Saturday, 7 June 2014

How NOT to fix a broken powder compact

Whether we are talking bronzer, blush, mattifying powders or eyeshadows, it is incredibly frustrating to have a makeup product smash and crumble. You can try and resurrect the product as a loose powder, or you might resolve to throw it out. But what if you can easily bring the powder back to its former glory, and make it a pressed powder once more?

My Illamasqua blush broke all through out my makeup bag - cue bright pink stains everywhere. I did a bit of research and found a nifty way to "glue" the blush back together. Well, sort of. I thought I had found the answer, but turns out, the solution is not as fool-proof as they say it is...

The proposed method is this: grab your tools -
  • broken product.
  • tweezers.
  • some rubbing alcohol (also known as surgical spirit).
You have to try and reassemble all the product as neatly as you can in the pan. In the case of this blush, this was a highly pigmented affair, so I used some tweezers to put things back in place. 

Now for the rubbing alcohol. Pour little-by-little and mix with your fingers until it has the consistency of playdough. It's a little messy but that's okay. Smooth out the product as best you can until its neat and flat in the pan.

I needed to wait for around 12 hours for the blush to dry out to be able to be used.

Here is the final product. Not quite good as new, but a lot better than crumbled in pieces. 

How did it apply? The colour payoff was a lot worse than it had been before - it was very hard to get even the faintest of colours onto my blush. Which is saying something, considering this blush was incredibly pigmented before and needed the lightest tap of the brush to get product.

Worse, it stung my cheeks a little. Not so much that it burnt my skin, but I am wary of putting alcohol on my skin then going into the sun. This was definitely an aspect I wasn't comfortable with. 

So, verdict? This method is not for me. I think I ruined (even further) a blush in my experimenting, but I'm glad I did it. In the future, if or when a product of mine smashes, I think I'll stick to using it as a loose powder, instead of mucking it up like this.

What are your thoughts of this method? Have you had a positive or negative experience with it?
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