EP0761125B1 - Mascara applicator - Google Patents

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EP0761125B1
EP0761125B1 EP19960401762 EP96401762A EP0761125B1 EP 0761125 B1 EP0761125 B1 EP 0761125B1 EP 19960401762 EP19960401762 EP 19960401762 EP 96401762 A EP96401762 A EP 96401762A EP 0761125 B1 EP0761125 B1 EP 0761125B1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
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    • A46B9/00Arrangements of the bristles in the brush body
    • A46B9/02Position or arrangement of bristles in relation to surface of the brush body, e.g. inclined, in rows, in groups
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45DHAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
    • A45D34/00Containers or accessories specially adapted for handling liquid toilet or cosmetic substances, e.g. perfumes
    • A45D34/04Appliances specially adapted for applying liquid, e.g. using roller or ball
    • A45D34/042Appliances specially adapted for applying liquid, e.g. using roller or ball using a brush or the like
    • A45D34/045Appliances specially adapted for applying liquid, e.g. using roller or ball using a brush or the like connected to the cap of the container
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45DHAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
    • A45D40/00Casings or accessories for storing or handling solid or pasty toilet or cosmetic substances, e.g. shaving soap, lipstick, make-up
    • A45D40/26Appliances specially adapted for applying pasty paint, e.g. using roller, using a ball
    • A45D40/28Appliances specially adapted for spreading already applied paint
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    • A46DMANUFACTURE OF BRUSHES
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    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y10TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC
    • Y10STECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y10S206/00Special receptacle or package
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L'invention a pour objet un nouvel applicateur de produit, liquide à pâteux, en particulier du mascara, pour fibres kératiniques, ainsi qu'un ensemble de conditionnement transportable pour ce produit, en particulier du mascara, muni de ce nouvel applicateur. The invention relates to a new product applicator, liquid to pasty, especially mascara, to keratinous fibers, and a set of transportable packaging product, particularly mascara, fitted with this new applicator.

Il a été proposé de nombreux dispositifs d'application et de conditionnement de mascara. It was proposed many applicators and mascara packaging. Les mascara 〈〈 pain 〉〉 par exemple, comme représenté sur la figure 1a annexée, sont utilisés avec une brosse 3 de type brosse à cirage, dont on frotte le bout des poils 6 sur un pain de mascara humecté. << >> The cake mascara for example, as shown in Figure 1a annexed, are used with a brush type 3 brush polish, which rubbed the tips of bristles 6 on a moistened cake of mascara. La surface d'application du mascara est la surface constituée par le bout des poils de la brosse. The mascara application surface is the surface formed by the tips of the bristles of the brush. Sur cette figure, on voit la brosse 3 chargeant un cil 2, les poils 6 étant perpendiculaires à l'axe longitudinal du cil. This figure shows the brush 3 instructing an eyelash 2, bristles 6 being perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the lash. La variation de charge est proportionnelle à la viscosité de la pâte constituée par le pain humecté. The load variation is proportional to the viscosity of the paste consisting of bread moistened. L'utilisation d'un tel dispositif est fastidieuse: en effet, d'une part elle demande la préparation et le dosage préalable de la pâte et d'autre part, le geste du maquillage est très peu précis. The use of such a device is tedious: indeed, on one hand it requires preparation and prior dosing of the paste and secondly, make-up gesture is very sketchy.

Il a également été proposé de nombreux dispositifs d'application et de conditionnement de mascara comportant un corps rigide tubulaire ouvert à une extrémité, contenant le mascara, et un applicateur apte à être logé dans ce corps, plongeant dans le mascara et muni d'une brosse. It has also been proposed many application devices and mascara package comprising a rigid tubular body open at one end, containing the mascara, and an applicator capable of being housed in this body, immersed in the mascara and provided with a brush. Un élément logé dans le corps assure l'essorage de la brosse lorsque l'on retire l'applicateur du corps. A member housed in the body ensures dewatering the brush when removing the applicator from the body. Un tel dispositif est décrit par exemple dans US 4, 403, 624. Such a device is described for example in US 4, 403, 624.

La figure 1b annexée représente un applicateur référencé 1 dans son ensemble, conforme à ces applicateurs de l'art antérieur, et un cil 2. L'applicateur 1 est muni d'une brosse 3 comportant une âme centrale 4 formée de fils 5 torsadés enserrant des poils 6. Ces poils 6 forment une spirale dont l'axe est l'âme 4. Le maquillage des fibres kératiniques, en particulier des cils 2, se fait en faisant pivoter l'applicateur 1 selon l'âme 4. Le lissage des cils 2 se fait donc avec des poils 6 orientés perpendiculairement aux cils. 1b attached shows an applicator referenced 1 as a whole, complies with those applicators of the prior art, and an eyelash 2. The applicator 1 is provided with a brush 3 having a central core 4 formed of twisted enclosing son 5 bristle 6. These bristles 6 forming a spiral whose axis is the core 4. the make-up of keratin fibers, especially the eyelashes 2 is done by pivoting the applicator 1 according to the core 4. the smoothing eyelashes 2 is thus made with bristles 6 oriented perpendicularly to the eyelashes.

