Compact Mirrors & Powder Compacts

Jane Vanroe on collecting vintage powder compacts and compact mirrors. You can find Jane's designs at and on Amazon in the EU & USA

Just two days left to win a bestselling Orchid compact mirror!

Want to win my bestselling ‘Orchid in Black’ compact mirror, worth £32? Take a minute to enter the competition on my Vanroe Compact Mirrors blog!  Two winners will be randomly … Continue reading

September 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why compact mirrors and powder compacts?

The arrival of compacts in the 1920s caused quite the sensation. Scandalous young beauties began to apply makeup in public. They flashed their new compacts and the older generation looked … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Where can I get a refill for my vintage pressed powder compact? (Refills for Stratton, KIGU, convertible)

If your vintage powder compact has a 67mm inside diameter it is almost certainly for pressed refills. (If it hasn’t, please see my post “How to refill / replace powder … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Collecting Compact Mirrors And Powder Compacts – My New Book!

If you’d like a free extract from my new book ‘Collecting Compact Mirrors and Powder Compacts‘ you’ll find an ipad version on Blurb from today. You can download the 25 … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Arriving in the USA, our first compact mirrors in Birmingham enamel

We’ve our first USA launch next week, with our new compact mirrors in enamel arriving at The five compacts in this collection are enamelled with jewel-like colours in Birmingham, … Continue reading

April 25, 2014 · 4 Comments

Great resources: How to date a Stratton compact, Juliette Edwards and the British Compact Collectors Society

For Part Two of my posts on great resources for collectors, let’s look at Stratton. You can read my whistle-stop history of Stratton here, but as soon as you become … Continue reading

November 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

How to use (refill) a vintage Stratton powder compact

My new video on how to use and refill a vintage Stratton powder compact. I explain the differences between ‘convertible’ and loose powder compacts, show Stratton’s self-opening inner lid, and … Continue reading

October 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

Great beauty collector’s resources: Glamour by Carol Dyhouse and Glamour’s Golden Age (BBC Four)

This is my first of a series of posts on great resources if you’re interested in vintage beauty, compacts or beauty collecting. I’ve found it difficult to find serious work … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Some of my favourite vintage Stratton & KIGU powder compacts

My vintage compact collection grew to over 200 powder compacts last year. Here are nine of my favourites, including Stratton and KIGU…

January 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

How to start a powder compact collection – Part 2 of my interview with Weranda

A little more from my recent interview with Polish magazine, Weranda. If you’re starting out as a vintage compact collector, these answers might be of interest… and if you’re an … Continue reading

April 30, 2012 · 9 Comments

Collecting vintage powder compacts – My interview with Weranda magazine

I’ve just caught breath after two busy weeks working on my new compacts for Stratton. In the middle of all the preparations, a lovely email arrived from a journalist for … Continue reading

April 29, 2012 · 3 Comments

The Use, Care and Repair of Vintage Stratton Powder Compacts

If you’ve read just one or two of my posts, you’ll realise I’ve a big thing for Stratton powder compacts. The vintage compact I first fell for was a Stratton, … Continue reading

November 27, 2011 · 22 Comments

Valuation: How much is my Stratton / KIGU / vintage powder compact worth?

In this, the second of my FAQ posts, I’ll take on the trickiest of questions – “Can you value my compact?” or “How much is it worth?”. (See also my … Continue reading

November 9, 2011 · 2 Comments

Restoration: Can you repair my vintage powder compact?

I’ve been meaning to write around a number of the Frequently Asked Questions arriving in my inbox… so here’s the first of three. And it’s the big one – “Can … Continue reading

November 8, 2011 · 3 Comments

My photo archive of vintage powder compacts

Every vintage compact I’ve restored is lovingly photographed, and it would be a shame for these images to disappear into my iphoto chaos. So, here it is – the beginnings of … Continue reading

October 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Which vintage or new powder compacts fit Max Factor Creme Puff?

I’m often asked which compacts can be filled with Max Factor’s Creme Puff pressed powder. It seems that there’s a brilliantly loyal following for this brand, which is one of … Continue reading

October 24, 2011 · 1 Comment

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