September 24, 2017

Repairing Broken Makeup

For months I've been wanting to repress this gorgeous Tarte blush in Glisten. It has been broken ever since I bought it, and every time I use it little pieces fall out, which is waste of money and product!

I've read countless posts and seen many videos on repressing makeup (the Beauty News ladies have it down to a science) and it seemed straightforward, but I didn't want to risk ruining a product that I really like.

Finally, I decided to buy the isopropyl alcohol needed to repress makeup and test out the process on a blush that was getting difficult to use. The Clinique Pink Blush has been in my Project Pan for ages and I'm not seeing any progress with it, probably because the product was all pressed to the sides! I figured it would be a lot easier to use if it were repressed and if it didn't work I still got a lot of use out of the blush and wouldn't be too upset to not have it anymore.

The supplies I used were mostly things I had around the house: a butter knife to break up the blush, a plastic container to mix it with the alcohol, 91% isopropyl alcohol, a plastic spoon to mix the alcohol and the product, and paper towel to repress it and clean up any messes (spoiler alert: there were messes).

I broke up the blush, which was super satisfying, and dumped it into the plastic container. I broke it up into even smaller chunks and then slowly added the alcohol. You don't want it to be too saturated, just add enough alcohol that the product starts to clump together as you're mixing it.

I then put it back into the container, realized that there wasn't enough product to evenly cover the whole pan, and concentrated it on only one half of the pan. I pressed it with the paper towel and my hands, but it you have an object the same shape as the pan that would work better. I cleaned up the sides of the blush and let it dry for about a day. Some product definitely got wasted and either fell out of the container as a powder or was not completely scraped out of the plastic container, but it wasn't a lot and I'd rather have a useable blush than get that product back.

I was so impressed with how well this method worked! I think the blush is actually softer and more pigmented than before I repressed it. It was a really old product, so I think repressing it brought some extra life to it. After how successful that was, I decided to repeat the process with the Tarte blush.

The biggest difference that I noticed was that when repressing it back into the container, a LOT of pigment seemed to be coming out of the blush. The paper towel soaked up a lot of hot pink alcohol, which wasn't the case with the Clinique blush. I was worried that it was sucking all of the pigment out of my blush, but now that it is dry I don't think it has. Now it seems good as new! If you have an explanation for the excessive pigment, please let me know!

If you plan to do this, I definitely recommend using tools that you don't mind staining. The plastic container and plastic spoons I used were stained pink, and even my bathroom counter has some pink marks on it. I am definitely not an expert at this, so other types of alcohol may work better than the kind that I used!

Overall I'm very happy I took the plunge and fixed these products myself. I'm actually looking forward to using the Clinique blush again and seeing if it is easier to use! The process took around ten minutes for each blush, plus a day or two to dry, and it wasn't expensive at all.

Have you ever repressed a makeup product? How did it go?

Xx Katie
17 comments on "Repairing Broken Makeup"
  1. I have always wondered what to do with smashed makeup so this was soo helpful! It’s always better to do this than just throw it away. X


  2. I have never tried doing anything like this before, but it's such a good way to make sure you use all of a product, as it can be tempting to throw it away when it's only around the sides, as it's a struggle to use it, but it's such a waste of money! This is a much better way xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  3. I had no idea you could do this to makeup products that are running low or broken - such a great plan!

    Anika xo |

  4. This is so helpful! I'll save this post for a reference. I have the Naked 2 palette but I never talk about it on my blog because I ordered it online, and 2 of the shades came completely shattered. I still used it a few times. I wanna start using it again, so I'll repair those shades and use this post as a guide!


    1. I would hate using a broken palette, all the shades might mix together! Hope it works out for you x

  5. I read many reviews on how to repair broken makeup but I haven't tried it myself, I usually throw away any broken items. Thank you for the step by step tutorial, I will use it next time I have something to fix!! x


  6. I've only repressed one product. I think it's helpful to know that you can do it. Great tutorial!

  7. I've done this a few times but I notice that the products don't stay the same. The formula seems to change and they seem to not perform as well xx

    Carolina's Makeup Life

    1. That's good to know! I think the color of the Tarte blush may have changed slightly, but otherwise these particular products seem okay. I would worry about eyeshadows though!

  8. Fortunately, I haven't broke any of my powders yet haha
    however, I'm really happy this worked for you cause wasting or throwing away a good product is always a shame.. :)

    xo Honey - blog Royal Lifestyle - Twitter - Instagram

  9. I have seen so many videos on this but never tried it myself, glad to see it worked! Thank you for sharing and that is a gorgeous blush! Xx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  10. This looks so satisfying to do, haha! I just usually throw my pressed powders out once I hit the pan and they crumble up. I'll deffo have to try out this method next time x

  11. Whoever came out with this hack is a true lifesaver! I dropped one of my new morphe shadows last week and was able to salvage it because of this!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  12. I have down this before and it worked really well. I have several products that I need to do this to.

    A Sparkle Of Grace

  13. I have down this before and it worked really well. I have several products that I need to do this to. carbon monoxide poisoning


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