Pressing Eye Shadow With Powder-Pressing Power Tools
Four Hands are Better than TwoFor the initial test run of this equipment, I was accompanied by a lovely family member. It normally takes me about 2 hours to produce 4 pans of color. Pictured above is the result of 2 hours of work: 3 times as much product! (plus an extra, loose-powder shimmer-blush pot)
Here are a few snaps of our powder-pressing party.
Tip: Buy a dedicated coffee grinder for mixing powders. Ground coffee remnants and eyeshadow do not mix well.
Tip: A piece of 'wax' (baking) paper between the pan and pressing tool helps distribute the powder evenly.
Because this was the first time using the vice, we experimented with several different pressing methods: including silicone pad, without silicone pad, 2 minute press period, 5 minute press period, 10 second press period, one quick hard press, etc etc.
Press PartyBefore we knew it, we had this collection of colors ready to be spot-glued into the awaiting containers. Zoweee that was fun – and fast!!
Maybe Too FastThe next day, I discovered some of the shadows started to loosen and even spilled into the other pans during use. They needed re-pressing and ended up looking a little 'mixed', but were still functional.
I know what you're thinking: 'Lise is a diligent note-taker. She could just check her notes on the different pressing methods that she had taken the day before. In a second she's going to tell us exactly which pressing methods worked and which ones didn't.'
And you would be right (normally). Except, well, don't ask me if I took notes, OK?
OK, I didn't take notes.
All Play and No WorkLooking back, I realize my enthusiasm about suddenly having Wolfy-power is totally at fault. I lost all perspective, forgetting several drop tests and even forgetting to check the (crucial) amount of added binding agent to the powders. I spent far too much time sipping coffee, chatting, and giggling up a storm with my lovely family member. We were just too busy having a blast mixing colors and shooting out pressed eyeshadows right and left.
Obviously, I need to spend some concentrated (non-giggling) time getting to know Wolfy's capabilities (while taking notes). However, I fully expect it will be seriously enjoyable. I promise to update when Wolfy and I have done a few more rounds.
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What tools do you use for pressing eyeshadow? Can yours pass the drop test?