How To Depot
The PRYING method: You might want to try prying first, especially if you are afraid to bake. Some pans are easily popped out of plastic containers. This method really depends on the strength and amount of glue used in the container. If you notice a crack in the shadow immediately stop and move onto the next method using heat.
The OVEN method: place product on wax-lined cookie sheet and into oven on low heat, between 200-350 degrees Fahrenheit, for a few minutes until the glue has melted and the packaging surrounding the product melts away from the shadow pan. You can then lift the shadow out with a small knife, tweezers, or spatula and let it cool. Once cooled, remove the excess glue with rubbing alcohol or acetone, place in Z Palette the customizable magnetic empty makeup palette, and voila you are ready to simplify!
The STRAIGHTENING IRON method: if the oven method seems a bit scary try using a straightening iron. Place products on bottom plate of iron for a few minutes until the glue holding the shadow pan has warmed up a bit. Then you can lift the shadow out with a small knife, tweezers, or spatula and let it cool. Once cooled, remove the excess glue with rubbing alcohol or acetone, place in Z Palette the customizable magnetic empty makeup palette, and voila you are ready to simplify!
Note: not all makeup brands make products in pans that are magnetic. Therefore, each Z Palette comes with metal stickers strictly for this purpose. Peel and stick the metal sticker onto the bottom of the product pan and into your Z Palette customizable magnetic empty makeup palette.
Here’s a tip: If any shadow breakage occurs during this process don’t toss your shadows out. You can saturate the shadow by pouring rubbing alcohol on it and use a spatula to smooth it back together. Once the shadow has dried it is ready to use again.
Here’s a tip: Parian Spirit, a brush cleaner used by makeup pros, is an excellent solvent to take off the stubborn glue left on shadow pans after removal. In our personal experience, it works much better than alcohol and acetone. You can find it at http://www.frendsbeautysupply.com/.
Here’s a tip: Use a fine-tipped permanent marker to write the color name on the back of the metal sticker, which saves a lot of guessing in the future!
Did you know that after de-potting shadows you could recycle the containers? MAC Cosmetics offers a program, called Back-2-MAC, where you get a free product for returning 6 of their used containers. How awesome is that you can organize and get free stuff!
Also, we are happy to announce that Origins is the first in the cosmetics industry to introduce a recycling program where you can bring any empty cosmetic bottle, jar, tube, etc. -regardless of brand- to any Origins retail store or department store counter nationwide (excluding Nordstrom). All returned packaging will be sent to a central location where products will be recycled or used for energy recovery. Thank you Origins!!
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