How To: Fix Broken Shadows

I'm known in my group of friends as "Google" but unofficially as The Klutzy One. I'll somehow run into a wall, trip and fall, or drop things. Luckily, not all at the same time! So today's post has been an essential for me. And maybe for you, too! If you saw yesterday's post on How to De-pot Shadows, I mentioned that sometimes the shadows could break as you remove them from their containers. Don't worry--this is easy to fix and will save you money! Enjoy!

Don't throw away those broken shadows!

T E C H N I Q U E 
  • Place 2-4 drops of rubbing alcohol into your broken shadow. A medicine dropper makes it easier to do this, but it's not essential. A spray bottle with alcohol will work too,
  • Using a toothpick, gently stir and mix the shadow into its container, to form it similarly as it was originally. Let dry 8 hours, but I leave it overnight. The appearance will look different, as it is no longer a pressed shadow, but it will look and work exactly the same.

  • You can also take the shadow out, clean the original container, add alcohol and mix in shadows in another container, and then pour it back into the original container.
  • This isn't required, but to help it look more like it was originally, and to set it, I like placing a little wax paper, tissue, or paper towel on top of the newly-mixed shadow. Then, I'll press on top of the paper to help form it back into the original shape. Sometimes I'll then add a little weight, like a few coins.
  • This works for most blushes, bronzers, powders and highlighters, too!

Natural Smokes quad by Maybelline


  1. I've always heard this, but have yet to try it. Mostly because shadows I break tend to SHATTER. Not good.

  2. Another thing I didn't know how to do! HaHa Thanks Elle!

  3. very cool. i never heard of this!! will it work for compacts, too? (powders)? that's what i carry around most and usually drop them.

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  4. Thanks for your sweet words on my last post! I always highly appreciate it when you take time to comment!
    Thanks for sharing this tip also, I don't use much eyeshadow but I guess this could work for blushes, too?

    Have a great day,

  5. Oh, you are a genius!! I never knew you could fix broken eyeshadows!! Awesome.

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  7. This happens to my palettes all the time, great idea! You have saved my eye shadows!

  8. This is perfect timing! I just had this happen to my favorite eye shadow! Thanks!

  9. holy crap, I'm totally amazed by this...I had no clue that was fixable. You're a genius!

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  10. Never knew such a make-up saving trick existed! Thanks for sharing!

  11. This is so helpful, Elle. It'll save me a lot of money, I end up throwing them when they break especially while traveling.

  12. This may be my favorite piece of advice from you ever. I had no idea it was that easy to fix.

  13. Genius! I had a broken shadow I thought I'd have to throw out- now I'll save it with this. :)


  14. Great tip! Could you please tell me what the name of the palette you fixed? Thanks!

  15. @rachel t--natural smokes by Maybelline :)

  16. oh wow.. i didn't know rubbing alcohol could do that


  17. I really wish I'd read this before I threw away an eye shadow palette that got broken. I know for next time, though! :)

  18. Thank you for the great tip!! I've wasted so many blushes and eye shadows in the past... They were so easy to break.


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