The Cosmetic Valley-Essec endowment fund was set up in 2013 to promote French research and to take part in developing employment in the perfume and cosmetics field, with the aim of showcasing the reputation of French cosmetics and the “Made in France” label. The first edition of the competition was launched in 2015 with the name “The Cosmetic Victories”. The Industry Prize for the best cosmetic innovation of the year was awarded to ColorForge, a US-based start-up that has developed a custom manufacturing and packaging system for make-up products. ColorForge has developed a revolutionary 3D printer that can produce hundreds of unique color cosmetics in a single print batch in less than 5 hours. Perfect for custom designed products, boutiques and special events. Individuality: Can rapidly prototype products for product development, or produce pilot products with accuracy one at a time for presentations and meetings. John LaHood – President of ColorForge, USA says “ColorForge Custom Cosmetics is a sustainable additive manufacturing process. It is the first patented 3D printing process that manufactures custom color cosmetics and product casing simultaneously, sustainably and with scale. No minimums or waste. This technology also makes it possible to manufacture powder-based beauty products in a variety of product categories and in various shapes and sizes. The ColorForge manufacturing process delivers a virtually limitless range of vibrant colours, as well as the option of customising the product and creating unique patterns and gradients.”

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