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ImerCare SheerSilk

ImerCare® SheerSilk A new transparent and luminous natural mineral for make-up powders

  • Luminous, transparent effect
  • Spreads smoothly and evenly on skin
  • High compaction

Sourced in the Italian Alps, ImerCare® SheerSilk is a premium talc product, engineered using patented technology to obtain an innovative transparent structure which enhances the color and optical and sensory properties of color cosmetics such as make-up face powders, blushes and eyeshadows.

SEM photograph – ImerCare SheerSilk
ImerCare® SheerSilk

In pressed make-up powders, ImerCare® SheerSilk provides:

  • A transparent and natural nude, blur effect
  • A pearlescent, lustrous finish
  • Good homogeneity and spreadability on skin
  • Good cohesion and compressibility

ImerCare® SheerSilk for a transparent satin finish

Opacity scale ImerCare SheerSilk

In eyeshadows, ImerCare® SheerSilk is an excellent base for highly pigmented, high brilliance products.

Spidergraph SheerSilk]

Enhanced homogeneity, spreadability and long lasting wear

Test realized by panel of 15 volunteers on 2 formulations: a blush based on a conventional talc grade and an innovative blush based on ImerCare® SheerSilk. Results were observed immediately.

Cohesion and compressibility

ImerCare® SheerSilk demonstrates high fracture resistance, improving the compressibility and cohesion of pressed powders and compacts.

ImerCare® SheerSilk demonstrates excellent fracture resistance

Graph ImerCare SheerSilk & Velluto]
Fracture resistance of sample discs pressed at 1500psi The fracture resistance of pressed tablets was tested using a Lloyd TA1 texture analyzer which measures the penetration force (loading rate 100mm/s) of a spherical probe (diameter 4mm) in the tablet.

Wet processing

Unlike conventional talc grades, ImerCare® SheerSilk can easily be used in wet processes where it prevents cracking.

Photo compressed powders


All Imerys cosmetic products are natural, high quality, chemically inert and offer good skin tolerance. They are not treated with chemicals during processing. These attributes enable them to be used in cosmetic products that comply with cosmetic directive regulation (EC) n° 1223/2009.


Ecocert – Cosmos logo

ImerCare® SheerSilk is Cosmos certified. Certificates of origin and additional documentation are available upon request.

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