Ces applicateurs présentent de nombreux inconvénients. These applicators have many drawbacks. En effet, ils ne permettent pas toujours une charge optimale des fibres kératiniques, et en particulier des cils : les poils de la brosse, disposés en spirale perpendiculairement à l'âme centrale de celle-ci, sont courts et il est très difficile de lisser les cils sur toute leur longueur. Indeed, they do not always provide optimum charging of keratin fibers, particularly eyelashes: the brush bristles, spirally arranged perpendicular to the central core of it, are short and it is very difficult to smooth lashes over their entire length. Le geste, qui consiste à faire pivoter l'applicateur selon son axe longitudinal, est également malaisé et très imprécis. Gesture, which is to rotate the applicator along its longitudinal axis, is also difficult and very inaccurate. Les cils ne sont pas toujours bien séparés. The lashes are not always well separated.

De plus, l'essorage de la brosse se faisant perpendiculairement à l'axe longitudinal de ces poils, la formule du mascara se trouve très souvent cisaillée et elle perd les qualités dues à sa viscosité particulière : la formule peut former des grumeaux, ce phénomène entraínant un mauvais lissage des cils. In addition, the spin of the brush being perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the hair, mascara formula is often sheared and it loses the qualities due to its particular viscosity: the formula may form lumps, this phenomenon resulting in poor smoothing the eyelashes. Ceci nécessite d'utiliser des compositions insensibles au cisaillement et limite le nombre de compositions de mascara utilisables. This requires the use of insensitive shear compositions and limits the number of usable mascara compositions. C'est en particulier le cas pour les mascara à forte charge pigmentaire. This is particularly the case for mascara high pigment load. Enfin, l'élément logé dans le corps pour l'essorage de la brosse provoque, lors du retrait de cette dernière, un bruit de succion désagréable dû à la dépression créée à l'intérieur du corps. Finally, the element housed in the body for dewatering of the brush causes, upon removal of the latter, an unpleasant sucking noise due to the vacuum created inside the body.

FR-A-2 620 603 décrit un ensemble permettant de transporter plusieurs instruments d'une boíte à fard. FR-A-2620603 discloses an assembly for transporting several instruments of a box for cosmetics. Il n'y est cependant pas question d'applicateur de mascara. There is however no question of mascara applicator.

Il subsiste donc le besoin d'un applicateur de produit, en particulier du mascara, qui assurerait une meilleure charge des fibres kératiniques, en particulier des cils, ainsi qu'une séparation optimale de ces derniers, tout en étant extrêmement simple d'utilisation. There is thus a need for a product applicator, especially mascara, which would ensure better care of keratin fibers, especially the eyelashes, and optimum separation of these, while being extremely easy to use.

La présente invention vise à la satisfaction d'un tel besoin. The invention aims at satisfying such a need.

L'objet de l'invention est donc un nouvel applicateur de produit, liquide à pâteux, en particulier de mascara, comportant un manche plat et au moins une touffe de poils implantée parallèlement au plan du manche, la largeur de l'extrémité libre de la touffe de poils, mesurée selon une première direction parallèle à ce plan, étant au moins égale à un quart d'un arc de cils, les poils étant aptes à charger ce produit, en particulier du mascara, sur des fibres kératiniques selon un axe longitudinal de ces dernières. The object of the invention is therefore a new product applicator, liquid to pasty, in particular mascara, comprising a flat handle and at least one tuft of bristles implanted parallel to the plane of the handle, the width of the free end of the tuft of bristles, measured in a first direction parallel to this plane, being at least equal to one quarter of an arc of eyelashes, the bristles being capable of loading product, particularly mascara, onto keratinous fibers along an axis longitudinal thereof.

Le produit destiné à être appliqué par l'applicateur selon l'invention peut être tout produit liquide à pâteux, tels que des fluides comprenant des pigments et/ou des charges, et en particulier de la teinture pour cheveux ou du mascara. The product to be applied by the applicator of the invention may be any liquid to pasty product, such as fluids comprising pigments and / or fillers, and in particular hair dye or mascara. Les fibres kératiniques peuvent être en particulier les cils, les sourcils, les cheveux, les poils. The keratin fibers may be in particular the eyelashes, eyebrows, hair, hair.

Par touffe de poils, on entend selon la présente invention, un poil ou un ensemble de plusieurs poils. By tuft means of the present invention, a coat or a set of several hairs.

