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  • Lipstick Help

    Posted by crazylipsticklady on May 8, 2015 at 5:41 pm


    I recently started trying to make my own lipstick at home.  My goal was to make a liquid-matte lipstick, so it applies liquid and then dries matte.  After doing some research and lots of trial and error, I finally came up with a glossy liquid lipstick formula, listed below.  The color coverage is fine, but I’m wondering if there is any way to tweak this to make it more like a liquid-matte lipstick or if I should scrap this recipe and start over.
    Shea butter 22g
    Coconut oil 11g
    Grapeseed oil 8g
    Kaolin 3g
    Vitamin E 1 drop
    Titanium Dioxide   5g
    Pigments (micas)  15g
    Micronized titanium 5g
    Cornstarch      3g
    Beeswax     3.5g
    Thanks in advance for any input!!
    Chemist77 replied 9 years, 1 month ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
  • 5 Replies
  • belassi

    May 8, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Grapeseed oil has a very short shelf life, I would use an alternative to that.

  • crazylipsticklady

    May 8, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Would olive oil be a better alternative?  I’ve also seen sweet almond oil in ingredients lists a lot.  Thank you!!

  • belassi

    May 8, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    If this has to be “natural” I’d use almond oil instead. If not, I’d be looking to use an ester due to the excellent sensorials esters can give.

  • crazylipsticklady

    May 8, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Yes I’d prefer this be as natural as possible, just for the availability of the ingredients at local stores rather than online.  I’m reading that jojoba oil also has a pretty long shelf life.  Thanks again for the input I really appreciate it!

  • Chemist77

    May 9, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Yeah since Jojoba oil is actually a wax and surely very natural and appealing. Only addition from me would be the usage of pigment muds rather than using dry pigments, dispersion defines the appearance.

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