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A First-Timer's Account Of Depotting Makeup

I haven't had indecisiveness over a post title like this since I did the first of these posts. Anyho, the show must go on. What I really hope to convey is: a) it's not as scary as you think but...b) there could be casualties, c) have all necessary tools at hand prior to commencement and most importantly, d) all powder formulas are not created equally.

I think it was a Sunday afternoon when I finally decided to shirk off laziness and depot some eyeshadows. I'd recently purchased a limited edition Z palette and I was pretty sure that I was going to buy another at The Makeup Show New York. So I gathered my tools...

Depotting eyeshadows 101 - www.modenmakeup.com

Lemme back up, I watched this YouTube video and then I gathered my tools. The NYX shadows in the old packaging were easy. The mental pan housing the shadow was easily pried from its exterior plastic packaging using a knife. The new packaging - which is exactly like the M.A.C ones - was a bit more difficult. Heat was required to melt the plastic casing which surrounds the metal pan. Enter casualty numero uno: my beloved 'Dance The Tides'. *bawl*

NYX 'Dance The Tides' - www.modenmakeup.com
NYX 'Dance The Tides' - www.modenmakeup.com
NYX 'Dance The Tides' - www.modenmakeup.com

Either I applied the heat for too long on this spot or this product "cooks" very easily or both. Either way it would not. stop. crumbling. I vex now.

I had to continue because the real purpose of this whole depotting thing was to get enough empty M.A.C containers to get some lipsticks in the Back-To-M.A.C program. Ort, pressing on andddddddddddd the lighter runs outta gas. I hey telling myself that the makeup devil gawww be ridin' me or sumtin. But I tell myself: self, you got real nuff candles bout hey; heat could never be a problem.

Depotting Eyeshadows 101 - www.modenmakeup.com

I do not recommend this! You could be wondering why I didn't use the candle shown in the first photo. Well, I tried. LOL. That candle was burnt too far down to be useful; I damn near burn muhself. Then I remembered this rarely used Neom Luxury Organics candle. The plus side of using a candle is the heat is less intense, I think. I guess what I really mean is that the product isn't held as close to the naked flame, so I didn't have a recurrence of the NYX shadow problem mentioned earlier. Orrrrrrrrrr maybe it's just that M.A.C shadows are pressed more compact into their pans. I dunno. On to why I wouldn't recommend this method. Casualty number two: M.A.C 'Deep Truth'.

M.A.C 'Deep Truth' - www.modenmakeup.com

Maybe my hands got tired. Maybe the tweezers' grip wasn't strong enough...I dunno. I drop this shadow in that wax not once, not twice but three times. I did cussin black is blue by this time. This shadow has been in my collection for years and I absolutely loved it. My friend Karla brought this back for me from Trinidad an' all. Stupse. What's truly amazing is that I thought the shadow could have survived the first submersion due to the fact that the wax is organic. If that was a Bath and Body works candle that shadow wouldda been done from jump.

Sigh. So I get through the rest of them with just minor nicks and dings. That's par for the course with depotting. This is not an exercise I'd recommend if you don't have patience and a steady hand.

My next set of conquests were baked shadows. I was intrigued to see how this process would go since they're not in a metal pan. The two Milani shadows I depotted injury free. It's important to have a "bed" of paper towels or a cloth to rest the shadows "face down" on while the pan/tile cools. I was thinking now that these different formula shadows ain't suh bad - re: the depotting effort required - til I butt up pun casualty number three: M.A.C 'Rich Core'.

M.A.C 'Rich Core' - www.modenmakeup.com

This was when I learned the hard way that 'In Extra Dimension' shadows are housed on a mesh not a tile. FML! I really liked that shadow too.

Blue %$#@&*+ vex now. Dis depotting ting is bare !@$%

Then I remembered seeing Kamilah post a palette of her Wet n Wild eyeshadows so I just decided to depot those too. What could go wrong? I dun mash up muh more expensive shadows. The Wet n Wild shadows were the easiest to depot. Simply because the plastic packing is so thin that it doesn't take much heat to loosen the glue.

Wet n Wild 'Walking On Eggshells' - www.modenmakeup.com
Wet n Wild 'Comfort Zone' - www.modenmakeup.com

I started to feel like less of a failure. Time to put these babies in their new home. Z palettes come with assorted sized magnets so I attached those to the shadows when necessary. The actual palette is magnetized so metal pans stick to it with no problems.

DIY eyeshadow palette - www.modenmakeup.com
DIY eyeshadow palette - www.modenmakeup.com

There was still plenty of space in my other Z palette after I put in my new NARS blushes so I decided to depot some other NARS products. Like the original NYX packaging, the pans were easy to pry from the plastic packaging. Just slip the knife through the space between the pan and the exterior packaging and finesse it with great care. Even the mirrors in NARS compacts are depot-able :)  I think you get the most resistance in the middle of the pan where the glue was initially placed. The old Revlon eyeshadow packaging requires this same technique. While using heat does incur less hold-your-breath-cause-yuh-don't-want-to-damage-the-product moments, the way 'Dance The Tides' crumbled - and continues to crumble cause I haven't thrown it away yet - scarred me for life. And before you say "just repress the product" please know that I'm pretty DIY'd out.

The horror ain't done. Not only did I gouge my beloved 'Tribulation', I was faced with the realisation that Benefit Cosmetics evidently make the softest (or most loosely bound) blushes on the market. Trying to get this pan out of its box caused the pan to bend and the product to literally crack. I shouldda just light up de damn box.

Benefit Cosmetics 'Bella Bomba' blush - www.modenmakeup.com
DIY blush palette - www.modenmakeup.com

I think that's it. After all that stress I did muster up enough eligible empty M.A.C containers to get three free lipsticks. I also freed up a bit of space in my storage unit.

Back To M.A.C lipsticks - www.modenmakeup.com

I don't think I'll be depotting anything any time soon.

What about you? Let us know your depotting tips in the comments.

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