Friday, May 16, 2014

Inside My ZPalettes: Depotting Mania!


ZPalettes have been around for years and I'm sure most of you have heard of them or maybe even own a few. For a long time I avoided ZPalettes because, honestly, I thought they looked a bit ugly. I'm still not a fan of their logotype and I don't like that it's boldly emblazoned on the bottom right of every palette. Call me weird but I wish the front of the palette was plain. I eventually grew up to not mind these and have been planning on purchasing some for awhile so that I could depot various drugstore shadows and use them more. I jumped at the chance to get a pro ZPalette and small ZPalette at IMATS because they were discounted. I would have preferred both to be plain black but they only had the zebra printed small ones.... 


I went on a crazy depotting spree a few weeks ago and went to town on my Wet n' Wild and Revlon shadows with a candle and some old pens to poke and pry the pans loose. In general, depotting is quite easy and self explanatory. Just heat the plastic bottom of the product with a candle or flat iron and poke out the metal pan with a pen or something. ZPalettes come with flat metal discs that stick to the magnetic bottoms of the palettes quite well. The downside is that the discs are about the size of a Mac eyeshadow and they're too large for some smaller pans. I had to cut the discs and it bent the metal which then made it harder to adhere....

Here is a look at some of the shadows that are in my smaller palette. I really like being able to mix and match shadows from different palettes that I normally wouldn't go through the trouble of pairing together. I popped in the creamy matte beige,  matte mid tone brown, and matte dark brown from the Wet n' Wild Vanity 6 Pan Palette because they're staples that can be used for many looks. This palette is a very good size for traveling and you can fit a lot of colors if you have small pans.


As you can see, not everything fits perfectly together in my larger ZPalette. It kind of bothers me the way the space looks but it's no biggie. I can switch out pans between the two sizes so I keep the smaller one on my vanity for easy access. I depotted a few blushes that are ancient in my collection and gathering dust. The two rectangular pans are Rimmel Lasting Finish Blushes and the circular ones are very old Jane blushes which were discontinued years ago. As you can see, I'm a neutral girl through and through....


I bought a strip of magnet that already has adhesive on it for my odd shaped pans sometimes the magnets repel each other which causes weird gaps. The two crease shades do not want to be next to each other.... 


I don't think I realized how much space I actually needed to depot most of my drugstore eyeshadows. I probably would need at least two more Pro sized palettes just for drugstore shadows and blushes. However, I don't intend on depotting everything since I kind of like the packaging on some products. I also do not intend on depotting most high end products since the packaging is often decent already.

I originally bought these ZPalettes so that I would have a place to store products that do not come in cases and that I would buy in large quantities such as La Femme blushes or MakeupGeek eyeshadows. But I realized I have so much makeup that I have not used that it would make no sense to purchase new products. But now I know, when I've gone through some of my makeup (which might never happen) I'll definitely purchase more Pro ZPalettes (in black!). They work well and feel quite sturdy for cardboard and plastic. I like that the Pro palettes have a faux leathery grain feel to them.

Do you have any ZPalettes? What do you keep in yours?

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