Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Elegance is Refusal (Depotting Part Deux)

One of my favorite quotes by Coco Chanel is: Elegance is refusal.

So there! (source)


It seems an odd turn of phrase, but I take it to mean: Just say no.

No to excess food, no to lack of sleep, no to putting myself last, no to energy-robbing people, and especially no to clutter, which adds unnecessary stress to my life. Refusing all that detritus attracts peace, calm, joy, balance, and elegance to my life.


On the declutter front, I had a lot of fun depotting eyeshadows a few days ago. In fact, what started as a small topic grew so large I had to break the content into two posts and the tasks into two different days. Thus encouraged, I went forth and depotted some more.


More UNII fun


This time I tore apart my like-new NARS Douceurs de Paris palette, wholly because there are two colors I will never ever wear and it bugged me to see them every time I opened the compact. I was quite pleased that I managed to save the palette without it warping or belching noxious fumes like a flamethrower. As you can see, it remained in pristine condition ... except it still held those two horrorshows winking up at me, so into the bin it went, minus the four good ones.


Excuse the mortgage statement. It seemed like a good place to dump the freshly-depotted, hot, gluey pans


That went well.

I then decided to depot my Laura Mercier eyeshadow in Deep Night, which I use often as eyeliner (thanks, Dain!). Even though LM pans pop out, they are still encased in plastic and do not lay completely flat, so I warmed up that sucker and pulled out the pan.



If you read Monday's post, you might notice that the white UNII palette above left looks different already. That's because I reorganized the contents and filled it with my everyday items, sliding the slightly less-often used items into my purple UNII palette.  And that is the beauty of these palettes. They are extremely portable and customizable.




As it turns out, I am not all that adventurous with makeup, but you already knew that. All I need is:
  • A perfectly matched foundation: Jane Iredale PurePressed Foundation Ivory.
  • Adequate brow coverage: Clinique Brow Shaper Shaping Charcoaled (using since mid 80s)
  • A glowy, bright-pink blush: My favorite blush is NARS Gaiety, but Three Custom Colors Think Pink is quite close, and it's smaller. Plus, I don't yet want to depot Gaiety. 
  • The perfect lid color: Chantecaille Agate.
  • An allover eyeshadow base: Prescriptives Rose Powder.
  • A dark, matte shadow for softening eyeliner: NARS Demon Lover (from the Douceurs de Paris palette).
  • A multi-purpose highlighter for eyes and cheeks: NARS Himalayas (also from the Douceurs de Paris palette) 
  • And, of course, lipstick and mascara, but they don't fit in the UNII.




Below is a peek at the UNII palette I assembled today. I use everything in this pan at least once a week, and now opening two palettes beats having to open 10 or more separate compacts to find the right color, though to be fair, I can quickly identify my foundation and blush.




That was fun, painless, and I might do something crazy like depot Chanel next. Should I?

31 comments:

  1. Oooh! How did you depot your NARS without ruining the palette?

    (pssst! And why did you toss the horrorshows when they could go to a good, swapping home? heh heh.)

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    1. I got lucky, I guess I just wiggled the pans in time.

      *sigh* You shamed me. I just saved Fez and Nepal from certain death. I couldn't possibly sell them, but I could send them as extras. :)

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    2. tee hee. I *am* a bully, aren't I. :)

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  2. Hi Zuzu, I'm loving this post too. I rarely open my NARS Bright Lights Big City palette, even though the colors are lovely. Could I....? Maybe not. I should start small with something like buying a hot iron first. I'd been thinking to save up for a CHI or GHD, but maybe I'll just get something cheaper.

    I agree with BooBooNinja. I was so alarmed at reading about the fate of the perfectly good NARS permanent line singles that I just about dived into your trash can for you! Are you sure they won't make the blog sale? In a sense they seem convenient since already in the depotted form :)

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    1. Hmmm. I guess I could divide the cost of the palette by 6 to get the unit price and then knock of n%. I have to remember to be a little more selfish this time, because the sale isn't for me and more makeup! It's for charity.

