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Repairing Glazed Pressed Powders.

14 August 2013
For anyone who has hit pan on a pressed powder product like eye shadow, blush or face powder you have likely also encountered this:

This is what happens when oil or moisture from your skin or products you use come in contact with pressed powder and solidify, I've heard it called glazing before so for the sake of not calling it 'that caked up thing that happens to pressed powders' I'm also going to use that term.

Glazing can't really be avoided, some people will swear that spraying your pressed powders with a makeup sanitiser will prevent it but once the oil is in there that's it, the action of using a brush or your finger to pick up product is going to compact the shadow in those oils and over time glazing will occur. Also some sanitisers can contain oils to mask the smell of the 70-99% alcohol that they contain and obviously this doesn't help the situation.

When a product has a layer of glazing you will likely find that you aren't getting the pay off that you did when the product was new, you might need to apply extra layers of blush or the colour pay off from your shadow just isn't cutting it. Another problem with glazing is that the solidified powder can harbor bacteria.

So what do you do to fix it? Some people will say to firmly rub over the surface with a tissue, and yes, you can but ultimately you are smooshing that oil in even more. You need to scrape that crap off!

Take a flat metal object, a cosmetic spatula is what I use but a knife or pair of tweezers will do just fine.
Sanitise your tools! Spray them with 70-99% alcohol, I use Isocol Rubbing Alcohol which can be found at Priceline for $9.99 a bottle.

Wipe your tool dry with a clean tissue and very gently start to scrape away the clumps, the lighter the touch you use the less likely you will be to accidentally take a chunk out of your product and trust me, when I say gentle, I mean gentle, having this tool in the vicinity of your pressed powders will be almost enough to have the glazing running away with it's tail between it's legs.

It looks dramatic but I am using the lightest possible touch I can. Just the weight from your tool will be enough to scrape off the glazed layer.
Before                                                                               After
As a final step you can spray your product with alcohol to sanitise it BUT make sure that there are NO other ingredients in your alcohol, if there is any sort of fragrance or other product listed in the ingredients don't follow this step! Spray 30cm away from the pan (one pump!) so just a fine mist is falling on your product and allow to dry for 30 minutes before using. You can now enjoy your product like it's new!

Have you ever had glazing issues? How did you combat the problem?

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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1 comment on "Repairing Glazed Pressed Powders."
  1. I actually haven't really had any glazing issues, but I'd have done the same thing and scraped it off if I did! Mainly because I wanted to buy the sealing gel from Illamasqua and it causes glazing. :)

    Great read, lovely, and very helpful tips too!