Revealed; The Anatomy Of A Lipstick.
Lipstick is primarily composed of waxes like beeswax and carnuba that give it structure, emollients like castor oil and lanolin to ensure it glides on smoothly, and vitamins and antioxidants that prevent rancidity of the natural oils and pigments or colors — the main attraction.
Built to Last
Long-wear formulas contain lightweight emollients that rapidly evaporate, leaving behind pigments. Flexible film formers provide water resistance and help pigment adhere to lips.
Behind the Shine
Glossy formulas that look high-shine contain ingredients like mica or silica that reflect the light in uniform angles. Matte versions contain higher levels of wax and less oil to create a flatter effect.
To make sure lipsticks shades stay the same between batches, manufacturers use specially designed equipment to categorize the hues and identically match previous batches.