It’s the hazy, lazy, middle of the summer so I’m popping in to share a brief tale of how I fixed a smashed powder. I have butterfingers and drop things all the time, so I suppose it was inevitable that I’d smash a powder as they seem to like competing with eye shadows for smash status. After lots and lots of searching for a solution, I came away knowing a few things.
Powders get smashed, a lot. And thankfully, hordes of people have devised ways to fix them. Using rubbing alcohol is a very popular solution, which involves re-pressing the powder back into its pan then spraying it. On the other hand, many people also prefer to fix smashed powders without using alcohol and instead opt for things like pressing a makeup wipe over the powder while fitting it back into the pan.
After I gathered enough intel, I fixed my smashed powder using the steps below:
- Wash your hands. Putting on a pair of disposable gloves if you have them is good but if not, clean hands will suffice.
- Take a piece of plastic wrap big enough to be firmly wrapped around the entire compact.
- Place the plastic wrap on a flat surface then place your compact on the plastic wrap.
- Use a clean instrument such as a makeup spatula, toothpicks, or a small scoop.
- Gently and slowly use your instrument of choice to press the powder back into the pan and ensure to break up any chunks.
- As the compact is sitting on the plastic wrap, fold the ends of the plastic wrap over the opened powder compact and use the palm of your hand to press the powder back into the pan.
- Once you’re satisfied the powder is flattened enough, spitz the powder with makeup setting spray or rubbing alcohol. I used my Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
- Keep the powder compact on the plastic wrap and let it sit there, opened. Ensure it’s on a surface that you don’t use much in order to avoid another ‘episode’.
- Allow it to dry for at least 24 hours.
- The powder should no longer feel damp from the spray and you can use a cotton bud or a bit of tissue wrapped around your finger to clean the edges of the pan.
So therein lies the tale of how I fixed a smashed powder. If you can imagine, a good thing to come from this was the chance to see how finely milled the powder is. It ties into the fact that finely milled powders tend to be easier to apply and look better on the skin.
Plus a smashed powder allows you to see if the price you paid was worth the amount of product in the compact.
Lastly, this method may work to fix a smashed eyeshadow but I’d still do research specific to that. Have you had to fix a smashed powder in the past? I’d love to know if you have and I hope this helps.