Last week, I shared my favorite makeup palette for organizing and condensing my makeup compacts – the Unii Palette. I mentioned that in order to take advantage of these cool cases, you’d need to either buy makeup that comes unpackaged (like MAC or Mary Kay), or you could depot any other makeup to customize your own compact and improve your organization and storage! There are several different types of cases you can buy besides the Unii Palette, but I found this one to be the most sturdy and secure (plus it’s really cute!). I’ve flown with these, both in my carry-on and checked, and my makeup always arrives without a scratch.
The main reason I decided to go the route of depotting my makeup was because I travel frequently throughout the year and given the tight restrictions on luggage, I like to travel as light as possible. I don’t want to limit myself to just one compact, nor do I want to cart around 3 or 4 different compacts. All that packaging takes up a lot of space in a girl’s makeup bag!! Another reason is that I also like having all of my eyeshadows grouped together and my blushes/bronzers grouped together. For me, that makes it a little easier to pull together different looks and not forget about other colors I may have on hand.
There are a lot of tutorials floating around out there to show you how to depot your makeup, but instead of you having to hunt for one yourself, I’ve put together my own tutorials. I read multiple articles on how to do it, then just dove in and took notes along the way for what worked best for me. I’ll admit, I was a little nervous about ruining my makeup and possibly regretting it afterwards. But, I’m happy to report that there were no casualties and I don’t regret it for a minute!
These are the compacts/palettes I use most often and wanted to depot.
While it’s only 4, if I want to use a color from each of these (which is common for me), that means I have to pack all of these in my suitcase! Not cool…
This is my new consolidated compact with just the colors I use the most from each of the compacts above. Now, when I travel, I only need to pop this in my carry on and I’m ready to go. Pretty sweet!
I can also easily throw this in my purse if I’m planning to go out after work without having the chance to go home first to freshen up.
When I’m not traveling, I actually keep all of my eyeshadows together, my blushes/bronzers together, etc. That’s what is great about this whole setup….I can move things around as I see fit! Here’s how I normally store my makeup to keep everything grouped together:
After going through the process of depotting each of these, I found there were a few categories for depotting based on the type of packaging (i.e. plastic, cardboard, or metal). So, I put together a few different tutorials based on the nuances of each. For the most part, the process is the same, but there are slight differences that I felt should be highlighted.
- Metal case (outside) with thin plastic case (inside): Urban Decay – Naked 2 Eyeshadow palette
- Plastic case: Urban Decay – Basics
- Cardboard case: Stila Natural palette & theBalm Blush
Hopefully these are helpful! Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions…