One of my beauty resolutions and goals for 2014 was to press my pigments and depot bulky makeup. I’m a sucker for packaging so this is often very hard to do for me, but pigments and loose eyeshadows are often stored in little unattractive pots and baggies, so it hasn’t been particularly painful.
I won’t presume to know how to do this properly, so this isn’t really a tutorial but more of a “look what I did” post. If you want more information on pressing pigments and stuff, these are good resources:
Materials: Basically, I just used empty 26mm pans (the same size as MAC eyeshadows), a presser, and a binder from TKB Trading. Their service is excellent, as are their products, but I just paid way too much for these. Just saying. Also, I used alcohol to mix the eyeshadows into a dough-type consistency, and several toothpicks to mix them all up.
This is my makeshift palette, which is basically a container for pillboxes. I ordered another Wild Peach Palette (review here), though, so I’m excited about that. I pressed my Shiro Cosmetics samples and minis (swatched here, here, and here). Pictured are Remake, Wildflowers, Fifteen Birds in Five Fir Trees, When the Thrush Knocks, King Under the Mountain, Lingered in the Twilight, Attercop, Attercop, Rebellion, and Starcrossed.
The process was pretty standard. You just mixed in the binder with the eyeshadow, then carefully pour in the alcohol. Then you scoop the stuff into the pan, pat it down with your fingers, then pat again with the coin-thing. Then you let it dry. And it’s done. Of course there’s a lot more to it than that, but please check out the tutorials above as I really do not feel qualified for this, lol.
I got a four-pan cardboard palette from TKB, too. And look! You can make your own custom duos and trios. These just happened because some samples had too little product in them. Here are the singles in this pan: War of Five Armies, and Baker’s Boy. The trios each have a bit of Zora Sapphire. One has Victory Road and Everything Was Bears and the other one has Badger and an eyeshadow from bareMinerals called Rapture that I feel like I’ve ruined. It has lost its luster, it seems!
In terms of usage, the shades are more or less unharmed in this. A lot of them actually are easier to work with, except Lingered in Twilight seems to have lost the depth in it that I love so much. (Luckily, I have a backup of it.) I suppose this is somewhat cautionary… I didn’t really follow instructions and kind of eyeballed the amount of binder I’d need for this.
So this is what happened. In any case, this is a great space-saving/everyday-effort-banishing solution for people who are afraid of loose eyeshadows but want to use them so much.
fit of rage inspired trance to declutter, I also decided to decapitate some of my lipsticks:
I used some pillboxes I had onhand. I was itching to get the ones from Muji (again, something I read from Kate’s blog. I swear I am not SWF-ing you), but I figured I should just make do with what I had and not be a waste.
So here are the remains of 9 lipsticks. They were drugstore lipsticks I couldn’t part with but didn’t really get to use a lot, since I kept my drugstore stuff in a separate drawer.
I just apply these with a lip brush (which I have a ton of, thanks to OCC Lip Tars) and that’s that. Some are easier to apply like that, which is great. I haven’t tried bringing them along; I’m always scared that they’ll pop open in my bag!
Have you depotted lipsticks or pressed eyeshadows before? Do tell!