Depotting My Too Faced Eyeshadow Palette

I recently re-organised my makeup, and wanted to depot bulky palettes so they'll fit better in the my small storage space.
My previous attempt to depot this Too Faced palette using the heat method didn't work and just caused cracks in my beloved shade Heaven.
I had eureka moment and decided to try again. I didn't bother to google tutorials for depotting cardboard palettes, I just figured it out as I went along.

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.


  1. Oh wow, this is so helpful! I want to depot mine as well, both for space's sake and because there's a couple eyeshadows I don't like in the palette (I've had mine for a couple years, and a couple of them have changed in texture, weirdly). So I'll do it this way! Many thanks :)



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