How to measure and analyse the texture of food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and adhesives.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Texture Analysis in Action: the Eye Shadow Test

Eye Shadow test using the TA.XTplus Texture Analyser The EYE SHADOW TEST uses standard Cylinder Probes P/2 – P/6 to perform a puncture test on the pressed tablet form of eyeshadow, which is today probably the most popular form of this product.

An essential purpose of binders, and other raw ingredients, is to provide stability to the tablet to prevent it from crumbling, flaking and dusting both during shipment and use. This property is judged by measuring the hardness or ‘cake strength’ of the tablet by penetration tests.

Selection of the various ingredients and their respective quantities is dictated by their ability to aid in compression of the tablet (that is, how easily they pack together) and prevent its crumbling, whilst providing a soft feel on the skin and contributing to adherence to the eyelid.

Such properties are similar to those necessary for formulation of compressed face powders.The test shown above can indicate the presence of air pockets beneath the sample surface, which may be undesirable, and the optimal pressing time and weight.


Assessment of hardness or ‘cake strength’ of eye shadows
Assessment of hardness or ‘cake strength’
of eye shadows
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We can design and manufacture probes or fixtures for the TA.XTplus texture analyser that are bespoke to your sample and its specific measurement.

Once your measurement is performed, our expertise in its graphical interpretation is unparalleled. Not only can we develop the most suitable and accurate method for the testing of your sample, but we can also prepare analysis procedures that obtain the desired parameters from your curve and drop them into a spreadsheet or report designed around your requirements.

For more information on how to measure texture, please visit the Texture Analysis Properties section on our website.

TA.XTplus texture analyser with bloom jar The
TA.XTplus texture analyser is part of a family of texture analysis instruments and equipment from Stable Micro Systems. An extensive portfolio of specialist attachments is available to measure and analyse the textural properties of a huge range of food products. Our technical experts can also custom design instrument fixtures according to individual specifications.

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