How to Save Dried Up Cream Eye Shadows


When cream eye shadows and bases dry out, the normal reaction is to chuck them. HOLD ON! Before you do that, try this simple way to help revive the driest of cream shadows. This trick may save you a couple bucks.

Before and After:


Would you believe that all you need to save your cream shadows is some witch hazel and a toothpick? It’s that easy.

-Pour a small amount of witch hazel into the jar.
-Take your toothpick and swirl it around, making sure all the witch hazel is combined with the product.
-With your finger, smooth out the product.
-There will be excess witch hazel so now is the time to dump it out.

Good as new!

How the cream shadow applied/applies:

IMG_4993Top swatch: dried out, Bottom swatch: like new again

If you can’t see the difference in the picture above, let me tell you about its texture. The first swatch was difficult to pick up and dragged along my skin, whereas the second swatch had even less product on my finger and more of a smooth, pigmented color pay off. And to think I was going to throw this in the garbage?

Last year, I’ve tried this witch hazel methodย on MAC paint pots as well. Thisย has saved my Soft Ochre paint pot, which I still use it to this day.

Let me know if you have any makeup saving hacks in the comments! I’d love to try them out.

26 thoughts on “How to Save Dried Up Cream Eye Shadows

  1. Hmm first time I’ve read about this “hack” using witch hazel, I’ve heard of using glycerin, mixing medium etc. I’ve not tried ANY of them because I feel like they would affect the performance of the product. The only method I’m willing to try is maybe zapping them in the microwave for a few seconds and stirring, which I’ve read online that it works. Alas, we don’t own a microwave anymore so…


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