Pressed Mica Eye Shadows: The Crystal Collection

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

The Crystal Collection of DIY pressed mica eye shadows came about when I expanded my TKB Trading mica collection & purchased the Shimmer Pop Collection, 5 Trues Collection and the Planetary Collection.The first two brought more primary colors into my collection and the Planetary Collection was a game changer! The Planetary Collection is more pigmented than the Hilite Collection interference shades with a more noticeable color-shift.

 

The Crystal Collection DIY Pressed Mica Eye Shadows are inspired by gemstones. Gemstones are mineral crystal or stone found in caves or mines. Crystals range in color tones and opacity. Gemstones are unique & with a difference of only one atom in a stone’s structure, different colors can be produced. Their “impurities” are what make them strikingly beautiful.

 

 

 

 

The Crystal Collection

DIY Pressed Mica Eye Shadows

 

Items Used:

  • MyMix Press Base
  • Pashmica
  • C-Smax
  • Preservative Cap-5
  • MyMix Clear Pressing Medium
  • TKB Trading Mica Powders
  • 26 mm tin pans
  • 26 mm tamping tool (& plastic wrap if pressing w/o alcohol)
  • Mini Spoon-5
  • 99% Isopropyl Alcohol & plastic pipettes for dispensing
  • Wood Craft Sticks for mixing ($1 store)
  • Glass Bowls or Jars for mixing

 

DIY Eye Shadow & Highlighter

 

The base powders, preservative, binder, mica powder, 26 mm pans, tamping tool, and Mini Spoon-5 were purchased through TKB Trading. The 99% Isopropyl Alcohol & plastic pipettes were purchased through Amazon. I use TKB Trading Magnetic Palettes (they include pans & a press tile) or the ArtBin Sew-Lutions Slimline Magnetic Box ($5-10 through Amazon or Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores) to hold the finished shadows.

 

To make the recipes in the Crystal Collection:

  1. With gloved hands, sterilize a glass jar/bowl with isopropyl alcohol or mix in a plastic bag . Sterilize 26 mm tin pans & measuring spoons (I use the Mini Spoon-5.)
  2. Add the base powders to the jar and combine with the mica color for that recipe. Stir well.
  3. Add the liquid preservative & pressing binder and combine well.
  4. Scoop in 2-3 steps into pan & press with a plastic wrap covered tamping tool on a firm, flat surface OR add enough 99% isopropyl alcohol to make a paste, then transfer to the pan. If alcohol is added, you may have to fill the pan completely, wait a few hours for the alcohol to evaporate, press with paper towel, and repeat. *I filled my pan with the alcohol & eye shadow mixture & waited 1 1/2 hours to press with paper towel and the tamping tool. My pan was about 1/2 full after pressing, so I repeated the process two more times, waiting only 1 hour for the second and final press*
  5. Allow the eye shadow 24 hours to fully dry before using.

 

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

 

 

 

 

Color Recipes:

*Color Swatches = E.L.F. C Brush (Left) & Finger Swatch (Right) over Essence I Love Colour Eye Shadow Base*

 

 

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Lapis Lazuli (Deep, Intense Blue)

Base Powders: 1 Dash MyMix Press Base, 1 Pinch C-Smax

Preservative: 2 drops Preservative Cap-5

Binder: 15 drops MyMix Clear Pressing Medium

Mica:

1 Tad Deep Blue

1 Tad Shimmer Blueberry Pop

1 Dash Bishop’s Violet

1 Tad Travel to Jupiter

1 Dash Colorona Dark Blue

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Citrine (Yellow-Orange)

Base Powders: 1 Dash MyMix Press Base, 1 Pinch C-Smax

Preservative: 2 drops Preservative Cap-5

Binder: 15 drops MyMix Clear Pressing Medium

Mica:

2 Tad Shimmer Lemon Pop

1 Tad Shimmer Tangerine Pop

1 Tad Metallic White

1 Drop Travel to Mercury

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Fluorite (Purple & Green)

Base Powders: 1 Dash MyMix Press Base, 1 Pinch C-Smax

Preservative: 2 drops Preservative Cap-5

Binder: 15 drops MyMix Clear Pressing Medium

Mica:

1 Dash Cyprus Green

1 Dash Shimmer Apple Pop

3 Dashes Hilite Violet

1 Tad Hilite Copper

1 Dash Travel to Pluto

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Crystal Opal

-Aqua-

Base Powders: 1 Dash MyMix Press Base, 1 Dash C-Smax

Preservative: 2 drops Preservative Cap-5

Binder: 15 drops MyMix Clear Pressing Medium

Mica:

1 Tad Pearl White

1 Pinch Diamond Cluster

1 Tad Metallic White

1 Dash Travel to Venus

1 Tad Crescent Crimson

1 Pinch Shimmer Apple Pop

1 Pinch Ocean Green

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

-Pink-

Base Powders: 1 Dash MyMix Press Base, 1 Dash C-Smax

Preservative: 2 drops Preservative Cap-5

Binder: 15 drops MyMix Clear Pressing Medium

Mica:

