I recently tried to depot makeup. Yes, it’s exactly what it seems. Remove eye shadow from the palette and stick it into one huge palette. Let me try to explain.
First of all, it’s a lot harder than it looks! If you’re watching YouTube videos, don’t be fooled! I watched a few that said oh this is my first time depotting makeup. Yeah, uh huh… because it came out perfectly for them and they didn’t make any mistakes. Yeah, right. I simply don’t believe that.
I wanted to try this experience because I had too many eye shadow palettes laying around, and they were taking up too much room (ok, I think my total was 4 palettes- which may or may not seem like a lot to you.).
First I followed instructions from the web and YouTube videos I saw. Yes, I researched this quite a bit before I decided to try it. That’s what the internet is for!
I grabbed an old beach towel, a butter knife, my palette and some paper towels. You definitely need paper towels! It’s MESSY. Trust me on that one. I spread out the towel, and tried to pry the knife into the slits of the eye shadow pan to take it out. Epic fail. I think I broke 3 or 4 eye shadows on my first try. Luckily, I was testing this on a palette I didn’t really care for, so I was okay with that. I only successfully got four shades out of that one- I think there might have been at least 10. Like I said, I am okay with that.
I got very frustrated with this process. I took the towel, and paper towels off the floor (very carefully), and folded them up so I wouldn’t get any eye shadow on the floor (I only got a tiny bit on the floor, but I was able to use Windex and clean it up). I shook the towel outside, and then put it in the basement so it could get washed.
I moved my process to the table instead of the floor. Much better! I laid out more paper towels. And my palette. Make sure you put something under the palette like a place mat or cutting board. That way, the table will be protected from any mistakes or misses you might make with the knife.
I got my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette out. I STRUGGLED with this for the longest time, and decided it wasn’t working too well. I moved onto the oven technique, with instructions that were on my Z-palette paper. The instructions said to get a cookie sheet out and layer it with wax paper. Turn the oven on to 250-300 degrees. Put the palettes in the oven until they begin to melt, and then you should be able to pull them apart. This worked much better! I got a lot more eye shadows out of my Urban Decay Naked 3 than my other palette. I successfully took four or five eye shadows out. I was beyond frustrated by the entire process at that point.
I actually finished my depotting on Saturday night, by using the oven technique. You need to watch your time and check on the palette every so often, by only keeping it in for a few minutes at a time. It will smell funny, because yes, the plastic is melting off.
I kept putting my palette back in the oven because to me, it wasn’t melting fast enough. You *must* be patient in this process. If you aren’t patient, you will break lots of eye shadows.
I successfully got 2 and a half palettes depotted without a problem! It was amazing. Now I have all my eye shadows in one Z-palette.
My final results:
The best thing is, now you have all your eye shadows in one spot. Not taking up a ton of room! I got this dome Z-Palette on Amazon, but they do have a Z-Palette website with instructions.
You can rearrange the shadows in whatever pattern you’d like! Some people label the back of the metal pot with the name of the eye shadow. I did not do it except on the circular potted eye shadows. I am sure I could have taken the eye shadows out of the pot ,but I did not want to and didn’t want to.
I should have taken step by step pictures of how to depot something, but I wasn’t thinking about it. I just wanted to get it done!
I hope you enjoyed this post!
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