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Eye Shadow Rescue

Custom Blended Eye Shadow From Old Compacts

Custome Blended Eye Shadow From Old Compacts

Do you have broken eye shadow containers that should be thrown away but you keep using them because the colors are still great? I had 16 broken containers and was tired of the shadow powder spilling out and making a mess. Easy trick: Combine like-colors, add isopropyl alcohol, and voila! Saved shadows with new colors. A few supplies are needed and you will be on your way.

Broken and Ugly-Notice What Can Be Salvaged

Broken and Ugly-Notice What Can Be Salvaged

Displaying all of these showed me what colors were favorites, what I wanted to keep and what would eventually be thrown out. I was excited to consolidate.

Items Needed

Items Needed

Disclaimer: I am not a chemist. This is a overly-simplified way to salvage eyeshadow and I in no way am pretending to have the orginal eye shadow formula figured out. This is a quick fix to condense and simplify. Enough of that—let’s proceed.
Just a few items are needed:
1.) Isopropyl Alcohol
2.) Containers like these
3.) Dropper like this
4.) Cotton Swabs
5.) Scraper or small screwdriver

Chip Out, Add Alcohol, and Stir

Chip Out, Add Alcohol, and Stir

1.) Start to chip out the shadow with the screwdriver and get as much into the container as possible. (It gets a little messy).
2.) Dip dropper into alcohol while pinching it. Let go and watch the alcohol go up into the dropper. Squeeze out only a drop at a time to the dried up shadow, stirring as you go.

Gather Compacts

Gather Compacts

3.) Combine all similar colors and start mixing them together in the containers. This is the fun part. I found that I could use lighter colors to blend with some of the darker shades; consolidate greens, blues, etc.
4.) The consistency should be like thick soup. The alcohol will evaporate off eventually, but to remove lumps and get a true color, constant stirring works best.

ReUse Old Containers

ReUse Old Containers

5.) After emptying some of the compacts, I found that some were still in good shape and I would repurpose them. What a nice way to simplify, consolidate, and rescue perfectly good eye shadow. In the past, I threw the whole compact away. Now they have a new life and great ‘new’ colors!

Do you have eye shadows that need rescuing?

So, what do you think ?