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MAC eyeshadows to De-pot & Z Palette

My MAC palettes are at full capacity. They have been this way for many months and I have yet to buy another palette. This means that some of my newer shadows have not been enjoyed.

There are a few I need to depot. I have been putting off doing this too as it’s a bit of a chore. I always buy MAC shadows in the refill form rather than the pot. This is not an option if you buy limited edition products.


For those of you who have never heard of depotting – it involves taking the pan out of the eyeshadows packaging using a knife and a hair straighteners. Sounds perilous right! I will blog about the process with a step by step when I finally do the job.

That leaves the problem of palette space. I have been waiting for my MAC Pro card replacement for three months now, I have been assured it’s on it’s way, so popping into town to replace it is not on the cards. I could of course take out the insert from one of my existing palettes and make some more room but I hate cluttered make-up, especially if I’m on a job.

Enter Z Palette.

I’m sure many of you have heard of these gems already. They are magnetic palettes with a clear top. They are fantastic. A few months ago I depotted lots of single shadows from different brands and popped them into the palette. This way they might actually stand a chance of being used!

They come in this size and smaller. I have ordered myself a second one which should arrive any day now. I suppose I should depot the mac shadows soon so. Ugh!

They are easy to buy in the US as you can order from the main site right to your door. For those you you here in Ireland here is a link to a distributor. They are €19 for the large palettes and €14 for the small. You can also buy magnets for the back of your pans there too. For UK customers their on sale at Love-makeup (they probably ship to Ireland too). I bought my second one from the US site and had it sent to my bundlebox, expect a haul later this week!

Have you tried a Z palette? Do you think they’re a good idea?

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  • http://allthingsgirlyy.blogspot.com/ Jody

    I really dislike these i don’t think their as nice as the Mac one’s IMO, i like my pallettes to look sleek, clean & modern which the Mac one’s look. All down to personal preference really but i think the Z Pallette looks so bland & ugly!

  • caitriona

    Haven’t used a Z palette before, but would be afraid of eyeshadows getting all messed up, being so close together. Does anyone know if you can Back 2 Mac, with depotted eyeshadows in Dublin.

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      The honour back to mac here even though they don’t promote it

    • http://www.bing.com/ Mitchell

      That’s cleared my thoughts. Thanks for conrtibuting.

  • Sharon

    An alternative to the Z palette is the Unii palette. They are a bit smaller, but very sturdy. A couple of months ago I depotted my eyeshadows, blushes, and bronzer and put them together into these palettes. They are fantastic and make traveling with make up a lot easier.

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      Thanks for this Sharon! Must check them out :)

  • http://www.youtube.com/sapphiremakeup Llora

    I am also in need of another palette, but I have an empty quad, so I should just use that hahah. When I depot my eyeshadows, I don’t use heat, I use rubbing alcohol, a sharp knife and pliers. It’s much safer than using hot tools or open flame and you don’t have to breathe in all the nasty melting plastic fumes. I learned this method from Koren of EnKore Makeup. Here’s the link if anyone’s interested:


  • http://www.makeup4all.com/ Marina(Makeup4All)

    I WANT a big black Z palette but I am afraid to depot my makeup. But I think I should get it after all :)

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      To be honest Marina, they never look as pretty in the palette as they do in the pots. I definitely would have left mine alone if I wasn’t taking them out on jobs. I miss my pots :(

  • Aisha Al Waber

    What is a bundlebox?

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      I have an account with them – I order products to my bundlebox US address and then when there are few items waiting bundlebox ship them, It means customs and shipping charges are included.

  • Fran

    you can also get z palettes from love-makeup.co.uk i think. I kind of want one but I got a mac palette and for some reason I can’t bring myself to de-pot my mac shadows, i just love looking at all my little pots!

    • http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie Amy

      Thanks a mil Fran – I updated the post with your info!

  • Mads

    Hi Amy,

    Is bundle box a forwarding system for US purchases??? If so is it expensive and how do you find it?


    • Jan

      Amy did a YT video on this site a while ago! =)

  • Anne Marie McCarn

    I hold my pans over a candle for about a minute the end softens and with a sharp knife i push through the end and the pan comes easily out.

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