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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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Mineral and Pigment Solutions, Inc. is a supplier of muscovite mica in a larger particle size version, which, according to the company, imparts a lustrous finish to pressed powders. According to Thomas Grunstra, vice president, business director, personal care and health care, Mineral and Pigment Solutions, “By varying the particle size, you can create either a high sheen or a very matte effect. This allows the formulator the flexibility to adjust the finished look of the pressed powder. Enhanced properties can be achieved by modifying the mica with various surface treatments.”

A silky powder from YSL, called Poudre de Soleil Sun Powder, utilizes coated mica particles and offers Ampli Light+, a complex of radiance-boosting pigments that capture ambient light and amplifies and diffuses it to create an optical smoothing effect—as well as a non-drying texture supported by moisturizing properties. The powder offers the illusion of a radiant tan, protects against UVA and UVB rays that cause skin aging, and offers formulas that blend with skin to make it several tones darker.

Products utilizing mineral technology may deliver color and age-reducing benefits with ingredients such as triple-milled titanium, gold, zinc, magnesium and aluminum—as in DYG Mineral Makeup, by Dianne York-Goldman of La Jolla Spa MD. Mineral tints, translucent powders, eye shadows, satin blush treatments, lip colors and lip plumpers are among the company’s products. DYG’s Dimensional Eye Shadow provides three-dimensional luster by layering matte and pearl pigments to create a fabric-like texture, and the Sheer Satin Blush contains micro-pulverized pigments for soft and durable transparency.

Colorescience Mineral Makeup, whose owner Diane Ranger emphasizes the importance of quality ingredients in mineral makeup, notes that real mineral makeup is free of talcs, oils, alcohols, dyes, binders, fillers and heavy preservatives. Mineral makeup should work to make skin look enhanced—not covered up. Colorescience, which makes a range of face, eye and lip color cosmetics based on mineral technology, notes the importance of reading labels to see if products are FDA-rated. “Some companies make mineral makeup, some companies make makeup and put a few drops of minerals in it. It’s not the same thing,” said Ranger. “Consumers need to read their labels and check to see if the products are FDA-rated; be aware and compare.”

Colorescience also uses nanotechnology to provide SPF properties to prevent photoaging and natural mineral pigments that reflect light to give skin a glow. Natural-looking shine and color are the results of a special polymer technology from Clarins. Providing a new take on luminosity, as well as flavorful color for lips, the company’s Souffle de Rouge Lip Colour Tints come in shades like strawberry, watermelon, caramel and fig. The products utilize the Clarins Lip Expert™ complex dual action, which provides long-lasting moisture from micro-patches and protective action from shea butter and vitamin E, to smooth lips and make them appear visibly fuller due to line-filling pearls based on acacia micro-pearls. The tints, made in France, offer both subtle flavor and fragrance, in addition to their color properties.