Thursday, November 17, 2011

How to Revive Your Shattered Eyeshadow

Being the careless, clumsy person that I am, I often drop things.  However, this particular drop nearly cost me $33!

NARS Cordura Eyeshadow Duo ($33, available at Sephora,, and other select online retailers) is a combination of a "shimmering warm rich brown" and a "shimmering sooty dark brown".  Since I purchased this eyeshadow duo, I think it's safe to say that I've used it every single day. My everyday look consists of the medium brown eyeshadow patted onto my lid with a few coats of volumizing mascara; when I have a little extra time, I'll deepen my crease with the dark brown shade.

I'm so in love with this eyeshadow duo.  Both shadows are highly pigmented and possess just the right amount of shimmer with very little (if any) fallout.  So you can just imagine my devastation when I dropped it!  At first it started out as a tiny crack, then larger pieces began to shatter and crumble...

I'd never repaired a shattered eyeshadow before, but there's a first time for everything.  I researched a couple different choices, and I found By Celina 's method to be the simplest and easiest.

Say hello to my revived Cordura eyeshadow =] still beautiful, still pigmented!

After adding a few drops of 99% isopropyl alcohol, I mixed the eyeshadow until it transformed into a pasty texture. 
Next, I cut the corner of a rounded-edged card into the shape of the eyeshadow pan, wrapped it into a tissue, and stamped the eyeshadow...good as new!

  • The higher the concentration of alcohol, the quicker the eyeshadow will dry.
  • Speed up the drying process by patting a paper towel or tissue onto the wet eyeshadow to absorb excess liquid.

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