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She Shops Makeup | May 26, 2017

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DIY – Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow

First and foremost, I would like to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! May the new year be filled with Happiness, Good Health and Wealth!!

I think it’s age… I no longer have the desire to party the night away on New Year’s Eve. In fact, I can’t quite remember the last time I did that. Yup, the once party girl is now a homebody! Though… I still love to drink 🙂 In fact, I made 3 batches of Vodka Jello for the home party at my in-laws last night and it was well received, by not just adults but also the kids (teenagers)!

I spent a good half of today lazing on the bed, and during my non-sedentary moments, I tried my hands on making my own cosmetics – more specifically Mineral Eyeshadows. I ordered a box of Mineral Makeup Kit from TKB Trading sometime back but never really got to playing around with it till today.

Mineral eyeshadows are really no rocket science to make, however, to get the perfect texture is not an easy task. Below are some of the key components.

Color Pigments:

  • Mica Powder – Mica is the name of a group of natural occurring minerals. It can be opalescent, sparkling or completely matte. Mica powder is purified and crushed mica mineral.
  • Iron Oxide – Iron Oxides are the strongest pigments available, most are non-bleeding and weather resistant.


Properties of additives:

  • Titanium Dioxide – adhesion, coverage and sunscreen, natural anti-inflammatory and lightening agent
  • Zinc Oxide – adhesion, coverage and sunscreen
  • Magnesium Stearate – slip and high adhesion/translucent
  • Sericite – medium adhesion, slip and shine
  • Bismuth Oxychloride Pearl and Diamond – medium adhesion, translucent
  • Mica and Methicon – reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, adds to adhesion and slip properties
  • Kaolin Clay – medium adhesion, good coverage, translucent appearance and slip
  • Talc – translucent appearance, high adhesion, silky finish
  • Corn Starch – translucent appearance, slip and great for the skin
  • Rice Powder – translucent appearance, matte finish and super silky feel
  • Silica Powder – very translucent, super oil absorbing and great slip – this is THE ONLY ingredient in the MUFE HD Powder


Characteristics to consider when making mineral makeup:

  • Slip – this is how easily the product glides across the skin
  • Adhesion – this is how the product sticks to the skin (sort of the opposite of ‘Slip’)
  • Coverage – self-explanatory
  • Translucent – again, opposite of coverage


Most of the additives above are used in mineral face products rather than eyeshadows. I only used mica, iron oxide, titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate and sericite for my eyeshadows. I didn’t like the fact that mineral eyeshadows were all loose pigments, so I tried my hands at pressing them for easy storage, and here’s what I got.

As you can see, the pressing wasn’t that great, I was trying out the different composition of alcohol and glycerin to try and get the right texture. Some turned out too lumpy, some had the alcohol evaporate and left “craters” in the shadow. Also, I swatched it several times before taking this picture. I even tried a duo-colored eyeshadow 🙂

Here are the swatches:

I didn’t really have any color in mind when I started, but I knew I wanted some bright colors as I have none in my collection apart from my 88 color palette (which isn’t as pigmented as I would like it to be). The only color that I really wanted to make was a matte black which I ironically do not have. But, I ended up mixing in some deep purple and it turned out looking like a really pretty deep purplish black shade which I loved.

When I was taking pictures of my creation, I realised that 3 of the colors looked so much like the colors in my Too Faced Sweet Dreams Collection Palette.


There are not exactly the same but close enough. Here are the swatches for comparison:

Haha! I gave my colors some random names so that they wouldn’t look too pale in comparison!

On the whole, I had a lot of fun creating my eyeshadows. They are so much fun to make but quite a pain to prevent the pigments and powder from flying around the house. I love how pigmented they are! I really love the mineral pigments, they are all so pigmented, though I do need to practice more to get the right texture and slip that I would like. I shall do a few looks using these colors at some stage.


Have you tried making your own cosmetics?

Thanks for looking!


  1. She Shops Makeup

    @icyabstract Thanks hun! I probably can’t wear any to work so will have to wait till the weekend to try 🙂

  2. icyabstract

    I actually really like your palette! The colors in it are so pretty especially that ‘accidental’ deep purple!

  3. She Shops Makeup

    @Layla88 Thanks hun. I’m no where near that good yet, still lots of trial and errors and experimenting to do 🙂

  4. Layla88

    Wow, your shadows are so much more pigmented than the too-faced ones! I’ve never tried making my own cosmetics before, but seems like you can make a small business out of it! 😉 xx

  5. She Shops Makeup

    Thanks amyrleex. Indeed it was a lot of fun

  6. amyrleex

    playing with makeup is fun! the colours look gorgeous.. 🙂

  7. She Shops Makeup

    @madlynny Thanks hun! That was actually unintentional.. haha I realised I mixed too little green to fill the pan so decided to just play with it by filling the other half with the golden yellow color :p

  8. madlynny

    i like the duo coloured one! can’t wait to see your looks for that!

  9. She Shops Makeup

    @Junkie In Every Way Ya you should! It is so much fun despite the mess.

  10. Junkie In Every Way

    Oh I love TKB trading micas and I have a ton of them lying around! I should start pressing them soon!!!

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