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    2. Hi Zuzu, =D!
      I think it's wonderful that you're doing a sale to benefit charity. What a thoughtful idea. I can't wait to see who you've chosen.

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    3. I think I have talked about it on the blog already. All money will be donated to my local no-kill shelter, where we adopted many of our pets. We just lost our last FIV+ kitty on Christmas Eve, and he had been notoriously hard to place (someone had adopted him and then returned him) so Mr. Petals and I wanted to make a donation in his honor. Our other kitties who died got trees planted in the yard, but if Winston had maintained a will, this is what he'd have wanted, even though he was such a grump. >^..^<

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  3. Wow, I am super impressed, Zu! This is another fabulous post. What gorgeous little jewels in lovely palettes. That royal purple UNII is so gorgeous-- I now really see what you mean about preferring the older colors to the newer pastel colors!! Like BooBoo- I'm totally impressed that you were able to depot from the NARS palette!!

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    1. The NARS was surprisingly easy. And, yes, I do love the original UNIIs. The new ones seem washed out, almost anemic. They are still excellent quality, but sometimes I think it's best not to mess with a good thing. By all means make the backs magnetized but that's all I would have needed.

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    2. Have to agree-- especially after reading your follow up post. Sure- the NARS were easy to depot-- aside from the burning rubber in the house :-)

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    3. Believe it or not, my second NARS depot attempt went much better. I guess I followed it more closely and took it off as soon as it heated up, so there was no smell. And because of that, I got to save the palette, but there was little point, though Boo has shamed me into keeping the swatched-once Fez and Nepal.

      I apologize if I misled about the redesigned UNII palettes. I had not yet used the new ones, not like I have the old ones, and they seemed to be the same until I took a closer look.

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    4. I'm so glad that the second one was so much easier! It actiually makes sense to Pop Fez & Nepal into the two NARS compacts assuming that the first one is still intact,

      On the contrary-- you didn't mislead at all. Your discovery about the difference in depth etc. convinced me that I prefer the old ones instead. :D

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  4. I depotted some of my neglected Chanel palettes and I'm happy I did. The top plastic piece easily pops off but there is quite a bit of glue. I used alcohol to loosen it, but it turned into a gooey mess. Perhaps a heat method would have been better.

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    1. I am very encouraged to see that you had success depotting Chanel! Did you do just the eyes? I have some singles I'd like to depot. Cute as the compacts are, I dislike how there's a tiny wedge of product in a package that's around 3 times the size of its insert. I would also like to depot my blush and powder, but that scares me just a little bit.

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  5. That looks so neatly edited, it makes me want a UNII palette for myself, though I am terrible at depotting.

    Glad to hear you like Deep Night. It's not a spectacular shade in the pan, but even after constant experimentation, it is still so perfect for a subtle smoke at the lashline. It's interesting to get a peep at your most-relied-upon-staples because we have such similar taste in neutrals.

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    1. I love Deep Night! Had it not been for your articles that feature or mention it, I'd never have given it a second glance, as I don't wear eyeshadow that's so dark. It's only recently that I have developed an appreciation for powder eyeliner. As you say, it makes for an extremely subtle smoke at the lashline.

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  6. Ok ok I think I'm getting convinced to do this! I really want to pare down even more stuff-that's the goal this summer: to get back to ONE DRAWER of stuff. At least I can try, right?

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    1. I'm down to half a drawer in my Ikea Alex! To be fair, the entire drawer is in use, but it holds things like bamboo curlers, powder puffs, backup brushes, makeup refills of stuff I actually DO use up, and nail polish.

      I don't know if you saw my post last July, when I first bought the Alex—precisely so I could keep all my makeup in one spot. I darn near filled the entire thing, and it has SIX drawers. Now those drawers are filled with office supplies, hair implements, and blog sale stuff, which will soon be departing. Yay!

