Formulating help please

Hello! I am a makeup artist and I have a cosmetic brand of highlighters. I don't have any serious experience in formulating or cosmetic chemistry but I am definitely interested in being more educated and have more head knowledge as well as being able to formulate my own cosmetics as my goal is to have my own lab for my brand. Obviously, right now I can't afford to hire a chemist on my team as its very expensive, in the future that's the plan. And anyway I want to be able to do the basics myself. I am currently looking to create loose duo chrome highlighters. Im having a hard time finding manufacturers that carry such pigments or micas to mix that I can create my own custom shades. Do you have any insight? Also, I will be looking to expand to pressed highlighters soon, I want to be able to press my highlighters with a certain design but I don't know where to look or get one of those (I don't even know what its called). Also (last question haha), I am looking for great quality pressed highlighter formulas for compact (won't shatter or break when traveling or dropped), buttery and insane pigmentation thats not chalky or chunky (glittery or gritty) and a smooth formula. Thank you for your time and response. Looking forward to your insight.


  • johnbjohnb Member, Professional Chemist
    Your inability to afford to hire a chemist does not mean that anyone here can offer their services for free. Have you consulted manufacturers literature, textbooks, online cosmetics learning courses?

    The owner of this site offers courses in learning cosmetics formulation (see right hand side of the page)
  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    I'm going to have to second Johnb's point - you're asking for information for free that most consultants would charge hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for. Myself included.

    I will make a point, however. At least 80% of the information you're asking for is available for free on the web - but the amount of time it will take to find that information, separate it from information that either isn't true or isn't useful, and then apply it to your product line is very large.

    One of the primary things you're buying when you hire a consultant is saving time. I'd estimate that you could answer all of the questions you asked above by yourself with about 1,000 hours worth of research and experimentation. That's just about an entire half of a year year of full-time work.  Or, you could pay a consultant, and have all your answers in a week or two. How much is six months of your time worth to you?
    Robert Zonis, Sr. Formulation Chemist, Beaumont Products "All opinions and comments expressed are my own, have no relation to Beaumont Products, are fully copyrighted, and may not be used without written permission."
  • I understand where you're coming from John, however, I wasn't asking for anything for free. As I kept scrolling through the site I understood more of what the nature of this site is. Maybe I should have worded this more correctly, I just need a little direction. 

    Bob, that's what I was trying to get at. Its quite difficult to shuffle through all the fluff provided on the web. Thank you for your time and responses (both of you), maybe it would be worth considering a consultation in the near future.
  • johnbjohnb Member, Professional Chemist
    edited March 2017
    I am fully retired from work now and unable to undertake any consultative work. There are numerous others here who offer consulting services.
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