How to Depot Your Makeup … Without actually having to depot it

Hello there you lovely bunch of humans! Okay, so today’s post is an exciting one eeekkkk! It’s been in the works for quite some time now. I need to give you a bit of backstory so you basically have an understanding of how I stumbled upon this little trick.

First of all I am a notorious makeup hoarder! I have accepted it and also accepted the fact that I don’t want to rehab that particular addiction. However, a common problem many of us makeup hoarders face is – STORAGE! *cue dramatic music*

We all get to that point where we are elbow deep in makeup and we are struggling to store it in a cute way or just fit everything into our draws in general – blush was a big one for me. I love me some blush but I was struggling to store it and many were being ignored and forgotten because you can’t keep everything in easy to reach places. Now the obvious answer to this problem is depotting right?! While I have managed to somewhat successfully depot some makeup – I have also lost a lot that have absolutely fallen apart. To add to this some makeup is just in my opinion impossible to depot because you don’t even see the edge of the pan.

Okay so that’s the backstory – a lack of storage space!

So then a light bulb moment occurred! Why don’t I use the magnetic stickers from the z palettes I never use, stick them to the bottom of the blush and put it in a deep palette? (I had plenty of those quad color pop palettes where I ripped out the foam. It worked except in some cases the lid of the blush added to much depth and wouldn’t fit into the palette.

Luckily enough common sense soon arrived and I figured why don’t I snap off the lid! Then TADA! I had a blush in a custom palette without depotting it. I repeated this to numerous blushes and in one palette I was able to fit 7 blushes, the other I fit 6. Just like that 13 blushes got downsized into two palettes!

Now, these palettes I am referring to are the domed z palettes. They are deeper than the regular z palette – not as deep as you think though, this technique does not work with the milani baked blushes which are baked and quite domed. With those blushes, I snapped off the lid and bottom compartment but the lid would not close on them, unfortunately.

This technique isn’t fool-proof but it definitely is super helpful. So let me some up the steps of this little technique so you get the idea.

  1. Take your blush (make sure its not too chunky otherwise it still won’t go in the z palette) and snap off the lid. If it has a bottom compartment where it stores one of those cheap brushes, snap off that compartment as well.
  2. Grab one of the metal stickers that come with the Z palette. On the sticky side add a teeny tiny bit of blue tack (because the blush is still surrounded by some of its packaging its heavier than a pan. This means the stickiness of the metal sticker isn’t super strong to stick to the blush – the blue tack helps it stay on).
  3. Once you’ve applied the blue tack to the sticky end of the metal stick, stick it to the bottom of the brush and press it firmly.
  4. Then place it in the domed z palette.

The Blush with the lid snapped off

The Z Palette Sticker attached to the bottom of the compact – with a little bit of blue tack to make it stick better.

Just a few extra tips! Like I said if the blush (or whatever makeup item – it could be a bronzer/highlighter/eyeshadow/face powder etc.) if it is too chunky it may not fit in the domed palette. Before you snap off the lid you can sort of estimate if it could fit.

Secondly, keep in mind because we aren’t shedding the product from its packaging entirely its larger in diameter than it would be if we were able to plop the pan out. I like to do this technique for products where I can fit at least 6 of them in a domed palette. It’s wasteful to get a domed z palette and only fit 4 products in there. This is all about downsizing remember. So before you break off the lids of the products you can place them in the palette (and you can see how they will all fit). With the two palettes, I made I constantly rearranged them to ensure I could fit as many as possible in the one palette. I got lucky because they weren’t overly large blushes so they fit nicely. If you want to check out this domed Z palette, click here to check it out! I’ll be doing a full review on the Z palettes on another post but I thought I’d include the link if you guys want to check it out.


So that is it! My way of ‘depotting’ a product (in this case removing most of its packaging) and being able to downsize numerous products in a palette. I hope you guys enjoyed this. This was definitely an exciting post for me to share with you guys! Do you guys depot your makeup or downsize your makeup collection? Drop a comment! I’d love to hear from ya peeps! As always have a lovely day and I’ll catch up with you in the next post!

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  1. Geniussr

    November 8, 2018 at 5:44 am

    This is such a great idea…would love to try it… thanks for sharing…❤️

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 8, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Thank you. x

  2. Kiran

    November 8, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    So helpful, great tips! I hardly ever do any depotting, so this would be a great idea especially for travelling, thanks for sharing x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 8, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      I’m glad you found it helpful.

  3. Angela

    November 8, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Very clever! Palettes are so much easier for storage and travelling so this is a great idea!

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 8, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      Exactly and regular depotting is seriously difficult

  4. Siobhán

    November 8, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    This is really handy because usually depotting means you end up with a cracked powder! xx


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 8, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      Exactly, I’ve ruined so many products in my attempt to depot

  5. Rachael

    November 9, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Such a neat idea! I see people depotting their makeup and always wondered how many products were harmed in the making of it. Haha, great post.
    Rachael | Rachael Latchman Diaries

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 10, 2018 at 1:41 am

      Yes after smashing so many blushes, I finally came up with an alternative that doesn’t ruin my products haha.

  6. Shein Review

    November 9, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    I love your idea honey!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 10, 2018 at 6:14 am

      Thank you

  7. Samantha

    November 9, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    I’ve never actually tried de potting but I have seen it done and heard lots about it! I may have to try it after reading this.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Samantha x

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 10, 2018 at 1:38 am

      It’s a great way of downsizing makeup without having to throw makeup out.

  8. Hannah

    November 9, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Such an amazing post! I totally relate with running out of storage space, it’s something I’m struggling with too, so this post is much needed- thanks for sharing xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 10, 2018 at 1:32 am

      Thank you, I’m glad you liked it! Exactly, and traditional depotting is so difficult, I’ve ruined so much makeup trying to depot.

  9. Gemma Etc.

    November 9, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    It sounds like a great idea, I prefer to depot with straighteners xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 10, 2018 at 1:30 am

      I’ve heard of that technique, though I’m so clumsy I’d probably melt the whole product haha. x

  10. Danielle Alexa

    November 10, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    I love doing things like this, makes my makeup so much easier to manage!

    Danielle xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 10, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      It really does because everis in the one place

  11. Shireen L. Platt

    November 11, 2018 at 2:35 am

    I love this! Instead of going through the trouble trying to get it out of the packaging, you just take the lid off!

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      November 11, 2018 at 3:06 am

      Exactly, I usually like depotting drugstore products because their packaging isn’t pretty but they have cheaper pans which means they will break during the depotting process and take the makeup product a long with it. This method isn’t fool-proof but when it works, it works WELL!

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