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Women love MAC eye shadows for their durability; only small amounts of the shadow are needed to create a big impact. For this reason, one MAC eyeshadow for about $12 can last a very long time. MAC eye shadows come in individual containers and such loose containers can be hard to keep track of or find in your makeup bag. If you would like to add MAC shadows to your eye shadow palette removing the shadow from its plastic container is a relatively simple process.

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Open the MAC eye shadow lid. Under the lid opening there should be a line or ridge in the front center of the container. This is where the plastic eyeshadow pan sits in the container.

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Take the pointed end of the knife to this ridge and wiggle the knife back and forth being careful not to jam the knife in the ridge. Move the knife until the eyeshadow pan pops out. The pan and the container are now separated. The pan will contain a smaller metal pan that the eyeshadow is kept in.

Turn the flat iron on the lowest setting and let it sit for one to two minutes before putting a small piece of wax paper between the metal clamps of the iron. Set the eyeshadow pot between the clamps and allow to sit for five to 10 minutes, depending on the heat of the flat iron. Keep checking on it so shadow, plastic or wax paper does not melt.

Take the eyeshadow pan out of the flat iron clamps and flip it over. There should be a small indent in the middle of the pan. Take the tip of the knife and carefully poke at this indent, turning it to make a small hole.

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Turn the knife until you notice the metal eyeshadow pan starting to pop out of the plastic pan. Place the knife underneath the metal pan and lift it out of the plastic pan. Allow to cool.

Place a round 3/4 inch magnet on the bottom of the metal pan followed by a 3/4 inch sticker for labeling. Stick the container in your eye makeup palette and use as desired.


Save your plastic container. Six plastic containers can be taken to MAC counters for a free lipstick or take them to MAC stores for a free lip gloss or eyeshadow. Sometimes the metal pan does not come out of the plastic pan cleanly and there is glue residue on the bottom of the pan. Use rubbing alcohol and q-tips to clean off the residue.

A lighter can also be used to melt the bottom of the plastic pan in lieu of using the flat iron. See the Resources section for further information on using lighters.


Always use the knife to lift the metal pan from the container as the metal is extremely hot from being in the flat iron and can burn skin. Do not leave the flat iron on too long prior to placing the wax paper between the clamps as the paper can melt.

If using a lighter to melt the bottom of the plastic pan do not inhale as the fumes from melting plastic are toxic.

About the Author

Kent Page McGroarty

Kent Page McGroarty has worked as a writer since 2006, contributing numerous articles to various websites. She is a frequent contributor to the health and fitness sections of the online magazine EDGE Publications and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Joseph's University.