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  • Ideas on why my pressed eyeshadows are giving no color payoff?

    Posted by Cass2021 on December 25, 2021 at 3:10 am

    I have been working on creating a formula to start my own pressed multichrome eyeshadow indie brand, I have tried many many many different formulas and none seem to be getting me the result I am looking for. I have spent hours on end researching, I have watched videos of multichrome indie brands mixing their multichromes and have tried to formulate similar to it and it’s still not coming out right. I want my pressed multichrome to be like theirs with extremely high color payoff, like when you swatch it it looks so buttery smooth on your arm. There pressed shadows also have a shiny wet look to them but are pressed and not a cream shadow I am also not able to achieve that kind of pressed shadow. I am having difficulty finding a place to source my multichrome pigment so I have been buying it in small batches of Etsy and eBay which is costing a fortune so not having my formula right is causing me to waste a lot of ingredients. I am posting two of the numerous formulas I have tried but my pressed shadow ends up hard with almost no color payoff at all. So any ideas about tweaking my formula in any sort of way to get more color pay off and a shiny wet looking shadow would be so appreciated. I noticed in the video of other indie brands mixing multichromes they always mix their dry ingredients and then they add some type of liquid ingredient (I believe to be fractionated Coconut Oil) and mix it until it’s almost crumbly and then then they add another liquid ingredient which I believe is (isopropyl Myristate) until it is creamy like almost liquidy and then they place it in a pan and allow to dry and then press, I have tried this but once again it’s hard with no color payoff at all. Below are my two formulas and I have also tried a isododecane/dimethicone crospolymer as well instead of isopropyl Myristate, but still not much different. 

    Cass2021 replied 1 year, 11 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • abdullah

    December 25, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    In my experience, formulas from resellers usually don’t work or dont work well. 

  • Syl

    December 25, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    You may want to check TKB Trading, they sell pigments and kits to make eye shadow, they also have formulas and tech support.

  • Cass2021

    December 26, 2021 at 3:36 am

    Thanks so much for your reply, I currently do get most of my ingredients and materials from TKB but unfortunately they only have like 3 duochrome  pigments and no multi-chrome pigments. I didn’t think it would be as hard to find multi-chrome pigment in bulk as it has been for me. I have found some from Alibaba but the cost of shipping it is so expensive it’s like almost the cost of what I would pay for the pigment to in shipping to ship it here. I am just not ready to make that expensive of a purchase because of the fact I don’t have my formula right, as I stated earlier I have been having such difficulties, every pressed powder I formulate comes out hard with little to no color payoff, I have used the exact ingredients of several different highly successful indie multichrome pressed shadow brand and mine just never turn out like theirs, I have done hours and hours of research, watched videos of those companies mix their pigments and then did mine the same type of way and I still end up with a hard shadow that has no color payoff and doesn’t barley swatch at all. So if I somehow manage to master my formula then maybe I can invest in multichrome pigment from Alibaba, but until then I keep trying a different formula hoping it will come out to that shiny wet look pressed multichrome pigment that swatches beautifully :) 

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