|DIY Freestyle compact – with 4 Inglot shadows and one WnW|
I’ve recently had good luck with several ELF products, but I do find the brand hit-or-miss. However, even when I have a miss with a product in a compact, I’ve figured out a way to repurpose the compact that makes it worth the $1.50 to $3 that I paid!
Take this translucent mattifying powder that I recently purchased – it looked fine at first:
But, after a swipe or two with the sponge, this was revealed:
Very lumpy, bumpy, and not my kind of powder! So, I took a knife and pried it the pan out of the compact; I wasn’t careful, because I was planning to toss the powder. However, ELF pans are very loosely attached with glue, so if you are careful, you can remove them without harming the powder – or you can do the second step (show below) first, then use heat to loosen the glue.
After the pan was removed, I was left with this:
|ELF compact – no pan|
Then, I took my knife again, and pried the insert out of the pan, which left me with an empty pan with just a tiny spot of glue in it:
|Empty ELF Compact|
And you’re done! This whole process takes less than five minutes, and you are left with a sturdy, small compact with a mirror. You can glue in a magnetic sheet to make a magnetic freestyle compact; use doubleside tape to stick in pans, or just glue in the pans. I made my mom a small compact of eyeshadows and glued in the pans with the first one I did, and haven’t used the second one yet – I’ll probably end up using double-sided tape.
Here’s the first photo again, as an example of how you can fill the compact. These pans aren’t attached, I’ve just placed them in the compact to demonstrate. Four Inglot eyeshadows fit in really nicely, leaving a little bit of space for a Wet n Wild or similarly sized eyeshadow.
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