I’m definitely pro-depotting when it comes to singles and duos, little things whose packaging takes up more space in your stash than it ought. I generally shy away from it for palettes, though. That said, something struck me a couple weeks ago and I decided it was time to reorganize my makeup storage/wannabe vanity. I got rid of the awkward brushroll that came with my Coastal Scents Elite Set because it wasn’t the best use of space for me (obviously the brushes stayed), played some Tetris, and decided I needed to pare down on the packaging where I could.

Too Faced Everything Nice (henceforth called TFEN) is fun, but frankly the packaging is huge considering its contents.

So I went at it with a nail implement I don’t use (not because there’s anything wrong with it, I just prefer other tools for the same tasks for which it is intended). Since TFEN is a cardboard palette, it was relatively easy to work with to pop the pans out; each pan is secured in its ‘well’ with some glue that comes up easily enough. I used a metal file to loosen around the outside edges of each metal pan, the slipped it under and slowly, gently (emphasis on those two!) pried upwards.


Alas, I didn’t take a picture of the work in progress – but I’m pleased to report that there were minimal casualties during the depotting effort. I definitely felt a little victorious.

I lost one shadow – Mauvelous. I didn’t love the shade to begin with, so it wasn’t a huge loss to me. I also lost the pan of Chocolate Soleil (which doesn’t sting because I have a deluxe sample compact of it), Sweet Pink (which…didn’t flatter me), and Inner Light (too glittery for my taste as a highlighter). Papa Don’t Peach sustained some damage, but there’s still a ton in the pan, and it is still very usable.

Depotting Casualties

They now live in my Z-Palette (for reference, this is a Large) with a few other things – MAC Fleur Power, MAC Motif and Urban Decay Freelove (from that whole Glambot thing), a Nyx brow powder from one of their old Brow Kits, a wee Stila Kitten, and Sephora Space Odyssey. This exercise taught me that I prefer rectangular pans for efficient space usage, but I’m still excited to get more use out of my Z-Palette AND reclaim space in my desk.

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Have you depotted any products? How did it go?