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Same answer as you, Christine – I used to depot many MAC eyeshadows but now I only use a handful of staple colours which I keep in their pots. It was so satisfying to return them all for Back 2 MAC. I did the candle method which I learned on the mac_cosmetics LJ.

I have depotted TONS of my eyeshadows and blushes. I use the flat iron method. I really fing that it saves space and makes me more aware of what I have. I do find that the nicer the packaging, the more hesitant I am to depot something.

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I used to depot my MAC eyeshadows as well, but I found it hard to keep tab on the shades I already have, so I ended up having doubles. 🙁 It was also easier for me to travel with products that are in their original packaging, I wouldn’t have to worry about them getting cracked.

Used to depot everything. Using a candle or just prying it open with a pin or something small like that. But I also just haven’t had time. Some things I don’t mind having in a pan nowadays anyway.

I do for all my MAC Shadows. I stupidly tried with a NARS blush and broke it..
With my bigger shadows from other brands (Gorgeous Cosmetics etc) I used old CDs and stuck the shadows to a CD – placing them in a case of their own!

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I think the best I’ve done is moving some loose eyeshadow into sample baggies, since I know I have very little space for the rest. (I currently move between countries)

I tried to depot a carbon ones from a mac lesson palette thing.. and crushed in completly since then im avoiding depotting at all costs 😀 Also do i magnetic palettes too expensive.. even z palettes

So funny, I just bought a couple more empty palettes from eBay for this purpose two seconds ago! So yes, I depot my makeup. I travel a ton (my son’s five months and has been on 10 flights!) so if I want to be able to take a variety I need to depot.

I have Unii Palettes for both travel and everyday, and plain ones from eBay for “overflow”. I bought adhesive magnetic paper and lined the inside of them so stuff sticks. I also just covered them with some leftover decorative contact paper so now they match my dressing room!

Never. It looks far too complicated and there is so much potential for damage to the product (I see it all the time when people show their eye shadow collections….you can always see at least a few that are cracked at the edge, that they’ve had to re-press, etc.). Honestly, I just can’t be bothered. If I can get an eye shadow in a “pro pan” form, I go for it (though I wish the MAC Canadian site would get back the empty 4 pan palettes…it has said “coming soon” for months). If not, I live with the product in its original packaging. For blushes, there’s really no need for me to even want to depot but I can see for makeup artists that having many blushes in one palette is only logical.

I’ve de-potted hundreds of products and NEVER broken or ruined a single one. It’s a huge space-saver. And, I too, wish MAC would get their palettes in stock “soon” like they say;)

I depot all my MAC shadows and powder blushes using the candle method (again from m_c on lj!) and and occasionally the non MAC shadows, too.

I have depotted my MAC eyeshows with a flat iron in the past but have not really been buying eyeshadows of late as I built quite a collection in the space of 2 years and am now all about trying to make a dent in my lovely collection!

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Not something I have done, but need to consider doing.. I’ve been meaning to look this up as I have a number of MAC shadows that need depotting and now I’m all intrigued about the ‘oven method’… Does this affect their performance? … twice baked keeps popping into my mind.

I depotted all of my Nars eyeshadows, and bought a few MAC shadows already “depotted”, and I keep them in a Z-palette. I have a ton of other quads, etc., that I left in their original packaging, but having my entire single-eyeshadow range in one place helps me actually remember what I have and that I should use them!

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I’m not sure i have much to depot. Most of my stash is UD and they pop out (or are large pallets) what do you do when you depot a product? What do you do with the liberated pans?

HAHA Christine, I’m the same. I have a bunch sitting here that I haven’t felt like depotting. But it is such a space saver.

I’ve depotted the majority of my eyeshadows. I found that I didn’t get full use of them and only stuck to one palette to make a look. Now having all my eyeshadows together in zpalettes I can just look for a color I want. I’ve depotted urban decay, too faced, benefit, Mac, nars, and a million others. I also depot some blush and bronzer but I wish I hadn’t because I much prefer those in pots. I tend to use the flat iron method.

I’ve depotted all my Mac eyeshadows and blushes and put them in the new pallettes. I prefer them depotted. This way I know what I have and am not searching around all the time. I use the lighter method. Smells bad but works really fast.

I depoted my older UD shadow so they can fit in the new buld your own palette. I never made a full depoting. I’d love to because I have a MAC shadow that’s alone in a pot, but since it’s LE, I’m too scared of ruining it.

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I’ve depotted all of my MAC eyeshadows and a lot of blushes (using the candle method). I have so many eyeshadows and it’s the best way to keep them organized and to keep track of what I have. I’m thinking about depotting the rest of my blushes as well just because of how much space they take up. The only thing that’s stopping me is the LE packaging.

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