It happens to the best of us. You're rushing to get ready, and you accidentally drop your favourite eyeshadow palette on the floor.
Broken makeup is enough to break your heart – especially when it's expensive or a retired shade they don't make anymore.
That's why I was honestly so excited to find out about Moon Mousse. It's basically a magic formula you can use to repair and restore compacts, eyeshadows and TONS more.
Seriously, this stuff is a godsend. When I think about how much makeup I've accidentally smashed over the years, I can't help but cringe (and I bet my wallet does, too). Plus, Moon Mousse is all-natural and one-of-a-kind. It's pretty much the only product on the market designed specifically for makeup repair.
If you're thinking that sounds a little too good to be true, that's what went through my mind at first, too. So for all you skeptics (and for anybody who just wants more info), we put together this quick guide to Moon Mousse and tips for fixing broken makeup in general.
What is Moon Mousse Magic Makeup Repair?
First things first, what exactly is Moon Mousse? Basically, it's a light, airy foam with a pretty similar consistency to hair mousse that you can use to fix broken blush, bronzers and more. I you can picture a fluffy cloud that also saves you TONS of money in the long run, you've essentially got it.
It's sold online directly through the Moon Mousse website as part of a Makeup Repair Kit that sells for $19.93 CAD and includes a 50 ml bottle of Moon Mousse and all the tools you need to form your repaired products back into shape (a circular press tool, a square press tool and a makeup spatula).
Moon Mousse is made from these natural ingredients: witch hazel with all-natural grain alcohol, decyl glucoside, lavender oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil and vitamin E. It's formulated to be gentle on your skin and to not alter the texture or pigment of your makeup.
The kit comes with directions, or you can watch these Moon Mousse instructions on YouTube. To get the best results, remember to shake the bottle before use to distribute ingredients. If your makeup is too dry and sticks to your sculpting tools, just add more mousse. And if things don't work on your first try, let your makeup dry overnight and try again the next day.
The Moon Mousse creators tried repairing all kinds of different products with good results – but that doesn't mean it will work on absolutely everything. Not all makeup is created equal, after all.
How to fix broken makeup with rubbing alcohol
While Moon Mousse is just about the only makeup repair foam out there, you may be able to fix your broken makeup using household items. One of the most common at-home methods uses rubbing alcohol. So if you're in a pinch, follow these instructions and hope for the best!
1. Cover the broken compact with plastic wrap
To start, pick up as many pieces of your broken makeup as you can and arrange them in the palette or compact. Once you've collected as much as you can, cover the compact with plastic wrap. This may be tricky to do with, say, an eyeshadow palette, but it's worth a shot to try and recover as much makeup as you can.
2. Crush the makeup into tinier pieces
This step might break your heart a little, but it's all worthwhile. Take a spoon, makeup spatula or your fingers and break the makeup up into tinier pieces. You don't *need* the plastic wrap for this step, but it keeps your hands clean and prevents you from losing and dropping even more makeup pieces in the process. Once this step is complete, you can remove the plastic wrap from your compact.
3. Add a couple drops of rubbing alcohol to the makeup
Once the makeup is broken into tiny pieces, use a spoon or eyedropper to add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the powder. The number of drops you'll need will vary based on your makeup's consistency and how much product you're actually dealing with, but make sure you add enough to create a paste.
4. Flatten the makeup paste
Use a spoon, a makeup spatula (or your fingers, if you don't mind getting messy) to flatten out the paste you created with the rubbing alcohol. Try to spread the makeup out until it fills the container without creating any air bubbles. Then, set aside the makeup dry overnight or up to a full day (so 24 hours).
Can you fix broken makeup with hydrogen peroxide instead?
You may have heard rumours that you can fix broken makeup with hydrogen peroxide. I have to admit that I've never tried to do things this way, and online reviews are mixed. Some bloggers swear that hydrogen peroxide won't work anywhere near as well as rubbing alcohol, while other people say it'll do the job just fine. Really, the decision is yours to make – but I don't know how comfortable I'd be using hydrogen peroxide to repair my more expensive products.
No matter which method you choose, you can also remove all the broken makeup from a palette or compact into a separate bowl and mix it into a paste there. Then, when it's at the right consistency, you can use a makeup spatula or other tool to put it back in its place.