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Green is Sexy

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: October 14, 2008, from the May 2006 issue of GCI Magazine.

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In addition, the technology is said to add qualities of visual dimensionality and sparkle to products. According to Nancy McGuire, global marketing manager for Engelhard’s cosmetic effect pigments, “The beauty of Engelhard’s new Reflecks MultiDimensions color-changing pigments is that they maintain their visual properties in moderately opaque cosmetic formulations. This makes them well-suited for use in certain color cosmetics, and they are especially eye-catching in transparent formulations such as gels, clear sticks and nail enamels.”

This line joins three other lines from Engelhard—original Reflecks pearlescent and iridescent pigments, Reflecks Dimensions pearlescents and iridescent pigments, and Reflecks colors. The pigments are designed to add luster, complex color and visual effects to cosmetics. In addition, Engelhard’s line of specialty mineral technologies help to enhance tactile qualities—including wear, absorption and other performance characteristics.

Luxurious Lips

Chanel’s Rouge Allure Satin Lip Colour is a prestigious entry into the color cosmetics market this season. The colors, consistency, adherence and pigment technology reflect luxury and manufacturing sophistication. The Chanel name is etched into the lipstick itself, and Rouge Allure contains silicones for smooth application and long-lasting adherence, vitamin E derivatives for free radical protection, shea butter for calming, and concentrated canola oil extract for hydration, softening and protection.

Lipsticks with vibrant color and brilliance require research and skin care expertise to develop. Orlane Paris introduced Rouge Pur Soin—an antiaging, line-reducing range with a scientific focus. In designing an antiaging lipstick to enhance, moisturize the skin’s upper layers, and reshape the lips and their contours, Orlane utilized marine-based biopolymers derived from chondroitin sulfate and collagen—known for their hydrating and filmogenic properties. These spherical molecules are incorporated into a dehydrated form that lodges into depressions of the skin tissue. They increase hydration by trapping water, which would otherwise evaporate from the skin through transepidermal water loss. The result is a plumping and line-reducing effect with long-lasting hydration.

Additionally, ingredients such as jojoba oil and muscat rose oil soften the skin and restructure the skin’s epithelium to maintain skin texture. The lipstick also contains apricot kernel oil for brilliance, and vitamin E and beeswax to protect the skin from free radicals and environmental stressors. Combined with a color range based on even pigment dispersion, the colors retain brightness, sparkle and purity without heavy metals.