Patent application title: Cosmetic products applicator
Sven Dobler (Huntington, NY, US)
Dale Beal (Farmingdale, NY, US)
IPC8 Class: AA45D4026FI
Class name: Toilet shaped cosmetic applier
Publication date: 2010-12-30
Patent application number: 20100326462
Patent application title: Cosmetic products applicator
Paul M. Denk
Origin: ST. LOUIS, MI US
IPC8 Class: AA45D4026FI
Publication date: 12/30/2010
Patent application number: 20100326462
The applicator for cosmetic products, or lipstick, is a double ply card
with an embossed pattern that retains a sample of cosmetic, primarily
lipstick. The pattern includes projections from a top ply and a bottom
ply opposite the top ply. The pattern shears lipstick from a source onto
the applicator. Additionally, the sample can be deposited onto the top
ply similar to printing. This applicator also has the cosmetic sample
retained within projections upon the top ply that separates from the
bottom ply affixed to a card or magazine page. In use a woman folds the
applicator, moves it to her mouth, and transfers the sample to her lips.
1. A cosmetic applicator suitable for affixing a sample of cosmetic to a
carrier, including a card, magazine, and mail piece, for application of
the cosmetic by a consumer upon receipt of the carrier, said applicator
comprising:a top ply having a plurality of rounded integral projections,
said projections retaining said sample therebetween upon removal of said
top ply from said applicator and said projections avoiding scraping the
skin of a consumer, said projections being mutually spaced apart and
separate, and said projections dimpling said top ply;a planar bottom ply
locating beneath said top ply;a release liner locating beneath said
bottom ply, said bottom ply adhering to said release liner using a
pressure sensitive adhesive, and said bottom ply affixing said applicator
to said carrier upon removal from said release liner;said top ply having
a top surface and an opposite bottom surface, said top surface being
visible to a consumer;said projections extending generally perpendicular
to said bottom surface of said top ply and through said sample, being
generally round bosses retaining said sample between any two-of said
bosses, and having a height below said top surface;said bottom ply having
a top surface and an opposite bottom surface, said top surface generally
receiving said projections from said top ply, and being visible when said
top ply is removed therefrom, said bottom surface adhering to said
release liner;said projections are formed by mechanical embossing or
printing, said printing of the projections includes one of silkscreen,
offset, rotogravure, flexography, or deposition, said flexography
includes the usage of one of conventional inks, offset inks, flexographic
inks, ultraviolet cured inks, and thermographic heat set inks, and
wherein deposition includes one of thermoforming, vacuum forming,
casting, heat treatment, electrostatic treatment, spraying, extruding,
adhesives, and cohesives;said top ply being heat sealed to said bottom
ply, and said top ply and said bottom ply having a similar planar shape
and being heat sealed together upon their mutual perimeters, and wherein
said cosmetic applicator sample is no more than 1 mil thick.
2. The applicator of claim 1 and further comprising:a plurality of indicia upon said top surface of said top ply; anda plurality of indicia upon said top surface of said bottom ply.
3. The applicator of claim 1 wherein said projections occupy more than 5% and less than 50% of the surface area of said top ply.
4. The applicator of claim 3 wherein said release liner is permanently adhered to one of a carrier, card, and magazine, and wherein said top ply may be removed for sampling of the cosmetic by a consumer.
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
This non provisional patent application claims priority to the Continuation-in-Part patent application having Ser. No. 11/899,720, which was filed on Sep. 7, 2007, which claims priority to the non provisional patent application Ser. No. 11/190,752, which was filed on Jul. 27, 2005, which claims priority to the provisional patent application having Ser. No. 60/598,013, which was filed on Aug. 2, 2004.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
This applicator for cosmetic products relates to sampling devices and more specifically to a two ply card for mailing cosmetic samples in separate mailers or within a printed publication. A unique aspect of the present applicator is an embossed field upon the top ply that collects a sample of a cosmetic and that is then heat sealed to a bottom ply.
People have adorned themselves with perfumes, colognes, powders, mascaras, and other cosmetics for centuries. Samples of a cosmetic encourage more sales to discriminating customers. The counter, where the customer may purchase, remains the most effective place to promote cosmetics. Often, retailers and suppliers of cosmetics provide free samples to entice women. However, women approach some cosmetic products skeptically, like lipstick. Women only buy lipstick after sampling it to judge its desirability. Women also know of the health risks in sampling a lipstick from a common sampler. Multiple uses of a cosmetic sampler invite customer complaints. Sampling a lipstick from a common tube by more than one person has become socially and medically frowned upon. Many women insist upon sampling from an unopened tube of lipstick or sample on their hand to avoid medical problems.
