Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Have you ever broken a beauty product? Share your horror stories!

Temptalia's AnswerYes, I definitely have.  In fact, I just dropped MAC Blue Flame Mineralize Eyeshadow last week.  The entire dome broke off, but luckily it was all in one piece.

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107 thoughts on “Have you ever broken a beauty product?

  1. sam

    i dont know if it counts as breaking it but i have when i accidently hit my products with my nail and it takes out a small chip haha that drives me absolutely nuts!! especially if it’s something like a liner or a paint pot

    • Avatar of Jenn Jacey

      I haaaaate when I accidentally hit my paint pot with my nail and bits of it get stuck underneath.

    • Jenna

      I agree! That is the most annoying thing ! haha drives me insane.

    • Kat

      I agree! I’ve stuck my nail into my creme liner multiple times already, and I’ve only had it for under a week. And I broke a MAC eyeshadow, but I don’t know what it’s called. It’s a bit darker and cooler than Espresso, and it’s a satin. Any ideas Christine? It’d be awesome to figure out what it was, the bottom got wet (you can see I treat it well lol) and the name is all smudgey.

  2. Nicole

    I can’t remember breaking a product. But TWICE this week, I have dropped my NARS single eyeshadow in Night Breed on my ceramic tiles in my bathroom. How that eyeshadow did not shatter into a million pieces (both times!) I will never know!! It was scary!

  3. janette

    I dropped a 15 pan palette and 3 cracked so now I have to extra careful with those…UHG

  4. Nichole

    Last week!! I dropped a Sugarpill pressed e/s two days after receiving it in the mail. Chunks broke off, but I was able to press most of it back in the pan. It still looks ‘sickly’. If I order from them again, I’ll probably buy another one. My OCD tendencies will not allow this craziness to continue. :)

  5. Jessi

    I dropped Fig. 1 and half of it crumbled. Also the clear plastic part of the lid from my Bi-Tone mineralize blush came off in my purse and the blush got a little scruffed up, so now I’m extra careful. You should see how I tiptoe around when i use a pigment!

    • Mz. Be

      Weird…I bought Fig. 1 in a pot and put in my purse. By the time I got home, it was crumbled! Brought it back and got a replacement…but made sure I held it carefully in my hand all the way home!

  6. Majda

    I’ve broken my Chanel Mat Lumiere foundation in a public restroom while rushing my make up before heading to work. Not only was it embarassing but it was heart broken. It was so new. :(

  7. Yes… nearly every Illamasqua lipstick I’ve even bought has ended up snapping off. :( And then I end up having to use a lipstick brush to apply them.
    It’s my own fault, they’re the only lipsticks I buy online and it’s too hot out here to be having lipstick shipped. I should just wait until it is cooler out before I buy more.

    • Avatar of Hawley Holly

      I’ve never ordered lipstick online, but I’ll definitely keep this in mind in case I ever do!

      What if you put them in the fridge (or freezer?) for a bit after you receive them to ‘re-set’ the lipstick?

  8. Yeah…my first MAC eyeshadow. I dropped it on the bathroom floor. The case was fine but the powder (pressed, not loose) broke up pretty badly.

  9. Yes, sadly. I took a small compact of powder on a plane trip and packed it on my carry-on backpack. Unfortunately when I took it out at my destination it seemed to have broken in to pieces…

  10. I actually work at Ulta and a costumer brought in her favorite bronzer that wasnt being made anymore. She wanted me to find a close match to it, so i ran off with it and ended up dropping it. it shattered and crumbled everywhere. =( i felt so horrible especially since its not available anymore!

  11. Diane

    Well anytime I go to a mac counter to see the new releases, I of course knock over the loose pigment because of my excitement. It happened with the lithe at nordstrom the other day! Whoops.

  12. Josiane

    I dropped my first mac product when I just took it out of the packaging and It all broke in tiny pieces. I tried to fix it and it kinda worked . It also happened with My pupa blush and mineralized eyeshadow. It’s so frustrating to break a 20$ product right after you bought it! Mineralize make up is fragile

  13. Only once! Thank goodness! But it was years ago and my first MAC eyeshadow and I didn’t know any better…. I dropped it, the container was fine, but the shadow had shattered. I stupidly believed the SA when she told me I should just throw it out….

