I was really bummed that one of my favourite blushes, MAC Mocha, had recently developed what seemed to be a hard build up on top in a few patches that was making it hard to get any product on my brush. I wondered what the hardened film could be and if it meant that the blush had gone bad (although I’ve only had it about 6 months and regularly spray my powder products with 99% rubbing alcohol to disinfect them).
It turns out from what I’ve been able to find online, the hard build-up on powder products can be caused by the natural oils that transfer from your skin back to the powder on your brush. It causes the surface of the powder to harden, making it difficult to get at the product underneath. I have never had this happen before. Apparently if you simply remove the film, the powder underneath is perfectly fine. But, how do you remove the hard film on powder makeup products?
There were many suggestions online, from scraping it off with a butter knife or fingernail to scrubbing it with a dry toothbrush. I was worried this would leave gouges in the blush. Several people recommended the best way to remove it was using transparent tape. I decided to give it a try to see if this DIY tip actually worked.
I had to go over each section with about 3-4 pieces of tape, but it did actually lift the top layer of product off gently and evenly. I was pretty amazed at how well it worked.
Now when I swirl my blush brush in it, its all soft and powdery like when I first got it! Hooray!
Have you had this happen to powder products? What did you do? Are there other ways to remove it, and more importantly is there any way to prevent it? Leave me any of your tips in the comments below. Thanks!
Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