Don’t ask me why I didn’t throw the eye shadow pictured above in the trash when I discovered that the lid shade had cracked while sitting in the bottom of my make-up drawer. I suppose it was just waiting there for me to discover a fix for it on Pinterest.

The other day, I saw a fix on Refinery 29’s Pinterest page, and it seemed so simple that I thought I’d give it a shot. I clicked through to Refinery 29 and found these instructions.

Saturate the compact with isopropyl alcohol.

Take a clean paper towel and gently press onto the broken shadow to absorb the alcohol, blush or bronzer and let it dry.

“Your broken compact,” the article said, “will be like new.”

I figured I had nothing to lose, so I gave it a shot. I poured the isopropyl alcohol onto the cracked palate. I used a rag to press the powder back together. I left the lid to the case open and left for a few hours. When I got home, my eye shadow was salvaged, as you can see in the picture below. It’s not exactly pretty, but it’s in one piece again.

broken eye shadow is fixed

I used it to make sure that it was working properly, and it was. I have no idea how much makeup I’ve thrown away and how much money I’ve wasted because of cracked powders. Sometimes, they fall on the floor and go all over the place. In that instance, I don’t think there’s a way to save it. But, when the pieces stay in the case, this is such an easy and inexpensive fix. 

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Don’t throw away a cracked makeup palette — there's an easy fix
Pinterest comes to the rescue with a trick to fix eye shadow and blush powders that have fallen apart.