After much research and trial and error, I bring you my method of pressing Fyrinnae Samples (mini size, half a gram). Read more about Fyrinnae loose eyeshadow here.
This video is unlisted, which means it will appear here on my blog and to anybody who has the link. It will not appear on my youtube channel. Just to clear up any confusion!
Entire list of things you will need:
Sample pigment (I used Immortality in this video)
Alcohol (anything over 90%, I used 99.9%)
Pans (I used Yaby pans)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will this method work for other, niche pigment brands? What about MAC?
If you are pressing another niche loose eyeshadow brand, I can’t guarantee that this method will work as well. If you are pressing MAC pigments, you will not require glycerin as there is a binder already included in the formula.
Where did you buy your empty Yaby Pans?
www.camerareadycosmetics.com (15.5 mm size, not affiliated).
What is better, Tin or Aluminium pans?
Given a choice, probably Aluminium, as they are optimised to resist rust. I couldn’t find any Aluminium pans in the size I wanted, so I settled for Tin. I have not noticed any rusting.
Do you still use Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy under your pressed version?
Yes, I want ALL THE sparkles and it does enhance colour vibrancy.
When I go to press the eyeshadow, I get a gooey mess on the paper towel. Why?
This happens occasionally. Scrape the pigment back into the pan and let it sit for another 24 hours. If you still have the same issue, it’s likely that you’ve added too much glycerin.
In the glycerin and alcohol stages, some mixtures look dryer and some more watery/creamy. Why?
You may notice a variation in consistency when mixing, particularly at the Glycerin and Alcohol stages (even when using the same quantity of glycerin and alcohol). This is because the inherent chemistry of the eyeshadows is different. It isn’t something to worry about, my final pressed products all performed well.
How much Glycerin/Alcohol do I use for an Arcane Magic Sample?
I used two drops of glycerin instead of three. This is due to the fact that Arcane Magic Samples are smaller than regular minis. I also used a little less alcohol (remember, you’re looking for dough consistency).
How do home pressed Fyrinnae compare to the pressed shadows now available on the site?
I don’t own any yet so I can’t compare. I will purchase some in the near future and do a comparison post. I have heard that they are wonderful, though!
Are the pressed Fyrinnae as awesome/sparkly/pigmented/vibrant/nuanced as their loose counterpart?
I liked my pressed product as much, if not more than the loose eyeshadow. The only difference seems to be far less fallout/wastage of the shadow
all over your counter tops, bathroom sink, face, hair and so on.
Hopefully this answered some of your questions! If I’ve missed something, please post your questions in the comment box.