The depotting of Burberry eyeshadows has been a contentious issue since their release... Burberry Beauty fans have been divided on the issue - why should you do it? Why would you do it? But more importantly - HOW do I do it?
These eyeshadows are known to have a rather precarious structure, in that one wrong move and you will have sadly damaged your eyeshadow beyond salvation. The packaging is thick, heavy and robust - with no less than two magnets inside.
But, being an avid depotter, I decided to try it for myself.
My first victim was Porcelain, which I sucessfully depotted. I then decided that my first official blog post shall be a tutorial on how to depot these beautiful eyeshadows.
My victim for the purpose of this tutorial was Almond.
Safety disclaimer: The depotting of Burberry eyeshadows is NOT for amateur depotters - I only advise experienced depotters who have used flame based methods to attempt this. This tutorial was completed using open flame. It is very important to implement basic safety measures - wear eye protection; tie your hair up; wear old clothing; do not depot while other people and/or pets are around you; and depot in a well ventilated area. I am not responsible for any damage or injuries incurred from following this tutorial.
Before you start, have a good look at your Burberry eyeshadow, and familiarise yourself with how it is put together. There are several components that you need to work through to get to the actual depotting stage - the mirror, the outer packaging, and then the inner packaging.
The eyeshadow - Burberry Almond
Stove lighter - Small, flat head screwdriver - Pointed nose pliers - Metal nail file
Step 1 - remove the mirror and hinges
Break the mirror away from the compact - this can be achieved by gently pushing the mirror backwards, away from the compact. It will snap off. Be aware that little pieces of plastic may break off here.
Next, remove the remaining hinge components from the packaging, as seen below. They should easily slide off. If not, a metal nail file can be used to jimmy them off.
Step 2 - separate the inner and outer components of the packaging
I cannot stress enough, this is the step that requires the most patience!!
You can see here in these pictures that the inner plastic component is well attached to the outer plastic component.
I used a flat head screwdriver to separate the two layers.
Slowly jimmy the screwdriver in between the two layers - this will take some time and patience - do not rush it. Be careful that you do not use too mush force, or you may slip and injure yourself with the screwdriver.
Keep working the screwdriver around the packaging...
With time and patience, the two layers will separate.
PLEASE take your time during this step. Use your best judgement with regards to how much force to apply.
Step 3 - remove the magnet
Now you have separated the inner packaging from the outer packaging, you can see the inner section has a large magnet underneath.
You need to remove this magnet. This is done easily with heat - the magnet only needs to be heated enough to soften the glue that adheres it. Whilst holding the plastic insert with pliers, use the stove lighter to heat the magnet from underneath. The magnet will heat quite quickly, so you should only need to heat it for a few seconds. The magnet can then be easily pried away with a metal nail file. CAUTION: the magnet will be VERY hot!!
Now you can depot the pan from the inner component of the packaging!!
Step 4 - depot the eyeshadow pan
Use the stove lighter to apply heat from underneath, again holding the plastic insert with pliers.
Caution: the plastic used for Burberry eyeshadow inserts is flammable, meaning that the application of direct flame can cause it to ignite in some spots - be on guard in case this happens. This did happen to me several times - I just removed the flame, blew out the ignited area, and then reapplied the flame to a different area on the plastic.
The plastic takes about a minute in total to melt enough to then be able to remove the pan. Simply push the pan out from the back, through the plastic, with a screwdriver. Push the pan out onto clean paper towel, at close range - you do not want your Burberry eyeshadow pan to 'drop'.
You now have a depotted Burberry eyeshadow!
I also like to remove the labels from the back of the eyehadow packaging and stick the labels to the pans - Burberry labels do peel off easily, but again, be patient and peel very slowly.
I will eventually be trimming the labels so that they do not overhang the pan.
More depotting to come!!
I will be depotting all of my Burberry eyeshadows in the near future, and will post pictures once I have completed this project.
I have also been told that the new Burberry Fall 2012 eyeshadow shades have an extra magnet in the packaging, thus making them harder to depot. I will post about this once I have depotted them.