BY REQUEST: depotting MAC eyeshadows

This tutorial for depotting MAC used to exist on another since defunct website of mine, and is being reposted on swatchgirl.com by reader request!

There are a lot of different ways to depot MAC eyeshadows and powder blushes, most of them varying in difficulty. I personally prefer to avoid anything that involves flames as in my eyes that requires unnecessary exposure to the fumes put off by burning plastic as well as possibly damaging to the product itself. This is the easiest, quickest way to depot eyeshadows and blushes, as well as having the most risk management (to both the product and yourself) and the least product exposure to unregulated heat.

Depotting MAC eyeshadows - depotting tools

Depotting MAC eyeshadows - depotting tools

Depotting tools

  • Eyeshadow pot.
  • Small flat-head screwdriver or a similar strong, small blade.
  • Iron set on hot and with steam turned off (to avoid an accidental steaming of your fingers).
  • Baking paper.
  • Labeling items (blank magnet, scissors).
Depotting MAC eyeshadows - removing the eyeshadow

Depotting MAC eyeshadows - removing the eyeshadow

Using the tip of your screwdriver, carefully work it underneath the lip of the eyeshadow shroud. It’s easiest to do this at the front of the pot where the lid latches closed. Apply enough pressure to make the shroud pop clear, then put the pot aside.

Depotting MAC eyeshadows - removing the eyeshadow pan

Depotting MAC eyeshadows - removing the eyeshadow pan

Flip the eyeshadow so it lays shadow-side down down onto a soft surface like a hand towel, then lay the baking paper over the top and rest a hot iron over that. In thirty seconds or so, lift the iron and check the paper – if the plastic pot underneath is starting to stick slightly to the paper, it’s time to remove the eyeshadow.

Depotting MAC eyeshadows - removing the eyeshadow pan

Depotting MAC eyeshadows - removing the eyeshadow pan

If you’re lucky the eyeshadow will just drop onto the towel without any help at all. If not, flip the eyeshadow over and gently work the screwdriver between the eyeshadow pan and the black plastic shroud and give it a wiggle. If the eyeshadow moves with gentle pressure, it’s ready to be removed. If you have to force it at all, the glue is still solid and it needs to be heated further.
If the glue is suitably melted, gently work the tip of your baby screwdriver under the pan and wiggle it from side to side until the glue gives way and the eyeshadow pan lifts free. When in doubt, apply more heat.

Depotting MAC eyeshadows - labelling and storing

Depotting MAC eyeshadows - labelling and storing

And now for the easy part! I prefer to keep the pot sticker attached to the pan itself, as I constantly reorganise my large palettes and I like to keep all the information handy to make answering clients questions a little bit easier.
Lay the eyeshadow pot with the domed side down and cover it with baking paper. Use the iron to add a touch of heat for a few seconds, more than enough to soften the glue on the sticker without melting the plastic pot. Carefully peel it away and apply it to a blank magnet – the type you get stuffed into your mailbox as junk advertising are the best – then trim to size. Attach the magnet to the existing sticky glue on the underside of the pan and put the pan into your palette of choice.

Depotting MAC eyeshadows - labelling and storing

Depotting MAC eyeshadows - labelling and storing

Voilà! One depotted, labeled and stored eyeshadow!

Depotting MAC eyeshadows

Depotting MAC eyeshadows

Easy peasy. I hope this helps you!

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