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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!


  1. February 2, 2012 / 2:06 pm

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

  2. February 2, 2012 / 3:00 pm

    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.

  3. February 2, 2012 / 6:24 pm

    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

  4. February 3, 2012 / 5:35 pm

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

  5. February 3, 2012 / 11:20 pm

    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!

  6. Anonymous
    February 5, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    You could also use neat vodka for this 🙂 I've tried it and it worked really well xx

  7. February 6, 2012 / 7:23 pm

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

  8. December 15, 2012 / 9:39 am

    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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