How much are the duo palette containers? $8 US
How much are the square tray inserts? $2 US
Where are do you buy the 12/24 square tray inserts, I have never seen them at the MAC counters? The inserts can be purchased at any MAC Pro counter or http://www.maccosmetics.com
Can you only put MAC lipsticks/concealers in the palettes? You can mix and match brands to your liking and fill the pans with whatever you like! Be sure to label the trays accordingly to prevent allergic reactions some clients may have to specific brand ingredients!
I got the idea for this from Beat Face Honey or Tatiana Ward to depot my MAC, NARS, and other brands of lipstick concealer and foundation sticks. At first I must admit it was a little intimidating to have to take on the task of de-potting 24 concealers, 24 tubes of lipstick and thankfully my foundation sticks have not been ordered yet. The hardest part for me was having to crush some of the signature bullets from the RiRiHearts MAC collection.
At first I watched a couple of tutorials on how to depot lipsticks using the Lighter and Spoon technique. I removed the lipstick from the bullet (I started with Silly because it is my least favorite pink lipstick for myself so if it was a Fail i wouldn’t be too upset) I placed the lipstick in the spoon and began to move it in circular motions over a lit candle. Now for a couple of eyeshadows this is quite fine. Pros: The melting process does take some time and it ensures that the product is smooth and evenly distributed into the tray. Cons: I find that quite a bit of product (a substantial amount of product) is wasted still coating the spoon after it is poured into the tray.
My next move for the sake of time (I had to go to work and of course for the sake of my overall sanity) i decided to remove all of the lipsticks from the bullets simultaneously after which I crushed and smoothed as best i could with a clean spatula cleaning with 91 proof alcohol and makeup remover wipes before moving on to the next shade.
After I removed all of the lipsticks i was willing to place in the trays I was ready for step 2. Melting.
Disclaimer: If you were really in a rush like me and you want to melt two trays at a a time… DONT! 1. Having two trays in the microwave is actually slower than one. The heat has to be distributed into both trays over a larger surface area causing the need for more heating time. 2. REMOVE THE TRAYS FROM THE DUO OUTER CASING!!! (I learned this the hard way and I actually ended up melting the outer case a little) 3. Pay close attention to the trays in the microwave ( I recommend stopping the microwave in 10 second intervals) the times may vary for your Matte/ Satin/ Sheer-tone shades but should NOT EXCEED 1 minute. If the lipstick still has not melted after one minute i will not melt in the microwave and you risk burning the lipstick (you will notice it start to boil) and this may also change the formulation of the lipstick and cause the base products to separate. If you insist that the Matte shades ( shades that take the longest to melt) are smoothed out in your palette then go back to the lighter/candle/spoon method.
Allow the lipsticks to harden a little before removing the trays from the microwave… this will also prevent harm to yourself and prevent accidents such as spills and overflow from one tray to the next in terms of adjacent colors. If you have the extra cooling time pop the trays into the refrigerator NOT THE FREEZER!!! (Freezing the products directly after the heat of the microwave may cause some formulations to dry out and become brittle. After about 15-20 minutes when you are sure that the products are back to solid state you are sure to be able to enjoy your conveniently stored lipstick, concealers and cream foundations.
To hide the imperfections made by my mistakes and burns I decided to decorate the outside of the case with some of my favorite neon nail lacquers:
I labeled the backs of the trays for easy replacing and memory:
After I completed my depotting I took some of the empty bullets Back to MAC for their plastics return program: (For every 6 empty containers lipstick bullets, eyeshoadow containers, foundation containers, etc. you get a free lipstick container at participating Macy’s counters and a free lipstick, eyeshadow or lip glass at MAC stores.)
I ended up getting Spirit and Flat Out Fabulous for FREE!!! They didn’t have Taupe so i will be heading to another MAC counter soon to add that to my collection with the rest of my empties!
I hope you found this helpful! If you try this technique be sure to upload pics to Instagram and tag me @thee_shopaholic.