{Giveaway} A Clever Compact to Color Your Lips ‘Luscious’

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!

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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.

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  • Hi Everyone! In honor of the FOF interview and giveaway, the Petal Palette is marked down to $12.00 through the end of July! Stock up for birthdays, Christmas, anytime!

  • Beverly Metcalf

    I like the lighter shades like peach or rose. Thanks.

  • Fatma willhauck

    Magenta color

  • Sue J.

    My favorite shade of lipstick has a tint of plum in it!

  • Lori L.

    I like plum colors.

  • jasyntha cornwell

    I love more natural peachy tones

  • sharon

    my favorite shade is a light coral

  • Laura P.

    I tend to reach for the pink shades in spring and summer. However, in the fall and winter it tends to be nudes or beige colors.

  • Beckie Winesburg

    My favorite lipstick is LipBlush.

  • LynneMarie

    My favorite shade is any of the pinks.

  • stephanie barmann

    I love mocha colored lipstick.

  • Sarah Jestings

    I love anything in coral.

  • I tend to veer towards corals and pinks, from soft to intense.

  • BlackAsphodel

    I like coral red.

  • I prefer a berry color with blue undertones.

  • Susan Chester

    I usually wear lipsticks in plum colors.
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  • I luv cool colors but usually grab whatever is the closest.

  • shari roe

    I love sparkly or shimmery fuchsia.

  • margara

    my favorite shade depends on the occasion, but ive bought a light mauve color, nude, and recently some coral hues. and i didnt think id look good on it, but my daughter got me a light red shade with a bit of shimmer that i have come to love!

  • Amelia Farica Sisman

    My favorite shade of lipstick is Fuchsia ❤️

  • df

    Berry shades always work for me.

  • Cathy

    My favorite shade of lipstick is nude with a touch of pink.

  • Stacee

    My favorite shade has always been sheer pink, dark red to a plum color. I’m of darker shade and sometimes finding those colors or inbetween can be hard to choose.

  • Val Goodwin

    Mauve. Various brands. For some reason I’m always happy with that shade!

  • Frances Herzig

    I like warm shades of red and mauve, but I also love the lightness of pink. I’m just easy to please.

  • hofken

    My favorite shade of lipstick is coral.

  • Lorina Padgett

    I like pink.

  • Kathy McVey

    Boy by Channel

  • Beth Lowe

    I wear alot of pink shades. I would like to see more coral shades out there, I can rarely find them.

    • Hi Beth, You probably know what I’m going to say…. Why not try mixing a pink with an orange to get the coral color you’re looking for. You might be pleasantly surprised! 🙂

  • Love the corals & pinks

  • joyce saffarano

    i love pink, it brightens up my face, and my wardrobe, and i feel sexy and alive when i wear that fabulous pink color.

  • I can’t pick just one shade! But I tend toward either browns/neutrals or pinks/berries. I love this product! One of those that makes you think, “now why didn’t I think of that?”!!!

    • Thanks, Karla! That’s what I think, too. Once women try this product, they won’t know how they lived without it. Keep working on your own “ah ha” idea!

  • joyce saffarano

    pink is the best color to wear all year long. it just makes me feel brighter, and happier when i wear it, especially with a long sweater and jeans.

  • joyce saffarano

    pink is a great color, it goes with everything from black outfits for day time, right through the evening casual wear, a nice warm dark sweater, a pair of jeans, and some great boots. pink is a happy color that makes me feel alive and kicking at 51.

  • i love pink because you can wear it all year long, it goes with the black outfits i like to wear which are either dreses , slacks with a black shirt, or just a tee shirt and a old pair of jeans, also you can wear it so well when you are dressed up and it always looks good, clean and gives you a nice pouty pretty lip.

  • Lauren

    I have been using tawny browns….would like to find a pink that is not cotton candy or mauve-y….

    • Hi Lauren, You might try mixing the tawny colors you like with a little pink. That will keep the pink from being too bright and brighten your tawny at the same time.

  • Nancy Jachcik

    My favorite color is rose shades of lipstick


    I love the soft colors such as soft pinks peach DOnt like the dark colors

  • Colleen Boudreau

    I like a pinkish nude.

