June 16, 2013

Depotting Everyday Minerals Travel Size Mineral Eyeshadows

And now, for something else non-polish related!  This is just a simple step-by-step overview of how I depotted some Everyday Minerals "travel size" mineral (loose) eyeshadow into small sifter jars.  It's too simple to be a real tutorial, but it was fun to do, so I thought you all might like to see.

This is how the normal mineral eyeshadows come- in big size (1.7g) and mini (.57g).  These are really nice shadows, and Everyday Minerals is a great company in general, I think. (I also use their mineral face base, and quite a few of their eyeshadow brushes on a regular basis.)

However, if you've ever worked with mineral eyeshadow before, you know how messy it can be.  That's the only real drawback.

And, here's the travel size shadows that I'll be working with.  They come in a tube with a rolley ball dispenser on the end, which is supposedly good for on-the-go eyeshadow application or touch-ups.  A good idea, in theory, but not execution. (And, I believe they have since been discontinued.)

You can see that it looks pretty messy already.

However, one of my biggest problems with this packaging is that each rolley ball has a plastic seam which is terrible to be dragging across the delicate skin of you eyelid.  You may be able to see that above.  Additionally, rolling these on created a lot of fall-out, and they still need to be blended in anyway, so the "travel" packaging just didn't work for me.

Another thing was that a couple of the caps had begun to crack for whatever reason.

So, let's get to it.  Here's the supplies:

First, some 3 gram sifter jars.  I got these from eBay, and they come in all kinds of sizes. 3g was the smallest I found, and they worked out perfectly.

Some round labels (mine came with the sifter jars), pliers, and a pen or something to write with.

It'll be helpful if the pliers have a grippy texture like above.

I went ahead and wrote the shadow names ahead of time.

And, of course, the empty sifter jars:

The sifter is a little piece of plastic that just pops out.

So, it's very simple-

The rolley ball is attached inside a plastic flange-like piece and you can just gently pry it out.

I found that it works best to twist (rotate) it back and forth a little.  They pop out fairly easily this way, and you're left with an open cylinder:

Also, welcome to my naked nails here! It's rare that I'm not wearing polish, but I was between paint jobs.

Then, you just carefully pour into an empty sifter jar (after removing the sifter piece).

I had to shake and tap the tube/ cylinder a little to get all of the shadow out.

Very messy, but what can you do?

Then you pop the sifter plastic into the jar, and depending how much shadow I had used (this one, not very much) some will fluff up through the sifter, which you can either discard or keep within the jar:

Then, I just stuck the label on the back.  Easy.

Here's how Ham "assisted" during the whole process:

melted, lazy, sack-o-meat

And, a shadow in its new container:

You can see they look pretty similar now to the normal mini size Everyday Minerals packaging:

And, of course, the aftermath!

Needless to say, this project was very, very messy.  It's important to work over something disposable or something that can be cleaned.  (That's a drawer from a Muji acrylic container.)  You will lose some small amounts of eyeshadow during depotting- it's pretty much inevitable.

The final result!

The whole project took about 45 minutes, and was fun to do!

I feel like I can see the colors so much better.  I'll also be able to use these more easily with eyeshadow brushes.  They'll still be messy, but there won't be awful packaging to wrangle with, and I'll be able to use them like normal shadows! Hoorah!