{Tutorial} How to de-pot NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils

November 18, 2010
The one problem I have with NYX Jumbo Pencils is sharpening them. You need a pencil sharpener with a large enough opening and they are actually rather difficult to sharpen compared to regular makeup pencils. Plus, I always feel like I waste too much product when sharpening them. I find that it is much better to just de-pot the Jumbo Pencils. Having them de-potted makes them much more efficient to use because you can clearly see every color instead of having to scramble through a pile of pencils, it is much more sanitary to use if you regularly use them on clients and I find them easier to store this way.
Now on to the tutorial…

 You will need:
1. NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil
2. Clear Stackable Bead Storage Containers (available at Michael’s Craft Store)  
3. Scotch Tape
4. Large Pliers
5. Hand Towel or Oven Mitt
6. Hair Dryer
7. Rubbing Alcohol
8. Cotton Balls
9. Label Maker (available at Target)
Let’s Begin…

Step 1. Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and thoroughly clean the inside of each plastic container. This will sanitize the containers before you fill it with product.

Step 2. Put a piece of rolled up Scotch tape (this will make it double sided tape) on the bottom of the container. Flip it over and press it down so that it adheres to your working surface. This will keep the container from moving around or blowing away when using the hair dryer.

Step 3. Take the large pliers and grab the end cap on the Jumbo Pencil. Once you have a good grip pull and twist to detach the cap from the pencil. Some come off easily and some you really have to struggle with to pull off. Once you pull the end cap off, throw the cap away.

Step 4. Take your pliers (tongs work well for this purpose too) and grab on to the pencil towards the opening just underneath where the end cap was. Position the it so that the tip of the pencil is facing straight down into the middle of the open container. Your arm may get tired holding the pliers in this position with one hand after awhile so a pillow works well to sit your elbow or arm while holding the pliers straight. Also, wrap a hand towel around the plier handles so that you aren’t directly touching the metal because it will get very, VERY hot when using the blow dryer. You can also use an oven mitt to hold on to the pliers with.

Step 5. While holding the pliers straight with one hand, grab the hair dryer with you other hand and turn on to high heat. Hold the dryer nozzle directly above the top of the pencil (where the opening is) and just hold it while the dryer heats up the pencil. Your arms will probably get tired, but try and keep everything positioned as straight as possible to prevent spills or a mess from happening.

The melted product should slowly start dripping into the container and holding it steady in the middle will prevent it from getting the product on the sides of the container and keep it clean. The product will begin to melt and drip down little by little and then eventually a blob of it will pour out at once. This is generally how you know the product has completely melted out. You can check by turning off the hair dryer and looking through the pencil (or what is now a tube). If you can clearly see from one end to the other with the tube or it is now completely hollow, then you are finished with the melting process and can then dispose of the empty tube.

Step 6. You can pick up the container with the melted product and very lightly drop it and keep repeating until all of the product has settled and the container is evenly filled. Then set aside to dry. This should only take about 20 minutes at the most.

Step 7. Once the product is dry, type in the name of the color on the label maker and print out the custom label. Trim the excess and simply put it on the bottom of the container.

Step 8. Repeat to as many of the pencils as you would like, allow to dry, add a label to the bottom and stack them up! Now you have a stack of NYX Jumbo Pencils that can be applied with either your finger tips (only recommended if these are just for personal use) or with a brush to pick up and apply the product.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in a comment below.
Hope this was helpful!
  • she walks iin beauty
    November 18, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    You're a genius! I have trouble sharpening them too. I'm trying this soon. Thanks for the tip! (:

  • Alexa P.
    November 18, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    I can't wait to try this out – I hate sharpening my jumbo pencils!

  • Jackie
    November 18, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    @MakeUpbyLaura1: No, they work exactly the same and I have yet to have any problems with them drying out. They stay pretty creamy, just as if they were still in pencil form. And I've also tried to depot my Urban Decay Primer Potion…and what a waste =( It dried up completely. You can use a bit of MAC Fix + and mix it in, but I found after a few days it still dried out. So no more depotting Primer Potion for me! lol

  • MakeUpbyLaura1
    November 18, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    WOW!!GREAT STUFF LEARNED TODAY 🙂 One Question, Do they dry quick or work any different after this is done? I depoted my urban decay primer potion and it dried like a rock within a couple of days..

  • Emily♥ 에밀리 ♥エミリー
    November 18, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Great post! I did a similar post but it was mostly just me experimenting lol. Yours is really thought-out and detailed, great job! The little containers look so pretty all stacked up ^^