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About

Thank you for taking the time to look at my project.

By request, new rewards just added for multiples of ready-to-wear lipsticks! 

THE CONCEPT

Putting on a great lipstick can lift your spirits and boost your self-confidence. It's a lot more fun and a lot less commitment than cosmetic surgery, and no anesthesia or recovery time is required. 

Cosmetic Psychiatry is a line of artisanal lipsticks celebrating creative self-expression and the power of color to affect the way we feel. It's mission is to fill the color gaps in  the lipstick market, produce pigment-rich formulas with great wearability and provide superior personal service, all at a reasonable price. My aim is to not only push the boundaries of the color palette currently available in lipstick, but the boundaries of personal expression and fashion as it applies to lip color.

I mix the pigments and mold the lipsticks by hand in small batches, which affords me the ability to add new colors as often as I wish. I record the formula for each lipstick I create, and can then produce it on demand in whatever quantity I need. Since I don't have to store a huge inventory of pre-made lipsticks for every new color I mix, I can offer limitless color choices and still have a financially viable business. In the future, with any luck, I'll even be able to employ someone else to help out.

THE PRODUCT

Cosmetic Psychiatry will offer an ever-expanding variety of ready-to-wear shades from sedate to psychedelic, as well as custom colors for people who want to match a swatch of fabric, the logo of their company or club, their team colors, or their favorite discontinued shade from another line. For the adventurous (or maybe indecisive), I'll also create a custom color inspired by a photograph of themselves or someone else.

While great color is at the core of my concept, I’ve worked hard to make my products a pleasure to wear. They have a creamy, moist texture, and they can stay in place for hours without re-applying. They have an SPF of 15 and a subtle rose fragrance.

THE PACKAGE

The lipsticks will be contained in a durable transparent acrylic tube with a cap that snaps securely in place. This prevents you from having to fumble around in your bag or makeup case, opening multiple tubes to find the right color, and it ensures that you will never find an open lipstick covered lint, or color all over the contents of your purse.

ABOVE AND BELOW: Lipstick package prototype with acting out{lipstick}.

Each tube will come in a sleeved two-part insulated box, which will protect the product from breakage and extreme temperatures during shipping as well as create a fun experience of discovery upon opening. Custom-made box sleeves are also available for the ultimate personalized gift, party favors or promotional swag.

THE FUNDING

Having exhausted my personal resources building my workspace and acquiring the materials and equipment to experiment with formulas and make product samples, I’ve come to Kickstarter to raise the capital necessary to start manufacturing retail product. 

About fifty percent of the funds raised will go towards packaging, which requires a significant outlay of capital due to quantity minimums that have to be met (for instance, 10,000 is the usual minimum order for lipstick tubes). The rest of the money will be used to purchase the raw ingredients and molding equipment to manufacture the lipsticks. 

THE FUTURE

I’ll be offering ready-to-wear and custom-made lipsticks online at cosmetic-psychiatry.com, which is currently under construction. When the website launches, I plan to add a new ready-to-wear color every week to keep things interesting, along with some sort of system for people to vote on colors they'd like to see added to the collection.

So far, there are two brick-and-mortar locations that will retail the ready-to-wear line. They are:

The super-cool salon Moshi Moshi Means Hello in Chapel Hill, NC

The amazing Jennifro Hair & Makeup in Richmond, VA (you can see more of Jennifro on facebook)

GETTING  REWARDED

I plan to ship rewards in December 2011. I'd like to have all rewards shipped to arrive before Christmas, but that really depends on how quickly I can reach my funding goal. If I can reach my goal by the middle of October, I will be on target to start shipping by December 1st. Even though I won't receive any funds until after the project ends, if I meet my goal early—meaning I'm guaranteed to be funded—I can go ahead and order the packaging which will take a while to produce and ship to me. 

There are no added shipping charges for U.S. orders. International orders please add $5.00 per lipstick.

Custom-made lipsticks will be shipped within five days of the date I receive the sample submission kit. Backers who choose a custom-made product will be mailed a sample submission kit immediately after the project ends. The kit will include a postage paid return envelope, a questionnaire pertaining to your formula preferences, and a container to use for sending back a product sample for matching if necessary.

