To briefly summarize, when it comes to de-potting, do your research (check), block off time and assemble everything you’ll need (check and check), and prepare to fail (check – numerous times!).
Once I had massacred my cheap-o palette, I tackled the tarte palette next. This proved to be a much easier task, just based on the packaging of the palette. I moved on to my single eyeshadows by MAC and CoverGirl, as well as the cardboard stila palette.
Emboldened by success – please note that each time I got a pan free, I would cackle and say, “this is so much fun!!!” while getting strange looks from my housemates – I moved on to three single Lancome shadows. I was a little nervous with these because they are gorgeous shadows, and I didn’t want to crack or break them in any way. They ended up being easier than I thought, though.
With a few of the more stubborn pans, I used a small candle and held the product directly over the flame (balanced on scissors) for 10-15 seconds at a time, until I was able to loosen the edges of the pan and pry it out.
Once I had all my palettes disassembled, and the bottom of the pans clean of residual glue/paper/whatever (this is where the rubbing alcohol and q-tips come in handy), they were ready to be magnetized.
Then (are you ready? This is the exciting part!!), they were ready to be placed in their new home…
TA DA!!! I mean, I don’t even think you have to be OCD to appreciate that. The picture above shows the stila eyeshadow pans – and believe me, I spent a good 30+ minutes fussing with the different sized pans and getting everything organized the way I wanted it. In a perfect world, I’d de-pot all circle pans into one palette, squares into another, etc.
More pictures of the final results and some additional tips and tricks in my final de-potting post next Friday.