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How-To: Repair a Broken Eye Shadow

Stila and I have always had a dysfunctional kind of love affair. Their eye shadows are so buildable and blendable that it's hard not to love them, but because they're so soft, they tend to break. Then you're left with tiny bits of Kitten all over the place, which means a lot of product goes to waste.

While at Sephora this weekend, a Stila representative named Pam asked me if I'd tried their shadows. We got talking about the fragility, and Pam showed me a trick. It's one of those no-duh things that I should have tried on my own, but I honestly didn't think it would work so well. In just three steps, you can rehabilitate your broken shadow and make it as good as new. To find out how to do it,


Because Stila's shadows are so soft, they're prone to breakage. But that quality is exactly why it's so easy to put them back together. Here's how to do it:

  • Step one: Use a clean mascara wand (like the testers at Sephora) or Q-tip to gently scrape away any loose bits of shadow.
  • Step two: Place a Kleenex on top of the broken shadow, then use your index finger to press down on it. Use a series of small pressing motions rather than a few big ones.
  • Step three: Remove the Kleenex, and you should have an intact shadow once again. (I turned mine upside down and it stayed in one piece. Success!)

Simple but effective, right? Don't forget, you can also turn broken blush into lip gloss.

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summerjams summerjams 8 years
i always use this trick when my eyeshadows break, but i use my bare fingers :o why didnt it occur to me to use a tissue paper!
haphazardness haphazardness 8 years
Didn't work for me :( I have tried it a few times, and have always been careful with my eyeshadow, but it seems to want to stay broken or keep breaking when I put a brush near it
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 8 years
If you have isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) crushing the shadow further, adding a few drops of the alcohol and stirring it up, waiting for it to dry, and then pressing it with your finger/or a coin over plastic wrap should prove to be more sturdy. tutorial here: it gives it for pigment pressing but works the same for broken up eyeshadow.
shya114 shya114 9 years
I love this tip! I went home and tried it on my broken shadows and blush. It worked better on the eyeshadow. The blush ended up still being a little messy, but it worked just a bit!
cmill38 cmill38 9 years
Thank you so much for posting this! I have had little pieces of Go lightly all over the rest of my everyday make up for about 2 weeks now! I'll have to try this!
partysugar partysugar 9 years
I will be experimenting with this tip very soon.
JessieSP JessieSP 9 years
Good idea. I never thought of this simple one.
missyd missyd 9 years
I broke my compact pressed powder bronzer into a bajillion pieces. I cried (I actually did, I'm not kidding. I'm a bit of a loser in that regard LOL). Anyhoo, my best friend took it from me, went tot the kitchen and got a small teaspoon, and used it to pack the powder back down. Seemed to work, just have to be careful with it and not tote it around anywhere, but it did work!
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
I use a brush, usually, so it doesn't bother me if my eye shadow is in pieces- except the initial break, I've dropped them face down before and wanted to cry. Good things to remember though. :)
thelorax thelorax 9 years
haha, wow this IS a "no, duh" tip - I'm beelining it to my bathroom RIGHT NOW to re-press a couple broken eyeshadows :-D
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I can't believe this would actually work. It sounds so simple. I will have to give it a try if I break one.
emalove emalove 9 years
Good tip, thanks!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Interesting... I've only ever broken one powder product, and that was about 10 years ago, but I'll keep this in mind should it ever occur again.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I'm a BE user (used to the loose powder) and very frugal so I've always just crushed them up and used them as it. Never heard of the alcohol trick though.
smiley13tree smiley13tree 9 years
OMG. i just broke my rose blush from stila. and i threw it away two days ago. :( two days too late. haha ohwell. i know what to do next time. :]
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
Really good to know. I threw away a Clinique pressed powder because of it breaking. Now I know what to do, and if it doesn't work, i'll try the alcohol trick. Thanks!
babygal14 babygal14 9 years
wow great tip :)
scmeggiry scmeggiry 9 years
If you're unsure about how to press it with isopropyl alcohol, youtube "pressing eye shadow" or something. This makeup artist EnKoreMakeup has awesome tutorials on how press pigment and repair eye shadows and what not. I fixed my clinique pressed powder this way. It was all broken and impossible to carry around but now it's fixed!
myladybloom myladybloom 9 years
Thanks for the tip! :) My eyeshadows are so fragile. Maybe it's because I'm clumsy, but I dropped them twice, and two broke! Maybe this will help.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I should try that with my Stila Blush that I dropped a month ago.
Rainey-4-Pres Rainey-4-Pres 9 years
WOW. cannot believe i never thought of this on my own!
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
I'm going to try this with my Kitten when I get home.
LArgent LArgent 9 years
That is really simple, but I had soooo never thought of it either! Alas, I have lost so many eyeshadows to breakage.
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
I've never heard of the rubbing alcohol trick - sounds easy enough. If my Stila shadows break I'm definitely going to use Bella's suggestion!
MelissaIsTheBest MelissaIsTheBest 9 years
Thank you so much Lilie!
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