Wednesday, October 2, 2013

More Adventures in Depotting

Last night, I was cleaning up my vanity and looking through my makeup and picking out things I may want to get rid of in the near future.  You know how sometimes you see pictures of immaculate vanities?  I may have even posted about it a while back (here).  Most of the time, mine looks like hell.  There are dirty brushes, opened up palettes strewn about the table, empty boxes, makeup stained tissues, open drawers.  Basically, I'm a slob.  So I was greatly motivated to clean up last night.  Ugh, look at this piled on top of my vanity.  The vanity does not normally look like this, but these are all the various boxes I've been squirreling away into drawers.
An unseemly view of beauty blogging and over-consuming
That's a reflection of just some purchases I've made this year.  I wonder why I keep boxes anyway?  My guess is that retaining boxes provides a way out.  Barely used product with a box can be enticing in a blog sale, no?  I never used to keep boxes before.  What in the world...?!  And woah!  This is a lot of crap I've purchased!  Yay for no buy!  Yay?

Well, on to lighter fare.  Anyway, as I was going through my things (organizing, cleaning, critically eyeballing), I realized that as much as I love some eye shadow singles, they just don't get the level of consistent use I want to have.  These are products that remain in their cases (namely Burberry and Shiseido).

Shiseido singles are plastic pans sort of loosely held by goopy glue.  There is enough space between the pan and the case to pry it out.  I don't really recommend it because the eye shadows are so delicate and soft but look what I managed to do with a sharp implement screw drivery thing:

Serpent
I was infused with testoterone (estrogen?) and adrenaline that I made quick work of Alchemy and Ghost, too.
But like a woman drunk on her own success and with some hubris, I attempted my brute force on Beach Grass.

Noooooo!
By then, there was no stopping me.  No sense of impending doom caused me to take a break and re-evaluate my life choices.  On to the Burberry.

Mulberry
Burberry requires heat/flame/oven/FIRRREEEE, but look what I managed to pry out with my pointy instrument of death.  In Mulberry, the glue was dried out and very weak so this came out with very little resistance.  While Pale Barley was nominally harder to pry out it also came out unbroken.

Snug as a bug in a zebra-print rug
Unfortunately, the Midnight Brown on top suffered a major casualty losing most of it's mass in a major decapitating incident.  Fortunately, now I'm closer to pan than ever before!

Depotter friends, let's suffer some PTSD together and relate our casualties.

24 comments :

  1. Woman did I not tell you to FIRE the Shi??? D': Oh pretty Beach Grass, mowed before its time D:
    Standing ovation on the Burberries however :D Aaaand the zebra print Z palette.Down with tasteful black palettes!

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    1. I did such a dum-dum thing! Poor Beach Grass, but it pressed up fine. Now Midnight Brown though, looks terrible!

      :) I refuse to buy plain black palettes now!

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  2. I know if I ever tried to depot anything, it would turn into some sort of horror film for eye shadows and blushes... I just can't bring myself to do it, no matter how often I'm reassured that it's perfectly easy to do. I know the profundity of my own clumsiness. But it is certainly true that I have to remind myself to use my shadow singles. Today I remembered to try my Shu Uemura Metallic Olive for the first time in a year, I swear. I love the colour, it just gets lost in the shuffle with its unassuming plastic package.

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    1. I think some fatalities are expected from time to time. Crazed depotting with a sharp instrument is guaranteed to cause eye shadow mayhem!
      Depotting is a great way to save space and use things! I swear, I get so much use out of my Rouge Bunny Rouge eye shadows now in my giant palette!

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  3. I don't know why, but I love all my separate little pans. But I am fascinated by that zebra palette! Sweet!

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    1. :) Isn't the zebra so funny/tacky and fabulous?

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  4. Can I outsource my depotting to you? I don't care if there are nicks, I just need your COURAGE and STRENGTH. :P

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    1. Send them right over here! I have no fears! (& no brains neither!)

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  5. 'By then, there was no stopping me' Hahaha....that was sooooo me on my last de-potting excercise :D
    Once I got going I was going to see it through.....with a vengance! I had quite a few casualties, mostly with the rouge Bunny Rouge matte shades, which I loved most & which were so damaged that I couldn't make eye contact with them ever again. I vowed then & there NEVER to buy another RBR product until they offered all their mattes as refills which they stubbornly refuse to do. How strange when they offer their new palette system?
    That was my RBR no buy and I've stuck to it for a year now. It's a mind set. If you've decided that it's over, then it IS over. It's the only way to overcome any kind of habit. Cold turkey!
    So what's wrong with the Zebra palette?? I come from Africa. We love those striped donkeys & I love the zebra palette.

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    1. Buggsie Bee, I laughed so hard reading your comment. First, that you can't make eye contact with the RBR matte shadows is killing me! I know what you mean. I've shattered delicate hummingbird and it's never been loved the same way again. I wonder why RBR doesn't release refills on all of their shades? My RBR palette looks very wonky with all the different shapes.

