited for our new UNII's to arrive. We don't have any plans to go back to the metal plate, since the makeup industry seems to be moving towards magnetic pans, especially those brands that offer refills.
Are the darker colors available? Will you bring them back?
Currently, we don't have plans to bring back the original (darker) colors. We plan to offer new colors regularly, please feel free to email us with your favorite color requests!
Other readers asked if there is a big difference between the original and new palette style. Not big, not anything you would notice at first glance, and if you had never owned the original UNII you would probably love the new style. But for those of us who have both, it's fair to say there's a significant enough difference and not necessarily for the better in the revised style.
Here's a comparison between the old and new styles. At the bottom of the post you'll find all the photos.
- Packaging: Origami-type fold with sticky seal. Instructions written on the inside. Comes with magnetic strip that you can cut to size and write on. (You can also buy 3/4" stick-on magnets online, at sellers like Stars Makeup Haven, which is what I did.
- Color. Deeply-saturated colors with a glossy finish and UNII's 3-petal flower logo in the center of the lid.
- Mirror. Full size of the lid.
- Backing/inner plate. Non-magnetized plate that is color coordinated with the palette.
- Gasket/seal. Airtight rubber gasket, which you can remove for cleaning.
- Thumb grip. UNII 3-petal flower logo embossed on an acrylic square. Lets you maintain a good, solid hold on the compact, but it does use up precious space.
- Dimensions. I can't find my ruler, but it appears to be the same footprint as the new palette. The one visible exception is the old style palette is a tiny bit deeper. See pictures below for a better comparison than I could describe.
- Weight. 162 grams, 5 3/4 ounces.
- Packaging. Box with instructions written on it, which slips into a sleeve. Overall more trim, portable, and you can save the packaging more easily than the original Origami style; however, the new sleeve has instructions printed inside, and you would need to rip it apart to read them.
- Color. Pastel, sheer colors with sprinkles of fine shimmer throughout the surface. The finish is glossy and the UNII 3-petal flower logo still sits in the middle of the lid.
- Mirror. Full size of the lid, same as the old
- Backing/inner plate. Magnetized plate that is color coordinated with the outer compact. Though convenient, not everything sticks to this backing, so it's not the strongest magnet I have ever worked with. Also, pans that already have a magnet will need to be moved around the surface until they find adequate polarization, which reminds me of a wall stud finder. Comes with a sheet that looks like a magnet but isn't. Since magnets repel magnets, you don't want a magnet on the bottom of your pan, such as MAC. So you'll need to adhere a piece of not-a-magnet to the bottom of your magnetized pans.
- Gasket/seal. Hard plastic that is not airtight. When I look at the side, I can see a gap into my palette. The new gasket is also not removable for cleaning. I suspect if I dropped my handbag and the new UNII palette was inside and its contents shattered, I'd find makeup residue on the inside of my bag. I haven't verified this because I don't want to destroy a palette full of makeup just to test.
- Thumb grip. No longer square, it is just the shape of the flower, which is more space conscious, but also more flexible (entirely rubber?) and, thus, a bit less secure feeling. It is also a tiny bit less high, but it would have to be (see next point).
- Dimensions. Outer dimensions : 3.7"D x 6"L x0.7"Thick / Inner dimensions : 2.8"D x 5.4"L x0.3"Thick. I could live with the new seal that doesn't really seal, but depth is my greatest disappointment in the new palette. It's just not as deep as the original version. I am guessing the new magnetic plate is thicker than the non-magnetized plate, and so it raises the surface. The same Chanel eye pencil still fits (albeit it is raised slightly above the surface) but a pencil with a cap that slips over it, like MAC, does not fit unless you remove the cap.
- Weight. 210 grams, 7 3/8 ounces. Almost 2 ounces heavier than the old style, obviously from the magnetic backing; however, once you add magnets to the backs of the pans going into the original palette, I suspect things pretty much even out.
As for the gasket, UNII says they changed the design because they had problems manufacturing the rubber gaskets. They are currently planning to restore the original rubber gasket in a future palette design.
If you look at the Reviews page on the UNII web site, it shows only reviews for the original design, all of which are two or more years old. Up at the top of the page, the heading says: "Reviews (For our original design. New reviews coming soon!)" I suspect the reviews for the new style are not nearly as glowing, unless the purchases were made by people whose first introduction to UNII was through the new style.
To be fair, the new style is still a good palette. Both are travel friendly, and they hold a decent amount of product; I just don't think the new style is as high a quality as the old, but it seems UNII was making adjustments at the request of their customers, and they just have to work out the kinks.
If you have made it this far, congratulations for staying awake! Finally you get to look at pictures.
|Original (Coal) and new (Lavender) UNII palettes|
|Origami-style packaging for original palettes with writable magnet sheet|
|New palette (Lavender) with writable not-a-magnet sheet|
|Palette without the magnet. Notice the backing color coordinates with the palette color|
|Original style UNII palette (Coal) with coordinating backing color|
|Comparison of the two; they look nearly identical, yes?|
|Original and new thumb print|
|side view of the thumb prints|
|bottom of the thumb prints|
|Seal on new palette|
|Seal on original palette (switched to Eggplant for this photo)|
|Comparison of original and new palette depth|
|New palette backing isn't level, at least on mine|
Bottom line: I prefer the original styling, but I like both and hope they improve the design (deeper pan and bring back the airtight seal) in future. That said, I probably won't repurchase because I doubt I will ever need more than the five I own!
Photo 1 and video from uniicosmetics.com. All other photos taken (c) Everyday Beauty