Gels: Making an eye liner sealant, Simone asks: I have looked for Part 2 of the recipe for the eye sealant on your blog but without success. Can you tell me if it exists? I was so excited at finding a supplier of PVP closer to Australia I forgot to check the recipe, now I have the ingredients but don't know the quantities.
Yeah, I flaked out and didn't post one! Thanks for bringing this to my attention! Let's make an eye liner sealant prototype.
The first step is to make up my usual thick gel recipe.
THICK CARBOMER GEL RECIPE
97% distilled water
1.2% carbomer (Ultrez 20)
0.9% TEA (triethanolamine) or 18% lye solution
1.6% liquid panthenol
0.5% liquid Germall plus
Weigh the carbomer into the distilled water and allow it to be wetted before to move on. For Ultrez 20, you can wait about three minutes before neutralizing the gel with the TEA. Check your suppliers' suggestions for the type of carbomer you have if it isn't Ultrez 20. Once you neutralize the gel with the TEA, add the other ingredients and mix well. It should thicken up in less than a minute. Yay! You have gel!
You can use this gel or use pre-made gel. It's up to you.
We're making this very thick so it can handle the inclusion of more liquid. I think it may be too thick for this application, so you could try a thinner version of the gel...
THINNER CARBOMER GEL RECIPE
96.6% distilled water
1% Ultrez 20
0.5% liquid Germall Plus
Follow the directions above.
For a second test, I removed 21 grams of gel, and added 2 grams of propylene glycol and 5 grams of PVP or AMP. This version was thinner, but was sticky and didn't dry quickly. I hated this and didn't bother to share it with my testers.
If you want do some experimenting, I'd go with 3 grams of PVP or AMP to 19 to 20 grams of gel and see what you think . You could go a little higher, but it'll get stickier with each additional gram. You will probably have to tweak it to your personal preferences for viscosity and to your climate - you mentioned you live in Australia - but I hope that's a start!
Please come back and let us know how it turned out for you!