  14. cmferrets

    i remember when i dropped my 2 mac e/s in crystal and bronze in their pots. i had to go and repurchase them- i got them in the pans this time.

  15. Avatar of konconsc konconsc

    The stuff I have broken in the past were cheap. Like the 1 dollar elf blush(but i love that one!)The other one I broke long long time ago which is a little more expensive was my Anna Sui Shimmer pressed poweder><…

  16. Mary

    I dropped one of my Stila illuminating powders a few days after I got it and broke the dome into a few pieces, but it’s still use-able :) Also, my Stila Kitten eyeshadow has turned more or less into loose powder due to packing it for trips and daily use :/

  17. dropped an inglot pressed pwder and it went ALL OVER the floor! was absolutely devastated, swept it up and did the worst repressing job in the history of the world. i went out the next day to buy it again… but in loose powder form.

  18. Sarah

    I dropped a 3/4 full bottle of Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation, the glass broke and foundation spilled all over the floor, there was still some in the bottom half of the bottle, but I threw it all out, couldn’t risk having glass in my foundation. It was heartbreaking stuff, and an absolute PAIN to clean up.

  19. Yes,I broke my Sutdio Fix Powder Plus on a tile floor, on Friday 13th. Never has anything happened to me on a Friday 13th but this year! But it was my fault, I was in a mad rush.

    Oh, and I broke some drugstore eye shadows a couple of years ago. Can’t say I was sorry about them. They were of poor quality.

  20. Claudia

    My hubby dropped my smoke and diamonds eyeshadow. But luckily I was able to re press it

  21. Avatar of Niki Nik

    An Anastasia brow powder and a beautiful Too Faced eyeshadow called Glitteratti :(

  22. Avatar of T Violet tremorviolet

    Velvet Moss shattered when I was depotting it. :( It’s the perfect matte dark green and discontinued so I’m still using the chunks.

    I’ve also broken a lot of lipsticks. I live in Texas and they get soft really easily in the heat and will break off when applying.

  23. Janet

    I’ve mostly taken nicks out of powder eyeshadows with my nails. The only thing I’ve really broken was a blush I got from the Body Shop… I dropped it and it shatterd but stayed in one big chunk, thankfully!

  24. Thankfully I haven’t broken any pressed powder products. However I have dropped a NYX lipstick and it broke off it’s base inside the tube. I also broke a Tarina Tarantino lipstick as I was attempting to swatch it.

  25. I’ve somehow broken my NYX eyeshadows in white and purple. Sigh.

  26. maya pastori

    MAC ricepaper eyeshadow, it happened twice!!!
    =)

  27. Diana

    My weimaraner threw a tantrum and bit my Rouge G de Guerlain in Gracia out of shape a couple of months ago. The product inside was untouched, but you couldn’t open the tube properly or twist it up anymore, so I threw it out.

    I’ve cracked heaps of NARS eyeshadow duos while depotting, or by dropping the Yaby pan palettes after I’ve depotted them. In the future, I’m planning on leaving them in their original containers.

  28. Yes, once an MSF. I dropped it and it was completely smashed. I was so sad. But I know someone who works at MAC and she was nice enough to replace it for me. I was so lucky for that. Though it was a couple of years back now and she doesn’t work for mac anymore :(

  29. blushes… for some reason i am a klutz around blushes (but nothing else)! i have dropped them and watched them shatter into a million billion bits and gouged great gaping holes in them while depotting.

  30. livnzoe

    i dropped my copperplate e/s from MAC. a little edge broke of.. but that’s it!

  31. natalie

    yeah i dropped a too faced eyeshadow and it shattered into a million :/ theyre so soft lol

  32. cmferrets

    hey christine, this is a random question, but i was looking at your temptalia picture look gallery and i see that u used to do lipstick/lipgloss combinations. i was wondering if u can do the same w/ the new mac collections that come out. that way we can see what lipstick/lipglosses go together and see what they look like on. like when u do the lipstick swatches of all the lipstick and lipglosses in your collection swatch/reviews, that would be a cool addition as well.

  33. Chistine, so do I!!! 2-3 weeks ago I have broken my MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Young Punk :(

  34. Yes, I’m an expert at droppning things :/ I’ve droped my black eyeshadow after the 3:d use, it broke and the whole floor was black! The funny thing is that I’ve done the exact thing 3 or for times, with the same type of eyeshadow from the exact same label and all of them were droped just after a few uses! Oh how I cursed, everytime!