To overcome the health risks in cosmetic sampling, the cosmetic industry has made miniature versions of tubes and other cosmetic dispensers. The miniature versions remain subject to contamination at the retail counter. Further, cosmetic suppliers still incur the cost of producing and distributing the miniature samples for each of the color or product line variations. In addition, cosmetic suppliers and retailers have tried cotton swabs that dab from a common cosmetic source, sample sticks, and test strips. These alternatives when used commercially caused messes, inconvenienced customers, and proved ineffective.
Beyond test strips, tubes, and pencils, the cosmetic industry seeks an inexpensive applicator for applying a cosmetic sample to skin in a single stroke. Presently, cosmetics such as lipstick have individual applicators that indirectly place lipstick upon the lips of a woman. When applied, the lipstick sample should have the same texture, feel, and characteristics regardless of the applicator. Because of the goal for similarity between a sample and the lipstick for sale, applicators usually are miniature tubes or brushes despite other possibilities.
Traditionally fragrance samplers were dry pre-scented blotter cards that had to be individually wrapped to contain the fragrance for direct mail or magazine advertising. Beginning in the late 1970's, the micro-encapsulated Scentstrip® style magazine and direct mail insert was introduced. The Scentstrip insert is described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,093,182 to Ross. This product was produced on wide web offset printing equipment and therefore offered significant cost efficiencies for mass marketing. However, this was still a dry sample since the moisture in the deposited fragrance slurry would quickly wick into the paper substrate and leave the product sample dry. In fact, the entire technology depended on this moisture wicking since the wet microcapsules would not bond to the paper and would not break upon opening of the sampler. The microcapsules only break and release the fragrance oil when they are dry and are bonded to the paper. The draw back with this product was that it did not replicate the actual wet perfume product very well. To sample the fragrances in wet form, the moisture wicking of the wet fragrance slurry deposited in the wide web offset printing process required prevention. Preventing moisture wicking occurred most easily by using existing narrow web flexographic label printing technology to create a pressure sensitive product that incorporated a wet fragrance or cosmetic sample material between impervious barrier materials such as plastic films and foil structures.
Three main fragrance sampler patents guide wet fragrance or cosmetic sampling in magazines and direct mail. One is U.S. Pat. No. 5,391,420 to Bootman, which describes a pressure sensitive label comprising two plies of a film or plastic material: one bottom pressure sensitive ply, a deposit of fragrance material and an overlay of a second ply which traps said fragrance deposit. The sealing is by heat seal. The draw back of this product is that the fragrance material is often forced into and through the seal areas under pressure from the stacking forces of many magazines or inserts in distribution.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,161,688 to Muchin introduces a center ply material which has a die-cut window. This window ply is introduced onto the bottom pressure sensitive ply and thus creates a well for the fragrance material. The top, third ply is then added and the result is that stacking forces are distributed on to the widow ply and the fragrance material is exposed to less forces that may lead to seal failures and leakage.
A modification of this second patent concept is described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,622,263 to Greenland. Greenland uses a liquid polyethylene or other hot liquid plastic material that creates the above-mentioned well and also assists in the heat sealing process. The Greenland concept also adds additional material cost and slows the process as the liquid plastic material needs to be deposited and bonded to the top and bottom ply. Further, the hot liquid plastic material introduces foreign odor and can contaminate the cosmetic or fragrance sampling material.
There are various other patents that deal with cosmetic sampling. Gunderman (U.S. Pat. No. 5,690,130) discloses a sampling device with a unit dose of cosmetic that is screen printed onto a base paper with a perimeter adhesive and clear film overlay. Here, a well area is embossed to receive an integral applicator. The well is not designed as a receptor for the cosmetic product nor is the embossing incorporated into the seal so as to afford strength and allow the seal to withstand pressure better. Also, this sampler uses screen printing and is not capable of delivering a wet liquid dose of cosmetic material. Lastly, a pressure sensitive base material is not disclosed which would allow automatic affixing as a label onto magazine or direct mail materials.
Gunderman (U.S. Pat. No. 5,566,693) describes a screen printed sampler that delivers a cosmetic dose under a clear film overlay with pressure sensitive base material allowing affixing as a label. Again, this sampler is not designed to deliver a wet fragrance. The formulation requires fragrance to be mixed in a powder-based vehicle so that it can be screen printed. Further no embossing is envisioned to hold a cosmetic dose or to create seal wall integrity.
