Adventures in De-Potting: The Preparation

You might have heard the term “de-potting” thrown around in the beauty community as of late. 

No, I’m not talking about gardening. I’m talking about removing pressed powder pots of makeup from their clunky plastic containers.

 Sure, the packaging is often adorable, but how functional is it? And what about when you only really use one or two of the pans inside? And lest we forget, what about all those loosies you get from your monthly subscription bag/box that you love but keep misplacing?

This is the beauty of de-potting: You can make your own custom palette, of sorts, by combining pans from a variety of brands. Sephora sells something called the Z Palette, which is essentially an empty box with a magnetic bottom that your pots will adhere to. MAC also sells their own version. These range from $15 to $30 in price. 

But I am a cheap bastard, and I’m not willing to fork over $20+ for an empty magnetic box I could probably make at home. My cousin has made many out of old books, but given my background in English and publishing, I have a difficult time cutting up a book. And while I’ve seen diy Z palette dupes made from DVD cases and CD cases, I’m after something a little sturdier. 

I plan to to delve into the mysterious world of de-potting with this Cinderella eyeshadow palette I picked up at Walgreens last fall. I love the frosty pinks and blues, but this packaging is horrible. It’s so big that I can’t store it anywhere (except under the bathroom sink—no thanks), and the bottom of the plastic box warped, so it won’t even lay flat on the counter.

I’m pretty sure this could be minimized to half its current size. 

Seriously, you guys. It’s like 1.5 feet wide. There’s more plastic than there is eyeshadow. Look at all that wasted space.

Excuse my cluttered vanity.
I thought this palette might be a good one to start with because it’s not super high-quality makeup (like, say, Urban Decay), so if I accidentally break a few pots while haggling with the packaging, it won’t be a big deal. 

Also, I’m not a big Disney girl, so this plastic monstrosity has got to GO.

 I plan on taking a gander through the Dollar Tree (Be still, my heart!) and possibly Michael’s this weekend to see if any inspiration strikes (and to get a few wedding-related things…) — although I do have a Birchbox box (confusing?), which might make a nice palette if trimmed and hinged. We will have to see! The sky is the limit, eh?

And the rows dont even line up. NOPE.
I’m thinking a patterned contact paper to cover the whole shebang would be cool. Thoughts, guys? 

Do you de-pot? If you have any tips, I’d be more than happy to hear!


—Marge 💋



2 thoughts on “Adventures in De-Potting: The Preparation

  1. With All My Affection June 18, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    I need to start doing it too! My collection is getting bigger and I have so many products everywhere.


    • Margo June 18, 2016 / 1:07 pm

      That’s how I’ve been feeling too. My real struggle is what to do with many of the teeny three-color palettes I often get in my Ipsy glam bag. They’re the perfect size for travel and I hate the thought of dismantling them, but storing them is hard as well.


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