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MAC Eyeshadow Depotting Tutorial

A lot of makeup artists “de-pot” their MAC eyeshadows and even their MAC blushes: they remove the metal pan from the black “pot” so that each shade is in a single metal pan. Then, they place all of their eyeshadows on a magnetic board or in a MAC PRO palette.

By depotting your eyeshadows or blushes, you can do alot of different things:

You can keep all your eyeshadows in one palette board. Once they are on a single board, you can organize them in groups according to what shade combinations you use or organize them alphabetically or by color.

You can also organize your shadows and blushes in different PRO Palettes (PRO Palettes hold either 15 or 4 eyeshadow pans or 6 blush pans). You can create your own eyeshadow quad by placing four colors of your own choice in an empty quad. This is a great idea if you have four shades you use together all the time – like your smokey eye shades, or another one of your regularly-used eyeshadow combinations.

This awesome video tutorial shows you how to de-pot your eyeshadows step by step. (Follow the same steps to de-pot your blushes if you desire).


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2 Responses to “MAC Eyeshadow Depotting Tutorial”
  1. Cosmetics Forum says:

    Great post and excellent video.

    ~Jen

  2. elena says:

    My depotting tip is:
    Take the eyeshadow dish out of the base of the pot
    Then use a normal cigarette lighter under the base of the black plastic internal plot. (The glue in the mac eyeshadow pots is just in the centre )

    Put the flame in the middle under the base , just long enough for it to heat & raise out (maybe 10-15 secs). Stop the flame. Then gently prise the pan out, ( I used a safety pin or sharp end of a knife) if it doesnt come out easily, give it a few seconds more heat.

    Take the metal pan out ( let it cool in the black plastic base, once youve raised it up in the base.). Then put it in the pallett.

    I take the label off the bottom of the original pot & put it on the base of the pan. The glue will probably still be warn.

    And, I used the clear lid from the original pot as a cover for the eyeshadow after I put it in the palet to protect it , until I get my magnets of ebay.

    I noticed that the glue in the middle of the bottom of the pan stays viable whilst warm. Which means it can stick itself in the pallette if you want it to but I didnt want to as it would mean I couldnt maybe remove it again so I just used it to stick the label on.

    The whole process took about 1 1/2 -2 mins

    Thanks for your tip :-) I’ve now repotted all of my shadows

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