Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I'm a big fan of lipstick though I am not always motivated enough to wear it. I prefer to apply lipstick with a brush, and many of my lesser-worn lipsticks from MAC just sit around so I wondered if there was a way I could de-pot them (or de-stick them as it were) to save space, keep them organized, and also recycle them at MAC for free products.
The little acrylic pots from Muji (or similar) are the perfect solution! You can get a stacking set of 5 for about $5 in the US (I picked mine up in New York), or £2.50 ordered online, if you don't live near a Muji store. FYI, you can order internationally from the UK Muji website! I've done it before without problems. If you don't have a Muji nearby (like me) and don't want to order online, check at beauty supply stores, craft stores and dollar stores for something similar. If you have a Daiso store near you I'm pretty sure they have something like this.
It's pretty straight forward if you want to de-pot your lipsticks, and also weirdly satisfying to cut through a lipstick like they do in the magazines.
- decide which lipsticks to de-pot. I only did the ones that I don't normally wear very often and wouldn't take out with me to reapply, though theoretically you could take apart the stack and use the lid from the top pot if you need to take one with you.
- clean an exacto knife with alcohol
- slice through the stick horizontally right at the bottom and pop it into the container
- there will be a little bit more left in the plastic holder that you can scrape out if you like
- remove the sticker from the bottom of the tube and place it on the bottom of your clear pot. If it doesn't come off easily with the edge of your blade, you can place it on a hot flat iron for a few seconds to melt the glue a little bit
- fill all your containers and trundle off to MAC to recycle them.
At MAC you can recycle any 6 plastic MAC containers (empty or not) for a free eyeshadow, lipgloss or new lipstick. I've heard this recycling policy varies per store (freestanding vs pro store vs store-in-store) but at my local free-standing MAC pro store you can recycle for any one of those three options. You can even mail them back if you don't live near a MAC store: click here.