I have amassed quite the collection of 1/4 teaspoon sample bags from Shiro Cosmetics, so the time has come to start pressing some of them!
TheBodyNeeds2.com sells a ‘pressing kit‘ which is inexpensive (USD $9.95 + $5.95 shipping to Australia), and easy to work with. They enclose ‘pressing medium’ instead of alcohol with the kit, which produces a better pressed shadow.
The pressing kit contains pressing medium, 10 pans, 2 spatulas, one tamper, and 10 magnets.
Then add another 10 drops of pressing medium, then stir again. The shadow and pressing medium can be hard to combine, so try smooshing it against the side of the bowl to make sure there are no lumps and everything combines properly. You need a consistency like that of cake mixture. If you don’t have that, keep adding drops of pressing medium (two at a time) until you do:
Then split the two layers of a paper towel in half, place over the shadow, and stamp the whole thing down quite hard. Repeat this until the paper towel comes away more or less dry and the surface is even:
You can see that these pans are not as tall as the MAC ones, but they suit the 1/4 teaspoon sample bags really well. In fact, they only fill up the pans half way, so you could fit more in the pans if you have full-sized Shiro shadows:
This is the Etsy palette I bought to house them. I bought it from anothersoul for USD $12.99 plus $9 shipping to Australia. She sells a range of Eco-Friendly Magnetic Freedom Palettes like this one. All of them are made with a strong magnet at the base of the palette and hand made by the owner, then covered in paper.They look even better in real life than they do in the photos, and each palette is unique:
Even though the MAC pans are taller, the palette would still close if it contained MAC pans:
If you have Shiro Cosmetics sample bags lying around, I’d strongly encourage you to press some of them. It means that you can apply them more quickly and still take advantage of the gorgeous range of colours they have.