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Industry Insights|3D Printing Makes Chinese National Treasure Shining in Lipsticks Case Design

On December 9, 2018, “Palace museum lipsticks are finally here” went viral on Chinese social media WeChat. Within less than 4 hours, buyers have snapped up more than 1000 lipsticks and after four days. Online sales has hit 100,000. The shipping time is put off to February 28th of 2019.

The Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, has seen dynasties’ rise and fall from 1420 AD to 1911 AD. It’s said to be home to 1.86 million cultural relics that offer endless inspiration from traditional Chinese royal life. It’s great for developing modern consumables in cultural creative industry.

This time, it makes a work of art by combing design with 3D printing.

 
Museum’s LipstickPalace

The limited lipstick collection includes six colors. It includes “Lang Yao glaze red", "Bean Paste Red", "Tourmaline purple", "Rose purple", "Mermaid pink" and "Maple red". They are all classic colors inspired from Palace's heritage.
 
Palace Museum lipsticks’ color inspiration
 
The cases of the Palace Museum’s Lipstick get patterns from traditional Chinese porcelain and embroideries. Each color is inspired by different palace’s collection.
 
Design inspiration for “Lang Yao glaze red” 3D printed cases
 
The outlook of the lipstick is derived from daily clothes for an imperial concubine in the royal seraglio. It's named magenta satin embroidered flora robe.
 

Design inspiration for “Bean Paste Red” 3D printed cases
 
This navy blue is derived from another daily robe wearing in the seraglio. The dress is called Moonlight and Narcissus with character “Shou” that means long live in Chinese.
 

Design inspiration for “Bean Paste Red” 3D printed cases
 
This 3D printing yellow cases is inspired from the queen’s daily wear, bright yellow silk embroidered cotton jacket.
 

Design inspiration for “Maple red” 3D printed cases
 
This dark 3D printed lipstick is inspired from round silk fan of queens and concubine in Qing Dynasty. The silk fan is called black silk embroidered fan with bamboo and butterfly pattern.
 

Design inspiration for “Rose purple” 3D printed cases

This dark 3D printed lipstick is inspired from round silk fan of queens and concubine in Qing Dynasty. The silk fan is called black silk embroidered fan with bamboo and butterfly pattern.
 
Design inspiration for “Tourmaline purple” 3D printed cases

This white 3D printed lipstick case gets muse from a painting called, the same spring picture of crane and deer in Guangxiu.
 

Except for scarlet and bright yellow, the natural breezing light green is also favored by the royal family. The 3D printed green lipstick also is inspired from imperial concubine’s daily wear. It’s called light green satin embroidered flora robe.
 

 
3D printed lipstick release by Palace Museum turns out to be a success. By combing the antique royal design and 3D printing, designers will continue to innovate and catch women's heart.