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Is the Isoclean makeup resurrector to revive broken powders worth the faff?

There’s no sadder feeling for somebody who loves makeup than when your pressed powders smash in your bag.

Aside from having a funeral for our fallen palettes and compacts (or just trying to use them despite them getting everywhere and ruining everything else in our kit) there didn’t seem to be much to do. Until now.

Like most products on our weekly review series Is It Worth the Faff? this one was spotted on a targeted ad.

Yes, I am weak. Yes, I can’t help but buy things when they’re recommended to me. But, yes, I can kid myself into thinking it’s all for the greater good because I can try before you buy.

Isoclean’s Makeup Resurrector kit was recommended to me on Instagram and I had no choice but to buy since they had Apple Pay. I am but an instant-gratification seeking millennial.

Anyway, here’s how it works and what I thought.

What is Isoclean Makeup Resurrector?

The website describes this as a ‘unique formulation [that] can breathe life back into all broken powder forms, allowing you to easily resurrect shattered face powders, eye shadows, blushers, bronzers and highlighters.’

It should also sanitise your makeup due to its high alcohol content.

The product itself comes in a dropper bottle, but the box also has a handful of plastic pouches for you to mix your powder and resurrector into before putting back into the pan.

Faff involved

Using a powder that I’d been holding onto way too long after its handbag obliteration, I was expecting there to be no hope.

The instructions are fairly simple. Pop a few drops of the solution into the bottom part of the pouch to ensure the powder won’t clog once you squeeze it out.

You then put the broken powder into the pouch and make sure it’s finely milled before adding more solution a few drops at a time. Mix it up until there are no lumps and it’s the texture of pancake batter.

The bottom part then comes off the pouch like a piping bag so you can squeeze it into your pan. It then needs to be left to dry for about twelve hours.

I used a teaspoon for grinding the powder in the pan and gave it a clean before putting the newly pancakey mixture back in.

The results

I didn’t trust this solution, but it’s has genuinely brought my powder back from the dead.

It’s now sanitised, pressed into the pan, and I can use the product again and again so I waste less makeup.

Is it worth the faff?

Absolutely. I’m a convert to this, having chucked away palettes in the past when one shade goes awry.

It’s £12 plus delivery for the Makeup Resurrector, but I used roughly 10 drops for this full compact so I imagine it’ll last me a long time.

With certain celeb eyeshadow and highlighter palettes priced up to £100, it should actually save you money in the long-term. You can buy replacement pouches once you run out, too.

Honestly, I’m such a convert and found the process quite cathartic as well as it all giving me back a trusty setting powder. Faff definitely worth it.

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