{How To} Depot your Eyeshadows, Bronzers and Blushes

Posted on October 19, 2012

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Another post on depotting! Just want to make sure I’ve covered all the bases for you. ;)

Depotting is great way to cut the clutter and keep all your favorites and most used products organized all in one palette. Earlier this week I shared how to depot from a cardboard palette. Today I’ll share how to depot eyeshadows, bronzers, and blushes from traditional plastic packaging. In tomorrow’s post, I’ll show you how to fix broken or cracked eyeshadows, bronzers, and blushes just in case you did some damage while depotting. By the end of this depotting series, you’ll be a depotting machine!

There are a few different ways to depot. This tutorial is how to depot with heat from a flat-iron. You can use heat from a candle or stove, but I don’t generally trust myself with fire. There are heatless ways to depot, but it involves cutting plastic which I found difficult to do. Out of all the methods I’ve tried, this was the easiest and fastest for me.

5 things to know before you start to depot.

  1. Depotting can take a little effort initially, but it’s worth it. Cuts clutter and saves time in the long run. After the first time, it’s super easy and fast.
  2. Depot in batches. That way, you only have to set up once.
  3. Bending the metal pan while depotting will cause your shadows, blushes, and bronzers to crack/break. I’ve noticed that the smaller the pot, the less likely it’ll crack since you don’t need to leverage as much to pop the pan out. The bigger the pot, the more likely the pan will bend causing it to crack. My suggestions: try to keep metal pans as flat as possible while depotting and avoid depotting large-sized bronzers and blushes. :)
  4. Don’t panic even if you do break or crack your beloved shadow, blush, or bronzer. Tomorrow, I’ll post how super easy it is to repair broken or cracked shadows, blushes, and bronzers.
  5. Do no depot: I don’t recommend depotting cream blushes or shadows. Also, many baked products do not have a metal pan and cannot be depotted.

Let’s get started!

What you’ll need:
- Thin and small tool like a Swiss Army knife.
- Flat iron.
- Rubbing alcohol.
- Napkin or Q-Tip.
- Obviously new palette (I used the Unii Palette)

Let’s Depot!~

1. Pop out: Take your flat and narrow tool (I used my little Swiss Army Knife) and use it to pop out the plastic tray holding the metal shadow pan. As pictured, place the tool into the clasp area and use leverage to separate the inner tray and outer packaging. Might be awkward at first, but you’ll get the hang of it!

2. Heat: Place the plastic tray directly onto your heated flat-iron and wait 30 seconds. The heat will loosen the glue.

3. Pop out again: Careful(!), the plastic tray will be hot! Look for the biggest gap between the plastic tray and metal pan and squeeze your flat tool in. Wiggle the knife to loosen and pop the metal pan out. If the pan doesn’t pop out, you’ll probably be in one of the following two scenarios.

*Scenario 1: Nothing’s happened! Try another round of heat.
*Scenario 2: Most of the glue is off except a little piece holding onto the metal for dear life! Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol between the metal pan and plastic tray. The alcohol will help to dissolve some of the glue. Don’t worry about getting alcohol onto the shadow, blush, or bronzer… alcohol won’t damage them.

4. Clean & label: Clean the bottom of the metal pan with alcohol. If the metal pan is magnetic, label directly on the pan with a permanent market. If not magnetic, cut a piece of the self adhesive magnetic sheet to label your shadow, bronzer, or blush.

You’re done! Place your depotted makeup into your new palette and enjoy!

Good luck!

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