Switching from MAC Pots to Pallets

Does it seem like whenever you are walking by a MAC store somehow you always get sucked in? Or is that just me?

Every time I’d pass by one of the MAC stores I’d end up buying something. Over time, I had collected way too many pots and it became difficult to find the right color. So I switched to buying palettes and I, like most people, did not want to purchase the same things I already had. Then it occurred to me that I should just depot them! So if you’re someone who has piles of  MAC pots then you may want to try depotting yours too.

Begin the set-up by laying out a clean paper towel. Turn on your flat iron. The higher the temperature, the faster you will have to be. I recommend slightly higher heat for the blush pots.

The Makeup Depotting Process

I thought why not make it easy for you, so I’ve included the instructions below (and yes, I’ve included pictures!).

This should take you 15 to 20 minutes at most.

Disclosure: The following list of products are affiliated links. However, I only recommend things that I would use or have used.

Things you will need:

1. Clean paper towel

2. Cotton balls

3. 91% Isopropyl Alcohol

4. Safety pin (pin or needle)

5. Thin slice of foil

6. BaByliss Flat iron (Bio ionic is also a great brand)

7. Metal emery board or something like it

8. Scissors

9. Magnetic adhesive strips

10. Your MAC pot and Z magnetic palette (of course) *Eyeshadow, blush, and contouring powder

Switching from MAC Pots to Pallets

Step 1 – Push your metal emery board in between the case and the pot holder. Push it downwards at a 45 degree angle. When the tip hits the bottom maneuver it to separate the case and the pot holder (be careful as it may shoot across the room).

Switching from MAC Pots to Pallets

Step 2 – Place the pot holder on the thin slice of foil, and then on top of the pre-heated flat iron. This will melt the glue. Check it every 2 mins for 7 mins. When the back is slightly melted move on to the next step (be prepared to move to the next step quickly as the plastic tends to cool relatively fast).

Switching from MAC Pots to Pallets

Step 3 –  *Be very careful as the pot is very hot.* Use the pin to press the pot out of the holder. You will have to put some effort into this depending on the amount of glue. If the pot does not seem to budge repeat step 2.

Switching from MAC Pots to Pallets

Step 4 – Wait for the pot to cool and then use the 91% Isopropyl Alcohol and a cotton ball to remove all excess glue from the back and sides.

Switching from MAC Pots to Pallets

Step 5 – Use your finger nail to remove the sticker on the back of the case. Carefully peel it off and place it on the back of the pot.

Switching from MAC Pots to Pallets

Step 6 – Use the scissors to trim the magnetic adhesive strips into thin slices. Remove the adhesive backing and place magnet on the back of the pot. Be careful to not place over the name.

​ *If you are really OCD you can buy the magnetic adhesive sheets and cut out a circle that is slightly bigger than the sticker and THEN place the sticker on top.

Switching from MAC Pots to Pallets

Step 7 – Place your new pot into your palette and put the pot holder back into the case. You are finished (after you clean up your mess!)

​Make sure to save the empty cases for a free lipstick from MAC with their back to MAC program.

Hope you enjoyed this DIY Tutorial. 
Let me know how your depotting experience went!

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