Belly Fix It - A MacGyver-Inspired DIY

Sometimes bad things happen to good people.  In my case, bad things happened to good makeup!  I have amassed a nice collection of THREE eye shadow palettes, both quads and duos over the last two years or so.

I mentioned in my post on Mystery Girl (here) that the cream shade in that quad was very dry and difficult to work with.  I originally thought that either that one palette was wonky since the other cream shades in my other palettes were all silky and easy to work with.  I depotted my older palettes into my free form Z Palette for ease of use and visibility, but found that my recent use of the palettes were less than ideal.  THE CREAMS WERE DRYING OUT most noticeably in Star Guitar (here).  That's a lot of expensive palettes to go to poop!  I was so freaked out that it prevented me from depotting my new palettes (on the left).
There are ways to revive cream shadows such as dropping in Visine or glycerine, but the THREE has a very unique formulation full of botanical oils.  I wasn't sure how effectively I could reconstitute the creams without altering the finish and texture.
Talc, tea seed oil, Alga near spinosa kernel oil *, sesame oil *, jojoba seed oil *, rose hip oil *, evening primrose oil *, silk, shea butter *, safflower red, stearoylglutamic acid 2Na, tocopherol, beeswax *, dextrin, charcoal, crystalline cellulose, hydroxide Al, methylparaben, +/-: borosilicate (Ca / Na), glyceryl isostearate, mica, dimethicone, borosilicate (Ca / Al), titanium oxide, synthetic mica, iron oxide, ethyl hexanoic acid cetyl, nylon-12, (dimethicone / vinyl dimethicone) cross polymer, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, isononyl isononanoate, silica, oryzanol, carmine, gardenia blue, gardenia yellow, triisostearate polyglyceryl-2, vaseline, trimethoxy silyl dimethicone, triethylhexanoin, polyethylene, microcrystalline wax, stearic acid Mg, Prussian blue, phenoxyethanol
Here is what I did to warm up and add a bit of sterile moisture.  I steamed it in a double boiler over gently shimmering water.  That's the cream shade from Mystery Girl.
After covering the pan and allowing to steam for about two to three minutes, I removed from the heat and gentled blotted the top of the pan with a paper towel which collected a few beads of condensed water.  I then used my finger tips to gently press and push the cream.  I noticed right away that Mystery Girl was much improved, so much so that I also steamed the cream from Star Guitar,
Am I MacGyver or what?

I'm not quite sure if it is the depotting that dried out the creams or if the creams have a tendency to dry out in its original case since Mystery Girl already came to me icky but Star Guitar was depotted.  It freaked me out sufficiently enough not to depot the other quads I still have in the case.

Speaking of more DIY-inspired madness, I used a super sharp utility knife to sharpen my Shu Uemura hard 9 brow pencil into the sabre-shaped tip since I no longer have access to a physical counter.  That didn't go over so well, since it ended up slightly like a cross between an epee blade and a foil rather than a sabre.  Win some lose some.

Here is my look from today enjoying my newly revived Star Guitar risen from a dry grave like Lazarus:
In this look I am wearing:
Complexion: SUQQU Frame Fix Cream N foundation, Nuancing loose powder in Natural, Creamy Makeup Base, SURRATT concealer
Brows: SUQQU brow palette & brow pen in Moss Green
Eyes: THREE Star Guitar 4D Eye Palette, Tom Ford Espresso liner in waterline, Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Maxi Lash wp mascara
Cheeks: THREE 19 Love Kick blush
Lips: Surratt Lipslique in Hevyn

I hope this is a permanent fix to the creams and fervently wish it stays in prime condition now.  I hope I didn't inadvertently kill it with the steam!  That would suck.

Hope your Christmas was wonderful and that all of you are enjoying this holiday season!

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