How To Depot M.A.C Eyeshadow And Blush:

If your make-up collection is getting a little out of control; if you have numerous eyeshadow pots or blushers, than depotting them could be a great storage solution.

My newly depotted M.A.C blush and eyeshadows in pro-palettes. 

The depotting process is actually pretty simple. You’ll need:

  • 1 small candle
  • 1 butter knife
  • A pair of tweezers
  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Cotton buds
  • An empty palette to put the eyeshadow and blushers in.

The first step is to use the knife and slide it into the small crack in the opening of the clam. The eyeshadow or blush should pop out of the clam and you will be left with the make-up pan stuck inside a small piece of plastic.

The eyeshadow pans sitting inside their original clams. 


The eyeshadow pans depotted from the original clam sitting inside a small piece of plastic. 


Blushes emptied from their original clams. 

The second step is to remove the make-up pan from the plastic. This is done by holding the plastic over the heat of a candle until it makes a small hole in the bottom until you can see the metal pan. Note, use the the tweezers to hold the pan over the fire so that you do not burn your fingers.

Then use the tweezers to push the pan out.

I use the caramel/vanilla scented candle from Glasshouse candles because it smells fantastic. 


Burning a hole in the bottom of the plastic holding a blush pan. 

Burning a hole in the plastic holding the eyeshadow pan. 


The hole beginning to burn through the bottom of the plastic which allows you to now see the base of the metal pan. 

The third step is to clean the back of the metal pan with acetone nail polish remover to remove any remaining glue. You may also peel the sticker with the name of the colour of the product from the  back of the clam and stick it on the back of the metal pan.

The final step is to pop the newly depotted pan into an empty palette.

I hope this helps!


Ash x

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