How to Depot Your Shadows and Blushes

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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! 

Now remember to snap the top and bottom pieces of the empty shadow pan back together so that you can 'back to MAC' it!

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


  1. Love those palettes...just a pain to get it done.
    Great post!

  2. Love this idea, Carla! I'm in the process of overhauling my whole makeup routine and have tons of MAC shadows that I forgot I had. Do you find that the colors start to "bleed" into each other? i'm asking becauseI have a few eyeshadows that when used leave a bit of residue all over the pots. I wondered if ehen placed in these palettes being so close to each other it would get dusty as well from other colors.

    Thanks for the great idea! Just ordered the dome palette for my powders and bronzers!

    1. Hi there! I don't find that they bleed into each other at all. You may have a bit of flakes here and there but you can easily blow those away. If this is realy concerning, you can space them a bit farther apart too. I LOVE the dome palette... i put my blushes, bronzers and mineral powders in it and am super hapy with the outcome. I'm using all of my long lost shadows/blushes way more now that they're all in one 'easy to spot' place :) Let me know how you like the dome palette! xoxo

  3. I like this idea. My make up are seems disorganize no matter how I try to arrange it and it will be a lot easier to bring all the make up you want in one case. Thanks for sharing.


  4. love this makeup

  5. Great idea, lovely colours but I'd be too scared to ruin my make up while doing it. Anyway: good for you, you dared to try it!


  6. Well you are a genius! I love this.

  7. I hadn't heard of this before, but I'm still a little unsure if I want to! I know it makes sense, but I kinda like the packaging and all hehehe!