Stage Cosmetics Eyeshadows And A Failed Attempt At Fixing A Broken Eyeshadow


I’ve finally got around to reviewing the Stage eyeshadows that I bought at the Stage Moving Out Sale more than two months ago. I got these wonderful high quality eyeshadows at a good deal – 2 for S$9! Can you believe it!


Wildflower is a shimmery lavender that goes well with just about any color of the lot. It’s a lovely princess-y color.

Poison is a shimmery denim blue, and is the most pigmented among all. I need to be extra careful with this one lest I get too much on the eyeshadow brush due to its intense pigmentation.

Platinum Princess is a shimmery silver with fine glitter, unlike the aluminum foil silver from L’Oreal HiP Eyeshadow Duo Platinum that has  c  h  u  n  k  y  bits of glitter.

Basil is a shimmery olive color that complements Parfair Amour beautifully. I swatched this at the Stage Cosmetics store and it was love at first sight. Like WOW-I-HAVE-TO-GET-THIS kind of love.

Parfait Amour is the only matte one and is a gorgeous plum color. LUVVV!!

Because I like the colors so very much, I thought of depotting them and placing them in the customizable makeup Z-palette so that I can bring all of them around in one neat casing.

So I experimented with Envy Me.

You’d think all’s well looking at the sequence of pictures. But no.

It was IMPOSSIBLE to get the pan out of the plastic casing. I tried the heat method (using a flat iron hair straightener to melt the glue), the pouring method (allowing rubbing alcohol to slowly drip into the underside to corrode the glue as taught by Enkore), the prying method (sliding something thin and sharp between the gaps to pop the pan out), and the destroying method (using pliers to break the plastic casing.  See, I also pulled out the cover).

Unlike MAC eyeshadows where the pan is glued onto a separate plastic from the main container, the Stage eyeshadows are directly glued onto the main container. There was NO WAY to separate the pan from its casing without breaking the eyeshadow.

By the time I went through all that nonsense after a tormenting 30 minutes, I was irritated, agitated, and willing to give up on Envy Me. So I forced everything out – the pan, the powder, the glue.

NO WONDER I couldn’t get it out! The pan was stuck with those industrial strength glue that turned into a rubbery substance. And the glue was applied all over the centre of the pan. Rubbing alcohol was no match for this.

I fixed the shattered eyeshadow the way I successfully did for the Too Faced Duo in Lucky Charms. It turned out looking alright and I left it to dry for the night.

Then the next night, I checked on it and it wouldn’t swatch!!! It didn’t get on my finger nor brush and the texture was completely different from its original velvety one. You can see my fingernail marks there. Normally if you dig your nails into an eyeshadow pan the pressed powder would flake and a dent would result. But not this one! It had become so dry nothing I did could get the eyeshadow to work anymore.

Sigh… I’m really sad it turned out like that. I haven’t thrown it away yet because I hope a miracle would happen. Haha

It’s a pity I can’t depot the other Stage eyeshadows (don’t dare to anyways!); I’ll just have to bring the individual eyeshadows around when I need them.

Have you ever fixed a broken eyeshadow?

Have you ever had an eyeshadow (or other makeup products) that turned into cement? LOL.

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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • a!k0

    Oh no! Envy me looks like a nice green color too… I still am kicking myself for not getting more shadows I think I only got the parfait amour (I think I remember it being a plumy color :P)… The shadows are all very pretty but I had spent a lot that month … Gosh I wish they have these sales often 😛 Poison and wildflower looks nice but I can never get blue shadows to look good on me ^^

    • Bun Bun

      Sheesh I only just realized I didn’t reply this! LOL. I love Parfait Amour from Stage too! Too bad all the stores in Singapore have been closed!

  • Sharlynn

    Um…I’m not very keen on the color pay off I see…they aren’t too special in my opinion but I do admire your attempt to fix the eyeshadow…if mine were to break or be broken I’d probably just keep it as powder and broken bits, no time or energy to fix it, lah!

    • Bun Bun

      Haha, but it’s hard to get anything out of broken bits, and very messy too! For me, it’s either fix it or throw it. LOL. Most times they work like before, but this time, SIGH~~ haha

  • cstatic

    I have a broken lancome I am scared too fix because of stuff like that! Have you considered adding a drop of silicone product like the smashbox primer and and retrying?

    • Bun Bun

      Scary, isn’t it! I’m glad I didn’t pay an arm or leg for this Stage Cosmetics eyeshadow otherwise it will hurt 10 times as much. I haven’t heard of people using silicone to fix eyeshadows before – most people use the alcohol method and it works. It worked for my other broken eyeshadows too but somehow didn’t quite work out for the Stage one. I don’t have any Lancome eyeshadows, but you can go search for tutorials on fixing broken Lancome eyeshadows. Good luck!

  • Mowgli

    I might be opening a can of worms here, but have you considered using loose pigments like the ones from Canadian make up diva Lise Watier? If you have an empty pot, you could completely crush up the cake eyeshadow into a powder and save the colour you love. I also make my own natural soap, body products and a few cosmetics and buy pure pigment from wholesale suppliers, and these are great for blending and creating your own custom shades. They are also free of any extra chemical ingredients that cause sensitivities and go on like a dream because they are pure pigment. By the way, i’m a caucasian loving your newly found site.

    • Bun Bun

      Wow wow wow! You’re a real DIY lover, aren’t you? 😀 I have about 15 loose pigments sitting pretty in a box because I am too lazy don’t have the patience to go through the DIY process. Maybe one day I will. But thanks for the tips! I’m always awed by people who can make their own products.