  35. Opheliana

    One of my black eyeshadows broke in my bag. All the other products had a black layer over htem :(

  36. Eta

    I’ve probably smashed some eyeshadow and nail polish bottle in my beauty career. I do know of more products that broke on their own, however.

  37. Val

    Yes…I accidentally dropped a Urban Decay bronzer which is new and not available in HK.

  38. Iliana

    Yes, I broke my first (and barely touched) Fleur Power blush on my first depotting attempt using the alcohol/no heat method. It broke my heart! :D I know better now, I wait for the alcohol to soak through the adhesive completely before trying to dig the pan out of the plastic. :)

  39. Yvonne

    Luckily, just some cheap shadows… oh, and my stick concealer’s cap has multiple cracks… I’m more annoyed by nail chipping my more expensive shadows especialy when I am rearanging Inglot palletes I always chip something

  40. yes Madam…a bottle of Studio Fix Fluid -.-

  41. I dropped a Pupa blush once and the dome came off…I have also cracked several MAC pans when depotting.

  42. aida

    I dropped a woodwinked eyeshadow, before depotting it and it got destroyed, all fine powder, I like to think of it as my first pigment, but it was my first woodwinked and it was brand new….=(

  43. My propan MAC Dazzlelight eyeshadow. It has terrible luck. It completely shattered TWICE!

    I drop the quad it’s in — and it’ll be the only one out of the four shattered.
    I drop the 15 propalette it’s in — and it’ll be the only one completely shattered.

    seriously…..>_>

  44. Avatar of Laia Laia

    I broke a red lipstick… I kinda fixed it but I’m extra careful everytime I have to use it.

  45. Tina

    I dropped a Northern Lights MSF and yes, it broke in about 5 pieces. sad day, indeed.

  46. Charlene

    Yes I hate when I drop an eye shadow and it breaks. I put it in a small rubbermaid container and keep using it. :)

  47. Rita

    I have broken 2-3 eyeshadows when depotting, but I don’t remember dropping and breaking anything, although I’m always dropping things, like my phone.

  48. Yes I have, sometimes I wright the maker to see if they will do a replacement for me. Sometimes they do.

  49. Emilie

    I dropped woodwinked and it shattered

  50. I broke one of my MSF’s. Luckily, it was Soft & Gentle, so it’s not LE and it can be replaced (nor is it my favorite haha).

  51. Avatar of Cassy Cassykins

    I dare you to find something in my makeup box that I HAVEN’T dropped or broken in some way. Usually if I can make it through my morning without dropping more than 5 things, I call it a successful day.

  52. coco72

    My 8-year-old girl broke my MAC Kello Kitty lipstick, but I found an original, brand new one at ebay

    A Mac 4 palette fell down, my Fig.1 and Shadowy Lady eyeshadows were broken, I compacted them with alcohol

    A Kryolan pigment

    I´ve depotted around 15-18 Mac eyeshadows and no one has been broken

  53. Jayna

    OMG, I can’t count the number I have broken. The worst is when you drop a gooey cream product! Gross. A couple of weeks ago, My Perlier shower cream fell off the ledge in the shower and I guess enough of the cap chiped that it allowed a slow stream to drip down the side of the marble shower. What a mess!

  54. Katie

    I dropped my Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer Palette and completely demolished it. I also dropped my Ulta bag as I was walking from the store to my car and broke two Urban Decay shadows, but I luckily was able to fix them.

  55. Hilary♥

    The first product I broke was my Kiko blush in 103. It fell right on the floor and broke into a million pieces =( I tried to press it back in the case but it didn’t work, so I’m currently using it as a powdery blush lol. The second product I broke is my Clarins Joli Rouge lipstick in number 5 Papaya. As I was twisting it back into its case, I got distracted by my cat and literally chop half of the lipstick off with my fingers o__O I put the part which came off into a small plastic case so that I can still use it with a lip brush.

  56. Fey

    Oh yeah. I purchased the Sephora 5-in-1 Colorplay collection. Surprisingly, it survived many a trip in my college textbook-stuffed backpack. However, it was bulky and I decided to pop out one of the palettes to carry around in the smaller travel case. Upon popping that one back out, one of the eyeshadows exploded…it happened to be the messiest black mass of powder that I’ve ever attempted to salvage.

