I discovered the gorgeous Surratt palettes on a rare trip to Sephora. The rich pigment (nearly 10 years in the making by make up artist Troy Surratt in Japan) and velvety soft texture almost justified the expense! I decided to invest in Artistique Blush in Rougeur, Artistique Eyeshadow in Cuivre, and Marron for my palette; it inspired my Oscar party make-up look.
Only days later on a work trip, I unpacked my make-up bag and groaned – suspicious plum coloured powder covered everything.
Hasta La Vista Luxury Palette? Not any more!
I’d always associated broken shadow palettes with the trash. It’s too risky keeping hold of them – mess everywhere, and it’s a bit tragic and tacky. Until now! I arrived in Chicago and the make-up team on the movie told me their secret for making eye shadows ‘good as new. I am giddily proud to be able to share it with you.
You will need:
– One messed up eye-shadow palette (or any powder from blush to bronzer)
– Pharmacy grade rubbing alcohol (No, the Voddy in the freezer will NOT do)
– A teaspoon
– A small knife (optional)
Pour a few drops of alcohol into the broken eye shadow until saturated. (I can remove my Surratt eye colour from the tray, so I took the injured square out – easier for general clean-up).
Take your spoon and with the smaller, handle end use it to mix the powder into a paste. Press the paste gently into the container until there’s no sign of a crack anywhere!
Using the back of a small knife you can further smooth and flatten the paste until you have your desired, flawless surface. At this point you can wash and dry the empty compact before replacing the individual, mended colour.
Leave to dry, with the top open, for 24 hours.