Kit Focus: De-Potting and Condensing Your Lipsticks Into A Palette

Muji Condense Depot Lipstick Palette

Here we go again… an all too familiar topic: Condensing Your Makeup Kit. Yes, I will continue to bash my readers over their heads with advice on how to take the bulk and weight out of their professional kits. This go round, we are going to look at how to get rid of those one million tubes of lipstick you have cluttering your makeup kit.

Once again, we will be using a storage solution from Muji. I know it is starting to sound redundant, that I use Muji for storage solutions, but they just get it right! They produce quality storage items that are affordable, easily accessible, and made to last. The reason that I like the Muji Connectable Pill Case is that the individual wells slide apart. That means that you can customize your lipstick palette to whatever shades you need, depending on the assignment. Let’s take a look at how the pill case looks when it is connected, versus when it is slid apart.

Muji Condense Depot Lipstick Palette

Muji Pill Case when connected.

 

Muji Condense Depot Lipstick Palette

Muji Pill Case slid apart.

 

THE SUPPLIES:

Muji Condense Depot Lipstick Palette

The supplies.

[ ] Labeler of some sort
[ ] Muji Connectable Pill Case(s)
[ ] Metal Spatula
[ ] Lipstick(s)
[ ] Alcohol
[ ] Cotton pads

THE PROCESS:

[1] Create the labels for all the lipsticks. (It’s better to do it now, as your hands will likely get dirty during this process.)

Muji Condense Depot Lipstick Palette

Creating the labels.

 

[2] Attach the labels to the bottom of the individual wells of the pill case.

Muji Condense Depot Lipstick Palette

Attaching the labels.

 

[3] Twist the lipstick up only a little at a time, and chop it up, using the metal spatula, into the container.

Muji Lipstick Depot Condense

Chopping up the lipstick.

 

[4] When you get to the bottom of the tube, don’t forget that there is lipstick that is stuck below the lip of the tube. Dig it out with your metal spatula.

Muji Condense Depot Lipstick Palette

Digging out the remaining lipstick.

 

[5] Use the tip of the spatula to spread and flatten the lipstick into the container.

Muji Condense Depot Lipstick Palette

Flattening the lipstick into the container.

 

[6] Continue with the remaining lipsticks.

Muji Condense Depot Lipstick Palette


Make sure to use your alcohol and cotton pads to clean the spatula and the rim of the containers as you move along.

Muji Condense Depot Lipstick Palette

Cleaning the spatula after changing lipstick colors.

 

THE RESULTS:

You now have an interchangeable lipstick palette! Enjoy!

Muji Condense Depot Lipstick Palette

Finished de-potting!

 

Muji Condense Depot Lipstick Palette

Connecting the wells of my new lipstick palette.

 

Muji Condense Depot Lipstick Palette

Finished palette.

You can purchase the Muji Connectable Pill Case [HERE].

BONUS:

Don’t know what to do with all those leftover lipstick tubes? If they are MAC lipsticks, once you have six empty tubes, you can return them to a MAC store to get a free lipstick under their Back 2 MAC Program. Click [HERE] for more information on the program.

 

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Victor Amos is an editorial makeup artist and lifestyle editor in New York City. His work has graced the pages of Essence, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Martha Stewart Brides, Fitness and many more. As a beauty expert, he focuses on educating emerging professionals on the ins-and-outs of the beauty industry. Victor is also a lifestyle editor for World Bride Magazine, where he writes about travel, technology, food, and culture.