Surface coating on containers works much like how the top coat of nail enamel works on nails. It makes way for the perfect shine, shimmer or gloss, and protects the substrate. It is the final stage for a package design to be put together. And when it comes to cosmetic packaging, the most dramatic jives of all is given out to the lipstick tube.
There is indeed much to realize about the shining and shimmering variations of surface handling technologies to make this tiny cartridge of beauty an exclusive design. This article explores and compares the aspects of these technologies, owing to factors like production process, time, cost, durability and of course, style, ultimately helping enterprises choose the ideals for lipstick packaging.
Lipstick tubes serve as a beacon for make-up and are by all means, truly iconic. An individual who perhaps has no sense or knowledge about cosmetics, knows the lipstick tube for sure, just by the sight of the cylindrical format. The shine and gloss of the tubes have something to with its attractiveness and overall brand value. Therefore surface handling is pivotal.
Having knowledge about different coatings is essential for cosmetic manufacturers so that they are not just able to choose the right one, but can also be more adaptive to the changing market trends of design and functionality, owing to aspects of corrosion resistance, waterproofing etc.
The polymer injection process involves the extrusion of molten polymers by injecting them into a mold, wherein it hardens when cooled, taking the shape of the mold. Injection molding is a common process for “laminating” lipstick packaging. Both thermosetting and thermoplastics are used at large for the purpose, at many instances other materials, like glass, wood fibers, and additives may be mixed into the compound in order to make it smoother and more durable. Once the parison has hardened, additional PVC coatings are applied to make it resistant to abrasion and galling or lose the luster. Fiberglass reinforced resins are also used, which give them extraordinary sturdiness.
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