1. Gini says

    This happened to my favorite gold shadow! And of course I’ve had it so long, all the lettering on the lid has rubbed off and I have no clue what brand it is. Thanks for the tip to save my shadow!!

  2. Ninjagato says

    Just curious, L’Oreal sent the product for review and it came all crushed up like that just on the one side? Did they not pack it well when they shipped?

  3. admin says

    LOL, Ninjagato! Yes, it arrived smashed into a zillion bits – just not packaged well. I saw an opportunity and ran with it!

  4. admin says

    To be honest, I heard of this technique a while ago from a book called Beauty 911, but I’m just bringing it to the masses! LOL!

  5. Jean says

    No matter if you’re the originator of this idea, or just the messenger – this is AMAZING! Freaking ingenious and awesome, as Abby said. Thanks TONS for passing along this precious lifesaving gem!

  6. admin says

    Lol, of course! I forgot to mention that this is a good trick to use with loose pigments, you can make them into pan shadows by mixing in some alcohol. I’ll have to do a breakdown about that sometime soon!

  7. Marisa says

    Sheila this is an awesome awesome tip!! This has happened to all of us, and it always happens to the favorites!! Thank you!!!

  8. augustajosephine says

    This is an INCREDIBLE tip all on its own, but you mentioned (in the comments) that it can be done with loose pigments TOO?? Please please tell me that post is coming soon!

  9. admin says

    Yes, for sure! I intended to do that when this first posted last year, but it totally escaped me. I just cleaned out some stuff and will be taking photos and putting up a post later this week. 🙂

  10. DalaLuz says

    I just launched my current favorite Sleek Oh So Special Palette… and it did not land on its feet :'( So how awesome to rescue your beloved! Not as pretty as it used to be, of course, but a whole lot better than having to say goodbye! And I am definitely think about doing that to my pigments too, because the poor darlings always get terribly neglected by yours truly…

  11. Ava says

    Brilliant! Thanks for posting this. Is it possible to place a few drops of alcohol on eye shadow that’s just cracked?

  12. Christine says

    I don’t use eyeshadow myself but my mom does and she doesn’t store them properly. They end up falling off the closet shelves and breaking. Now I can fix her eyeshadow with the alcohol we just got to clean my scrape. Thank you. 🙂

  13. Jackie says

    this is brilliant! but say it was eye makeup and i put it near my eyes then i get my eyes wet or i rub my eyes wont the rubbing alcohal like get in my eyes and it will really hurt!

  14. bernie ann says

    works a lot faster if you use 99% alcohol . its also less messy if you crush it up in the pod already and just add a few drops of alcohol to moisten it in the pod already.

  15. Laura says

    Thank you so much!! My absolute favorite gold EVER- Stila Oasis broke into about 12 pieces because I dropped it. Now it’s as good as new!

  16. Marianne says

    Thank you, Thank you!! About six weeks ago, I dropped my beloved NARS blush compact. I couldn’t bear to throw it away, so I’ve been lightly tapping my brush on it, trying not to create a mess on my counter (and on my cheeks!) ever since. I came across your post on Pinterest the other day, and JUST finished pouring the blush back into the compact. I’m so excited to use it (properly) as soon as it dries. 😀

  17. Alexa says

    Just wondering, does this work with loose eyeshadow that i want to turn into a powder? i don’t really like loose eyeshadows very much, they get pretty messy for me. thanks!

  18. Bow says

    You are KIDDING me! My Benefit pressed powder broke a few weeks ago, so I got a new powder from Lorac. And I JUST now see this! It’s a good thing i haven’t yet thrown away the Benefit powder… I’m going to go ahead and use this technique since the Lorac is a bit dark for under my eyes anyway. Thanks for the tip!

  19. dhanna says

    I’ve dropped my newly purchased and turn it into a mess! I don’t know what to do to make them stick together. My friend told me to mix it with a using a warm water but I end up buying a new one. I’m glad I found this post, really helpful! I’ll keep this in mind.

  20. Gretta says

    I just arrived in San Antonio for a friend’s wedding and all of my makeup was smashed, I’m assuming due to baggage handlers at the airport. Note to self: carry on makeup from her on out. I have a few days before the wedding and this little tutorial completely saved the day. I was afraid I was going to have to go get my makeup done at a department store for the wedding. I always pack a little rubbing alcohol, you never know when you’re going to need to do emergency surgery. . .on your makeup!

  21. Delah says

    thanks so much for sharing! just this weekend i realized that my $30 bronzer was in “5 million pieces”. i didn’t have the heart to throw it away. i will definitely be fixing it tomorrow!

  22. Megan says

    I love this tip! Thanks a bunch! I found it on pinterest and I’m so glad I didn’t throw away my two favorite shadows that shattered a while ago. Will be passing this on. Thanks again!

