A few weeks ago my Luxola haul arrived, carrying with it three new Z-palettes and a Konjac sponge in plain (review coming up). As pictured above, I bought the extra large and small sizes in black and a 4U size in croc oak as it was on sale. The quality was better than expected as I had read many reviews complaining about the cardboard and not so strong magnetic close. For the price, maybe these were a tad expensive, but I am happy enough with these for now.
There's not really an easy way to describe depotting for me. I had some issues at first and moments of utter outrage when my shadows broke in the original palette and affected surrounding shadows. One thing I really recommend is to use proper rubbing alcohol. The reason for saying this is that silly me thought "Oh, rubbing alcohol is around 70% alcohol right? I'll just use Dettol hand sanitiser which has around 70% alcohol too." MISTAKE. Dettol also contains something (I suck at chemistry despite doing it as a core subject in high school, so excuse me if I can't be bothered elaborating haha) that makes it a gel-like substance. I continued to use Dettol to remove the shadows from my Chi Chi Mini Makeup Studio without heat as demonstrated by the lovely Jenn of frmheadtotoe.com and kept liberally pouring the Dettol on and attempted to pry out the shadow pot when the glue dissolves enough. Such and idiot, girl. Whilst the hand sanitiser was able to remove the pot from the glue, it also permanently coats your shadow in a weird gel layer and affects the pigmentation. Check out my most beloved Nyx blushes below and see the proof. Hover over image to see description :)
After these disasters, I turned to the heat method to depot the rest of my eye shadows and blushes. I used heat from a straight flame of either a candle or a lighter for when I became impatient. A suggestion for the Chi Chi Glamourous and Australis Neutrals and Neons palettes' eye shadow depots is eyesformakeup's video. I strongly recommend doing these in a room with free flowing air, say, with an open window or outside on a wind-less day as the smell of burning plastic is both unpleasant and bad for your health. The slideshow now will showcase my lovely adventures and finished products are below. Enjoy! x