Pressing Shiro Cosmetics Loose Shadows – Sample Bags

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! 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.

So the first thing you will need is a tiny mixing bowl. I grabbed a 1 teaspoon measure from the kitchen:

Then grab your shadow:

Empty into the bowl:

Add 10 drops of pressing medium, then stir:

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:

Once you have your cake mixture consistency, put it into the pan and push it around with the spatula until you have a relatively even layer:

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:

The shadow should look something like the one below. Once you’ve set it aside, wipe over your bowl and spatula with a paper towel and do the next one.

Place on a paper towel to dry for 24 – 48 hours:

Pressing these shadows gives me a new-found appreciation for Shiro Cosmetics shadows:

Then clean up the enormous mess you made!

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:

When placed into my MAC Pro Palette, you can see that The Body Needs pans are more or less the same width as the MAC ones.

But they are not as tall. They sit as firmly in the palette as all the others though.

Once the shadows are dry, peel off the backing on the magnets and attach them to the back of the pan. You can see that they’re a little big:

So I chopped off the corners:

My orginal idea was to glue the little labels to the back of them, but it turns that the paper is too thick for the magnets to work.

So I resorted to masking tape and a pen:

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:

This palette would fit 15 of The Body Needs pans, or 15 MAC pans:

Even though the MAC pans are taller, the palette would still close if it contained MAC pans:

Shiro Cosmetics eyeshadows swatched after pressing.

Still iridescent and beautiful 🙂

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.

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40 Responses to Pressing Shiro Cosmetics Loose Shadows – Sample Bags

  1. ki says:

    This doesn’t look even half as difficult as I imagined it would be! Pressed shadows, here I come! 😀

  2. Lilit says:

    I love the idea of the pressing kit, coz i usually just use alcohol and make a great big mess of things! Great job pressing all those shadows, they look great and i’m sure you’ll use them more than the loose powder versions.

  3. Little Jo says:

    WOW this is exactly what I am trying to do with all my loose shadows/pigments at the moment! I have a MAC 15 palette that is looking a little empty! thank you so much for the step-by-step guide! i’m gonna go a stamping 🙂

  4. Dempeaux says:

    @ki It’s so easy, just very messy! I can’t wait to see what you create!

  5. Dempeaux says:

    @Lilit Oh me too! It’s so convenient that everything turns up in one neat little package. And I *still* make a huge mess 😉

  6. Dempeaux says:

    @LittleJo Your MAC palette will be perfect! You’ll be so satisfied once you’ve filled all those little gaps 🙂

  7. ki says:

    I have a friend who mixes up her sample baggies to create some of the most amazing pressed shadows – I may take a leaf from her book! 😀

  8. Stacey says:

    Ah, so clever! I want to do this, I never use my loose shadows because they’re so… loose. Does the quality stay the same?

  9. Dempeaux says:

    @Ki Sounds exciting! Good luck with your creations! 🙂

  10. Dempeaux says:

    @Stacey Definitely try it! The quality is exactly the same – perhaps even a fraction better? I’m not sure why that would be.

  11. Megan says:

    Great post! I’m only just starting to get into loose eyeshadows and I seem to create nothing but mess when I use them, pressing them myself would make things a lot easier. I’m definitely going to check out the maker of that palette as well as I’ve been wanting to depot all my Nyx singles for a while but don’t have anything to put them in.

  12. Dempeaux says:

    @Megan That’s a great idea! I think NYX singles would look really pretty in these palettes. It’s so much more convenient for loose shadows too. They’re much quicker to use in the morning 🙂

  13. emmabovary says:

    You have read my mind! I am clueless when it comes to things like this, so am glad you’ve held my hand and shown me how. Will be up and pressing in no time!


  14. Dempeaux says:

    @EmmaBovary That’s great! I’m so looking forward to your amazing palette! 🙂

  15. Olivia says:

    You got me with this one! I need this kit!

  16. Dempeaux says:

    @Olivia I don’t blame you! I’m obsessed! I need to press all my Shiro shadows and put them in these pretty palettes 😀

  17. Beez says:

    What a coincidence! I’ve JUST purchased a set of three of those gorgeous ecofriendly palettes for this exact purpose- pressed Shiro shadows! And I’m based in Australia too! Great minds, huh?