Il est connu du document FR-A-2 564 712 un applicateur de produits cosmétiques comportant un manche allongé et des poils s'étendant axialement sur l'une des extrémités du manche. It is known from document FR-A-2,564,712 a cosmetic applicator comprising an elongated handle and bristles extending axially on one end of the handle. Toutefois, cet applicateur est destiné à maquiller des zones confinées telles que les cils aux coins des yeux et la largeur de sa partie poilue est mal adaptée au maquillage de l'ensemble d'un arc de cils. However, this applicator is intended to make up confined areas such as the eyelashes at the corners of the eyes and the width of hairy part is unsuitable for making up an entire arc of eyelashes.

L'applicateur selon l'invention présente de nombreux avantages. The applicator according to the invention has many advantages.

En particulier, son utilisation est facilitée par rapport aux applicateurs de mascara déjà connus. In particular, its use is facilitated compared to mascara applicators already known. En effet, le manche est plat et peut être aisément pris entre le pouce et l'index. Indeed, the handle is flat and can easily be taken between the thumb and forefinger. Pour une prise encore plus facilitée de l'applicateur, le manche peut également être sensiblement incurvé de façon à épouser la forme des doigts, en particulier du pouce. For an even easier grip of the applicator, the handle may also be substantially curved so as to conform the shape of the fingers, particularly the thumb. Ainsi, l'application du produit ne se fait plus de façon incertaine en faisant pivoter l'applicateur le long de son axe comme dans les applicateurs connus, mais en lissant les fibres kératiniques, et en particulier les cils, sur toute leur longueur, de leur base vers leur extrémité, les poils tangentant les cils. Thus, the application of the product is no longer uncertain manner by pivoting the applicator along its axis as in the known applicators, but smoothing the keratin fibers, especially the eyelashes, over their entire length, their base towards their end, the hairs tangential to the eyelashes. Le geste est beaucoup plus simple qu'avec les applicateurs connus. The gesture is much simpler than with the known applicators. Il est de plus possible d'incliner l'applicateur à volonté et de recourber ainsi les cils selon la courbure désirée. It is further possible to tilt the applicator and will thus eyelash curler according to the desired curvature.

La figure 2 annexée représente un applicateur 1 conforme à l'invention, comportant un manche 8 et des poils 6. Avec ce type d'applicateur, les poils 6 sont utilisés sur toute leur longueur. Figure 2 attached shows an applicator 1 according to the invention, comprising a handle 8 and bristles 6. With this type of applicator, the bristles 6 are used over their entire length. On obtient un chargement optimal des cils 2. There is obtained an optimal loading of the eyelashes 2.

De façon avantageuse, les poils ont une longueur efficace pour permettre aux cils de se charger selon l'axe des poils. Advantageously, the bristles have an effective length to allow eyelashes from loading along the axis of the bristles. Ils peuvent être de formes et de longueurs différentes, comporter des rainures capillaires ou des aspérités, ces diverses configurations assurant à la fois une meilleure charge du produit sur les cils et une meilleure séparation de ces derniers. They can be of different shapes and lengths, include capillary grooves or asperities, these various configurations providing both improved load the product on the eyelashes and better separation of these.

De façon avantageuse, les poils sont conformés en touffes disposées en lignes parallèles ou en quinconce. Advantageously, the bristles are formed into tufts arranged in parallel rows or in staggered rows. L'ensemble des poils peut ainsi faire penser à des fanons de baleine. All the hair can thus make think whalebone.

Les poils peuvent de plus être rigides ou semi-rigides, cette rigidité assurant un lissage des cils plus efficace et une très bonne recourbure de ces derniers. The bristles may be more rigid or semi-rigid, this rigidity ensuring more effective smoothing of eyelashes and a very good recourbure of these.

Les poils peuvent être en matériau élastiquement déformable, en métal, en verre, en bois. The bristles may be made of elastically deformable material, metal, glass, wood. Le manche de l'applicateur peut être en matière plastique. The handle of the applicator may be made of plastic. On peut ainsi réaliser un applicateur ne comprenant que des matières organiques. One can thus produce an applicator comprising only organic materials.

La longueur particulière des poils, ainsi que leurs formes différentes assurent une charge sur les cils adaptée aux désirs de l'utilisatrice : ainsi, on peut mélanger des poils fins, des poils épais, des poils courts, plus longs, floqués, des poils comportant des aspérités, des poils de rigidités différentes selon la charge voulue. The particular length of hair, and their different forms provide a load on the lashes adapted to the desires of the user: for example, can be mixed fine hair, thick hair, short hair, longer, flocked, with hair asperities, hairs of different rigidities according to the desired load. Des poils épais et floqués chargeront davantage de mascara sur les cils. Thick and flocked bristles will charge more mascara on the lashes. Des poils comportant des rainures capillaires ou des aspérités sépareront mieux les cils. Bristles having capillary grooves or asperities better separate the lashes. Des poils plus rigides, ainsi qu'une inclinaison particulière du manche, assureront une recourbure des cils idéale. Stiffer bristles and a particular inclination of the handle ensure a recourbure the perfect eyelashes. Enfin, les poils peuvent également comporter des agents glissants comme le bisulfure de molybdène, des agents bactéricides comme le produit 〈〈Microban〉〉 vendu par la société Microban Product Company, ou encore des agents absorbeurs d'humidité qui ramollissent les poils et changent leur tension superficielle. Finally, the bristles may also include slip agents such as molybdenum disulphide, bactericidal agents such as Microban product << >> sold by Microban Products Company, or moisture absorbing agents that soften the hair and change their surface tension.

