Depotting, if you’re unfamiliar with the term, is the the practice of removing a makeup product, such as eyeshadow, blush or lipstick, from its original container and placing it into more practical/convenient packaging.
In my case, it means taking the highlighter and eyeshadow palettes that I don’t reach for anymore and pulling the individual pans out, attaching a magnet to the back of that pan and then placing the shades that I want to keep into an empty magnetic palette to create my own custom edits.
For the longest time I had it in my head that depotting was too difficult and finicky of a process and I would never be bothered to risk a palette on it. Because, of course, the physical act of prying an eyeshadow pan out of it’s container can sometimes lead to casualties. Yet as more time went by and more palettes were collecting at the back of my drawers one day something changed and I decided I was going to try.
It began with the Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition – 21 Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette from bhCosmetics. I’d bought the palette more than a year ago and had never any gotten any use from it. Mostly due to me only being able to wear 2 of the 6 highlighting shades. So I thought I could start with the highlighter pans that were too dark for me and if there were any casualties then it wouldn’t matter because I wouldn’t have used the shades anyway. As it turns out it was relatively easy to remove the pans; before I knew it I had the whole palette out with only 1 eyeshadow pan having been lost. After that I was free to sort through the shades and choose the ones I wanted to keep, I put them into an empty magnetic palette and suddenly there’s a whole new palette sitting in my drawers full of only the shades that I liked.
Ever since then I’ve been slowly working my way through all of the highlighter and eyeshadow palettes that were never getting any use and remaking them into new combinations. I don’t know why I thought I would never like depotting because once I started I realised that I actually love being able to take a collection of palettes that I only use half of the product and reduce them down to one custom palette with only the shades that I spark interest in me.
Depotting has also been great in that it removes any distraction from the makeup and leaves only the pans, plain as day, sitting flush against each other. By removing the sometimes distracting and colourful cases of eyeshadow palettes and leaving only the pans, I am able to focus more on the colours of the actual makeup and how I want to combine them and have certain shades go with each other.
Depotting has also completely changed the game when it comes to packing makeup for travel. Now instead of going back and forth between palettes I can pick and choose exactly the shades I want and put them into a single palette. I’m saving on time and space!
If you’ve been finding yourself in a situation like I was, with makeup sitting around never being used, maybe consider depotting as a way to relearn your collection and rediscover the makeup that you fell in love with in the beginning.