Color Cosmetics

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.

Technology-driven Trends in Nail Polish Color and Texture

Jan 15, 2014Frank C. Pagano, PhD; Chanel Inc., Piscataway, NJ, USA; Note: While writing the present article, the author was affiliated with Chanel Inc.; he currently is enjoying retirement.

This article reviews several of the latest nail polish trends including nail strips, textures, crackle, magnetic, breathable and color-changing effects. Also discussed are the underlying technologies and raw materials that produce these unique nail effects.

Read the Label Online: Online RTL: L'Oréal Paris Extraordinnaire Gel Lacquer 1-2-3

Jan 14, 2014Susan Raffy, Susan Raffy Consulting

L'Oréal Paris claims to have invented the “perfect nail polish” with Extraordinaire Gel-Lacquer 1-2-3 that delivers the long-lasting (up to 14 days!) manicure effects of a UV-gel manicure without the “harmful” UV rays or salon appointments.

Layered Color-travel Pigments for a V-shaped Facial Appearance

Jan 13, 2014Malyn Chulasiri, PhD, Better Way (Thailand) Co., Ltd., and S&J International Enterprises PCL, Bangkok; and Pawinee Santiparaphop and Veerawat Teeranachaideekul, PhD, S&J International Enterprises PCL, Bangkok

The present article discusses facial powder containing specific layered color-travel pigments that give a color-flop effect due to light reflectance at different angles. In particular, layering a bluish silver pigment with a sienna pigment is shown to highlight the forehead, cheek and nasal bridge while shading the jaw, chin and alar base of the nose, consequently imparting a slim-looking appearance.

Read the Label Online: Philosophy Supernatural Airbrushed Canvas SPF 15

Jan 7, 2014

Philosophy Supernatural Airbrushed Canvas SPF 15 features “convertible” pigments that offer “buildable” coverage from light to heavy. Available in three shades, the foundation claims “to conceal, camouflage and protect” in an oil-free, talc-free and fragrance- free formula.

Radiant Orchid Blossoms as Pantone's Color of the Year for 2014

Dec 5, 2013

Serving as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Pantone hue Radiant Orchid—a mix of fuchsia, purple and pink—has been named 2014's color of the year. In beauty applications, Radiant Orchid is a modern and surprisingly versatile shade—it enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic. Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones.

Read the Label: Bumble and Bumble Spraychalk

Dec 4, 2013

One of the first mainstream temporary hair colors to come to market is the Bumble and Bumble's spraychalk. This product is a “wild, quick-dry tinted hairspray for a splash of color and style” that comes in various colors. This column will review the ingredient listing for functionality.

Almost Magic

Dec 1, 2013Rachel L. Grabenhofer, Cosmetics & Toiletries

As I write this, I have just made a bold appearance in Rio de Janeiro; and no, this has nothing to do with topless beaches. At the 2013 IFSCC Conference, colleagues were surprised by my feisty new auburn hair color, formerly a light blonde. In fact, some did not recognize me. My bold appearance even made its way into a media demonstration at the L’Oréal Research Center, although to show hair damage, but still. . . Cosmetics & Toiletries' latest collection of articles is also all about appearances.

Cosme-phenomenology

Oct 1, 2013Rachel Grabenhofer, Cosmetics & Toiletries

According to Merriam-Webster, phenomenology is the study of consciousness and self-awareness as a philosophy. Putting this with epidermic led me to what the industry now considers wellness and corneocare, which Steventon describes.

Read the Label Online: Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation SPF 15

Sep 17, 2013

This foundation is available in ten shades and uses “light responsive technology” based on gel-covered pigments that mimic photo filters to blur imperfections. This column will review the ingredient listing for functionality and claims substantiation.

Impact Colors Predicts 2015 and Beyond Color Trends

Sep 4, 2013

Impact Colors has introduced Color Trends 2015+, an online presentation of color and color effects in the personal care industry for 2015 and beyond. Color Trends 2015+ frames the future in five themes: Brilliance, Two-tones, Multicolors, Faux Nature and Men.