Color Cosmetics

Silicone Elastomer Technologies for Feel and Performance

Nov 1, 2014Peter Tsolis, The Estée Lauder Companies, Melville, NY USA; and Peter Marinelli, Grant Industries, Elmwood Park, NJ USA

Obtaining the desired feel and performance in a formula has been greatly simplified by the evolution of silicone chemistry. Silicones have been popular cosmetic ingredients for decades, and have led to innovative textures in skin care and makeup. Though they began as basic linear polymer systems, technologies have evolved to develop various forms from these main backbones.

Copolymer to Improve Pigment Dispersion in Lipsticks

Oct 3, 2014Giuseppina Viscardi, Monza, Italy; Nicola Garuccio and Parand Salmassinia, Induchem, Volkestwil, Switzerland and New York

Lipstick is formulated with pigments for the obvious reason of color, but formulators always face the same technical difficulties of pigment dispersion and final shade matching. The present article explores solving these two lipstick dilemmas with an amphiphilic copolymer to improve pigment dispersion and texture of lipsticks.

Impact Colors Releases Color Trends 2016+

Sep 17, 2014

Impact Colors has released its color trends report for 2016 and beyond. The seventh annual Color Trends 2016+ highlights four distinct trends: Artland, Enchanted, Cosmos and Rendezvous.

Guide to Powder Behavior

Jun 9, 2014

Freeman Technology has published a free educational guide, titled "An Introduction to Powders."

Approaches and Issues in Powder Formulations

May 1, 2014Peter Tsolis, The Estée Lauder Companies, Melville, NY; and Gil Sahagun, Mana Products, NYC USA

Powder cosmetic products (both pressed and loose) include foundations, eye shadows, primers, blushes, bronzers and all-over shimmer powders. Though the raw materials used in them often are similar, the processing, texture, packaging, applicators and application, along with color development, vary for each type. These variations are described here.

Lubrizol Announces New Polymer for Pigmented Formulations

Mar 31, 2014

The Lubrizol Corporation developed a new polymer that is targeted for use in pigmented skin care, sun care and color cosmetic formulations.

Read the Label Online: Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel

Feb 18, 2014Susan Raffy, Susan Raffy Consulting Inc.

I used to think that scented nail polish was created for “tweens,” but not anymore with the launch of Revlon's Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel, available in 24 scented shades. This column will review the ingredient listing for functionality and claims substantiation.

Formulating with Natural Colors

Jan 24, 2014Arthur Georgalas, Georgalas Endeavors

The chromophores that generate appealing colors in nature can also function as natural colorants in cosmetics. Here, some specific natural colors are reviewed. In order to apply them, however, formulators must be aware of the commercially available materials and know which are allowed under local regulations; such restrictions also are described.

Cheek to Cheek: Deciphering Stains and Blushes

Jan 23, 2014Luigi Rigano, PhD, Studio Rigano Industrial Consulting Laboratories

Cheek stains and blushes are intended for a lightly shaded color that is well-blended. Such formulations must provide a transparent hue as well as exhibit wear-resistance. Here, these requirements are described, as are formula approaches and commercial examples. In relation, recent research has mostly aimed at increasing the permanence of pigments on skin; such new ingredients are discussed.