Backers who wish to have a Pantone color matched may simply email me the PMS number and the answers to the questionnaire, which I will email to you.

Backers who wish me to create a lipstick color inspired by a photo of themselves or someone else may simply email the photo to me along with the answers to the questionnaire, which I will email to you.

A unique gift for makeup lovers

If you wish to give one or more custom–made lipsticks as a gift, and you want the recipient to choose their own color, I will send you the sample submission kit as well as an empty lipstick box with sleeve containing a card which explains the process. That way you will have something to wrap up for the giftee which they will then have the fun of opening. They will then also have the unique and exciting experience of having a lipstick custom-made just for them.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

THE COLORS

The launch collection consists of thirteen highly pigmented lipsticks, four tinted color-balms, and one colorless lip balm. As I‘ve tried to create a range of products with fairly broad appeal in this first collection, there are subdued hues alongside much bolder shades, but this is merely the tip of the iceberg of what’s in store for the line if my funding goal is met.

The lipsticks shown here all have a creamy, moist texture with varying degrees of luster while the color-balms have a more emollient texture and greater degree of shine (though less shine than a typical lip gloss). I haven’t included any truly matte finishes in this first go-round, but I look forward to presenting semi-matte and ultra-matte finishes in the near future if this project is successful. These options are, however, currently available in custom lipsticks.

I’ve taken great care to ensure that colors are represented here as accurately as possible, but please bear in mind that their appearance may vary depending on the age and calibration of your monitor.

ABOVE LEFT: acting out {lipstick}: bright clementine orange with high luster

ABOVE RIGHT: avoidant {lipstick}: warm salmon-beige with a subtle gold shimmer and low luster

ABOVE LEFT: disoriented {lipstick}: intense pink-lavender with low luster

ABOVE RIGHT: ego {lip balm}: colorless conditioning balm with medium luster

ABOVE LEFT: euphoric {lipstick}: bright complex pink with predominantly cool undertones and medium luster

ABOVE RIGHT: flashback {lipstick}: warm golden yellow with ochre undertones and medium luster

ABOVE LEFT: flight of ideas {color-balm}: transparent true orange with high luster

ABOVE RIGHT: freudian slip {color-balm}: transparent blue-red berry with high luster

ABOVE LEFT: hypomanic {lipstick}: burnt orange-red with a hint of golden shimmer and low luster

ABOVE RIGHT: inhibited {lipstick}: peachy brown with medium luster

ABOVE LEFT: jamais vu {lipstick}: deep magenta with medium luster

ABOVE RIGHT: latency {color-balm}: transparent pink-tinged brown with high luster

ABOVE LEFT: magical thinking {color-balm}: transparent cool pink with high luster

ABOVE RIGHT: manic {lipstick}: super bright orange-coral with low luster

ABOVE LEFT: pyromania {lipstick}: fiery orange-red with low luster

ABOVE RIGHT: self-medicated {lipstick}: dramatic blue-based ruby red with medium luster

ABOVE LEFT: sociopath {lipstick}: muted neutral pink with medium luster

ABOVE RIGHT: subconscious {lipstick}: dark plum-violet with a slight iridescence and medium luster

IF YOU WANT TO HELP

Besides becoming a backer (or if you would like to back me but can't), please share my project with any lipstick enthusiasts you know. Feel free to post, tweet and blog about Cosmetic Psychiatry and to link to this Kickstarter page. If you belong to a makeup forum such as Makeup Geek or MakeupAlley, how about giving my project a mention? Thanks for your support.

THANKS...

I'd like to thank the following without whom this project would have been much more difficult, to say the least:

Tippy Tippens, for being a constant source of inspiration

Greg Orlando, for sharing his expertise in packaging design and production

Jennifer Mantura and Catlin Hettel, for their belief in and support of my idea

Susan Griffith, for cheering me on and for her caring advice, invaluable insight and wisdom

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    A custom-made sleeve for your lipstick box incorporating any message or images you provide that will fit on the top and two sides of the box—either three approximately 4" X 1.5" spaces or wrapping around the box in one approximately 4" X 4.5" space. If you want duplicates, add $5 for each additional sleeve. Plus my undying gratitude, your name on the acknowledgements page of my website and the knowledge that you helped make a dream come true.

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Funding period

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