Blub! My favouritist bronzer bites the dust

By Lynnie | June 19 2008 | 52 Comments

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Most of us probably don’t swear in public very often. We are Laydees, after all. But a cosmetic calamity of such magnitude befell me yesterday morning that I accidentally turned the air blue with the roar I let out of me.

Somehow, my beloved, cherished, bloody gorgeous Guerlain Terracotta Light bronzer crashed to the floor. And although it fell on carpet and the compact mercifully remained closed (because that’s not a fun clean-up operation), I knew it was broken. Even as it was still tumbling through the air and I desperately clawed at it while everything suddenly became very slow-mo and all I could hear was my pulse thundering in my ears while my heart lept into my mouth, I just knew that the gorgeous mosiac of sheer bronzers within was feckin’ totalled.

At about €38, it’s won’t be particularly cheap to replace, but I will be getting another one. However, for anyone who’d rather eat glass than spend forty quid on a bronzer, there are a few budget-friendly alternatives about. If you know someone who’s headed Stateside anytime soon, you could have them pick up Sephora’s version with SPF15 for you ($15). And if you think that’s still too pricey and there’s a Superdrug near you, nip in for an NYC Colour Wheel Bronzer which retails for the princely sum of £3.99! Which is what, about 78 cent? Bargainous!

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52 Replies to "Blub! My favouritist bronzer bites the dust"

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    Lynnie – I feel your pain! This has happened to me so many times. I’ve smashed a gorgeous smashbox palette, numerous eyeshadows and bottles of cleanser and serum. The eyeshadows and cleansers smash in when they’re carted round in the handbag – cue rage when it happens!

  • xgirl says:

    Oh no – what a disaster :(

  • miss says:

    feel your pain.It happened to me with a Smashbox primer,glass bottle,lid doesnt fit very tightly,lifted it up by the lid,bottle of primer dropped out.Iwas livid

  • Gemma says:

    Nightmare! I feel your pain. My favourite eye palette broke yesterday too. Well, I’m not sure when I broke it…but I opened it up and powder just flew everywhere. The majority fell into my makeup bag, so everything is now a nice shade of sludge green. Lovely.

  • Lynnie Lynnie says:

    Hmmm maybe someone should come up with rugged packaging for make-up so, sort of the cosmetics equivalent of the huntin-fishin-shootin-mountain climbing rubber-clad Nokia 5140 that was around a few years ago!

    Oh Gemma I looked like I had radioactive green inner thighs one day a few weeks back, upended a pot of Golden Olive MAC Pigment into my lap all over my jeans. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry about broken make-up…

  • MontyC says:

    Lynnie – Will you be able to get another one?! If so, where? Online?

    I’d keel over if my beloved Guerlain bronzer broke…. 8O

  • Lynnie Lynnie says:

    Monty – House of Fraser in Dundrum, phew!

  • lilo says:

    Oh Dear! how awful. I have done this so many times…it always seems to happen with my urban decay eye shadows for some reason ;-(
    I could be wrong but I think there was a post a while back on repairing smashed compacts, someting about mixing them with something and allowing to dry back into solid form?? Maybe this product wouldnt be suitable for that kind of DIY repair thou

  • Admin says:

    lynnie – bellsugar had a BRILLIANT post recently about how to repair a shattered eyeshadow and I bet it’d work as well for this – it’ll be on one of the recent-ish pages.

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    I read something about repairing too… Can’t remember where, has it to do with mixing oil into the shattered mess?

  • Twinkletoes says:

    Bellasugar just say to put a tissue over it and press with your fingers…It’d have to be v soft for that to work I’d say though.

  • lilo says:

    I think it was alcohol! Im sure google will have the answer, as it does for all of lifes big questions :-)

  • Admin says:

    I have a smashbox baked bronzer that’s in pieces, I am totally going to try this

  • Lynnie Lynnie says:

    Was actually just over on Specktra.net & have salvaged quite a bit of it thanks to a similar method to the one on Bellasugar, huzzah! Here’s the link incase anyone’s interested, they list a few different techniques…

    http://specktra.net/f190/technique-faq-fixing-broken-pressed-powder-products-28108/

    Yeh Aphrodite & lilo you’re right, there is a thing about making a paste with rubbing alcohol out of the bits that are left & then baking it or leaving it for a few days to dry out, which seems to be the preferred method if it’s all one shade & you’re not in a hurry to use it again.

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    where would one get this rubbing alcohol? In the chemist? I have a mac eyeshadow that I’m going to try this on

  • xgirl says:

    Aphrodite I think surgical spirits is what we’d call it here and you’d get it in a chemist, yep.

  • Admin says:

    yeah, chemist I’d say in anyways

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    Right so – we’ll have to do an experiment! I shall be hurrying down for my surgical spirits asap

  • Lynnie Lynnie says:

    Lab coats & goggles at the ready! ;)

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    hehe – I bagsy the bunsen burner

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