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The History behind Glitter Effect Pigments

SpecialChem / Nick Morante – Apr 5, 2007

I am going to provide a little more insight and technical information on glitter effect pigments. It seems that there should be an alternative to the pearls currently on the market in order to create different and unique visual effects in cosmetics and personal care products. It was more than 10 years ago that cosmetic designer Antoinette van den Berg showed the possibility of using glitter flakes in cosmetics during the IN-COSMETICS exhibition. As always with trend forecasting, she received all types of reactions from "not realistic" to "very innovative." Nobody had expected that in those days glitter would become a common specialty pigment for the cosmetics industry and would be an inspiration for many new types of effect pigments introduced to the market the last 5 to 10 years by the major pearls producing companies. It is important to understand what a glitter really is. Most of the sparkling effects you will find in color and decorative cosmetics are not glitter flakes but pearlescent or metallic pigments based on mica, glass or aluminum or silica substrates.

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