This week we posted a thread to Instagram giving a quick explanation on how to add additional ingredients to our Lip Bases--which types of oils work best with what bases, and what to avoid. Let's expand a little on this topic.
All of our Lip Bases are proprietary, unique formulas, available only through Lip Kit Laboratory. As we've grown to be a top etailer for small businesses offering lip products, we are often asked "Do I need to add anything to this?", "Can I add oils to it?", or "Help! I added oils and now the base is too runny!". When we formulated each lip base, the idea was to offer a product that only needed pigment, and flavor if you're into that. We wanted to take the hard work of formulation off of the table, so you could focus on the fun part--mixing unique and flattering colors. When formulating, we sought for each base to be long lasting, comfortable to wear, and easy to work with. Each of our Lip Bases require no additional ingredients, they're completely pre-mixed and come in 4 luxurious finishes. If you prefer to add more ingredients for the sake of label claims, or personal preference, refer to these guidelines to ensure that each base performs the way it should.
Our Clear Gloss base is our most fluid base, yet the most similar to Versagel, just without the plasticizers. If you'd like to include additional oils in this base, experiment with a very small batch before mixing a big batch, and use a very small percentage to start. This base will better accept non-polar oils (synthetic, petroleum based oils), over polar oils (natural, plant based oils).
Our Cream Gloss base is very thick and therefor better equipped to hold additional oils or anhydrous ingredients. Always start with a small test batch. Keep in mind that this lip gloss base already contains castor oil and MCT oil (fractioned coconut oil). Our Cream Gloss base is most compatible with plant based, polar oils, versus synthetic, non-polar oils.
Our Satin base is an emulsified blend of plant, synthetic, and silicone oils. In very small percentages, this base could hold oils from all 3 categories. Keep in mind that this lip base already contains castor oil, squalane, cyclomethicone, isododecane, and dimethicone.
Matte Liquid Lipsticks are designed to deposit color onto the lips, then dry down for a matte, long wearing, smudge proof finish. Because of this, we do not recommend adding plant based oils, which can prevent the lipstick from drying down or cause it to flake off of the lips. Our Liquid Colors, which are necessary to properly pigment this lipstick base, do contain castor oil as per FDA guidelines for milling batch certified lake dyes. We've formulated our Matte Base to hold the castor oil in our Liquid Colors in order to add color to the lipstick, but it should not be overused. Silicones such as dimethicone or synthetic solvent oils such as isododecane can be added in small percentages.
Do you add oils to your liquid lipsticks or lip glosses? If so, which oils and why?