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What-it-does: viscosity controlling


Polyethylene is the most common plastic in the world. It is a super versatile polymer (molecule from repeated subunits) and when it comes to cosmetics, it is often referred to as microbeads. Well, it used to be referred to as microbeads, as it was banned in 2015 in the " Microbead-Free Waters Act" due to the small plastic spheres accumulating in the waters and looking like food to fish. Well done by Obama. 

But being versatile means that polyethylene does not only come as scrub particles but also as a white wax. In its wax-form, it is still well, alive and pretty popular. It thickens up water-free formulas, increases hardness and raises the melting point of emulsions and water-less balms. It is particularly common in cleansing balms and stick-type makeup products due to its ability to add body, hardness and slip to these formulas. 

Products with Polyethylene

Abib Tone-Up Sunstick Abib Tone-up Sunstick Silky Bar Colourpop Brow Pencil Fenty Beauty Brow Mvp Ultra Fine Brow Pencil & Styler La Roche-Posay Nutritic Lip Balm La Roche-Posay Nutritic Lips Mamonde Everyday Sunstick Spf50+ Pa++++ NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil 3CE Primer Sun Stick A-Derma Protect X-trem Stick AHC Masters Air Rich Sun Stick SPF 50+/PA++++ AHC Natural Perfection Double Shield Sun Stick [SPF50+/PA++++] Artistry Studio Compct Viso E Occhi Tokyo Avene High Protection Hydrating Lip Balm Spf50+ Avene SunsiStick KA Spf 50 Banila Co Hello Sunny Essence Sun Stick Aqua Bobbi Brown Cement Eye Shadow CNP Laboratory Derma Shield Sun Stick CNP Laboratory Derma Shield Sun Stick SPF 50+ Caviahue Gel Exfoliante Facial Celeteque Skin Defense Tinted Face Stick Cell Fusion C Stick Sunscreen 100 SPF 50+ Chantecaille Real Skin Eye & Face Stick Cher Beauty Scrub Purifier Detox Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes Colourpop Lippie Primer Colourpop Lippie Stick #Lucky Charm Cuticura Face Scrub EM Cosmetics Face Cuddle Moisture Balm Farm Skin Avocado Cica Soothing Sun Stick Formula Dra Norma Bustos Crema Pulidora Gee Beauty Bronzing Powder Gee Beauty Photo Touch Concealer Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Lip Pop HydroPeptide Makeup Melt Botanical Cleansing Balm I'm From Fig Cleansing Balm Illamasqua Gel Eyeliner Ingrid Stand Strong UV Stick SPF 50+ Pa++++ Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Airy Sun Stick Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub Jordana Sculpt N' Go Creamy Contour Stick Kiro Hi-def Soothing Eyeliner Pencil Kiro Kajal All-day Comfort Kajal Liner Kmart Purifying Cleansing Balm L'Oreal Paris Le Signature Eyeliner LANEIGE Air Light Sun Stick SPF 50+ PA++++ La Prairie Cellular Mineral Face Exfoliator Lagos Hidrovectin Exfoliante