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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

The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Aloe Nose Strips Ahava Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate Catrice Lash Brow Boost Elixir Cover fx High Performance Setting Spray Cover fx Water Cloud Primer + Pollution & Blue Light Defense Dewytree Mocha Peel Off Nose Pack 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 LA Looks Extreme Sport Styling Gel Maria Nila Ocean Spray Maria Nila Salty Cream Maria Nila Salty Mist Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Curl Awakening Spray iS Clinical Youth Serum AXE Conditioning Cream Avon Mark MagiX Setting Spray Barry M Makeup Setting Spray Dewy Finish Beauty bakerie Spray Your Grace Baking Spray Setting Spray Caia Setting Spray - That Extra Hydration Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray Contour Cosmetics All Day Spray Makeup Setting Spray Cover fx Illuminating Setting Spray Cyberderm Exfoliant Reveal Treatment Essence Keep It Perfect! Make-Up Fixing Spray Essence Lash And Brow Gel Mascara FLOWER Beauty Seal The Deal Hydrating Setting Spray Helena Professional Hair Gel Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel L'Oreal Paris Pro-Spray And Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray LILAH B. Aglow™ Face Mist Lancôme Fix It And Forget It Setting Spray LimeLife Oil-Strike Setting Spray PLUM E-Luminence "The Bright Mix" Face Serum Patricks M1 Matte Finish | Light Hold Physicians Formula Rosé All Stay Illuminating Setting Spray 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 Collection Primed & Ready Fixing Spray (Dewy) Cover fx Mattifying Setting Spray Ecoco Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel Elizavecca Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Clean Up Mask