This is what I did:
- Opened up the palette and removed the brush drawer. With a knife, sliced the corners until the sides could be bent flat.
- Peeled off out the outer cardboard, until I was left with the inner cardboard containing the eyeshadow pans.
- From the sides of the inner cardboard, I saw it was made up of layers of cardboard each a couple of millimetres thick, so I slid the knife two cardboard layers from the top of the palette. This was just where the pans were glued to the cardboard.
- At this point, I started to think of where to put the eyeshadow pans. So I set aside the Too Faced palette and went through my stash. I came up with this Givenchy compact powder case with barely any powder left.
- It was fairly easy to dislodge the powder pan from the palette as it was held by magnet, not glue. I stuck the blunt end of a thick needle through the hole at the bottom of the powder compartment until the powder pan popped out.
- Going back to the Too Faced palette, I dislodged all of the eyeshadows just by slicing/sliding the knife between the cardboard layers, through the glue that held the pans to cardboard.
- Once all the pans were out, I used my nails to remove the glue from the bottoms of the pans. Then I used some tissue dipped in isopropyl alcohol to wipe off any powdery mess on the Too Faced pans and the Givenchy case.
- The Givenchy case has a top compartment for the powder and a bottom compartment for the brush. I decided to layout the more-or-less matte shades in the top compartment and the shimmery shades in the bottom compartment. Because I do not have room to store both Silk Teddy and Nude Beach in the Givenchy case, and I think they’re fairly similar anyway, with Silk Teddy being more glittery*, I decided to keep Nude Beach and store Silk Teddy elsewhere. (*I believe they were switched in my palette, I think Nude Beach is supposed to be the glittery one.) This left me with room for two Clinique eyeshadows that I depotted a couple of months ago.
- The Too Faced pans aren't magnetic, so I had to resort to double-sided tape to stick them inside the empty Givenchy case.
I love my new neutral palette, love the addition of the Clinique shades (sorry I don’t remember the shade names, I’ve tossed out this Clinique case a while back.)
And I’m so happy I could re-use the Givenchy case cos I admit I bought it for the packaging. The powder’s very nice, but before my beauty blog addiction, I expected all high end powders to work the same. I’m partial to slim, square/rectangular cases, and being able to reuse them is a nice bonus.
Ooh, I’m looking forward to depotting the queen of all bulky packaging, Urban Decay Book of Shadows.