Color systems to ensure batches reproducibility

I would like to know what systems do you use to ensure that color remains the same between batches.
In my company we are looking for better systems. I know that there are already portable spectrofotometers, however I was looking for something more like color charts, namely Munsell pra pantone but more adequated for liquids and semi solids.
Thanks in advance


  • We use pantone colors as a general reference but the company I work for is skincare-based not color cosmetics. I think you would need to account for lighting and opacity  of the samples as well. 
  • RawMaterialGirlRawMaterialGirl Member, Professional formulator
    The downside to using color standards - even Pantone color books - is that they fade. Pantone books also discolor, and you can have three Pantone books and they all look very slightly different. You can also reference color standards, which should have regulated storage conditions and be replaced every six months or less, but even that has drawbacks. If you rely on color accuracy for your business and are serious about quality control with color, I highly recommend investing in a spectrophotometer.

  • @EVchem and @RawMaterialGirl thank you for your input.
    In my company we don't do color cosmetics, only skincare so the color is not so crucial as is color cosmetics.
    I am looking at simpler catalogs (fewer colors than Pantone) and they do indicate validity. 
  • Bill_TogeBill_Toge Member, Professional Chemist
    if you have the budget, consider investing in a chroma meter - this will allow you to measure colour quantitatively
    to ensure your results are reproducible, always measure your samples in the same lighting conditions; a light booth will help enormously
    UK based cosmetic chemist with 13 years' experience at the bench. I've worked with pretty much everything apart from pressed powders, soap, solid lipstick and aerosols.
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