You know that moment when you accidentally lose grasp on a compact or a palette? The one where you see your beloved makeup tumble to the ground in seemingly slow motion? The panic when you go pick it up and say a quick prayer hoping it didn’t crack… yeah that’s been happening a lot here lately. Since I take pictures in my balcony and often do my makeup in the dining room, I’m always carting my makeup around. Sadly this has led to the sad death of a few items. But, after the last compact cracked I decided to surgically intervene. So, today I’m sharing how to repair a broken pressed powder.
After a little research, I concluded that the best method involved using alcohol and pressing the powder back into the compact. However, since I read so many different ideas (even one that involved a straightening iron) I decided to try this with a broken $3.97 Wet N Wild Bronzer. I actually LOVE this bronzer, so even though it’s less than $4 it was really sad to see it crack.
Since the compact cracked into several relatively large pieces, the first step is to crush the pieces back into I lose powder. I used a small fruit scooper (don’t know why we even have one of these) to press on the bigger pieces. You’ll want to make to completely dissolve any chunks.
This is where things went sour for me. Everywhere I read said to use as little alcohol as possible to dampen the powder and then press it back in the compact. I figured I could use a little spray bottle to slowly (and evenly distribute the alcohol). Well, as you can see in the picture below, this created quite a mess since the force of the spray pushed the powder outside of the compact. Further, once I tried to start pressing the powder back it was sticking heavily on the spoon. I.e. since only the top layer had any moisture, the entire top layer was sticking to the spoon.
At this point my husband (who was taking the pictures) said I needed to pour more alcohol in there and “make it soup”. For some reason, I decided to listen to him… mind you he has zero idea how to repair makeup. But, alas I went ham and literally poured alcohol in the compact until the powder was completely saturated and a soupy consistency.
After the powder was completely dissolved in the alcohol, I used a small spatula to gently press/even out the top. Since I used 91% rubbing alcohol, everything started drying fairly quickly. So, for the next two hours or so I kept going back with the spatula to press and even out as much as I could. I didn’t have any issues with the powder sticking using this method. After around the 6 hour mark, the powder was almost completely dry.
Although the powder is now back to being a solid consistency in the compact, the product itself is not the same as it was before I broke it. The color and finish is the same, but the amount of product I can pick up now is extremely limited. It’s almost like I need to scratch some off to get some powder on my brush- like it’s too packed together now so not as much powder comes off as it used to. So, although this is a solution, do not expect your products to go back exactly like they used to. That being said, if a really expensive product cracks (like my Hourglass powder), I’d rather repair it and get less powder kick-off than buy a new one. However, with something like a $3.97 bronzer, it rather spend $4 bucks and get a new one.
Have any of you tried repairing a broken pressed powder? Any other methods I should try?