For those that are unfamiliar with the term “de-pot”, in the makeup world this term is used to refer to the removal of a product (pressed eyeshadow, blush, etc.) from it’s case/palette. Why would one want to do this? The main reason is that it allows you to conserve space. For example, instead of having 27 individual MAC eyeshadows in their cases, you can “depot” them and fit them into one large Z-palette, which has a magnetic bottom that will secure the shadows.
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 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.
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: