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De-potting: Cardboard Palette

If you guys have stumbled across z-palettes or other empty palettes in your makeup adventures and wondered “what the hell would I need this for?” – don’t worry, I’ve been there too! It was actually quite recently that I de-potted my first MAC eyeshadows and while it’s a bit of a process, I’m so glad I did it.

Okay, so what’s the deal with the empty palettes? Z-palettes are probably the most popular, but the idea is – especially for eyeshadows that are sold individually – you can remove the pan of eyeshadow from its packaging to cut down on size and to keep your makeup more organized. This is also really great for traveling a little lighter and only bringing what you need.

This is my double-sided MAC Pro Palette, as you can see it's a lot less bulk to carry the same number of products.
This is my double-sided MAC Pro Palette, as you can see it’s a lot less bulk to carry the same number of products.

Today I de-potted my first actual palette as opposed to a single eyeshadow. Some come in absolutely gorgeous cases (like the Naked3 from Urban Decay), but I’m working with the Stila In The Moment palette which is actually just cardboard and foam so I didn’t need to whip out the straightener and tin foil today. Unlike cardboard, the single shadows de-potting process is way more involved, but let me know if you guys want to see it and I’ll either link a few good videos or make a tutorial of my own. Sometimes de-potting a whole palette can be really useful, especially if you only need a few shades to complete a look. Now I won’t have to bring yet another palette with me when I had back to the east coast later this month and I can just pick the ones I need to pack into my small z-palette.

Oooh. So pretty. Stila's "In the Moment" before I ripped it apart.
Oooh. So pretty. Stila’s “In the Moment” before I ripped it apart.

Again, since this was cardboard, it was pretty easy to pull apart. Just go slow and use scissors if necessary (my nails are getting way too long, it was necessary).

Making progress. Separating the top piece of foam from the rest.
Making progress. Separating the top piece of foam from the rest.

 

Got them all off!
Got them all off!

After I got the top and borders off the palette, I removed the pans individually by slowly twisting them until they separated from the adhesive. This left behind way less sticky residue and almost no foam compared to when I just tried ripping them off.

Voila! Stila's "In the Moment" palette resting safely in my MAC Pro.
Voila! Stila’s “In the Moment” palette resting safely in my MAC Pro.

I know a lot of tutorials talk about buying magnets to stick on and all that good stuff. In reality, the MAC Pro palettes are already magnetic (or at least, they’re supposed to be), and for the few items that wouldn’t stick – The Boyfriend glued down a stronger piece of magnet for me. Now I don’t have to worry about putting anything to the bottom of the pans and possibly messing with the polarity of the magnet in other palettes.

Hope this was helpful!

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