What Is De-Potting
The act of removing makeup products from their bulky, excessive packaging to customize, organize and simplify one's makeup.
De-potting is addicting and will change the way you think about makeup forever!
Whether you're popping eye shadows out of their useless plastic pots, or scooping the last bits of your favorite lipstick out of the tube and into empty metal pans, de-potting is the answer to every beauty lover's makeup woes:
How can I save space on my counter tops and makeup kit while getting organized? The answer is simple: de-pot your makeup! Think about it - all that excessive plastic packaging serves no purpose! Sure, sometimes it's cute, but it all adds up and before you know it, you've got to dig through piles of plastic just to find your favorite blush! (Only to discover you've bought two others just like it and one of them has just shattered to pieces.) And oh yeah, all that extra plastic? It's bad for the planet ... but you already knew that :)
Before you freak out, take a deep breath - you can do this! There are several methods, and you've come to the right place! For beginners, we always suggest starting with a simple eye shadow until you get the hang of it (that means saving your holy grail, limited edition, discontinued bronzer for later!)
The flat iron and oven methods use heat to gently melt the glue that holds the metal pan in the packaging, and warp the plastic a bit, so that you can carefully lift out the metal pan using a small metal tool. These are the most popular methods. They're also perfect for de-potting lipsticks, concealers, etc. out of the tube and melting them down into empty metal pans. You can find our flat iron tutorial HERE
The prying method is best-suited for de-potting cardboard packaging, since taking heat to paper isn't such a great idea. The prying method requires a gentle touch and patience. Peel back as much of the cardboard exterior before gently prying the metal pan away from the cardboard behind it. You can find our prying method pictorial HERE
The more you de-pot, the better you'll get - we always say practice makes perfect. So put on your favorite play-list, gather up your makeup and drift away to a de-potting state of mind .... And if you're looking for an excuse to have a girls' night in, invite your friends over for a de-potting party and makeup trade! You'd be surprised how much fun you can have clearing out that clutter with your friends! Check out the official Z Palette de-potting party HERE
Because you're a neat freak. So what if organizing turns you on?
Because you're the complete opposite and it's time for a change. Possibly even an intervention. Shhh...we won't tell.
Because you've run out of space for all your makeup but you don't see your purchases slowing down anytime soon. Was that a new package at the door?
Because you're a professional makeup artist and your kit weighs a ton. Enough said.
Because you're a jet-setter or just constantly on the go, and like to primp! We get it.
Because you're on the cutting edge of the beauty industry and you have to have the most innovative products in your arsenal! No shame in your game!