Reviving Colourpop Shadows

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Hey beauties,

Today I have something a bit different for you all today, and that’s a tip on how to revive your Colourpop shadows, or any makeup to be honest!

I have mentioned Colourpop so many times on my blog before. I love their products. However, due to their weirdly enchanting creamy-powder texture they can dry out quicker than most other makeup products in your collection. I have had most of my Colourpop shadows for about 7-8 months and the only ones that have had any issues are the matte ones. It was a bit disheartening, I will admit.

Colourpop claims that the shelf life of their shadows is 1 year, which is something to consider if you plan on placing an order.

However, what if I told you that you can “revive” a shadow that’s a bit dried out? Are you intrigued yet?

I saw Shanon from ShanShortcakeBeauty mention putting Mac’s fix+ in her shadows to rehydrate them, but I don’t have fix+ and I wasn’t about to throw money down on a bottle of vegetable glycerin water just to hydrate my colourpop babies.

I ended up using the Mitchell and Peach face oil that I received from a prior Ipsy bag. I don’t like this on my face, but it has served it’s purpose well in giving life to my dry shadows.

All I did was take the round side of an eyeshadow brush and create little dips in the shadow. I then placed the TINIEST bit of oil in the shadow pan. Seriously, start off slow and then build it up because putting too much oil in at once can separate your shadow and make it a pain in the ass to squish back in.

Once you’re done squishing and hydrating the shadow, you just place the lid back on and let the oil work it’s magic through the product. I was able to use mine the next day.

This really worked, and I’m so happy it did!

“Bill” is one of my all time favorite shades by Colourpop, so seeing Bill dry and unhappy made me sad. Turns out Bill was just thirsty.

Now Bill is smooth and pigmented again and ready for action. Is Bill, or any of the shadows I did this to, as pretty as they once were?

Nope. They have seen better days. They can be used again though, and that’s all that matters to me at the moment. It’s not even that the shadows were unusable before re hydrating them, they just weren’t as pigmented and it was bugging the crap out of me.

This method can work on other makeup items, namely cream shadows. More specifically, Maybelline Color Tattoos. Is it just me, or do those dry out in less than a month? Annoying, and I hate the thought of wasting products even though I don’t really buy Maybelline anymore.

So, I put a little oil in them and let them sit, just like the colourpop shadows. Also worked like a charm, and now as I clean out my shadow collection I think, “Do I trash it or can I revive it?”

However, I will say that if you come across a cream/gel powder product that is very dry and has a weird smell…I would personally always trash it. I don’t always obey the “shelf life” rule, because I keep my makeup stored in a very cool and dark place, but I do make sure everything smells kosher.

I hope you all found this helpful…or entertaining. If you try this on anything, let me know how it worked out for you!

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you’re all having lovely days!

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7 thoughts on “Reviving Colourpop Shadows

  1. No, it’ s not just you, Maybelline Color Tattoos dry out SO quickly! I’ve stopped buying them for that very reason – I’d rather pay more for MAC Paint Pots which don’t dry out for years and years!
    Good tip about using oil on the ColourPops – I had no idea they have a one year shelf life! Good to know. This is applicable to the ColourPop blushers and highlighters? Do they all have the same squishy formula?

  2. Great post! I love the Maybelline Color Tattoos but they do dry out really fast which is why I don’t buy them often. I love Colorpop but try to limit the shadows that I do buy from them because sometimes it takes me a awhile to get around to using everything I buy lol. This is a great trick though! I just don’t know what I would use…some kind of face oil or something?

  3. I didn’t know they had such a short life either until Shannon mentioned it on her channel! I’m so used to buying pressed shadows (which last for years no matter what) that I just didn’t think about it I guess. I’m sure this would work on the blushes! The highlighters I don’t know because the texture of those is a bit different, and probably won’t dry out as quickly.

  4. Oh okay, I wasn’t sure what to use. I have the Elf Makeup Mist and Setting Spray, do you think that would work too?

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