To avoid using talc, in order to make our compacts - which include the powders, bronzers and rouges - we employ the traditional method of baking. These compacts are baked gently at a heat between 40-50 degrees centigrade for between 9-10 hours. As when baking bread, the baking process leaves a 'crust' which covers the powder. To loosen the powder simply use a large brush, preferably a blusher brush, hold it firmly towards the tips of the bristles, and gently but firmly work it into the crust of the compact. This will break the crust and loosen the powder.
Why should talc be avoided in make up? Talc has a very similar molecular structure to asbestos, and is thought to be a potential carcinogen.