I own a lot of eyeshadows. Having so many, and so many of them in singles or duos can make it hard to find the ones that I want, so I tend to just use the same products all the time. To combat this, I purchased a Z Palette. It’s a palette that has a magnetic inner, and comes with magnets to attach to any non-magnetic pans. The Z palette does come with instructions for depotting products to use in it, however I’m going to be sharing some tips with you that made the depotting process easier for me.
You will need
- Hair straighteners
- Baking paper
- tweezers and/or a metal nail file
- isopropyl alcohol
- cotton pads or paper towels
- a sharpie or vivid
The specific technique will depend based on what the packaging is like, so it can be a bit trial and error. Some pans can be removed just by inserting a metal nail file around the edge and gently prising it away from the plastic pan. It’s worth attempting this before employing the hair straightener method because it is a lot easier.
Before turning on the hair straightener, staple some baking paper around the plate to avoid the risk of any of the packaging melting onto the plate of your hair straightener. Turn on the straightener, and write down the name/number of the product before putting it on the hair straightener – in the process of heating it up the label can be ruined which makes organisation difficult. Put the product on the straightener and wait patiently. After a minute or so, use tweezers to try and test to see if the glue has melted sufficiently to remove it. I strongly recommend not touching it with your fingers. Just believe me, okay.
If it comes free from the glue, then remove it from the packaging and set it to the side. Once it has cooled down a bit, then remove the glue by scraping it with the metal nail file. If it’s just a small amount of glue, use isopropyl alcohol on a cotton pad to remove the residue.
Some of the pans my products were in were magnetic, so could go directly into the Z Palette. For others, I had to make use of the magnetic stickers which came included with the palette. I wrote the shadow names on the back of the pans so that I could refer to them by name for blog posts. Some of the pans were too small for this, or came in quads without names for the specific shades, so I cut a piece of paper to the same size of the palette and wrote the shadow names on that.
Since depotting my shadows into my Z Palette, I have been using them a lot more than I ever did when they were shoved in the back of my drawers. I’m really glad that I did this, it takes up so much less space and there is room for plenty more in it – currently I have 18 shadows in there, and I think it could fit at least 30. You could also use a Z palette to store pressed powders, blushes and bronzers – it doesn’t have to be limited to just eyeshadow like I did.
This whole process took about an hour and a half, and I did have someone helping me so don’t expect to do it in a hurry. I’m considering buying some empty pans and attempting to depot and press some of my indie eyeshadows but that might be a bit too advanced. If I do, you readers will be the first to know.
and here are all the empties!