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Also-called-like-this: Poly Vinyl Pyrollidone
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These three letters stand for Poly Vinyl Pyrollidone, a big molecule created from repeated units of Vinyl Pyrrolidone, aka VP. Its main thing is being an important film former. It was the first synthetic polymer introduced as a hair fixative in the 1950s instead of insect-derived Shellac. 

So PVP likes to attach itself to surfaces such as the hair and the skin and forms a nice, thin, even film there. The film is useful for holding a hairstyle or extending the wear of color cosmetics and sunscreens. The disadvantage of PVP is that the film is a bit brittle and that PVP loves water (hygroscopic) that tends to destroy the film. This is the reason why hair styled with a PVP based product loses its style in high humidity. To fix this problem, there are now several versions of VP containing film formers that are less sensitive to humidity, for example, the molecule called VP/VA Copolymer

Products with PVP

Ahava Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate Cover fx High Performance Setting Spray Cover fx Water Cloud Primer + Pollution & Blue Light Defense Garnier Hidra Rizos Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask Kiko 30 Days Extension Night Treatment Booster iS Clinical Youth Serum Avon Mark MagiX Setting Spray LILAH B. Aglow™ Face Mist Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray Tosowoong Sos Repair Cica Clinic Spot Shield Gel Patch Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray Ecoco Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel Elizavecca Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Clean Up Mask Jouer Essential High Coverage Concealer Milani Make It Last Setting Spray 7th Heaven Tea Tree Peel-Off Beauty Formulas Tea Tree Peel-Off Mask Cover fx Dewy Finish Setting Spray Holika Holika Ac Mild Red Spot Patches Koh Gen Do Macro Vintage Royal Massage Milk NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Primer Too Faced Primed & Peachy Primer Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Peeling Massage Gel The Saem Jeju Fresh Aloe Toner 92% Dermaceutic Tri Vita C30 innisfree Wrinkle Science Spot Treatment DR.BELMEUR Spot Plaster Band Grow Gorgeous Scalp Stimulating Masque Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer SKIN&CO Roma Truffle Therapy Cleansing Foam Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Invigorating Eye Serum The Saem Cover Perfection Tip Concealer Blanc & Eclare Serein Effervescent Toner CoverGirl Trublend Matte Made Liquid Foundation Etude House Big Fit Cushion Concealer Private Doctor Minus Serum Rivecowe Plenty Volume Mascara Ahava Facial Renewal Peel Cover fx Gripping Primer + Firming Gosh Growth Mascara | The Secret Of Longer Lashes (Black) Mesoestetic Melanogel Antispot Cream SkinCeuticals Equalizing Toner Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Exfoliating Mask innisfree Pore Refining Serum With Green Persimmon it Cosmetics Confidence In A Neck Cream Ahava Mineral Mud Brightening & Hydrating Mask