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Vintage Makeup Finds

I love vintage makeup because it makes me feel connected to women of the past and their fascinating history. Today, my sister and I came across some fabulous vintage powder compacts at a local antique shop. We wanted to buy about ten of them, but we kept ourselves to three.

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This is a Prince Matchabelli compact from 1931. I love the gold crown detail.

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The interior of the compact shows the patented technology that allowed the owner to put loose powder into the middle compartment and then release it into the compact to use, making things simple and mess free.

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This lovely compact is Rex 5th Avenue. My research indicates it’s from the 40s, but it could also be 50s.

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The interior shows the powder puff and the mesh cloth that kept the powder from escaping when the compact was opened.

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This is another Rex 5th Avenue compact, definitely from the 1940s. The rhinestones make it an extremely rare find.

We also came across several compacts with built in lipstick and rouge compartments. I’d like to pick up a few, but they tend to be more expensive and will have to wait for a future shopping trip. In particular, I have my eye on a Bourjois compact from 1936.

Do you like vintage cosmetics, or are you more of a modern beauty addict?

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