How To : Fix Broken Powders or Eyeshadows

In yesterdays post I mentioned that I had a Shiseido Compact Foundation, which had completely smashed up. Today, I rescued it with the help of a tutorial I found online.

I'm sure it's happened to most of us - fact of the matter is, powder based products do smash - but that doesn't have to mean the end for them - they can be saved very simply... save them!


So, first you take your broken up powder...


...and tip it into a small bowl. I used the pointy end of an orange stick to scrape out all the bits that were still stuck in the pan. Use the end of a brush to break it up into a fine powder.


Then tip in a small amount of Surgical Spirit and mix it up using an orange stick, or spoon to form a paste. It's best to add a little bit of Surgical Spirit, seeing if more is needed, then adding more if necessary. It doesn't matter too much if you go overboard with it - it will just take longer to set.


Use a spoon to put it back into the empty pan, then leave it for a couple of hours somewhere where it won't be disturbed.


You can use a paper towel to press down and help shape it after a couple of hours - then leave overnight to set completely.

And there you have it - as good as new! This technique would also work to get your pigments into set powders. Happy setting!
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16 comments:

  1. do you try it? and what about the finish after that????? Very interest post!!!!

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  2. Brilliant advice thanks! I have three smashed up pressed powders (don't know why I keep them as never crossed my mind I could 'fix' them) and I'm going to try this as soon as I can get my hands on some surgical spirit.

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  3. Wow, such a great post! xx

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  4. this is amazing! thankyou for this honey, this has happened to me so many times and it has just happened to my nars orgasm blush so I am definitely going to try and save it!xxx

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  5. amazingly useful, thank you doing a tutorial on this!!
    liloo/@tsunimee xx

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  6. Really good tip, thankyou! x

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  7. This a fab post, I've thrown away so many smashed up powders, I'm definitely going to try this next time. :-)

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  8. Gosh that's surprisingly easy to do! Thanks a bunch for such an amazing tip! =) xx

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  9. This is great! I have a very dark brown Benefit eyeshadow that is practically new and which I use all the time. I dropped it and the powder smashed to smithereens: if the tiniest specs escape, they leaves marks. I never considered the possibility I could fix it!

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  10. You could also use neat vodka for this :) I've tried it and it worked really well xx

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  11. This is well cool ;) what a great tip/DIY thanks so much will keep in mind ;)


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  12. Oh my goodness!!!! Thank you so much for this!!

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  13. I don't know what Surgical Spirit is, but I'm gonna try this! Brilliant post!

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  14. This is an amazing tip which I must try immediately!!!

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  15. thank you for this - just fixed a bronzer I love and had been discontinued. Can't wait to use it again!

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