The other day, I experienced my very first broken eyeshadow pan. I had carelessly left an e.l.f. quad palette on the edge of the sink, and my boyfriend accidentally knocked it off. Luckily only one of the four shadows broke — I’m still not sure how that happened! I was a little disappointed, though, because the pan that broke was my favorite out of the quad.
However, this gave me an opportunity to try a method I’ve heard a lot about for repairing broken eyeshadows.
A quick recap of the method:
1. Counterintuitively smash up the eyeshadow even further.
I decided to skip this step because the eyeshadow wasn’t that broken. I just broke down some of the larger chunks into a finer crumble.
2. Place several drops of rubbing alcohol into the pan.
I didn’t have a dropper to do this with, so I actually used a paper towel! I saturated a scrap of paper towel and squeezed it carefully to drip a bit of rubbing alcohol onto my slightly crushed eyeshadow.
3. Use a coin the size of your pan to re-press the eyeshadow.
I used a quarter and wrapped it in a tissue. Then I gently pressed the quarter into the pan for about 30 seconds to a minute.
4. Let dry.
I set my pan out on a windowsill for a day to fully dry out.
So, did it work?
My fixed eyeshadow is just as beautiful of a formula and color as it was before. It definitely feels good as new!
After pressing it with the coin, I realized that the first step is actually very important. Because I didn’t crush it up, mine ended up with an uneven, pocked surface. However, this didn’t impact the final result; it’s just not as attractive looking as before. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with how this method worked out!
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