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Here I go again, another experiment over and done with successfully. This time around you'll need:
- Isopropyl Alcohol 70% (Dar got this for me at a pharmacy, the pharmacist decanted some into a smaller bottle and charged him RM 2. Oh well. )
- Mixing spatula
- Metal pans
- Pigments (I used MAC, you can try others as well, like those from mineral makeups)
- Coins (not in picture)
- Cloth (not in picture)
Step 1: Using a spatula, scoop up some pigment and fill up the metal pan. Stop before it overflows.
Step 2: Fill up the syringe will the alcohol and inject some onto the metal pan (not your pets please) until the pigments are fully saturated.
Step 3: Using the spatula, swirl the wet pigments around until they form a muddy paste. Refer to image
Step 4: Refil the metal pan with more dry pigments and repeat step 2, 3 and 4 until the metal pan is almost full.
Step 5: Lightly drop the metal pan from a height of 5cm onto a flat surface. Repeat a couple of times or until the wet pigment's surface is as smooth as possible. Let dry in room temperature for a few hours (this is my way, you can nuke it or blow dry it) until alcohol smell has dissipated. Take note the pigment will have sunken a bit, don't attempt to refill it ya.
Step 6: Cover the metal pan with a textured cloth and put a coin on top of it while ensuring the coin is fully inserted into pan. Drop your heaviest book on it and leave for a few hours. (Is this step necessary? I think it is better to compact it more as well as leave a textured surface to the pressed pigment for aesthetic reasons)
Step 7: Enjoy! Now it is no longer in danger of being spilled or blown away while the quality and texture is not sacrificed.
It's almost all filled up! That was quick! Again, metal pan palette is from CoastalScents because sadly, Malaysia seems to not have these things. If you own lots of MAC eyeshadows and you wanna depot them into pans, you can get this palette too as it is the same pan size as MAC's (not sure if you notice it, but one of the pan is MAC Neutral Pink from the N Collection). I'll show you how to depot MAC eyeshadow next time, as soon as I get some new ones :)