Name: Coastal Scents EZ Pressing Medium
I personally bought my bottle of this product from Beauty of the Earth, and NOT Coastal Scents. I was impressed with Beauty of the Earth’s CS and shipping, it was sent out on the same day I ordered and it arrived a couple of days later. Which was really fast given the fact that I’m in Florida and they are based somewhere on the other side of the country.
Anyway, this product works as it’s suposed to, it binds the mineral pigments together, and it doesn’t make the product hard or crumbly in the process. The description of this product from Coastal Scents says that this product will go a long, long way. I didn’t get nearly as much use out of this product that I thought I would. I used the entire bottle making up between 15-20 pressed eyeshadows. I was using small, MAC sized 26mm pan, not huge blush or pressed powder pans. I was very dissapointed with the product in that aspect.
However, like I said it does work, and it has only about four or five ingredients in it as well. Would I recommend it to someone to use? No, I would not recommend this product now, but had you asked me when I first got it I would have said yes. The reason now, is that I found out through another source that Biosilk Silk Therapy can press pigments in the exact same way as the E-Z Press, only the Biosilk is $13 for a much larger bottle than the E-Z Press. Plus the Biosilk leaves the mineral pigment with a pleasant light smell.
If you are like me, after I finished my bottle of E-Z, I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply and I purchased the Generic Value Products version of the Biosilk Silk Therapy. The ingredients are exactly the same as the Biosilk, except with the generic one, I got 6 oz of product for $6.99. Either way, you can find a much cheaper alternative to the E-Z Press if you head over to your local beauty supply. I can also recommend the Ion Silk Drops as well for pressing pigments. I have used all three and all three work just fine. The first three or four ingredients are the most important. So as long as a product has Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone in the first few ingredients, then there shouldn’t be any problem with using it to press minerals.
E-Z Press Ingredients:
- Polysorbate 20
- Isoproply Myristate
Biosilk Silk Therapy / Generic Value Products Biosilk Silk Therapy:
Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, SD Alcohol 40-B, Panthenol, Ethyl Ester of Hydrolyzed Silk, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Fragrance (Parfum), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
Ion Silk Drops:
CYCLOPENTASILOXANE ,DIMETHICONE ,C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE ,FRAGRANCE ,ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE ,ALCOHOL DENAT. ,HYDROXYISOHEXYL 3-CYCLOHEXENE CARBOXALDE ,ETHYL ESTER OF HYDROLYZED SILK ,ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE ,PANTHENOL ,BENZYL ALCOHOL ,LIMONENE ,LINALOOL ,CITRONELLOL ,BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL ,HEXYL CINNAMAL