Gunderman (U.S. Pat. No. 5,562,112) envisions a lipstick sampler, again with neither a well or an embossed seal wall feature.
Ashcraft (U.S. Pat. No. 5,249,676) describes a multi-layer film with a flavor carrier layer between barrier layers. This does not create a wet fragrance sampler and no seals by embossing that will contain a wet cosmetic sample.
Moir (U.S. Pat. No. 5,192,386) describes a screen printed, two-ply sampler with perimeter adhesive and clear film overlay. The cosmetic is a cosmetic powder, a heated oily, non-liquid waxy material, or a fragrance in a dry powder formulation. The product is not wet and there is no provision for creating heat sealed, embossed or interlocking walls to define a well and create internal seal strength sufficient to withstand stacking forces.
Szycher et al. (U.S. Pat. No. 4,880,690) shows a perfume patch.
Moir (U.S. Pat. No. 4,848,378) discloses a cosmetic screen printed, two-ply sampler that allows a pattern deposit of the cosmetic ingredient in the form of a non-smeary powder. This product is not pressure sensitive has no embossed wells or seal walls and does not deliver a wet sample.
Dreger (U.S. Pat. No. 4,769,264) discloses a label product comprising at least two sheets, bonded by adhesive, with microencapsulated fragrance. The liquid fragrance inside the microspheres is so small that it does not create a wet rendering of the product and is dry to the touch as in current day dry "scentstrips". There is no mention of any embossing to create an improved seal and resist stacking pressure.
Moir (U.S. Pat. No. 4,751,934) discloses another version of a screen printed cosmetic powder formulation that may include fragrance in a two-ply pressure sensitive label construction. The seals of the two ply layers are by adhesive seal and the product rendering is dry or waxy, as in the lipstick dose version, but not wet as contemplated in the current invention. No embossing or debossing is used to create well areas or build wall seals.
Fraser (U.S. Pat. No. 4,720,423) describes using in a multi-layer strip having an adhesive with frangible microcapsules as a package overwrap. This product does not render a wet sample and create wells or seal walls either.
Charbonneau (U.S. Pat. No. 4,606,956) discloses a pressure sensitive two ply label construction with conventional microencapsulated slurry applied wet and then allowed to dry. The product sample is rendered in a dry state, no wells or embossed walls are used to create a more impervious seal that resists stacking forces.
Several other patents disclose fragrance samplers: Charbonneau (U.S. Pat. No. 4,606,956) shows an on page fragrance sampling device. Charbonneau (U.S. Pat. No. 4,661,388) shows a pad fragrance sampling device. Fraser (U.S. Pat. No. 4,720,423) shows a package opening system. Moir et al. (U.S. Pat. No. 4,751,934) discloses a cosmetic sampler. Dreger (U.S. Pat. No. 4,769,264) discloses an on page fragrance sampling device. Moir et al. (U.S. Pat. No. 4,848,378) discloses a cosmetic sampler. Moir et al. (U.S. Pat. No. 5,192,386) discloses a method of making a cosmetic sampler. Ashcraft et al. (U.S. Pat. No. 5,149,676) discloses a flavor burst structure and method of making it. Gundermann (U.S. Pat. No. 5,562,112) discloses a lipstick sampler. Gundermann (U.S. Pat. No. 5,566,693) discloses a fragrance sampler. Gundermann (U.S. Pat. No. 5,690,130) discloses a cosmetic sampler with an integrated applicator. Sweeny (U.S. Pat. No. 4,493,869) discloses fragrance microcapsules clear substrate. Turnbull (U.S. Pat. No. 4,487,801) discloses a fragrance releasing pull-apart sheet. Greenland (U.S. Pat. No. 5,622,263) discloses a sampler package and method of making it. Muchin (U.S. Pat. No. 5,161,688) discloses a sampler and method of making the sampler. Bootman (U.S. Pat. No. 5,391,420) discloses fragrance laden pouch samplers.
The U.S. patent to Wallschlaeger, U.S. Pat. No. 5,396,913, describes a lipstick applicator of a base support, that does not absorb dry solids and liquids placed thereupon, and has a coating of lipstick of 5 mils or less. The base support is not a tube or brush as is commonly associated with lipstick but rather a planar sheet. The lipstick coating is applied to the base support using screen printing methods. The base support may have a cover thereupon to protect the coating from handling.