      And the Zebra. You called it a striped donkey! LOL LOL LOL! I love them, too, just never considered them anything as silly as a donkey. :DD The Z Palette is very nice. I love the stripes. I kind of think something so sedate & hoity toity deserves a sleeker looking Z palette.

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  6. Wowza! You really are SO brave! I love that zebra palette. Where did you get it?

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    1. Hi Soni!
      I buy the Z Palettes on Beauty.com, but I think I saw this one on Amazon also. :D

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  7. Oh no!! Poor beach grass. :( But love the peek of your brushes

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    1. I knows! Poor disfigured Beach Grass. <3 Love the fluffy brushes!

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  8. I damaged 3/5 of my RBR coz I didn't leave it on heat long enough. Fixed with lab ethanol but the pan shape is not a perfect circle anymore lol. I think leaving them on the stove with alfoil for 5 mins on low was probably the best result that didn't cause fumes and it was easier to take out pan. The 30 seconds on high resulted in me reshaping and flexing the pan trying to pry it out.

    I want to put all the suqqu in a z palette but they needed magnet stickers or something so I only did 3 because I was tired of wiping the glue off and custom cutting magnet strips for each pan. They also don't behave in the yaby freestyle palette, just can't get them to line up because of the way they made it (it also has an amusement park mirror).

    Those addiction palettes are so pretty easy to use, it makes other ready made empty palettes feel cheap and nasty....*stares at yaby for being crappy and more expensive.

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    1. OOOH, that's a lot of RBR casualty! D: Those suckers are hard to depot and need considerable heat. I melted the heck out of the cases to depot them.
      You are much more fastidious than I am about the Suqqus! I didn't even wipe the blobs of glue off NOR did I affix any magnetic stickers. That one palette is just a jostle away from total disaster. Living on the edge here.

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  9. All hail to the Queen of Depotting! I have many Burberry compacts and once I came across a blog post on how to depot it (via makeupalley) that requires nothing short of a blow torch and a jackhammer. Sufficed to say, I chickened out and thus the PITA of trying to find the right color each and every time.

    I think at the height of my depotting days, I think I've ruined a couple of NARS shadows. My geeky then-BF now-DH loved and admired the neoprene case, that was enough motivation for me to depot more ;-)

    Yea, you should open outsourcing business for depotting.

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    1. I would've given up on Burberry singles long ago if not for the fact that they are my favourite eyeshadows (next to Suqqu!) in terms of quality and colour :p

      They are indeed a PITA to store with their magnetic cases which doesn't allow you to stack them in any sensible order. Basically unless you lay them down flat its quite a hunt to find what you're looking for each time. :(

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    2. From your lips to Burberry! I hate trying to store the Burberry cases. The magnets drive me crazy.

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    3. Eileen,
      Just pry it out of the case like I did! :D

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  10. Surprised to see people dislike the magnetic Burberry cases. I love them! Then again, maybe it's childish fascination snapping them open and shut, prying them apart from each other, spinning the lipstick caps, stacking them on top of each other and sliding them off... *blushes furiously*

    I'm not really into depotting since a small part of the appeal of high-end makeup for me is the beautiful packaging. However, lately I've been thinking of depotting my Chanel singles, they are about the only singles I hate the sight of, so unnecessarily bulky with miles of plasic on either side of the pan. Now the old style Dior singles were a quite elegant, with no extra plastic on either side, no wasted space, well-proportioned, simple and so cute and dinky! Held as much shadow as a Chanel single. I don't like the design of the new ones much since they are so unnecessarily large.

    Also want to buy more Rouge Bunny Rouge shadows as refills, makes financial sense and I'm not crazy about the packaging (don't get me wrong, it's not as awful as the Chanel). The round pots are awkward to store. I wish they would come out with some kind of clear-lidded palette like the newer MAC ones to store refills, with one of their floral motifs on top. Their current system for two or three is not enough and the brushes in a refill palette are unnecessary. Well that's a long rant over on packaging and depotting, obviously a few words won't do when fifty will do, hah!

    Eli

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    1. LOL! I play with my kids' magnetized blocks all the time! I love it. Actually it's not the magnets that bother me (like other folks). I just don't use them when they are out of sight. I wish all company made pans that depot with a push of a pin like Suqqu/Addiction or in a refill format. I am a SUCKER for pretty packaging, but at some point, simple utility won!

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    2. If I had a collection your size (what I've seen of it!), I think I would start depotting a few too. Right now, I know where everything is, but I have found that in the past few months, a few eyeshadows aren't getting much use. They're mostly the awkward ones to store (the aforementioned Chanel's) and those that are "out of sight, out of mind". Rouge Bunny Rouge being sold as refills is an enticing reason to buy a palette.

      Ditto to easy depotting, why must it be so difficult? What do brands gain from difficult depotting? Surely it's easier ro package something that's easy to depot. If it's difficult to get out, it must be difficult to get in, in the first place.

      Eli

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  11. i still keep most boxes, but every once in a while i go through and try to throw away as many as possible! :)

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