As established makeup manufacturers, we offer unrivalled breadth in colour cosmetics, encompassing everything from light-reflecting brow highlighters and illuminators to the latest pencils, powders and sticks.

Our colour cosmetic manufacturing service is tailored to each customer’s individual requirements down to the finest detail. We have a state-of-the-art dedicated colour cosmetics laboratory and the talented technicians in our research & development department can match any colour our customers desire, whether from a magazine article, a colour swatch or a scrap of material.

Swallowfield are not your standard manufacturer of cosmetics, our in-house industry experts constantly track and analyse the latest trends in colour predications, lifestyle, fashion, design, products, packaging and ingredients to anticipate the trends of tomorrow and produce ground-breaking products to keep our customers ahead of the competition.


Cosmetic Pencil Manufacturing

We manufacture a wide spectrum of pencil formulas and formats. We pride ourselves in first class cosmetic pencil formulations including wood case, plastic case and propelling pencils. We continuously map our products against the market place and consumer expectations.

Swallowfield is equipped with 2 wood clench pencil lines, 1 auto pencil packaging line and 1 plastic barrel pencil line. Our pencils production capacity is in excess of 50m per annum. We have been awarded the Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody accreditation and are able to provide pencils carrying the official FSC logo.

Want to learn more?

To learn more about colour cosmetics manufacturing please contact us on +44 (0)1823 662241 or email


What are cosmetics?

The European Union Cosmetics Directive defines a cosmetic as any substance or preparation intended to be placed in contact with the various external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance and/or correcting body odours and/or protecting them or keeping them in good condition.


What face colour cosmetic formats can Swallowfield manufacture?

  • Loose powders
  • Pressed powders
  • Blusher
  • Liquid foundations
  • Mineral foundation
  • Illuminators
  • Concealers
  • Cheek stain
  • Bronzing powder


What eye colour cosmetic formats can Swallowfield manufacture?

  • Loose eyeshadow
  • Pressed eyeshadow
  • Eyeshadow stick
  • Eye brow powder
  • Eyebrow gel
  • Eye liner pencils
  • Brow pencils
  • Mascara


What lip cosmetic formats can Swallowfield manufacture?

  • Lip stain
  • Lip gloss
  • Lipstick
  • Lip liner pencil


What are cosmetic pencils?

Makeup pencils can be used to add colour to the face, eye and lip. Pencils are easy to use and lightweight, making them an ideal addition to any cosmetic portfolio. At Swallowfield, we are able to manufacture a range of cosmetic pencil types to suit our customer’s needs. These include:

  • Power pencils
  • Double ended pencils
  • Jumbo pencils
  • Lip liners
  • Eye liners
  • Ultra glossy lip crayon
  • Jumbo lip shine plastic cased crayon
  • Glitter eye shaders
  • Diary pencils – ultra slim.


Current market trends in the colour cosmetics category?

Some of the latest trends in colour cosmetics market include long-lasting, illuminating, easy to use, Suitable for sensitive skin, anti-ageing and unique and attractive packaging.


How are cosmetic pencils made?

There are three different production methods we can offer for pencil manufacturing. We can advise which method is most suitable for your concept.

Moulding – The formula is poured into moulds to create the lead shape. This method gives flexibility over the softness of the formula, and the lead shape can be customised.

Extrusion – The formula is extruded through a narrow diameter die to create a lead shape and then cut to length. The resulted lead gives a defined line combined with a smooth application.

Injection moulded – The formula is ingested into the barrel and the end cap shapes the lead. This method was developed especially for use with plastic cased pencils, which means recyclable expanded polystyrene barrel that performs and sharpens as a wood pencil can be used. In addition, this method enables soft formulas to exist in a sharpenable format.