How To: Depot Wet N Wild Shadows

I admit--eye shadow palettes are my weakness. And if they're great quality and a great price, like ones from Wet N Wild, they always end up in my hands. I'm not even gonna say how many I have! But those palettes take up a bit of space, and I've been slowly de-potting them and moving them into my Z Palettes. I've shared how to de-pot shadows before, but that method doesn't work for Wet N Wild palettes--they are larger and just don't fit right on a flat iron. This technique is easy and works for just about any brand of palette. Enjoy!

n e e d:
  • palette(s)
  • heat (like a lighter or lit candle)
  • magnetic palette--these come in a variety of sizes/designs. You can make your own (mine never came out as cute as I wanted), so I suggest buying them. I've got more ideas here.
  • pointed object, like a sharp knife
  • heat resistant glove
d o:

  • Hold the flame underneath the bottom of the palette to heat it. This will loosen the glue that holds the shadow pan to the palette. It helps to peel the sticker backing off first, but it is not necessary.
  • Once it has started melting, remove from the flame (heat resistant gloves, like those that come with curling wands, are helpful here) and carefully poke the sharp object through the melted plastic. If there are any flames on the plastic, be sure to blow those out! The shadow will pop right up. Carefully remove it from the palette and allow to cool--it's metal, so it will be hot!
  • After it has cooled, add it to your favorite portable, magnetic palette, like the Z palette. If you're using a MAC shadow (or another brand that doesn't adhere to the magnetic surface), the Z palette comes with magnets to apply to the back. Sometimes I've found that I need to remove the glue from the back of the shadow if it doesn't stay put in the palette.

That's it! Once you get the hang of it, it goes by fast. I like the lighter method as I feel I can control the flame better than with a candle, but use what works for you! Now you have saved space, helped organize your collection, and made your palettes easier for travel. Don't forget--this works for blushes, bronzers, and highlighters, too.

Check out my other method of How to Depot Eye Shadows.

PS: Did you catch my guest post at Amy Fashion Blog?


  1. Brilliant! Although the melting plastic part scares me a little. LOL!

  2. I've done this many times before with other shadows:) Love the Z Palettes.

  3. I had so many problems trying to depot WnW. The metal around them is pretty flimsy too so it kept bending on me. Good idea!

  4. whoa! i didnt even know you could do this! great tip elle! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  5. What a great idea - I have so many different types of shadows that are almost done but then those that are completely full - it would be great to put it all into one palette!

  6. Such a useful post. I have been wanting to depot these palettes from wet n wild.

  7. Wow that is impressive, haha making your own eye shadow set!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  8. The Z palette sounds so cool! And what a great space saver. I really want to try Wet N WIld products, but the Target and Walmart near me stopped carrying them. I'll have to try a drugstore since you recommend them!

  9. This is a great idea! I'm not usually a fan of depotting eyeshadows, but it would work well for the WNW palettes since there isn't much to the packaging in the first place. How many of the 8 pan palettes can you fit into one large Z palette?

  10. Great idea Elle! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. Wow this is such great help....thanks for sharing with us!


  12. I have no idea why I never thought to just melt the plastick off the back. Here I am spending what felt like hours prying out that little eyeshadow pan! :)


  13. what a smart idea! and i bet it looks super cool when they're all together!

  14. Awesome! I bet this does make it much easier to see what eye shadows you have.

  15. I've always wanted to depot shadows into a z palette!! Thanks for sharing!

  16. What a good idea... I never would've thought to do this!

  17. Look at you -beauty and brains! I never knew you could do that!

  18. I would never have thought of doing this!

  19. What a neat idea! I've never even thought of doing something like this. I just figured I needed to be more organized. I will definitely give it a try (once I have a large enough collection... I just began wearing makeup a few months ago). lol. ;D

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  20. Wonderful tip! And also thank you very much for your support, it felt like a warm blanket. x

  21. I would never think of this! Neat!

  22. So, that's how it's done! Awesome.

  23. Oooh, crafty crafty! :)
    Happy Thursday, pretty lady!


  24. Thanks for Guest posting for me. I also never knew you could do this. Thank for sharing this.

  25. Oh I have a few wet n wild palettes, I might have to try this because they are taking up some space with the rest of my makeup. Thanks for the tutorial Elle!


  26. I've never heard of "depot" before. This is really neat. I'd love to consolidate all my eyeshadows this way. You know so much about make up. I just love your tips!

  27. Such a great ideas especially since I have a ton of smaller palettes.

  28. Great project, Elle! And, I adore Wet N Wild! Although, my weakness, these days is nail polish! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  29. You are a genius!
    Never heard about this practice :D Fantastic!



  30. Thanks for this I have depotted many Mac eyeshadows and had wondered how to do the wet n wilds x


  31. I used this method too when I deported mine xx

  32. Such a good idea! Especially since I don't really like the W&W packaging. However, I think you should probably mention in your post to do this in a well ventilated area! Plastic fumes are extremely toxic and shouldn't be breathed in during the melting process.


  33. @minacoleta/Tanya First time commenter, I see! Welcome. I thoroughly consider all safety/health concerns before posting a DIY, and I see no issue of "toxic fumes," although I appreciate your interest. I am well-informed in Environmental Health and Safety. You would need a room full of burning plastic, for a minimum for 8 continuous hours to even be close to entering the threshold for "toxic" fumes. Thanks.

  34. I do love this DIY post!! Great to know for when I'm ready to depot my eye shadows <3


  35. I need to try this, I got a Z palette at Christmas and had a bad time depotting a few. Urban Decay and MAC being the worst. I used the flat iron method. I might have broken a NARS blush too :o( I'm a bit too scared to use the oven method. Thanks!


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