So I've mentioned before that my sister is a former MAC artist and is runway certified. This basically means that i love to pick her brain about makeup and all the secrets of the trade! One thing she's been doing for years is 'depotting'. I'll admit i never wanted to try it. The thought of taking something out of its beautiful packaging and potentially ruining it simply did not sound appealing to me... that is, until now! You see, in the past year, I've upgraded my makeup case twice! Well, three times if you count the one train case i ordered not realizing the dimensions were wrong! So my latest train case purchase is a massive trolley case that i thought would be the answer to my prayers. Sadly, the bulkiness of my blushes and individual shadows made it difficult to properly store them. I knew something had to be done... so i took matters into my own hands! I purchased a few ZPalettes because i knew these were the only palettes I'd trust with my beloved shadows and blushes. This was the best decision i could have ever made! I find myself using shadows that had been long lost in the midst of my makeup train case! So essentially, i feel as though I've gained a whole new set of shadows! Here's the bonus... if you depot MAC shadows/blushes/bronzers you can take the empty pots and take advantage of MAC's recycling program 'back to MAC' which you've heard me talk about many times on my blog! So i hope this post inspires you to do the same! I'll admit, i refuse to depot my Nars shadows... they're just too pretty in their original packaging!
OK Here's what you'll need:
Decide which shadows/blushes/bronzers you want to depot...
Place the shadow pan on a piece of parchment paper.
Once the glue has melted off, you will be able to carefully use your sharp object to remove the metal shadow pan from the plastic portion. Be careful! The metal portion of the pan will be hot!
Peel the adhesive off and place it on the back of the metal shadow pan.
Using your sharpie, write the name and make of the shadow. In this case, I've depotted MAC's Retrospek.
Place the shadow in your palette of choice and you're done!
So i found this process to be relatively easy! I'll admit that i crumbled one of my old shadows which i attribute to the fact that it was already half gone to begin with. Also, one of my MAC bronzers slightly cracked. It's totally usable still thankfully so I'm not too upset over it. What i most love about this process is the fact it makes your shadows, blushes and bronzers more readily available to use while saving you a ton of space!
So lets chat! Have you depotted any makeup before? Have you tried ZPalettes before? What are your thoughts?
Thank you SO MUCH for reading! XOXO Carla - FMM