The U.S. patent to Wallschlaeger, U.S. Pat. No. 4,995,408, then describes a two ply cosmetic sampler. Wallschlaeger's sampler has projections extending upwardly from the base ply and gravity retains the sample within the projections and upon the base ply. Wallschlaeger presents the sampler as a separate stand alone device with a cover upon the projections of the bottom ply. In use, Wallschlaeger's sampler has the top ply detach, similar to a cover, and separate from the bottom ply so the consumer can use the top ply as an applicator of cosmetic retained in the bottom ply and when finished, the top ply is disposed. In contrast, the present invention has projections upon the top ply and retains the sample within the top ply, occasionally against gravity. Additionally, the present invention is designed for application as a label onto a card or page of printed material. The base ply remains upon the carrier while the top ply, including the sample, is removed for usage by the consumer.
The difficulty in providing a removable sampler is shown by the operation of a typical product sample at a cosmetics counter, or department store. The prior art communicates the shade and texture of a particular lipstick. However, most cosmetic suppliers produce about 150 shades of lipstick, making individual counter display and sampling impractical and expensive. Cosmetic suppliers have invested heavily in sampling lipstick tubes and two-ply applicators in use at counters around the world. In addition, lipsticks have a variety of formulae differing in shelf life and compatibility. Lipstick formulae require testing for sample stability during shipping and handling to a retail store. During testing, some samples may render a formula incompatible and deter marketing of a formula. The logistics and expense of testing pose obstacles to cosmetic vendors, raising the cost and time involved in a sampling program. The two ply construction of the prior art, the compatibility and stability testing, shelf space requirements, and packaging make existing applicators more expensive to use in a sampling program.
Embossing in prior art patents, serving as stilting, protects a cosmetic material, or lipstick, between the base ply and the top cover ply. An embodiment of the present invention serves as an aid to shear lipstick from a tube. The present invention allows the use of one common card by a woman for all the shades she seeks to sample. The present invention reduces the need for numerous pre-printed shade cards. As the woman samples the lipstick immediately after applying it to the present invention, stability and compatibility concerns of the lipstick do not arise. The two ply embodiment of the present invention has cosmetic sample deposited within the embossing of the top ply
The present art overcomes the limitations of the prior art. That is, in the art of the present invention, a single use applicator for cosmetic products, receives lipstick from a common bulk container but allows each woman to sample the lipstick individually. The two ply embodiment of the invention retains cosmetic samples within embossing or projections upon the top ply that is then heat sealed to a base ply attached to a release liner.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The preferred embodiment of the cosmetic products applicator is a dual ply applicator upon a release liner that affixes the applicator to a card, a magazine, a mail piece, or other means of conveyance. The applicator has a top ply, a base ply, and a release liner, each with its own function. The top ply has a pattern embossed downwardly so that the bosses, or projections, abut the base ply located below the top ply. The top ply is heat sealed upon the perimeter of the base ply as both the top ply and the base play have the same shape. The base ply then has an adhesive layer opposite the top ply for placing the applicator upon the release liner. Then in an alternate embodiment, the applicator is a single ply card with an embossed pattern that retains a sample of lipstick. The pattern forms a friction field that shears lipstick when applied directly from a tube onto the applicator. Also, the pattern assists in visually targeting the deposit of a cosmetic upon the applicator.
At a counter, a woman surveys the samples of lipsticks and selects a few of her choosing. The woman takes an alternate embodiment of the present invention with the raised field down, and moves the applicator across the lipstick source. The raised field contacts the lipstick and lipstick collects between the embossing of the raised field. After selecting a sample, a woman folds the applicator away from her, moves the applicator to her mouth, and transfers the sample of lipstick to her lips. Following use, a woman folds the applicator towards her and encloses the raised field.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
In referring to the drawings,
FIG. 1 shows a plan view of an alternate embodiment of the cosmetic products applicator constructed in accordance with the principles of the present invention;
FIG. 2 shows an isometric view of the partially folded applicator of the alternate embodiment;
FIG. 3 describes an end view of an alternate embodiment of the present invention while in flat form;
FIG. 4 shows an exploded view of the dual plies of the present invention;
FIG. 5 shows a top view of the present invention with the projections extending into the plane of the view;
FIG. 6 illustrates a sectional view of the applicator ready for mailing;
FIG. 7 describes an enlarged sectional view of the top ply including the placement of a cosmetic sample within the bosses; and,
FIG. 8 portrays an alternate embodiment having visible printing or advertisements upon the plies.
