Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Magnetic Palette

I haven't mentioned this magnetic tin since my previous experience with depotting and it's now filled, which is why it's making another appearance on the blog. I found it to be a good way of saving some space and sorting through which products I wanted to keep and which ones I didn't foresee using.





Depotting is not a pretty sight. It leaves battle scars in the shadows, note the Essence blush and the MAC duo. I mostly depot shadows and blushes because I want to keep them in the collection but they may be ones I don't use particularly often. I didn't use heat, instead opting for sheer force, a steak knife and some ethyl alcohol (read: hand sanitiser).

The CoverGirl shadow came discounted in a quad from the Exact Eyelights line with a mint, a pale brown and a dark brown but the pigmentation of the others was pitiful so they made a swift departure after depotting. The shimmery off-white shadow makes a good highlight shade but I rarely reach for it unless I'm using something from the tin- usually the Smashbox shadow, which is one of my all-time favourites. Smashbox Pronto is a satin pale pink and is well-pigmented and has a lovely formula. Whenever I use it I remind myself to look into more Smashbox eyeshadows. And that I don't need the Urban Decay Naked palette for the shade Sin because I already have Pronto.

I bought the MaxFactor shadow discounted because the pan had come loose from the casing but it suited me just fine because it meant I didn't have to dig it out myself. I tape cut-outs from a soft advertisement magnet (talk about being resourceful) to the pans to secure them to the the surface of the tin. 

The MAC duo isn't something I use often because like NARS Albatross, the yellow shade is filled with gold glitter and not much else. The dark brown is well-formulated but I don't reach for it often because I don't wear dark colours outside the occasional experiment. I've set aside the casing in the event I ever collect six MAC empties to take Back to MAC for a lipstick.

The blushes are all nice ones that I don't want to throw out- the Essence Babydoll is almost a dupe for NARS Deep Throat- it's minutely cooler and doesn't have the iridescence that the gold shimmer of DT has, but the price point sets it on the opposite end of the spectrum so it's not half bad (for reference, the NARS is $45, the Essence is $5). The two Bourjois pot blushes are nice but the packaging is bulky and they roll around when stored upright so I found it was easier this way.

The palette is good to store nice but underused shadows and blushes and it's even better to crack it out once in a while to rediscover them.

9 comments:

  1. I love the way you've stored these! That tin is gorgeous.
    I've never depotted any eyeshadows or blushes but I may need to soon if my collection continues to grow!

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    1. Thanks! I first tried to depot eyeshadows out of curiosity but it's pretty fun!

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  2. The baked blush looks so cool depotted! That MAC mineralise is gorgeous. looks like yin and yang!

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    1. The baked powders are the hardest to get out of the pot! They got so cut up. :(

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  3. Your depotted stuff looks good. Worn in :) I can't help but think how delicious they look ^_^

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    1. Hahaha happy your blog sale stuff is being used? :P I've never thought they look delicious before... True that.

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  4. oh the case looks beautiful!
    I am not a fan of depotting as I am such a packaging sucker and I don't think I am able to say goodbye to my beloved bourjois vintage looking pan.. T.T

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    1. It did take a while to decide to depot the Bourjois blushes but they look nice depotted. :)

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  5. really lovely customize palette! ^_~

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