Long time no see! :) How are you all? (That's not a rhetorical question - I'd love to hear from you - please feel free to tell me how life has been treating you lately in the comments!) Some of you know this already, but I got a job in social work at a skilled nursing facility in June. That has not only kept me busy, but also been pretty energy-draining, so it's been a long time since I've felt much like blogging. I have a ton of ideas for posts that have been stewing around in my head for months, as well as a few reviews I feel I owe to a couple of company reps who graciously sent me some product samples this summer, so hopefully this current bout of motivation will last for a while! I'm also planning to do another blog sale soon and would feel like a schmuck asking you all to buy my crap without giving you any new and interesting reading material, so... I'll write some new posts, you'll read them, then I'll ask you to buy my crap. Problem solved!
Anyway, someone posted a comment on my old post How to Salvage a Broken Eyeshadow asking how to press a mineral eyeshadow, which made me realize I promised to write a post on that and then never did. Oops! So, here goes. Please note that you can click on any picture to view it full-size!
To press mineral eyeshadows, you use a similar process as what you see in the How to Salvage a Broken Eyeshadow tutorial. However, instead of mixing the powder with only alcohol, you need to mix it with a combination of alcohol and some substance that can act as a "binder." I don't know the science behind this, but I do know that unlike with MAC pigments or previously pressed (and broken) eyeshadows, mineral eyeshadows will revert back to their loose powder form as soon as the alcohol has evaporated if you don't use a binder. I've heard of a variety of things working as a binder in this process - among them are pure glycerin (available at the drugstore), Fyrinnae Powder Modifier (though I don't think they sell it anymore), Coastal Scents EZ Prez, MAC Mixing Medium, and Biosilk Silk Therapy (yes, the hair serum!). So here's what you'll want to do (credit for most of the following goes to the lovely Lorin, a.k.a. sixxmum on Makeup Alley, who taught me everything I know about pressing mineral eyeshadows):
1. To start with, you'll need the following materials:
- isopropyl alcohol (91% is best, but if you can't find it, 70% will suffice)
- your binder product(s) of choice (see above)
- a mixing tool like a laboratory spatula (pictured) or a plastic cosmetic spatula
- a quarter
- some kind of clean, lint-free, absorbent cloth
- dropper bottles (available at craft stores)
- a mineral eyeshadow (duh)
- a pan to put the shadow in when you're finished
- a small mixing bowl (I usually use a shot glass or a larger empty sample jar)
- measuring spoon
- optional: an organza bag, an empty magnetized palette (shown is E.L.F. brand, $1), an adhesive magnet (I use these ones), sticky labels (pictured below)
How to Salvage a Broken Eyeshadow tutorial.) Optional step: once it seems you've soaked up as much alcohol as you can, you can slide the pan inside an organza bag, then lay the cloth and quarter over it and press down as you did before. This will imprint the shadow with a finer-looking hetchmark pattern.
Note: this post contains an affiliate link (for the magnet dots). All other products featured in this post were either purchased by me or, in the case of the metal spatula, pilfered from my alma mater's chem lab. (Shhh!)