Use It Up: Getting To The Last Bits of a Powder Product

Have you ever used up a power product (be it a blush, pressed powder or eyeshadow) and was left with triangles of pressed product in the corners? It’s such a shame to waste makeup you know could be used, if only you could figure out a way to get it out.

If you haven’t, just….just go along with all this. It’s more entertaining than television.

If you have, here is a solution.

I bumped into this issue as I finished up my Wet n Wild Coverall powder. It’s in a square pan and thus, susceptible to the dreaded Four Corner Nestling.

So here is what I did:

  1. Find a small, sharp blade or tool. I used a pair of eyebrow scissors that have a fine tip.
  2. Gently but firmly push at the space between the pan and powder to loosen it from the pan. It may break as you work, but keep on working and eventually you will separate all the powder from the pan. Push all the powder fragments into the center of the compact.
  3. Using a flattening tool (I used the bottom of a large makeup brush handle but a spoon could work too) crush the powder carefully right in the pan. Try to keep the powder in the center of the case.

The fruits of my labor:



To be honest, this photo was taken maybe 2 weeks after I scrapped out and crushed the powder. There was much more in the pan before I started using up what was left of it.

I got 3 weeks use out of the remaining powder. Had I simply chucked out the compact, I would have wasted 3 weeks worth of a pressed powder I like and could make use of.

Have you ever done something like this? Would you try this yourself?


About themakeuptrain

Beauty/product junkie hiding behind the title of certified makeup artist (that's the excuse I use for my makeup addiction). I am a human pet to two cats, a full time college student majoring in Cultural Anthropology and an organic food enthusiast (read: organic food freak) who cooks, bakes, and has not burned down the kitchen (I'm waiting for it). New York has put up with all of this thus far, so here is where I reside. I can be reached for comments, questions, complaints, and incoherent babbling at:
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10 Responses to Use It Up: Getting To The Last Bits of a Powder Product

  1. I simply hand it to my daughter with the lid firmly closed. She does all the crushing within seconds.

  2. I hate to admit this, but I don’t think I’ve ever hit pan on anything. Yikes! At least you were able to get more use out of this beauty!

  3. Niiiiice! The way you scraped that thing down to the bottom says it all.

  4. oh yes I have done dat many times…I put the powder into a sifter tub 😀 And it becomes even more convinient to use 😀

  5. Anubhuti says:

    I also do this to my compacts…saves so much product from getting wasted 🙂

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