The same reference numerals refer to the same parts throughout the various figures.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
The present art overcomes the prior art limitations by providing an applicator for cosmetic products that allows multiple consecutive samples to be placed upon a single applicator. Turning to FIG. 1, an alternate embodiment of the applicator 1 for cosmetic products has a single ply 2 of material generally rectangular in shape. The ply 2 has scoring with a center fold line 4 and a mechanically embossed lip contour pattern 3. Upon the longitudinal axis, the applicator 1 has a centered fold 4 that generally divides the present invention into halves. As a means to secure the applicator 1 when closed, the card 2 has one or more notches 6 upon one or more edges. A die cuts the notches 6 to interlock when one half folds upon the other.
Generally centered, an embossed pattern 3 rises from the ply 2. The pattern 3 has the appearance of a pair of lips in a smooth field. In the alternate embodiment, the pattern 3 has a plurality of raised bosses, or dots, in a grid shaped to mimic lips. The dots occupy approximately 25% of the surface area of the ply 2. In an alternate embodiment, the pattern 3 has a series of parallel lines at a diagonal to the longitudinal axis. The pattern 3 rises from the ply 2 somewhat less than three thicknesses of the ply 2, approximately 3 mils in height.
Many methods can form the raised area 3 such as mechanical embossing or printing. A mechanical embosser uses a roller or flat tool with a positive image of the pattern 3. The card 2 passes under a roller or flat embossing tool which impresses the pattern 3 upon the material of the card 2. Printing forms a raised area 3 by its own methods, special inks, and deposition. In general, printing places a pattern 3 of greater height than the card 2 upon the surface of the card 2. Printing includes the methods of silkscreen, offset, rotogravure, flexography, and deposition. In particular, flexography uses conventional inks, offset inks, flexographic inks, ultraviolet cured inks, and thermographic heat set inks. The inks adhere to the surface of the card 2 and the lipstick collects between portions of the ink. Deposition places material upon the card 2 in a pattern 3. Deposition involves the methods of thermoforming, vacuum forming, casting, heat treatment, electrostatic treatment, spraying, extruding, adhesives, and cohesives.
As shown in FIG. 2, a woman utilizes the applicator 1 to transfer a sample of cosmetics, or lipstick, to her lips for viewing and shopping. A woman folds the ply 2 along the fold line 4 with the halves folding away from the woman. Upon the halves, the embossed pattern 3 is ready to transfer a cosmetic once in contact with lips.
A salesperson places cosmetic, or lipstick, upon the embossed pattern 3. The salesperson may either drag the ply 2 across a lipstick tube or drag a lipstick tube across the ply 2. The raised pattern 3 retains lipstick between the dots generally at no more depth than the height of a boss or a dot, approximately three mils. With the lipstick upon the ply 2, a woman applies the sample to her lips for possible purchase. After use, a woman folds the card 2 toward her which encases the raised area 3. The woman then interlocks the notches 6 to secure the applicator 1 in a closed configuration. The applicator 1 can then be carried by the woman with less risk of the sample leaking from the applicator 1.
Turning to FIG. 3, an alternate embodiment of the present invention has two or more subplies 5. The first sub-ply 5a forms the base of the applicator 1. The first sub-ply 5a extends for the complete width and length of the card 2. The first sub-ply 5a folds longitudinally along the line 4. Upon both sides of the fold line 4, the applicator 1 has two second sub-plies 5b. The second sub-plies 5b have less width than half of the card 2 and less length than the card 2. The second sub-plies 5b provide the raised field 3 as manufactured by the methods previously described in FIG. 1. The second sub-plies 5b are generally symmetrically arranged about the fold line 4.
Another version of this applicator may be made of material that does not feature a raised or embossed area, as previously described, but may be made of material or exhibits a coating on a material that renders the applicator receptive to the cosmetic sample, and at the same time be relatively impervious to the cosmetic sample so that it does not absorb into or through the applicator before usage. The applicator will still fold over on a pre-creased, printed or perforated line, so that it may function as the original applicator as described herein. Another version may include either a raised or embossed area, or a non raised applicator, with an overlay cover material that is removed prior to usage, to maintain a hygienic deposit area for the cosmetic sampler, when applied.
