How many times have you left home with the wrong tube of lipstick, or thought the color you applied was just all wrong?
Mary Sloat, a-model-turned-entrepreneur, loves creating custom lipstick shades, so she designed the Petal Palette ($18), a compact with mixing/application brush that holds six of your favorite colors.
Read how Mary came up with her cool creation and enter to win your very own Petal Palette. 10 FOFs will win!
To enter to win a Petal Palette, comment below by answering the question: What’s your favorite shade of lipstick?
How old are you? Where do you live?
I’m 54 and I live a ferry ride away from Seattle.
Tell us a bit about your career.
I’m finally doing what I’ve always dreamed of doing—running my own business. Through the years, I’ve worked in many different jobs—as a copywriter at Microsoft, creating content for Starwave (a Paul Allen start-up), teaching English and modeling in Japan, and bookkeeping for a non-profit. I feel like many of my previous jobs have helped to prepare me for this one—owning a business and introducing an exciting product!
What prompted you to design and launch the Petal Palette?
Make-up is so personal. How can any company sell me a perfect palette of colors that works just for me? I think we all like to find just the right combination of brands and colors.
When I was modeling in Japan, the models carried empty lip color compacts that we filled with our favorite colors. I brought several compacts back to the U.S., but eventually they fell apart. Since there wasn’t a quality product on the market here, so I decided to make one. The Petal Palette has a tight latch that won’t come open in your purse, a mixing well, and a brush for creating your own colors.
How exactly does the product work and how big is it?
The Petal Palette is a slim, curvy compact measuring 4 inches by 2 ¾ inches. To fill it, first scoop out the color at the bottom of lipstick tubes you’re ready to toss, or use a knife to cut off ½-inch from the top of your fave lipsticks, then smoosh the colors into the palette. Potted lip glosses also can be used.
What are the benefits of having multiple colors? How do we ‘mix’ the colors?
I used to dash out the door to a meeting and only later realize I didn’t have the right lip color with me. Now I always have a handy range of color options and brands, and can create one custom color for the morning, one for the afternoon and one for an evening out. What’s more personal than that?
Do we need to wait until a lipstick we love is almost gone before putting it into the Petal Palette?
Oh no. You should see the collection of lipsticks I have that are flat on top. When I get a new color, I can’t wait to add it to my Petal Palette.
Any lipstick tips or secrets for FOF women?
My natural lip color has faded as I’ve gotten older and sometimes just a touch of lip color can brighten my face. If you don’t usually wear lip color, give it a try!
This giveaway is now closed. In honor of the FOF giveaway, Mary has reduced the price from $18 to $12 through July 31, 2014. Simply click the ORDER NOW button and the price will be automatically reduced in PayPal! Visit ThePetalPalette.com now!
Want an extra chance to win?
10 FOFs will win. (See official rules, here.) Contest closes July 10, 2014 at midnight E.S.T. Contest limited to residents of the continental U.S.