Last week I discovered I had almost enough MAC eyeshadows to fill a new quad. All my most used ones were living in their single cases and the quad contained a fair few old rejects that would never be used. In the interest of being slightly more careful with my spending there was only really one choice: Depotting.
I'd never done this before, from what I heard from my best friend, straighteners can be involved - but over my dead boy was I melting plastic anywhere near my GHD's. So I did a little search on YouTube and clicked the first link, the instructions went a little something like this:
1) Separate the upper part of the single case and lower part - I used scissors instead of a knife as it was easier to control.
2) Using tweezers, hold the upper part of the black casing (the part that holds the pan) over a burning candle - eyeshadow facing up. Warning: this can make a pretty strong burning plastic smell - I was glad my mum wasn't in!
3) Keep it over the candle until the heat melts a hole in the bottom of the plastic. You can then use your scissors to pop the metal pan out.
Some of my friends have bought magnets so that their pans are kept firmly in the palette - this is a very good idea as they do have a lot of room to move around otherwise. You can also melt the sticker off the bottom of the black casing and stick them on the bottom of the pan if you fancy. I have a few shades of similar colours so this was a must for me!
*If you're under 16, or just a tad clumsy like me, it's best to have adult supervision with this. The boy was at hand to put a stop to any fire hazards!