How to Fix Shattered Powder

How to Fix Shattered Powder Makeup ProductsHave you ever witnessed your eyeshadow or powder falling to the floor and shattering everywhere? Doesn’t it hurt? It seems as though our very first reaction is to pick it up and throw it away; however, before you decide to do that, I have a step-by-step tutorial on how to fix your shattered makeup products.

Just a couple of months ago, I purchased the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. I was so ecstatic because it was my shiny new toy, but that happiness turned into anger when I dropped it on the floor. I promise you; I saw it in slow motion, too. It was life’s way of torturing me. Lol It’s all good now because I put it back into one piece.

I Googled and surfed on Pinterest to find a solution, and before I left to Nashville, I went ahead and put it together. Since it worked for me, I wanted to share the steps with you all.

Products needed to complete the process:

  • Spoon
  • Ziplock Bag
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • The Lid on the Alcohol Bottle
  • A Napkin
  • A Small Product with a Flat Surface
  • Butter Knife

Step 1: Smash the powder in the pan until it looks like loose powder.

Step 2: If you’re not able to completely smash it up, transfer the product into a ziplock bag. Scrape off what’s still stuck in the pan and transfer it into the bag as well.

Step 3: Once the product is completely in the bag, use a spoon to continue smashing the powder. Remember, the powder must be completely loose to put it back together. Do not shake the bag because doing so, you will waste more product; only leave it at the top of the bag.

Step 4: Transfer the product back into its original pan.

Step 5: Pour alcohol into the lid of the alcohol bottle until it’s full. Pour the alcohol into the loose powder. You will only add enough to make the product gooey. If your product is bigger than the one seen in the picture, you will, of course, add more. Please note that I added only half of what I poured into the lid; that was enough to make the powder into a gooey consistency.

Step 6: Use a butter knife to mix the alcohol and the product together.

Step 7: Use the butter knife to flatten out the product as much as possible. Continue doing this until you’re content with how smooth and flat it looks.

Step 8: Clean the sides with a cotton swab.

Step 9: Let it dry for an hour to an hour and a half.

Step 10: After you let it dry for about an hour to an hour and a half, grab a napkin and place it on top of the product. With an item that is made out of a flat surface, you will place it on top of the napkin and continue flattening out the powder. Don’t push too hard; you don’t want to destroy the product.

Step 11: Grab the same napkin and dab the excess alcohol until you can no longer soak any more of the alcohol.

Step 12: Let it dry overnight.

And just like that, your powder or eyeshadow is as good as new. It won’t obviously have the same finish as before, but it’s better than it being shattered. The alcohol that you used will evaporate. My Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette smells as it originally smelled before. If you don’t want to go through this process, you can always stop at step number 4 and use it as a loose powder.

I hope this post will help you put your product back together. Will you be implementing this tutorial? If you have any other suggestions, please comment below.




  1. http://Gina says

    I have yet to across a tutorial on putting makeup back together; This post is BRILLIANT!

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