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Why Did My Lip Gloss Color Change?

February 13, 2024 2 min read

Understanding the Science Behind Lip Gloss Color Changes

  1. There Are NO Parabens Used in MBV Formula: Parabens are typically used to preserve many personal care products. MBV lip gloss formula relies on oils high in vitamin E oil as an alternative to using parabens. While vitamin E oil is an effective antioxidant and helps extend the shelf life of cosmetics it may be more sensitive to the following conditions.
  2. pH Levels: Lip gloss formulations can be sensitive to the pH levels of your skin or cleaning products used during or before sanitizing. Exposure to environmental elements, such as pollution, UV radiation, and harsh chemicals, can impact acidity. Cleansers, soaps, and skincare products also play a role. If your skin’s pH or cleaning method is acidic, it may cause the lip gloss to eventually shift in color. For example, the use of orange or yellow pigments in many colors can result in an undesirable pumpkin shade due to pH variations. 
  3. Sun Exposure: Sunlight exposure can modify the color of lip products. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause pigments to fade or change, and oils to separate from the formula. If your lip gloss was left in direct sunlight, it may have led to the color shift. Proper storage of lip gloss is crucial. Exposure to heat, humidity, or light can affect its stability and color. Avoid keeping your lip gloss in hot or sunny areas.

To prevent future color shifts, consider the following tips:

  • Store your lip gloss in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight.
  • Avoid acidic products on skin or prep surfaces while making lip gloss.
  • Make sure your lip gloss tubes are clean and free of any water before filling. 

We suggest discarding any discolored products. 

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