This was on my wishlist for January and I'm happy to say I finally got the Ikea Alex drawers!
The drawers hold the bulk of my makeup collection and I've kept the bottom three drawers for nail stuff, skincare and odds and ends whilst the top holds my meager lipstick collection and hair bands. I'm also considering using it for stationary when I use up some of my makeup and can empty out the drawers a little.
This unit is ideal for makeup because the top 5 drawers are not as deep as the last 4 drawers and so are perfect for storing makeup flat so it's easy to see everything. The deeper drawers are better for larger items (for example I store my hair dryer and Lush containers in the bigger drawers).
On the top I've stored brushes, liners, perfumes and my orange and peach handcream:
Here's another example.
Here's my final example drawer. This one holds blush, bronzers and highlighters.
I'm still organising and reorganising everything so will do a proper tour of my entire set up when it's all completed and a lot more tidy!
Overall I love the Alex unit as it is sturdy and the drawer sizes in it are ideal not just for makeup but all sorts of paraphernalia. At £81.99 it doesn't come cheap and it also doesn't come in an array of colours so if white isn't your thing you probably wouldn't like it. But it's a great storage solution and comes in both sets of 9 drawers as well as shorter 5 drawer units if shorter units are your preference.
Other Ikea units that look good for makeup storage are: