What you need:
To start, you need your pigments and some empty eyeshadow pans to press them into. I bought the ones from Z Palette in a pack of 20 from The Makeup Spot (here) because I wanted next day delivery (no, I am not a patient person), but you can find them on Boozyshop and BeautyBay as well. These pans are 26 mm in diameter, the same size as Makeup Geek, MAC and Morphe Brushes eyeshadow pans, and they are magnetic, which means they will be secure in your ZPalette without having to add an extra magnet. Then you need Jojoba Oil and Pure Alcohol to use as matrix for your pigments. I then used a dropper and two spatulas to help pour the liquids and powder in the pans and combine them. Finally you’ll need a coin or a round object (in my case a round magnet slightly smaller than the pan size) and a cloth to press the pigment in the end.
Now let’s talk a bit about the results. I was quite worried of the outcome of this pressing experiment because I didn’t want to ruin the pigments and render them unusable of course. I am happy to say that this didn’t happen for any of them except for one. The shimmer shades kept their high pigmentation and gorgeous shine, and even the two more glittery shades (a white and a light pink) show up really nicely in the skin. The swatches above and below were done on bare skin without primer and with my fingers. I pressed my Essence, Kiko Cosmetics and Neve Cosmetics pigments and haven’t seen too much of a difference in the formulation.
As you can see from the pictures above, the shimmery gold pigment results even more pigmented after pressing, and I attribute that to the addition of the jojoba oil which acts as a binder to keep the pigment together. This is an example of how all the other shimmery pigments turned out, so I’d say it’s a great success. The only dud of the batch is this dark plum shade which lost all its pigmentation with pressing. The problem of this one is that it has a matte base with some glitter. Doing some research online I have found out that it depends on the ingredients in your pigments. Mica-based shimmer of matte pigments are suited for pressing using a binder, whereas matte pigments based on mineral oxides, ultramarine or dyes do not press well and should be kept in their loose form. So check the ingredient list before trying! I discovered it too late and you can see the disappointing result above.
So here goes my makeup DIY talk through on how to press loose pigments into eyeshadow pans. It was a fun and easy project to do and it only took a part of a rainy grey afternoon. Now of course I can’t wait to use all these “new” eyeshadows in some colorful looks.
Have you ever tried to press your loose pigments? Let me know in the comments if you did or will because I’m curious to hear your experience and see the results!