Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fix It: Broken Powders

So, today’s topic isn’t really anything new. I found this technique on how to fix broken compact powder products quite a while ago and I’ve used it a few times on my own eye shadows that have cracked from depotting. Even so, I still wanted to post my own version of it for a few reasons: in case you actually haven’t seen this technique before, if you have a product that is running low which makes it harder to use and lastly, because I know it actually works. Sometimes you hear about certain tricks like this but you never really know if it actually works or not. Well I’m here to tell you that, in my experience, it does. So, next time you’re thinking about throwing out a broken powder, remember this technique and give it a try. If it doesn’t work for you then you can go ahead and throw it out like you were planning anyways. However, if it does work, then not only are you able to use the product but you also save money since you won’t have to purchase a new one.

This face powder of mine was starting to get harder to use because as the product was being used up it started to break into pieces and was only left intact around the edges. Sure I could have thrown it out and just purchased a new one but since it was more expensive, I wanted to get the most use out of it as I could. If you have more product in the pan, I’ve seen articles mention to cover the product and container with plastic wrap before proceeding with the following steps. This is supposed to help keep the product more contained so it doesn’t make a huge mess. 

You can use any tool that you have that you feel would work. The tool I used actually came in a cheap old manicure set that I never use. You’re first step is to break up the entire product into a loose powder. I first used the pointed end of my tool to scrape the remaining powder around the edges to loosen it up. 

I then used the flat end to smash the broken pieces. Once the product is completely loose and not compacted anymore, you’re ready for the next step. 

Next, add some 70% alcohol to the loose powder. I used a dropper from an old product which was helpful. If you don’t have one you can use a spoon or just be careful when adding the alcohol. It’s best to use small amounts of the alcohol at a time so you don’t use too much. 

Start mixing the alcohol and powder together until you get a creamy/mousy texture. You don’t want it to be too wet but just enough to be pliable. Once it’s fully mixed, smooth it down so it looks even.

Let dry and enjoy!

Like I said, this isn’t anything new that I discovered on my own but I wanted to do my own post because it does in fact work which saves product, and most importantly, money. Hopefully these steps were easy to understand and follow. I can’t guarantee that this will work perfectly every time for every product but in my experience it has worked great so hopefully it turns out the same for you. If you know of any other tricks that I can try out I would love to know!  

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