1 Tad Pearl White

1 Pinch Diamond Cluster

1 Tad Travel to Earth

1 Dash Hilite Gold

1 Tad Metallic White

1 Dash Shimmer Raspberry Pop

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Smoky Quartz (Brown-Gray)

Base Powders: 1 Dash MyMix Press Base, 1 Pinch C-Smax

Preservative: 2 drops Preservative Cap-5

Binder: 15 drops MyMix Clear Pressing Medium

Mica:

1 Tad Storm

1 Dash Wood Brown

1 Dash Hilite Orange

1 Dash Diamond Cluster

1 Dash Metallic White

1 Tad Shimmer Tangerine Pop

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Mystic Topaz

Base Powders: 1 Dash MyMix Peach, 1 Pinch C-Smax

Preservative: 2 drops Preservative Cap-5

Binder: 15 drops MyMix Clear Pressing Medium

Mica:

1 Tad Shimmer Raspberry Pop

1 Dash Pearl White

1 Dash Pink Red-Blue

1 Pinch Crescent Crimson

1 Pinch Hilite Red

3 Dashes Cotton Candy

1 Tad True Coral

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Amethyst

Base Powders: 1 Dash MyMix Press Base, 1 Pinch C-Smax

Preservative: 2 drops Preservative Cap-5

Binder: 15 drops MyMix Clear Pressing Medium

Mica:

3 Dashes Black Amethyst

1 Dash Hilite Red

1 Tad Shimmer Pop Grape

1 Dash True Blue

1 Dash Travel to Neptune

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Ruby

Base Powders: 1 Dash MyMix Peach, 1 Pinch C-Smax

Preservative: 2 drops Preservative Cap-5

Binder: 15 drops MyMix Clear Pressing Medium

Mica:

1 Tad Black Amethyst

2 Tad True Coral

1 Dash Shimmer Raspberry Pop

1 Tad Apricot

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Emerald

Base Powders: 1 Dash MyMix Press Base, 1 Pinch C-Smax

Preservative: 2 drops Preservative Cap-5

Binder: 15 drops MyMix Clear Pressing Medium

Mica:

1 Tad Travel to Pluto

3 dashes Shimmer Apple Pop

1 Tad True Green

1 dash Cyprus Green

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

Diamond

Base Powders: 1 Dash MyMix Press Base, 1 Pinch C-Smax, 1 Dash Pashmica

Preservative: 2 drops Preservative Cap-5

Binder: 15 drops MyMix Clear Pressing Medium

Mica:

1 Tad Pearl White

1 Tad Diamond Cluster

1 Tad Metallic White

1 Tad Travel to Neptune

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

 

 

Pressed Mica Eye Shadow

 

 

 

 

The Crystal Collection Pressed Mica Eye Shadows are best applied with eye shadow primer and a flat shader brush like the E.L.F. eyeshadow “C” brush or a finger. They are highly metallic, multi-dimensional, and more deeply pigmented than past shades I have created. As always, feel free to use these color recipes as a starting point for your ideal shadow/highlight and play with the colors to suit what works best for you! And, as with all DIY cosmetics, please be sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients used before trying.

 

Pressed Mica Eye Shadows

 

 

Pressed Mica Eye Shadows are a favorite hobby of mine. Formulating colors is so satisfying for the creative part of my brain! I am planning on experimenting with stick highlighter (a hybrid of my lip balm base & mica recipes) and a burnished metals collection for my next DIY cosmetics projects, but first I have some foil and glitter projects to knock out.

 

 

6 thoughts on “Pressed Mica Eye Shadows: The Crystal Collection

  1. Hey girl!
    I really like how your eyeshadows turned out!
    But I was wondering why you combined the interference pigments, as I read that if you mix two or more colourshift pigments they will just cancel each other out.. Have you noticed that in your shadows?

    1. Hello! That is a great question! Depending on my desired color combo, I am definitely careful not to combine complementary colors (yellow and purple) in equal amounts because they will always result in a nude, beige type tone (unless that is what I am going for.) Green & Blue and Purple & Blue are fantastic combinations and depending on how much you use of each color, you can deepen a formula subtly. My favorite unexpected result is using hilite copper with hilite violet in a blue or green shadow. It produces an amazing color shift that is very noticeable. To not always end up with a beige final product, you just have to use different amounts of the shades.

  2. Hi! These colors are beautiful! How would I modify the recipes to use them as loose powders instead of pressed?

    1. Hello! When I mix up loose shadow, I add the same mica and filler powders (the MyMix Press Base has ingredients that improve application, longevity, opacity, etc,) I leave out the rubbing alcohol & add only a drop of the MyMix Clear Pressing Binder. I mix the powders with a toothpick until they are fully combined.

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