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Choosing a Binder System for Pressed Powders

SpecialChem / Nick Morante – Jan 20, 2010

It can sometimes be very difficult to select the proper binder system for pressed powders. It requires experience and know how and a good knowledge of cosmetic ingredients. Depending on what characteristics you are looking for in the pressed powder, the choice of ingredients is critical. Long wear, light diffusion, water resistance or emulsifiability each require a different binder system. Eyeshadows require a different binder system than a cheek blush. The performance of a pressed powder is dictated by the proper choice of binders. A drop test will be an adequate test of a powder’s compression properties or pressability. It is also important for a powder not to pimple or dust and not pressed so hard as to make the product glaze in the pan. The proper binder and its level will help eliminate most negative attributes. The amount of pressure is also important as well as the diameter and depth of the pan for a particular type of powder and all are based on the choice of binder. This article will give an overview of the different types of ingredients that a formulator can use as a binder in their powder systems...

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