I just checked my pressings after leaving them over night. You can see the finished palettes and how they turned out. They’re not smooth, but it was my first time.
I put quarters and nickels on top of the pigments, though only Fairylite and Viz-a-Violet are smooth on the surface.
Pink Pearl – midtone pink with blue reflection
Fairylite – very pale ivory shimmer with opalescent pearl
Viz-a-Violet – mid-tone violet with blue and red pearl
Violet – vivid bright violet-purple
However, they swatch beautifully:
Finished Blushes from top to bottom:
Corset – Crushed – Rococo
Wildflower – Feline-be-Mine – Verve
– Glazed -
– Epitome -
I put lots of nickels and dimes on top of the mineral blushes. Because the pan sizes were so small, the coins couldn’t sink in and press the minerals down, which is why they’re bumpy in appearance, despite the denim and coins over them.
I tested the mineral blushes. Corset is perfect! It’s beautiful, the color comes out perfect. Wildflowers is so dense that it’s very hard to even scratch the surface of it with my finger nail, but the color comes off ok on a brush. Meow’s Crush and Feline-be-Mine are going to likely crumble into a mess, but they colors swatched beautifully. Epitome and Glazed came out great, as did Rococo and Verve.
Here are swatches:
I really like having 8 of my 9 blushes in 1 pan, even if I’ll likely end up having to take out Crush and Feline-be-Mine.
I’m happy to report that the Aromaleigh mineral blushes will work with this pressing method, even if the Meow blushes won’t.
Interestingly enough, Wildflower (a Rocks! Sonic Rouge) pressed so hard that it is very difficult to use a sponge applicator on, but my finger worked just fine. It seems the most solid of the bunch. Corset and the rest of the AL blushes seemed perfect though. Corset and Rococo are Gothic Lolita blushes, while Glazed, Epitome, and Verve are Pure Rouges.
Gothic Lolita blush ingredients:
Contains: Serecite Mica, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium dioxide ( CI 77891), Iron oxides (CI77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), May contain Manganese Violet (CI 77742) or Ultramarines. (CI 77007), Carmine
Serecite Mica (CI 77019), Mica (CI 77019), Ttitanium dioxide ( CI 77891), Iron oxides (CI77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), May also contain Manganese Violet (CI 77742) or Ultramarines. (CI 77007). “Romance at Dusk” contains trace amounts of Carmine (micro-coated onto mica particles).
Rocks! Sonic blushes:
mica(CI 77019), titanium dioxide(CI 77891), iron oxides(CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). May contain polyester-3, D&C yellow 5 and 11, D&C orange 5, D&C violet 2, D&C blue 1, D&C red 22, 28 and 40, calcium sodium borosilicate, ferric ferrocyanide (CI 77510), tin oxide (CI 77861).
I couldn’t find an ingredient list for my Meow blushes, or else I’d list them here.
So, what do you think? Will you be pressing your own MAC pigments or mineral makeup? I highly recommend Aromaleigh’s makeup if you want to try pressing mineral makeup!