  23. Julia says

    Ummm…how about the fact that you are then putting the shadow/powder etc., on your face that has been soaked in alcohol. Are there no concerns from that respect?

  24. Sheila - Painted Ladies says

    The alcohol evaporates as it dries. Considering the numerous other ingredients that are used in eyeshadows, it is the least of your worries.

  25. Megan says

    Tried it this morning on a broken pan of Smashbox shadow, and it worked like a charm! I used an orange stick to stir, spread and smooth, and it helped get it into the pie-shaped wedge since it has a flat edge.

  26. KPH says

    Could we use some other alcohol like vodka for this if we don’t have rubbing alcohol?? Sorry, this is a really stupid question but I’m desperate!

  27. Sheila - Painted Ladies says

    It could possibly work, but I wouldn’t recommend the risk. Proceed with caution!

  28. Karen Elizabeth says

    Is rubbing alcohol safe to use on your face daily in makeup? Sorry, I don’t know these things, but I just want to make sure that what I’m putting on my face is okay!

  29. Sheila - Painted Ladies says

    It’s a small amount so its ok. If you have sensitive skin you need to do a patch test on a small area of skin to make sure its ok.

  30. kk says

    If you let the powder dry completely then the alcohol will have all evaporated. i.e. it shouldn’t irritate your skin.

  31. Annmarie says

    could you just use water instead of alcohol? Would that affect the way the powder dries? Just curious…not too keen on putting alcohol on my eyes/face…even though its just a little bit.

  32. melody says

    Well the alcohol will evaporate to nothing that is why she said use it and not water. I tried this and it worked great. They already have tons of chemicals in them to begin with propolen glycol for one is already in there to begin with.

  33. White Rabbit says

    This is also perfect for customizing compacts! I want to break some of my own to do this with. X3

  34. Bob Dobolina says

    To the person asking if its ok to use rubbing alcohol or any type of alcohol– Alcohol evaporates over time. That process allows this to work. It wont hurt you. Other types of alcohol are less pure, but they still evaporate.

  35. Geri says

    So if I decide I don’t like those loose mineral eye shadows for example, that you see so often advertised, I could make it into more of a solid with some rubbing alcohol? Loose eyeshadow always goes all over the counter, drives me nuts…but love the shades.

  36. Jadie says

    Does it have to be alcohol? Or can I peroxide? Just curious. I have hydrogen peroxide in the old medicine cabinet but I’m all out of rubbing alcohol. I can get some but thought I would ask just in case. Thanks for the tip! I found this post via Pinterest and now I’m a little smitten by your blog!!!

  37. Sheila - Painted Ladies says

    Thank you so much! 🙂 I wouldnt recommend hydrogen peroxide – alcohol works best.

  38. Plaigh says

    AWESOME IDEA! I read that a lot of people are asking if something other than alcohol will work & my guess is NO because I can’t think of anything right off hand that will evaporate as quickly as alcohol. Peroxide doesn’t evaporate/dry quickly & you might risk ruining your makeup entirely because it foams up.

  39. Amy says

    I am a make up artist and this idea is by far the best! The alcohol will not effect or dry out your skin. Once it dries and is powder the liquid , which is rubbing alcohol has evaporated and is not in the product as an active ingredient. I wouldn’t worry . Estheticians sanitize everything from brushes to sponges to bowls with no less than 70% rubbing alcohol. I spray it on my make up after clients to sanitize it. Directly on the shadow , blush , lip eye pencil it dries almost instantly and doesn’t alter the make up at all!!

  40. Erica says

    Shayla, hydrogen peroxide will turn to water when exposed to air. Water is a big no-no because it makes a great environment for germs to multiply.

  41. Tiff says

    So glad I found this! My daughter broke my compact the other day and it’s currently in a plastic baggy so I can still use it lol. I’m so trying this as soon as she’s Down for her nap!

  42. angie says

    Freaking brilliant… I am forever in your debt for this trick.. I am going to use it to customize my pressed powder color as well a repair dozens of broken shadows I’ve been collecting and mourning for God knows how long… I am so happy my shadows are not dead…”muahahahahahaa(evil laugh) THEY LIVE” sorry about the dramatics I’m just so flipping excited. Thanks

  43. Becky says

    If you have a cream product that dried up chances are it’s just the top so use the back of the brush “crush” and mix thoroughly! This worked like a charm on my mac paint pot!

  44. marilyn d. says

    i would not use vodka for this–it has a potato content. vodka is fine for diluting scent and essential oils, because it only goes on the skin. but in makeup, the starch, even though it’s a small amount, would be a medium for bacterial growth, something we try to avoid in our makeup. stick with rubbing alcohol. it’s simple, basic, and will evaporate completely. and it’s cheaper than vodka!