    Your shadows look so, so pretty pressed, but I was wondering if pressing them changes their colour payoff and texture (particular mattes)? I’ve started pressing my Fyrinnae shadows and while some of them work, others haven’t turned out quite so well, especially when trying to use a brush with them.

  18. Jade says:

    Arghh I’m sooo going to do this with my loose shadows!!! Fantastic review and step by step! 🙂

  19. Dempeaux says:

    @Beez No way! 😀 That’s amazing! There was actually no difference in the colour pay off at all; in fact, they even looked slightly better! I’m not sure why that would be though. Buttery smooth to work with too. Were you using a pressing medium? I have heard that mattes are very tricky to work with. I’ve also heard that Fyrinnae shadows can be a bit tricky to work with too, but I’ve never worked with them myself. I was on the Fyrinnae website last night looking at samples for just this purpose!

  20. Dempeaux says:

    @Jade Oh I can’t wait! You’ll do a better job than me Jade! 😀

  21. I had no idea such things even existed! This is really helpful, I’ve been holding off from buying loose shadows because I didn’t k now how to store and use them. This actually looks like kind of a fun little project 🙂

  22. Dempeaux says:

    @Jessica It’s a great way to get loose shadows into your regular rotation. I’m completely obsessed with this palette – it’s sitting next to me right now! 😀

  23. Beez says:

    I’ve been using straight glycerin and alcohol, which was a recommendation from girls over on Makeup Alley. I might invest in The Body Needs kit though, because that’s a heck of a lot cheaper than ordering from TKB like I’ve done in the past. I was also wondering, do you need to glue the magnets to your pans when using them with the etsy palettes/palettes in general? Or was that just for the MAC palette?

    Most of my Fyrinnae pigments have pressed beautifully, but there are a few which have turned rock hard and unusable, which I wouldn’t mind if the darn website wasn’t down all the time so I could reorder!

  24. Dempeaux says:

    @Beez Oh right! That should work, but I’ve never tried that formula, so I’m not sure. The kit is pretty cost effect – the main thing that’s always stopped me pressing in the past has been the thought of hunting down so many different little bits. Both with my MAC palette and the Etsy palette in this post, the base of the palette is magnetised, so they stay in beautifully. I’ll order some Fryrinnae pigments at some point and let you know how I go. I wonder why they’re so hit and miss? 🙂

  25. Jen W says:

    OMG this kit is awesome! It looks really well thought out and user friendly. Is that jojoba oil I see after Isopropyl alcohol? weird..

    The pressed shadows look great!

  26. Dempeaux says:

    @Jen How good is it? So easy to use. I thought the Jojoba Oil was an odd choice too, but I think it makes the shadows a little buttery, which is lovely. I’m obsessed with this palette. I need more!

  27. Claire says:

    I’m always so nervous to press my own shadows but this sounds so easy! Your palette is so stylish too.

  28. Dempeaux says:

    @Claire Thankyou Claire! It’s a very straighforward process, just messy. So satisfying when you put them all into a palette though! 🙂

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  31. Stef says:

    What a fantastic, thorough post!! Great read and lots of valuable links – bookmarking all of them now 😀

  32. Dain says:

    I really like how you do your own thing. It’s always such fresh, interesting reading.

  33. Dempeaux says:

    @Stef Thankyou! It’s such a satisfying activity – I want to press more! 😀

  34. Dempeaux says:

    @Dain Thankyou so much! I just blog about what I’m interested in 😉

  35. I love your posts like these, it’s fabulous finding out how these palettes are created and what you can do myself.
    I think your home must be a little like a chemistry lab and art studio combined with all this make-up creativity 🙂

  36. Dempeaux says:

    @StyleOnTheCouch Haha! Yes, my house is a little dishevelled at times 😉 I feel like I’m always cleaning up!

  37. Christine says:

    Just found this post, what a great entry! I was wondering do you find the Shiro eye shadows in their pressed form need a primer underneath? Or Pixie Epoxy?

  38. Dempeaux says:

    @Christine Thankyou! 🙂 I wear every shadow with a primer underneath, but I do find that Shiro last slightly better on my oily eyelids than most.

  39. Beka says:

    Would this process work for HelloWaffle shadows as well? I have a bunch of samples coming from each!

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