Last week, much to my horror, my Guerlain Terra Inca powder broke. I’d accidentally knocked it off my dresser and when I opened it and saw the crack through the edge of the powder, I could not help the sinking feeling in my stomach. It wasn’t that I was so in love with it. The practical reason was “It cost me so much!”
Fortunately, it did not shatter so its still useable. I just have to be careful storing it. However, I’ve had powder makeup shatter on me before and always, I’ve been advised to re-press or repair it where it can look as good as new. Sort of.
However, I don’t do this.
Repairing or re-pressing broken powder makeup requires rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, which I believe can be obtained from most pharmacies. It is commonly used as a disinfectant.
To repair broken powder makeup, what you are advised to do is drip some rubbing alcohol onto the shattered powder, press it back together with a spoon or spatula, re-emboss it if you like, and then leave it for a few days to dry out properly before using. Isopropyl Alcohol evaporates quickly without changing the colour of your makeup hence the common use of this for repairing broken eyeshadows or blush or for pressing loose powder eyeshadows or pigments.
I have done this before many years ago when I first learned about this. The colour does not change, but I found the texture was different. What was once a product where I could pick up pigment or colour easily became harder to the touch and to work with. I did not like that.
I therefore choose not to use this method. In fact, I choose not to repair the shattered item. If the item is old, I sometimes toss it as I did my Nars Desire blush that broke while I was depotting it. Sometimes, I toss out the broken bits and work with the remaining product (as I did the Dior Cannage palette). If I absolutely love the color then I crush it up, put it in a empty tub and use it as a loose powder eyeshadow or blush. If its broken but not shattered, I leave it where it is and use it more carefully, as you see in the picture above. Its my personal choice.
Your say: Do you repair or re-press broken powder makeup? Or do you just give up on it?