I’m very guilty of starting projects and never finishing them, if I even start (there’s an infamous DIY chandelier my roommates make fun of me about). I was nervous about buying a Z Palette because I didn’t want to break my shadows and because I was afraid I wouldn’t try depotting in the first place, but this was a wild success! I decided I needed to depot one of my favorite palettes, Too Faced’s Joy To The Girls! As an English major, I was immediately a sucker for the book-like packaging and have kept it since my project. Here’s how I did it:
I got the Sephora Collection Baby Z Palette, which is only $10. It feels very durable and the magnet is super strong. It was actually hard to move the shadows once I placed them down. I would much rather have that than them flying all over though.
The palette comes with a little instruction card, magnets, and the tool you need for depotting.
1. I started with looking over the palette and deciding which color or two would be my tester. I started with the ice blue and charcoal color because they are my least used, if ever. That way, if they broke, I wouldn’t be too upset.
2. I took off the top layer of cardboard to get down to the pan. This wasn’t hard and ripped right up. You can really see just how large the packaging is when the decorative parts of it are stripped away and you’re just left with the eyeshadow pans.
3. Slowly and carefully, I worked one by one and shimmied the little tool around the pan.
- If one side has a larger gap than the other, work from that side first.
- I dug down first to loosen the glue, then worked my way across and under the length of the pan to get it up and out. I didn’t find the glue to be that difficult to get up. I don’t know if it’s because the palette’s a little older or if the cardboard is simply easier than plastic, but it wasn’t too bad.
- Most obviously, the biggest difference with deporting in a cardboard palette versus plastic is you can’t use heat to loosen the glue, unless you want to start a fire.
- Just work slowly and be patient.
4. Last but not least, pop your shadows in your palette! I think the palette is a pretty good size for being called “Baby.” I only had one mini casualty, but it was salvageable.
I love my little palette and now that it’s in my eyeshadow drawer I think I am much more likely to use it more often. I have the packaging acting like a book under my lamp in my room and it looks super cute.
Hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have any other depotting tips! xoxo
I will totally do the same !!! (I just ordered a “baby” Z palette) Thanks for sharing xo’s
No problem! Hope it works well for you! I think I might get another baby size I think it’s great!
I’ve never heard of depotting. Can you explain for me, just what it is (taking eye shadow tins out of the original holder?) and why someone would want to do it?
Thanks for asking, I didn’t do a very good job of explaining! You’re exactly right, depotting is just taking the product out of the original packaging. The most popular storage then for your depotted makeup is a Z Palette, although there are a ton of ways to DIY. Z Palettes are nice because you could make a palette customized for you with say your favorite blush, eyeshadows, bronzer, etc and have it all in one place. It’s also great if you don’t have a lot of room to store things in your bathroom/vanity and want to consolidate what you have. Hope that’s helpful and please let me know if you have any other questions!
Hey! I’m actually going to get this exact Baby pallete from Sephora soon and was wondering how many regular MAC eyeshadows it would fit. Thanks and I love this post!
Hey! I’m actually going to buy this exact Baby palette from Sephora soon and was wondering if you know how many regular MAC eyeshadow it fits. Thanks and I love your post and photos! Very helpful! xoxo
Hi Makena! I’m sorry I do not own any mac eyeshadows so I can’t say for sure. I have seen this in stores though so if you can get to a Sephora I’d check it out so you can guess from there!