Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Tutorial: How To De-Pot MAC Eyeshadow

Here's my version of how to de-pot MAC eyeshadow. This method will work with other eyeshadows that come in similar packaging to MAC's. Hopefully this will be a helpful tutorial for some of you!

Here's what you'll need:

1. MAC Eyeshadow

2. A magnet

3. MAC Eyeshadow Palette

4. Scissors

5. Wax paper

6. Flat iron

7. A knife (or something sharp)

Step 1: Take your knife and wedge it into the tiny crack

Step 2: Push until the eyeshadow pops out of the pot

Step 3: Set your flat iron to medium heat

Step 4: Place a piece of wax paper over the hot part of the iron

Step 5: Place the eyeshadow on top of the wax paper (this will melt the glue that is holding the metal part of the shadow to the plastic part). Wait 1-3 minutes depending on how hot your iron gets.

Step 6: While waiting for the glue to melt, cut a small circle (about 1") out of your magnet (this will go on the bottom of your eyeshadow)

Step 7: Take your eyeshadow off of the flat iron (it will be very hot, so be careful!)

Step 8: Take your knife and push through the hole that has melted on the bottom to push out the metal part of your eyeshadow

Step 9: While the glue on the bottom of the metal still hot, place the magnet circle on

Step 10: Drop your eyeshadow pan into one of the slots in your palette

And you're done!

I got this palette after I had collected about 20 eyeshadows, so I de-potted them all. Now I buy the eyeshadows for the palette so they're already in pan form to just drop into the palette (they're cheaper than the ones in the pot, too!!)

UPDATE: I have had a few requests to list the names of the eyeshadows. Since I didn't label them, the ones that have been de-potted are unknown. Thankfully, the ones that come in palette pan form have labels on the bottom.

Going Across:

1. Tempting
5. Barbie Loves MAC in Playful
6. Shroom
7. Brun
8. Smut
9. Print
10. Kid
11. Carbon
12. Smoke and Diamonds (the one I just put in)
14. Blanc Type


  1. At first I wondered where this was going with a knife...but a very crafty idea!

  2. How on earth did you ever figure this out?!

  3. Wow, that is pretty impressive, way to go! I am not sure that I could do that, but thanks for the step by step process. This is my first time at your blog, enjoying it! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

  4. Great tut! I used a normal clothes iron cos I don't have the hair one...worked great! Except in 1 or 2 cases when I totally deformed the plastic, LOL

  5. Ahh. I love this! One of my palettes is half full and I have about 10 singles floating around in my makeup bag. Thanks for sharing!