  57. I don’t know why but I always drop my powder blush. Yep into a million pieces. :>(

  58. UGH my blush palette fell out of my locker at work and fleur power broke into a million little pieces – it was soooooo new too!!!

    also i cracked my mac apres ski while depotting it so its kinda sickly looking around the edges now.

    lastly i didn’t know keeping a cremesheen lipstick in your pocket for about 15 minutes was a huge no-no so my creme d’nude broke off and i had to salvage it with a lipbrush.

    the makeup gods dont like me much!

  59. Natasha

    Unfortunately, I have. This past friday I bought my first pigments ever Gold Stroke and Teal. I was so excited that as soon as I got in the car I opened them both at the same time. When i went to close them,some how i lost my grip and spilled them in my car.(all of it) Didn’t even have a chance to use them. Makes me want to cry just thinking about it.

  60. Avatar of Rebecca verybecca

    I dropped my MAC MES in By Jupiter (I loved) and it shattered to dust…it’s in a jar but it’s not the same since it was a swirl of light and deep golden brown. I tried to find it again and even offered OA on MUA but alas, it was not to be.

  61. Azaza

    Yes I definitely have, a couple of time already

  62. I dropped my first MAC product ever – MSF Blonde. It was so sad because it was all over the floor with dust and stuff… I kept it for some time but ended up throwing it out, since it was dirty and all the beautiful degradé was lost.

  63. Kathie

    Yes during depotting but I kept it anyway.

  64. ilmy

    Oh my!!Last month, I broke my warm soul mineralize blush. Arrrrrrr
    I was so mad, but my wonderful boyfriend offered to buy me a new one, so I got a neat new.

  65. Avatar of Street Jaime Jaime

    In recent memory, I dropped one of my palettes and broke my MAC Fiction eye shadow. Fiction bits everywhere!

    Back when Petticoat MSF first came out and everyone went nuts over it, I dropped mine and it shattered. I still have it, though – I just crushed it up and put it into a powder jar – and then I bought another whole one when it got re-released.

  66. Gisele

    On the tile floor, Smashbox glass bottle of primer (ended that phase of primer usage); lipsticks; BE Mineral Veil; BE black-brown eyeshadow. It took a third spill to move on to other makeup brands.

  67. vivian

    i dropped theBalm mary lou-manizer! i was so sad because it was my favorite highlighter and then it was broken ): however breaking it showed me how much product there really was in that compact, i was so surprised. luckily, i was able to take it to a sephora and they just replaced it for me! gotta love sephora’s policies (((:

  68. The Fedex man broke my Hard Candy baked blush when he decided it was a good idea to throw the package on my balcony. But since the stuff is so cheap, I didn’t flip out too much. I just put the pieces in an empty mineral makeup jar.

  69. Jazz

    yeah . My Barbie loves stila palette broke while I was in Jamaica. Can you say salty ?

  70. Shannon

    Rawr! I broke the limited edition MAC MSF Natural with the shimmer strip :( I tried the mash together with alcohol trick and it kinda worked… soooo not pretty to look at anymore though and it is much softer now so I have to have a way lighter hand when swirling my brush in it.

  71. Maria

    I’ve only ever dropped a product once and that was my studio fix powder and it broke but I was already at pan and it was about to run out so I just used the broken product until I got a new one.

  72. Ouch! :S

    I’ve only broken a couple of low value things like a BeautyUK eyeshadow palette (£4 or so) and dropped my Rimmel pressed powder into the sink, so a bit of it broke, but that’s it I think. I’m usually very careful with my expensive LE stuff.

  73. barefootboheme

    I break every blush I try to depot. FAIL!

  74. Brynn

    I dropped my refined golden bronzer from the Style Warriors collection.
    It sucked but didnt turn out being too bad because I didn’t love the packaging, and refined golden came out in a cool new package in MAC to the beach.

  75. Leah

    I dropped my marine life highlight powder.. I now have it in a little container, and I use it as a loose blush because I liked it so much, but it was so pretty, and I had it for only like three weeks when I dropped it. :(

  76. Flo

    I had just bought a NARS Pure Sheer lip treatment, and of course I twisted it up too high and it got stuck and I had to depot it into a bottled water cap. Then I forgot about it and it dried out.

