Lately, I have once again become obsessed with depotting.
Depotting is the process of getting eyeshadows out of their pot packaging/cases and placing the metal pans on a magnetic board/palette to create your very own customized palette. It has been a common practice among makeup artists for years and is fairly simple and fun. So why do it?
* Pan eyeshadows are more travel-friendly. With the slim MAC 4-pan and 15-pan pro palettes, you can fit so many more eyeshadows into your bag.
* By depotting, you get to create your very own color combinations as supposed to a fixed set of colors that you get in a pre-customized palette.
* The depotted pot is eligible for the Back2MAC recycling program. All you have to do is take 6 empty pots and plastic inserts back to a MAC freestanding store and you will receive a free lipstick, lipglass or eyeshadow of your choice. Please note MAC counters will only allow you to trade in 6 Back2MAC empties for a free lipstick.
* Pan eyeshadows are cheaper in the long run. A regular pot eyeshadow retails $14.50 and a pan retails $11. If you do the math, you only pay $177.50 for 15 pan shadows in a pro palette vs $217.50 for 15 pot shadows.
Extra Tips On Depotting
* Be careful not to leave the eyeshadow in the heat for too long or you risk changing its texture.
* Besides MAC, here are other brands of eyeshadows that would fit in the 4-pan and 15-pan pro palettes:
Jane Eyezing Eyeshadow
Red Earth Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Trade Secret Eyeshadow
Studio Makeup/ Studio, Gear
MMU Shadow Petites
La Femme “Ultra Pearl” Eyeshadow
Elizabeth Arden Eye Shadow Refill
Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow
Bonne Bell Powder Pack Eye Shadow Pan
Revlon Streetwear Cream Eyeshadow
Paula’s Select Soft Matte Eyeshadow
Clinique Touch Base Cream Eyeshadow
Bath & Body Works Eyeshadow
Prescriptives Pick Two Eyeshadow
* I highly recommend depotting ONLY the limited edition colors for the Back2MAC program since they only come in the pot form. You can buy all permanent colors in pan form to save yourself some extra money and the trouble of depotting.
* To learn how to depot eyeshadows, Makeup Geek has a great tutorial on her page. I also used the same way to depot my eyeshadows.
* Since the MAC 15-pan pro palettes are not transparent, feel free to add in some bling bling like I did below to decorate the cover and to help differentiate the different palettes.