According to this article by Cosmetic Design Europe, a company called RPC Beauté has created two new ways to decorate cosmetic packages: HotFix and EcoCoat. Hotfix is an automated process for setting gemstones into plastic. Up to now, placing stones into plastic had to be done by hand, rather than mass-produced, which upped the price of the finished item. RPC Beauté general manager Gerald Martines noted that with HotFix, "capacity can match typical production outputs for million-unit ‘blockbuster’ launches as well as limited series...by ensuring a uniformity of cost in affixing stones to the pack, the biggest decision facing brands is how much to spend on the stones themselves.” Does this mean we can get emerald-studded compacts and ruby-encrusted lipsticks for mere pennies? Probably not, but I thought this was a pretty interesting development.
The other innovation is Eco-Coat, a new environmentally-friendly alternative to varnishing on plastic but one that looks just as nice. Eco-Coat does not emit the greenhouse gases the way regular varnish does, and the fact that it is thinner than varnish coats means "logistics and handling are significantly simplified and reduced." What's more, it can come in a variety of finishes, including metallic. Shiny AND eco-friendly?! I'll be waiting to see which company employs this new technique first - will it be the usual suspects (Cargo or Urban Decay) or a cosmetics giant like L'Oreal? Guess we'll just have to wait and see.