This is legitimately one of the shittiest things that can happen to someone who owns makeup.
You drop it.
Your heart drops along with it.
Your heart shatters with it.
#RIP MAC Soft & Gentle Highlighter.
Except. Wait. It doesn’t have to be goodbye :’)
There’s a way to fix it (Can you hear the angels singing?).
You’ll only need three things, though one is optional:
- Rubbing alcohol (specifically rubbing alcohol. Don’t use acetone or drinking alcohol. #please)
- One or more tissues
- Spoon (optional)
Take your broken highlighter and the rubbing alcohol. Open up the bottle of rubbing alcohol, and slowly pour a bit over the broken highlighter. Be careful not to flood the poor thing. It’s already shattered, you don’t want to drown it too.
If you’re afraid of being the monster who accidentally drowned their innocent highlighter, then I suggest you whip out that spoon so that you can carefully administer the amount you pour over the highlighter.
Once you’ve poured the alcohol, it’s time to get to work. Use your finger(s) or spoon to squish/ press the highlighter back into the fit of the packaging. If it’s not squishing well or you’re having a tough time with it, feel free to add a tiny of alcohol, but be careful not to overdo it.
In the case you have a MAC highlighter like I do, you should keep in mind that MAC designs them in relief to the package. Because of this, you should try crushing it down in order for it to all fit against the mold properly (otherwise you might have little spaces in between).
Keep pressing it with your finger(s) or spoon, and smooth it out so there are no spaces in between until it looks something like this:
Once you’re done smoothing it out, take a tissue, and wipe the edges clean. Unless you somehow managed to not make a sparkly mess. In which case, I only have one question for you: How the fuck?
Marvel at the fact that your highlighter is back to normal (or as close as possible)! Yay! All that money didn’t completely go to the trash (except the bit you had to sweep off the floor).
There are some things to keep in mind about this method, though. My highlighter does smell a tiny bit of alcohol now (I prefer that over it being broken and useless), and the texture did change a tiny bit. It’s a bit creamier now, which personally, I don’t really mind.
All that being said, some people do say that their products don’t smell at all of the alcohol after and that the texture hasn’t changed.
Besides that, you can definitely try this out with other broken makeup but do so at your own risk.
If you’re worried about possible harm to the quality of the product, I can assure you that there’s nothing to be worried about. Here’s a swatch of my highlighter after I fixed it:
I hope this helped! ❤️
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