I have tonsillitis. It’s a good excuse to be lazy, but no excuse is big enough to watch Jeremy Kyle, Loose Women & Sally Jessy Raphael consecutively.. Pulling myself away from Sally, I decided to experiment with my shattered Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish.
(It was smashed to pieces by this culprit. I’d just brought it back from my trip to South Korea, had only used it twice, & it was the first thing I’d ever bought from MAC for myself. AHH.)
I’ve seen tutorials on how to press pigments & broken eye shadows, but nothing for broken MSF’s. The usual suggestion is to put the broken pieces into a sifter for use as a powder highlighter, which I did, & didn’t use once.
I generally dislike loose powder products – they’re messy & take more time to use.
I kept the cats out of the room, disinfected the desk, & wiped the tools down with alcohol. In my Back2MAC pile I found an empty blot powder compact. It has a mirror, no dodgy clear plastic lid, & a large pan, perfect to re-press a MSF.
The pictures probably make it obvious, but I:
1. Put the MSF chunks into the cup.
2. Broke them down into a powder using the spoon.
3. Mixed in alcohol until it reached a smooth paste consistency, like softened butter.
4. Scooped the paste into the empty pan.
After spreading the paste out with the spoon, I waited for it to dry.. 10mins later, I got bored of waiting, so dried it with a hairdryer. I then pressed the product down with some fabric (pre-boiled & dried) wrapped around a disinfected cuticle cream tin lid. Hygiene all the way.
The pressed powder looks lighter than the broken MSF, but in the swatch below they look pretty similar. The unpressed powder is softer & powdery, which may or may not result in the small difference in colour.
I think it worked out pretty well. It ended up looking like a beauty powder because of the format & packaging, which I prefer. The whole process reminded me of baking, which was pretty odd considering I was ‘cooking’ cosmetics.
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