At some point last month I realized that if I were going to keep pursuing Surratt makeup, it's better to start placing the tiny flimsy pans in a palette. I could have tried to use magnetic stickers and a Z Palette, but decided to do things by the book and get the Surratt Large Compact where I could fit all the items I have right now: one blush and four eye shadows (it can hold other combinations, such as six single eye shadows, three blushes, or a mix).
It's a straightforward kind of Tetris. The pans fit inside the palette and you get rid of the individual covers. The compact is sturdy, holds a large mirror and comes with a suede-like pouch for protection. The problem is that Surratt doesn't use magnets or any other locking mechanism. The pans fit well but not tightly. While they can't shift around, if you tilt the compact even a little, the pans will pop out and drop on the floor. That's unacceptable to me. If you don't glue the pans into place you can't take the compact with you anywhere, and even using it only at home in one room can end up with breakage. I ended up gluing the pans, but that kills the whole refillable concept and annoys me greatly. Luxury makeup shouldn't come as a crafts project.
Surratt Large Compact ($22) is exclusive to Barneys. Makeup colors sold separately.