I used 350 c.s. dimethicone from Voyageur as my binder. Again, I chose 1/2 tsp eye shadow powder with 15 drops dimethicone from a 3 ml pipette. This time, I decided to mix the dimethicone into the container instead of in the bag. I put the powder in the container, tapped it down, then added 15 drops dimethicone and stirred and stirred and stirred until it looked like it was completely mixed in. The sides of the container were incredibly messy, but I figured I could clean that up later.
Again I used a quarter wrapped in plastic wrap to press down on the powder. I pressed very hard, then used the spoon to press harder. After about 2 minutes of doing this - I only stopped because I was getting bored of just pressing on a quarter - I tested it. Very well compressed, very nice. I used the brush on it, and it resisted my very hard pressing to loosen it from the pressed state. The colour was nice on the brush, and I think it worked well.
It pressed very well, but again I should have used more powder. You can see how much it compresses and I should have filled the container almost to the top.
If you want to present this to someone, consider not mixing the binder in the container. It made an awful mess (as you can see from the picture) and I don't think anyone would want this as a gift or a purchase. For me, I don't mind so much for personal use.
It worked well with my brush after pressing.
Dimethicone appears to be a good choice. It felt nice and silky and left good colour behind.
15 drops appears to be a good amount for 1/2 tsp.
I understand dimethicone can make your colour morph over time, so I'm going to leave it a little while and chart the results. (Note: 10 days later and there doesn't appear to be a colour change in this eye shadow. I wonder how it would affect other colours?)
Join me tomorrow for fun with pressing using denatured alcohol!