*If you're interested in learning how to press your own, I've done my own tutorial here!*
Suffice to say, I blame Jill from Just Peachy for infecting me with the powder pressing bug. This post (and the others that will follow) are all due to her and her powder pressing series.
I've found myself needing space. Despite the fact that I haven't been purchasing a lot of cosmetics (little IMO over the last few months), stuff keeps piling up as I start rediscovering old favorites. I have a three drawer system with the first drawer spilling over in loose pigments plus a little basket next to me with more loose pigments. Space is getting limited and I started really looking at options.
Enter powder pressing or pressing your loose eyeshadows into pans and storing them in a palette. Now I'm not new to pressing loose pigments into pans (I used to be an avid MAC pigment presser with my square of denim and my quarters) but I am new to pressing mineral (Indie) pigments. Mineral pigments are a little different since you can't just use rubbing alcohol alone to press them.
Somehow I must have thought it was more complicated than it needed to be because it turns out all I needed to press mineral eyeshadows was a pressing binder to help hold the eyeshadows together. I purchased this kit from TKB Trading to get started. I specifically chose that kit because it came with 26mm square pans; they do offer several other kits with round pans but square pans would fit my palette better and be more economical.
I felt especially inspired to do some powder pressing after seeing this blog, Pressed Like Shadow. The person unfortunately doesn't seem to be active anymore, but those results are what I want my eyeshadows to look like.
I won't be talking about the process here since I shall do a separate tutorial/troubleshooting post in addition to testing if there are discernable differences to the eyeshadow before and after pressing. I do want to show you my results from my first and second trials though!
Here's the result from my first try. This is Darling Girl Cosmetics loose eyeshadow in Curious, about a petit jar's worth of eyeshadow (1/4 tsp). You can see how much of the pan it fills (not very much).
I liked it, but I thought the hetchmarks/embossing was a little blurry in the center of the pan. It turns out that I had forgotten to peel off the label on the tamping tool I was using so it diffused a little bit of my weight on the pan.
I removed the label and tried pressing again, this time using Sugarpill Cosmetics Goldilux Loose Eyeshadow. I measured out about 1/2 tsp of eyeshadow this time around and it filled up more of the pan. I think maybe 3/4 tsp may be enough to fill the 26mm pan.
My second try. The light obscures the hetchmarks a bit but I can assure you that they looked much better than the first try.
Needless to say, I've been bitten by the pressing bug. If you'd like to get more inspiration on powder pressing, be sure to check out Jill of Just Peachy's powder pressing tag! She shows off a few recipes, helps with some potential issues and is just a great resource for someone looking to condense and press their loose eyeshadows, powders, and blushes!
Do you press your indie eyeshadows or any of your loose eyeshadows? How about blushes or other powders?