FIG. 4 now shows the preferred embodiment of the present invention of the cosmetic products applicator as it is assembled. The applicator 7 has a top ply 8 above a bottom or base ply 9 that affixes to a release liner 10. The top ply is generally planar in extent and has a generally oval shape, a top surface 8a exposed to the user of the applicator and an opposite bottom surface 8b with a pattern of integral bosses, or projections 11. The projections extend away from the top ply and towards the base ply. The individual projections can have varying patterns and shapes as in known in the art. The projections can be formed by embossing, de-bossing, thermoforming, cohesives, other adhesives, printing, laminated secondary plies, and like methods.
Beneath the top ply, the base ply 9 is generally a planar oval shape similar to that of the top ply. The base ply 9 has a top surface 9a and an opposite bottom surface 9b. The top surface 9a of the base ply receives the projections depending from the top ply. The top ply is joined to the bottom ply upon their mutual perimeter generally by heat sealing and like methods. The bottom surface 9b then has a layer of adhesive 13, as later shown in FIG. 6, preferably pressure sensitive, applied thereon for affixing the assembled plies of the applicator to the release liner 10. Though shown here as rectangular, the release liner can be of any useful shape for placing the applicator as a label upon a mail piece, magazine page, or like material. The release liner then permanently adheres to a carrier, card, magazine page, and like material. In use, the top ply 8 is removed from the fixed bottom ply 9 and the top ply carries the sample of cosmetic for the consumer to use as desired.
When the top ply 8 is placed upon the bottom ply 9 and both are then affixed to the release liner 10, the applicator 7 appears from the top as shown in FIG. 5. The top ply and the base ply have a similar shape and the negative image of the pattern of projections 11 appears in the top ply. The release liner holds the compact form of the two plies including a cosmetic sample therein.
The assembled applicator then appears in layers as shown in the sectional view of FIG. 6. The top ply 8 has a pattern where the integral projections 11 extend downwardly from the bottom surface 8b. The projections are spaced apart on two axes and retain a sample 12 of cosmetic placed therein. The shaping of individual projections, surface tension of the sample, and static charge retain the sample proximate to the bottom surface 8b of the top ply until used. In the preferred embodiment, the projections are bosses or round knob like hubs. The height of the boss from the top surface 8a is enough to retain the cosmetic sample between adjacent bosses and shallow enough to avoid perception by a woman during usage. The projections then abut the top surface 9a of the bottom ply 9. The projections generally rest upon the top surface without penetrating or deflecting into it. Upon the bottom surface 9b, a layer of adhesive 13 is applied that affixes the base ply along with the top ply to the release liner.
Looking more closely at the sample 12 within the top ply 8, FIG. 7 shows cosmetic sample retained between adjacent projections 11 here shown as bosses. The sample is retained side to side by adjacent projections and retained upon the top ply against gravity by surface tension and friction with the material of the top ply. The bosses each appear as a round swelling, similar to a smooth mound or knob. The bosses contact the skin of a woman on a minimum of surface area thus avoiding an adverse perception of bosses scraping across her skin. The knob or hub like shape retains the cosmetic sample during manufacturing and transport yet readily releases the sample upon the woman's skin when the woman grips the top ply 8 and moves the bottom surface 8b with the bosses upon her skin. The cosmetic sample is generally less than 5 mils thick. The present invention retains the sample in the top ply during packaging and handling of the applicator by printers and eventually by end users.
FIG. 8 illustrates an alternate embodiment of the present invention. The top ply 8 has its top surface 8a with a pattern of projections 11 thereon. The projections extend downwardly as before. The projections leave a limited appearance of a negative image upon the top surface that permits printing 14, advertising, or other indicia to be placed thereupon. The top surface can display a message or printing visible to the user before removing the top ply for application of the cosmetic sample contained therein. With the top ply removed during usage, the top surface 9a of the bottom ply 9 is exposed upon the release liner affixed to a carrier. In this alternate embodiment, the top surface of the bottom ply can be seen by the user and thus printing 14, advertising, or other indicia can be placed there as well. This alternate embodiment provides at least two surfaces capable of receiving and then displaying printing for viewing by the end user.
From the aforementioned description, a cosmetic products applicator has been described. The applicator is uniquely capable of individual sampling of lipstick from bulk containers and for retaining a cosmetic in the removable top ply. The projections or bosses of the top ply do not create an adverse perception upon the skin of the woman users. The applicator may be manufactured from many materials, including but not limited to, paper, polymers, polyester, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, nylon, Teslin, Saran, ferrous and non-ferrous metal foils and their alloys, and composites.
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