  77. I have broken several MAC lustre Eyeshadows – they seem to break easily if they are dropped to the ground.

  78. Carrie Ann

    I once dropped a new Smashbox eyeshadow on my bathroom floor and it totally cracked apart. Luckily, the cover was on it, but I still felt very annoyed.

  79. Melissa

    ughhh, my lipsticks always break! my revlon soft nude broke & so did my mac creme d’nude but im thinking maybe it was because its a creamsheen? so i melted it down into an old tendertone jar. :/

  80. I’ve broken some lipsticks, but thankfully never any powders.

  81. CeeBee

    I’ve had a particular brand of lipsticks have about 3 or 4 different shades fall out/snap off because they weren’t properly seated/melted into the tube. I just gently poked them back in and flamed them myself. It seemed to work pretty well.

    And I dropped a Stila Kitten e/s once, but it was in the little plastic sleeve thing so it stayed nicely contained. I just gently pressed it back together under a couple of layers of tissue. I am careful with it, because it is still fractured but it is fine to use.

    Lucky I guess. If I dropped and shattered any of my Dior or Guerlain I’d be gutted :-(

  82. My Melba blush was died last week :S

  83. KT

    My Chanel Coco Rouge lipstick somehow ended up getting twisted up into the lid about 2 days after I got it. :(

  84. Tekoa

    I dropped my powdered MAC foundation on the counter, it bounced off and fell to the floor. It then ricochets off the floor and lands FACE DOWN in the litterbox. Chipped and soiled. Uggg.

  85. Ula

    I dropped my MAC Brulé on the floor yesterday. The edges chipped off. :( Bad!

  86. Marlin

    My brand new Lorac Spotlight :( I don’t even know how it fell, I just watched it slide across the floor, hit the wall, pop open, turn upside down and crumble to powder. It was like watching it in slow motion, I hadn’t even used it, I did the whole alcohol thing but it looks weird now, I may give it to my cousin and buy a nice shiny new one :)

  87. Yumi

    i dropped a smashbox soft lights luminizer thingy that cost $36 and it smashed. i was heartbroken. :<

  88. Erica

    I’ve broken a NYX eyeshadow during a flight, and the broken shadow messed up my whole makeup bag! I never bought any NYX shadows then.

  89. Torrie

    This morning I discovered my NARS Casino was broken and my MAC Arena seems to be crumbling again. Those aren’t my first broken products and I’m sure they aren’t the last lol.

  90. Kelly

    My ‘Lazy Day’ lippie from the To the Beach collection was warm on arrival from UPS and when I tried it on it broke off in the tube. Not a complete loss, but still very upsetting.

  91. Avatar of Hawley Holly

    Eyeshadows or pressed powder/bronzers have broken when travelling, but nothing that couldn’t be salvaged.

    My mom dropped my MAC palette and 6 of the 12 shadows broke. 3 were totally ruined, but I was able to save the other 3.

  92. Sarah

    These comments are heartbreaking for me to read haha. Ive never broken anything that I can think of and never want to!
    I guess you can just press most things back with alcohol though can’t you? Or even just use shadows loose, or lipsticks with a brush?

  93. Avatar of Polly Polly

    I have dropped my NARS bronzer once… To make it worse, It was a gift my bf bought me :( and I have used it a very few times.

  94. Josie

    my girl friend just dropped my quad and broke three eyeshadow’s i was so angry and sad i just wanted to scream and cry

  95. Kathylulu

    I dropped my Petticoat MSF on the floor and the whole thing broke, such a shame!

  96. Avatar of Deb Deb

    I dropped a Cargo eyeshadow in the shade Nepal and a chunk of shadow about the size of a thumbtack fell out. I vacuumed and vacuumed, but there is still a big copper smudge in my carpet!!

  97. Margarett

    I did the exact same thing with my Blu Flame and it broke in the same way. I put it in a clear jar to keep using and it has worked out fine. I dropped a fluidline and the glass jar exploded. It totally sucked. There was nothing to do but throw it away. I was not going to risk glass particles that may have gotten stuck in the product.

  98. Waaaay more than I should, but i’m a natural klutz. Idk how but I’ve broken Carbon, Sassy Grass, and Desert Rose blush.