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  7. I really enjoyed this post! Once more you have me wanting to buy Chantecaille eyeshadows. Burberry and Chantecaille eyeshadows are on my list of things to buy once my ban ends and before I put myself on a longer term purchasing restriction.

    I don't suppose you know whether it is possible to get hold of the old style Unii palettes do you? I much prefer the size and shape of the Unii palette to the Z palette but for everything to be properly interchangeable, I really need more of the old style palettes.

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    1. I have also been wondering if the old style is still available. I did not see it on their web site, but I suspect other web sites are still selling it (will look in a mo). Meanwhile, I have written to them and will post the answer when I get it.

      Is it possible you don't yet own any Chantecaille?? If not, I can hear Sel, Granite, Tanzanite, and Meteorite wailing your name. Listen carefully. Do you hear it too? Uh-huh. I thought so. ;D

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  8. What a fab post! Your everyday colors are quite close to mine. Have you found any dupes for the Prescriptives Rose Powder eyeshadow?

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    1. Hi, Nina, thank you! I have not found any suitable dupes for Px Rose Powder. Chanel Quartz comes closest in color and finish, but Quartz is more pink, and it is also discontinued.

      I gave up even bothering to look for a duplicate because 1) Rose Powder suits me best of all the pink-base eyeshadows I have ever tried, including all the various matte pinks, and 2) it's still available at prescriptives.com, which always has free shipping and often has 20% off sales. I have been using this color since 1989 (!) and I see no reason to switch, so I officially give up the hunt. Sometimes an old faithful just becomes part of the makeup family. :)

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  9. OMG, love this! I am jealouzzz, JEALOUZ! I am really, really bad with everything that has to do with depotting. unii palettes are my favourites, they look so nice and have some fun colours. well done miss zuzu :]

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  10. Hi ZuZu, I was wondering about a couple of comments on the Unii palettes. I have several of the old style and don't use them. I've noticed on this blog (and others) that the new style has magnetized bottoms so you don't have to attach magnets to your depotted products. I've also noticed comments that indicate that the old style are preferable to the new style. Is there a difference other than the magnetized bottom? The fact that mine don't have the magnetized bottom is one reason I don't use them; the other reason is their weight. I got them for travel but they are too heavy. What am I missing? Would be really grateful for any comparison info. I spent a lot of money on the ones I have and they are just gathering dust. I'm ready to start the whole palette thing again but want to be careful this time around the get the right product. Thanks :)

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    1. They are, indeed, different, and I prefer the old style. I actually got a lot of email comments asking for more info, and I am going to do a comparison post tomorrow with pictures and all the details.

      I am not home yet, but I believe both old and new are the same weight. I'll add that to my article.

      I do agree they are weighty. I actually like that about them, but I am not traveling much these days. The Z palettes are made of cardboard, so they must be lighter, but I don't know if the style appeals to you, and I don't believe they have mirrors.

      Stay tuned! I have a big one coming up tomorrow. :)

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  11. Hi Zuzu! I love you unii palette's! I've been wanting these for some time now... But since it's smaller that the z palette, I'm not sure which one to choose. Could you tell me exactly how many Three Custom Color blushes could I fit in the unii palette? This would be very helpful!!! Thank you so much!

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    1. I have only one 3CC blush, but I just spent some time moving it around. It's hard to say with precision, but a minimum of 6, possibly 7, and up to 8. The pans are a tiny bit smaller than Chantecaille, and I can fit six of those with some smaller pans in the gaps.

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    2. Thank you so much!!!

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    3. Sorry, I was wrong about Chantecaille. With six Chante pans in the UNII, there is almost no spare room. I wish I had more 3CC to test with; I do have some eyeshadows, but they are glued into their compact, and those are going into the upcoming blog sale, so I don't want to mess them up. So for 3cc I still think 6-7, maybe 8.

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