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    The Mink - Makeup 3D Printer

    A woman named Grace Choi today unveiled what many within the makeup industry are calling a revolutionary product. At Techcrunch Disrupt she launched The Mink 3D printer. The printer basically turns any color from any picture found online into a Hex code which can then be used to 3D print a variety of makeups with a near infinite number of color choices. More details on the Mink can be found here:

    Whether it's lipstick, powders, eye shadow, or creams, The mink will be able to print it all. The printer will retail for just $300. Check out some pictures released today:

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    Mar 2014
    Very clever! If it works as intended it could definitely revolutionize the industry.

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    Great invention. I'm still debating on if this is 3D printing or 2D printing though For $300, this product is priced within reach of most people. If it works as well as they say, it could be a very disruptive technology.

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    Apr 2014
    It's the news sites and services are calling it 3D printing. In the video, Grace just calls it a printer.

    I don't know if it's even that, because it's not making an image. It's mixing ingredients and colors, but using inkjet technology to dispense specific combinations of colors.

    She doesn't talk about the cost of the supplies.
    Last edited by JRDM; 05-06-2014 at 10:09 AM.

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    Mar 2014
    Awww shucks!, I thought it was going to be something like Homer's make-up shotgun.

    Last edited by CaptainObvious; 05-06-2014 at 11:33 AM.

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    A cosmetic formulator's input on Grace Choi's Mink concept

    She’s young, confident and inventive, but has Grace Choi underestimated what it takes to develop and create cosmetics? The concept is interesting when you think about it. Why not interrupt the cosmetics distribution chain by “printing” your own makeup? Choi’s makeup printer called the “Mink” promises to print out the same niche colors you can find in Sephora and other prestige cosmetic stores by taking a photo of the color, copying its hex code, and simply printing and applying. The concept is geared toward girls who are new to wearing cosmetics and was developed to combat the high markup prestige brands charge for beauty. Choi criticized the cosmetic industry’s method of distribution and claims that it is easy as printing a color and applying it to your face- so why the high price? Marketed at $300, the Mink is the solution to achieving a niche look without a high price tag.
    When questioned by Harvard’s business expert panel (made up of men without experience wearing or manufacturing cosmetics) Choi explained that the high price of prestige cosmetics is driven by niche color, and the raw materials are really cheap and easy to re-produce. Choi was remiss in consulting with product formulation experts when creating the concept of the Mink printer which presents a slew of problems in its application. The Harvard panel was not only missing a woman’s touch, but a beauty product formulator’s input. Here are my own questions about this concept for Grace:
    1. In an industry moving toward organic, do you have a solution for ink that is safe to wear on the face- especially around the eyes?
    2. Taking a picture of a color is not an accurate representation of the true pigments in a cosmetic. How do you anticipate getting around this when the consumer realizes that the print color is not an exact match to the tester in the store?
    3. Color blends in the cosmetics world are proprietary. Do you anticipate pushback from cosmetic manufacturers’ on the basis that your product is copying their “art”?
    4. The raw material base of cosmetics is key to how color looks and lasts on the skin. Will the printer have the capability of blending the color pigment into the raw material base and do you have a raw material formulator that can create a base with the same staying power, look and feel that a cosmetic company provides with their bases?
    I applaud Miss Choi’s confidence in her attempt to provide a solution for cosmetic consumers. I believe that if Choi consults with industry experts who understand what it takes to produce an efficacious, safe cosmetic she has the potential of expanding her knowledge base to create a product that executes as brilliantly as her concept.

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    This is a great idea and could be a potential windfall for Grace and her partners. My questions are: How will these raw materials be available? I have no idea how to acquire the raw materials she spoke of. If you cause the make-up industry to lose billions wouldn't their first reaction be to jack up the costs of those raw materials? I have no clue how to form lipstick out of raw materials, I have no clue how to make foundation out of raw materials and also keep it safe for my skin, etc. There is much more that need's to be researched so people get the full picture instead of the "shock and awe" of the presentation. Cool product, but not as cool as people are initially thinking. I wish the best of luck to Grace

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    Pretty crazy, now Grace Choi is teaching us all how to turn a $70 2D Printer into a 3D printer which makes nail polish, eye shadow, and lipsticks. The steps and images/videos of how to do this can be found here:

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    Can you tell me in what are the ways this Makeup 3D Printer are used?

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    Well, it depends on what you are going to do to your eyes with them. Careful applying the glue on the lashes and then pressing these lashes close to the lash line won't harm your mucous membrane. And taking off the eyelash extensions is way easier - just carefully pull them away from the eye, and you'll be fine.

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