How (and Why) You Should Refill a Vintage Compact

Want to stand out in a crowd of store-bought cosmetic compacts? All you have to do is refill a vintage compact with your favorite makeup and call it a day. Beauty bloggers and beauty forum regulars with an affinity for vintage knick-knacks are doing this on the regular, and we have to admit it's a trend we're pretty fond of.

So why would one even do this? Let's break it down.

"The broad reason for [repackaging] is aesthetic — it looks cool," says Leslie Munsell, founder of the makeup brand Beauty for Real.

Yep, that's for sure. And who doesn't like adding a little flair to your standard makeup bag?

She also says that vintage compacts can be more structurally sound, especially if the original compact is made from plastic. Raise your hand if you've shattered an eyeshadow, blush, or powder. Not bad, not bad.

Yet another reason you may want to refill a vintage compact is if you're taking a powder product and turning it into a pressed product. This is especially common when buying from indie brands, or if you've shattered a product and want to salvage it.

Lastly, if you're buying a refill pan, or have purchased a product that's pretty straightforward in its packaging, reusing a vintage vessel is an easy way to infuse a little bit of your own personality into your makeup bag and purse. And by the way, buying refills is one small way you can reduce waste and save money.

Now, how does one do this?

Recently, Reddit user like-a-daydream posted a thread on r/makeupaddiction titled, "How I refilled my vintage compact," which detailed the step-by-step process she used when de-potting Rimmel's Stay Matte. She essentially just lifted the pan out of the Rimmel container and then refitted it into her vintage compact.

Turns out, the Stratton vintage compact is actually a perfect fit for Rimmel's Stay Matte, and other Reddit users have refilled their own. We love this 1960s compact refilled by user Blue-French Horn, and this pretty one by fatcatfoo.

You can find vintage compacts on Etsy and eBay. You could also score some sweet finds at a flea market, thrift store, or vintage shop.

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