  • Terry Miller

    For several years, I’ve gotten many compliments on L’Oreal’s “The Colour of Hope”.

  • Terry Miller

    For several years I’ve gotten compliments on L’Oreals “Colour of Hope”.

  • Terry Miller

    For several years, I’ve gotten compliments on L’Oreal’s “The Colour of Hope” which is kind of a mauve-y pink.

  • Judy vR

    I have darkish blonde hair and a light complexion. I like the brownish colour lipstick

  • Deanna

    I like light rose or plum shades but feel I am in a rut with all my makeup.

    • Hi Deanna, If you’re reaching for the same colors all the time, why not break your routine by combining a few of your favorite lip colors. It’s fun and you just might love the results.

  • Theresa Lemay

    I like anything from pinks to plums no oranges or browns though

  • Teresa Graves

    I like rose colored lipsticks. I’m looking for something that won’t dry out my already too dry lips.

    • Hi Teresa, My daughter suggested I try a lip primer. It’s a neutral, base color you apply before your lip color. I believe it makes lip color last longer. I often forget to apply it first, but I think it’s supposed to help.

  • Kim S.

    My favorite shade of lipstick is the darker shades (burgundy, purple, maroon).

  • Dorothy borgese

    I like corals and peach colors

  • My favorite shade of lipstick is Schiap by Nars. It is a bright, bright pink verging on fushia. It makes me happy.

    • Bright colors make me happy, too! I think we carry ourselves most confidently when we can step out the door wearing what makes us feel good, not necessarily what other people think we should wear.

  • Sharon Siqueiros

    I’m a redhead and I blend a couple of colors to make my fav. For example Ellis Faas L101 red w/a coppery color 230 Captivate by Cover Girl

    • I love that you blend your own colors!

  • Maria Goulart

    Red is my favourite shade of lipstick… goes with everything!

  • AJB

    I like neutral tones either in pink or orange depending on the color of the clothes I’m wearing.

  • Bettie

    A nice mauve looks good on me no matter what I am wearing. I am pale with blue undertones in my skin. I find that the mauve comes close to matching the shade of the edges of my lips. I think that is why it works so well.

  • Mary Ann

    My favorite shade is mauve.

  • Soledad

    Teak Rose from Revlon

  • Shirley Fortune-Feitler

    light purples

  • Cathy Burnett

    My favorite right now is by Michael Kors and is called Dame.

  • My favorite shade of lipstick is pink. Pink is feminine and compliments my skin tone. I like a bright pink as that brightens my mood!! I NEVER leave the house without my lipstick or my eyebrows!!!!

    • Hi Michel, Me, too! Eyebrows are key, especially since they’ve gotten thinner as I’ve gotten older. Just a little filling in and I look years younger.

  • My favorite shade is light Pink.

  • carol c

    I am looking for a new best color. I like shades in the rose family.

    • Hi Carol, Try starting with a favorite rose color and mixing it with a bit of another color that you already have. You may find you have plenty of color options already. You can be the artist who creates the color that’s just right for you.

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  • sandy

    warm pinks work well with my coloring.

  • Karen

    My favorite shade of lipstick is a soft sheer pink.

  • Cindy

    I’m always buying the wrong color.

    • Hi Cindy, I wonder if, instead of that you’re buying the wrong color, maybe you’re not used to seeing yourself in lipstick? Start with a light color, pink or coral, and try adding a bit of another color until you get a shade that feels right for you.

  • Lisa Hetsko

    Favorite shade – it use to be red, every shade of red, but I now seem to favor Rose – not pink, not red but usually a rose on the darker side. No favorite brand, always buying & trying different ones.

  • Diane H Hinkle

    Corals are my favorite lip colors. I choose to leave my hair gray and I need color on my face and lips. My all time favorite lipstick was Coty 24. It did stay on all day and it was about 5 dollars a tube. For some reason Coty stopped selling lipstick. If someone could find their formula and market it, they could make a fortune. I’m still looking for lip color that will stay on like the Coty product did.

  • My favorite shade of lipstick is Lavish by Younique. It’s pink and sparkly.

  • Ethel Johnson

    My favorite shade of lipstick is Lip Lacquer Ruby Kisses. It is kind of pink and soft enough for dark skin.