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How To: Fix Broken Compacts

June 6, 2016

So you dropped your favorite highlighter... we've all been there, right? 

 

Now some of you may be asking yourself, what now?! 

 

Most of the time we just cry a little inside, count our losses, and toss the shattered remains of our once precious prized possession. 

 

Well, not anymore! Instead of throwing it away, follow these 6 simple steps to bring your favorite shattered compact back to life!

 

 

 

Step 1:

 

 

 

 

If your compact is completely shattered, begin pressing  down on the pigment with your fingers until it is as smooth and flat as possible.

 

(Sometimes this works better if you purposely grind up the pigment beforehand.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pour a small amount (about 2 tablespoons) of  70% alcohol into a small container.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pour the alcohol into the compact.

 

Make sure it is completely saturated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using a round item (I used the cap of a dry shampoo bottle) begin pressing down on the pigment.

 

Don't forget the edges!

Alternate between using your fingers

and the rounded item to make it as

smooth as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use a Q-Tip soaked in alcohol to clean up and press the edges into place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6:

 

 

Allow to dry overnight, and voila! Good as (almost) new!

 

This method shouldn't alter the color or consistency of the product whatsoever. 

 

 

Easy, right?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to leave me a comment on how this method worked out for you!

 

Again, if your compact is not already fully shattered beforehand, you may want to grind it up into fine pieces before beginning this process.

 

Good luck!

 

 

-XOXO Katie

 

 

 

 

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