3 SIMPLE Steps to Melting & Saving Used Up Lipstick

Chanel Lipstick No 47 Escapade

I can’t be bothered with this nonsense usually, but this is laughably easy AND fast.
I once wasted spent 15 minutes watching a video of a woman putting back together an eye shadow that had crumbled to near dust. It was very complicated, lots of adding tiny drops of some liquid – rubbing alcohol maybe and then pressing it back into the compact. I mean, it worked but it was very messy and time-consuming.

But then another video caught my eye, it was about saving the last dregs of a favourite lipstick, I’ve remembered the steps and it works!

My all-time favourite lipstick and the only shade that truly suits me, is Chanel Hydrabase Escapade No 47, it’s impossible to get now as it’s been discontinued. So whilst waiting for an insanely expensive one I had to buy from Amazon to arrive, I did this.

And if *I* can do it…



Old lipsticks – As in the ‘you can’t get anything out of the tube without digging in deep’ ones,  I had 3 Escapade lipsticks.

Cocktail stick – Or a spent match, just not a cotton wool bud

Tea light – Now, I KNOW you have one of these

Spoon – Dessert or tablespoon.

Small container


Use the cocktail stick to scrape out all the old lipstick from the tube onto the spoon.

Hold the spoon (not too close) over the lit tea candle – a bit like cooking heroin I would imagine *note to self, do not tag ‘heroin’ onto post*

The lipstick will melt rapidly; as soon as it’s liquid, pour into the container, it will harden immediately.

That’s it, just use a lip brush to apply.

The dregs of those three lipsticks have lasted me for months.


  1. February 27, 2013 / 11:18 pm

    Great tip. I do generally toss mine but if its discontinued then why not? Chanel Mademoiselle is supposed to be very close to Escapade you know.

  2. February 28, 2013 / 9:11 am

    I’d never normally mess around with this sort of thing, but I just happened to have everything I needed around the house. I also think you use less lipstick when applied with a lip brush.

    I have Mademoiselle which is slightly too peach, so I mix it with Cambon, it’s not too bad.

    Escapade is sometimes packaged as ‘Desert Rose’ as well. I’m on holiday in a few weeks so I’ll do my usual trawl around Heathrow’s Duty Free for it.

  3. February 28, 2013 / 12:10 pm

    I have to try this!

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