Depotting Guerlain eyeshadows

On September 4, 2010 by Michelle

I am on a depotting phase right now. Since I am reorganizing my makeup, I am trying to depot all single eyeshadows or quads I possibly can in order to store them in a palette. This save space and I would be able to give more love to some eyeshadows that are hiding in one corner of my stash. This Guerlain eyeshadow was purchased from the Luxasia sale that would be featured in my part 2 haul post (to be posted up soon!).

This depotting method is fairly easy but some effort might be needed. No heating is required which I prefer as I dislike inhaling the poisonous plastic fumes.

Items you require:

  • Scissors
  • Old metal nail file
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton buds
  • Magnets



[Step 1]

Find the slit near that holds the base and the plastic casing together. Use the nail file to twist it open until the plastic pan that holds the eyeshadow pops out. This might require some strength.

[Step 2]

You should be able to see the glue that holds the eyeshadow pan to the plastic casing. There are 2 methods in which you can get the eyeshadow pan out. You can either use rubbing alcohol and drip in onto the glue so that you can pull the eyeshadow out, or you can use a scissors to pry it out.

[Step 3]

Once you have gotten the eyeshadow pan out, you would realise that there is a metal plate attached to the eyeshadow. You would usually find a metal plate hidden in plastic packagings as this would allow the product to be heavier and hence feel more luxurious. Dip the cotton bud into the rubbing alcohol and make sure that it is fully soaked. Then, allow the alcohol drip into the gaps between the metal plate and eyeshadow.

[Step 4]

Now you should be able to rip the metal plate away from the eyeshadow pan. Throw the metal plate away and glue on some magnetic strips onto the base of the eyeshadow pan so that you can store the eyeshadow in magnetic palettes (such as MAC palettes or Zpalette).


And there you have it! Four simple steps and you get your eyeshadow safe and sound. If you are still unsure of the steps or are afraid to destroy your eyeshadow, you can always start on the eyeshadow colour that your like the least. Remember to throw the plastic casing into a recycle bin (:


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