Review & Tutorial: How to depot eyeshadow into a Z palette

So if you read my recent review and swatches for the Limited Edition Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette you will have read that I planned on depotting my favourite shades and putting them into a Z palette.

For anyone who's not sure, a Z palette is basically an empty eyeshadow palette....sounds pointless, right? BUT if you're like me and you end up accumulating a lot of different eyeshadow palettes and you only seem to use a handful of shades from them....then this is actually quite a good idea and will free up a huge amount of space and encourage you to use shades you might not reach for much at the moment.

Now the next step is how the F do you depot eyeshadows from their original palette? My answer would be with a lot of effort, difficulty and swearing. I predominantly wanted to depot my favourite shadows from the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette but after going through my palettes I realised there were a few more that I only really use a few shades from (mainly Urban Decay...NO TEA NO SHADE)

So I purchased my Z palette from Beauty Bay and it arrived within good time - I decided to get the plain black 'large' palette which was £17.50 and it came with some magnetic backs. That's one thing you have to remember, your eyeshadow pans probably aren't magnetic so you'll need magnetic backs - one side sticky, one side magnetic so it'll stay in your Z palette.

Ok, so for tools...you can use the official Z palette depotter scalpel or trowel or whatever they call it, but after extensively watching depotting videos on YouTube I decided on some nail scissors and multiple pairs of tweezers.

So it took me a little while to get the hang of safely and successfully depotting these little sh*ts as the tool I was using kept slipping and digging into the shadow and then I would scream or cry or swear or all of the above. There were so many videos that advised you take the back off of the eyeshadow palette you're working on and then use hair straighteners to heat up the back to melt the glue that is being used to stick the pans in. I did that on the Naked 3 palette and it didn't seem to make a difference for me so I went with the tactic of Brute Force.
I organised the shadows in shade order and kept the matte shades and different sized pans separate. The top row minus the last 2 on the right are all from the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette. Top row last 2 on the right and the pans underneath are all from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette and the bottom square shades are from the Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette.

My favourite moves were to open up the nail scissors and dig it into one corner of the eyeshadow pan (in between the pan and it's place in the palette) - there was usually one side or corner that would give way and then I would get my tweezers and wiggle that in the gap I created and then lift it out with the scissors. Some of these little rascals were glued in better than others but I prevailed! And there may be some pans which are a little bent or have weeny dents in the corner but there must be some casualties and look how pretty they are still!

Personally I'm glad I managed to free up 3 palettes and just got rid of shades that have been sat in my drawers for a million years that I'll never use. I think once I've gotten over the anger I endured during this process and I'm feeling super calm and zen; I'll depot some more eyeshadow palettes and give away the left over shades. And nowww I'm more likely to grab for my Z palette as the choice of shades in there are ones I know I'll actually use.

Have you got a Z palette and what do you use yours for? Any tips on easy depotting?

If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to drop me a comment!

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