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Also-called-like-this: Poly Vinyl Pyrollidone
Irritancy: 0
Comedogenicity: 0

Official CosIng Information


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 Freezeframe BB Blur 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 Barry M Makeup Setting Spray Dewy Finish Contour Cosmetics All Day Spray Makeup Setting Spray Essence Keep It Perfect! Make-Up Fixing Spray Essence Lash And Brow Gel Mascara FLOWER Beauty Seal The Deal Hydrating Setting Spray L'Oreal Paris Pro-Spray And Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray LILAH B. Aglow™ Face Mist Skindinavia Bridal Makeup Finishing Spray 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 Wet n Wild Photo Focus Matte Finish Setting Spray Wet n Wild Photo Focus Natural Finish Setting Spray Barry M Makeup Setting Spray Illuminating Finish Ecoco Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel Elizavecca Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Clean Up Mask Jouer Essential High Coverage Concealer Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brow Pencil Milani Make It Last Setting Spray NYX Professional Makeup Make Up Setting Spray, Dewy Finish/Long Lasting Nip+Fab Multi-Tasking Fixing Mist Nip+Fab Party Proof Fixing Mist Skimono Beauty Face Mask For Anti-Ageing Violet Voss Eye Glitter Topper - Galactic Gem 7th Heaven Tea Tree Peel-Off Ahava Dead Sea Osmoter Eye Concentrate 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 Nip+Fab Blurring Fixing Mist Pur Fully Charged Mascara Too Faced Primed & Peachy Primer BEAUTYBLENDER Re-Dew Clinique Moisture Surge Lip Hema Cucumber Peel-Off Face Mask Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Peeling Massage Gel Huda Beauty Resting Boss Face Setting Spray