While I didn't have a gazillion individual MAC eyeshadows taking up space in my cabinet, I did have 10 bareMinerals Ready eyeshadow palettes in varying sizes. Not only was I interested in consolidating for the purpose of gaining some extra space, I also thought that if I had all of my Ready shadows in one palette, I would be able to come up with a lot more color combinations without having to open up 3 or 4 different palettes.
I was determined to figure out a way to remove these shadows from their cases and after much trial and error, I succeeded. Here's a "BEFORE" picture of one of the 4.0 palettes....
For the remaining steps, I didn't take the pictures until after I'd removed the shadows....oops ;-) Just pretend the shadows are still in their case as I demonstrate the de-potting process....
Step 1: Use a screwdriver with a thin tip and insert into the corner of the palette. Note: You might need to use a hammer to gently tap the screwdriver into place so that you can then pry up the inside palette from the case.
You may also need to move the screwdriver over to the other corner to loosen that side before the palette will completely release from the packaging.
Step 2: Place a piece of parchment paper onto a hot flatiron; place the plastic tray with the shadows that you just removed from its case on the parchment paper. Move the plastic tray over the top of the hot surface slowly for 30-60 seconds. The goal is to soften the plastic and the adhesive on the back of the shadows so you can push them out from the underside.
Step 3: Turn the palette face down on a paper towel or another piece of parchment paper. Using a knife or a small pointed tool (I used a small screwdriver), press firmly into the center of the back of each shadow. This will push up the shadow so you can remove it from the case. Use caution when removing the eyeshadow as the metal pan will be very hot!!
Step 4: Clean off any extra glue on the back of the shadow and it's now ready for the Z-palette.
Personally, I like to know the name of each shadow after removing it from the palette. You can just write on the bottom of each pan with a sharpie but I prefer to transfer the label for each shadow, as outlined below:
Step 5: Place the back of the outer case on the parchment paper on the flatiron and slowly move over the hot surface for 20-30 seconds. Remove the case and gently start to peel the label off the back of the case. If the label isn't coming off very easily, return it to the heat for a few more seconds.Step 6: Trim the label around each square....
....and stick on the bottom of the corresponding eyeshadow pan.
Step 7: Arrange shadows in desired order in your Z-palette.
Even though this project was a bit time consuming, I couldn't be happier with the results! I went from ten separate palettes to one that I can arrange anyway I want....I hope you found that helpful or at least entertaining :-)! If you are interested in purchasing a Z-palette, they come in a variety of sizes and are available on the following sites: