Oh, no! You’ve just started playing with your newest eyeshadow palette, but you noticed a strange-looking film on your favorite shade. Suddenly that pigmented shadow you loved, doesn’t quite seem to be applying correctly on the eyes. Chances are high that your eyeshadow palette is experiencing hardpan. Although hardpan is a total pain to experience, there is is a quick and easy way to remove hardpan in less than 2 minutes.
My Natasha Denona Camel Palette in Arrosto (shade #1) & Copper Stone (shade #4)
What is Hardpan?
Hardpan refers to a dense layer of soil that appears impervious to water. However, within the makeup community, hardpan refers to a stiff, dense layer product that forms over the top layer of a powder product such as eyeshadow, bronzer, and blush.
Hardpan is common for shadows that are hard-pressed in the pan, as well as shadows that take a lot of pressure to build pigmentation on a brush or finger. Often times the oils from our finger or face contribute to hardpan occurring in powder products. And hardpan sucks.
In addition to looking nasty, hardpan in pressed powder products is beyond frustrating. Hardpan makes it difficult to apply the product to the face.
Easy Way to Remove Hardpan in Less Than 2 Minutes
1 | Gather Your Supplies
When I need to remove hardpan in powder products, I first gather my supplies. This includes the powder product in question and some translucent tape.
Step #1: Gather Your Supplies
2 | Dab Your Tape & Remove
After I gather my supplies, I begin to remove the hardpan in my product by gently dabbing the clear tape over the top of the affected powders. I gently press the tape on the top layer of powder and lift up. This removes the hardened layer of the shadow with ease. Using tape is the simplest way to remove hardpan.
Don’t be alarmed if the fresh powder layer looks a little strange after removing the tape. The texture often looks odd after the hardpan has been pulled away.
The metallic shade looks strange, but the hardpan has been removed!
Final Thoughts on How to Remove Hardpan in Less Than 2 Minutes
Although my tape technique is a quick way to remove hardpan, this method is not perfect. Removing hardpan with tape will waste product given that the top layer of shadow will be pulled away.
Additionally, this removal technique does not prevent hardpan from reoccurring in the same product. Curious at how the palette featured in today’s ‘how-to’ has held up? Read my review on Natasha Denona Camel Palette.
Should you lack clear tape, it is possible to remove the hardpan by using a pointed edge to scrape away the top layer of the product. This method is another easy way to remove hardpan; however, I find that it requires more cleanup than using tape.