L'invention concerne également un ensemble de conditionnement comprenant l'applicateur défini ci-dessus et un réservoir de produit, liquide à pâteux, en particulier du mascara, muni d'un essoreur. The invention also relates to a packaging assembly comprising the applicator defined above and a product tank, liquid to pasty, particularly mascara, with a wiper. De façon avantageuse, l'essoreur comporte une fenêtre dont la plus grande dimension est orientée selon la première direction définie ci-dessus. Advantageously, the wiper includes a window whose largest dimension is oriented in the first direction defined above.

L'ensemble ainsi défini assure un essorage des poils parallèlement à leur axe longitudinal et évite le désagréable bruit de succion lors du retrait de l'applicateur. The assembly thus defined provides a wiping of the bristles parallel to their longitudinal axis and prevents unpleasant suction noise upon removal of the applicator. De plus, la formule du produit n'est pas cassée et le phénomène de cisaillement n'a pas lieu. In addition, the product formula is not broken and the shear phenomenon does not occur. Ceci autorise donc l'emploi de formules de mascara qui sont généralement sensibles au cisaillement et ouvre la porte à de nouvelles formulations de mascara. This therefore allows the use of mascara formulas that are generally shear-sensitive and opens the door to new mascara formulations. La configuration des poils, avantageusement en touffes parallèles au plan du manche, et non en spirale comme dans les mascara connus, empêche également la projection du produit. The configuration of the bristles, preferably in tufts parallel to the plane of the handle, not spiral as in known mascara, also prevents projection of the product.

L'invention et sa mise en oeuvre apparaítront plus clairement à l'aide de la description qui va suivre. The invention and its implementation will become clearer with the following description. La description est faite en référence aux figures annexées dans lesquelles : The description is made with reference to the appended figures in which:

  • la figure 1a est une vue en coupe du maquillage d'un cil à l'aide d'une brosse, de type brosse à cirage, d'un mascara 〈〈 pain 〉〉, 1a is a sectional view of an eyelash makeup with a brush type brush polish, mascara cake of a << >>,
  • la figure 1b est une vue en coupe du maquillage d'un cil à l'aide d'une brosse en spirale d'un applicateur de forme tubulaire, 1b is a sectional view of the makeup of an eyelash with a spiral brush of a tubular applicator,
  • la figure 2 est une vue en coupe du maquillage d'un cil avec un applicateur selon l'invention, Figure 2 is a sectional view of the makeup of an eyelash with an applicator according to the invention,
  • la figure 3 est une vue en perspective de l'applicateur selon l'invention, Figure 3 is a perspective view of the applicator according to the invention,
  • la figure 4a est une vue en coupe de poils présentant au moins une rainure capillaire, Figure 4a is a hair cutter for having at least one capillary groove,
  • la figure 4b est une vue en coupe de touffes de poils taillées selon des formes particulières, 4b is a tufts sectional view cut into particular forms,
  • la figure 4c représente des poils de longueurs différentes comportant des boules, 4c shows different lengths of hair comprising balls,
  • la figure 4d représente un poil dont l'extrémité a la forme d'un clou, Figure 4d shows a bristle whose end has the shape of a nail,
  • la figure 4e représente un poil dont l'extrémité a la forme d'une fourchette, 4e represents a pile whose end has the shape of a fork,
  • la figure 4f représente un poil ondulé, Figure 4f shows a corrugated hair,
  • la figure 4g représente des poils floqués, Figure 4g is flocked hair,
  • la figure 5 est une vue en coupe de l'applicateur muni d'un floc, Figure 5 is a sectional view of the applicator provided with a splat,
  • la figure 6 est une vue en coupe de l'applicateur comportant un manche flexible, Figure 6 is a sectional view of the applicator comprising a flexible sleeve,
  • la figure 7 est une vue de l'applicateur avec des poils de longueurs différentes surinjectés dans le manche, Figure 7 is a view of the applicator with bristles of different lengths surinjectés in the handle,
  • la figure 8 est une vue en coupe d'un poil comportant des aspérités, Figure 8 is a sectional view of a bristle having asperities,
  • la figure 9 est une vue de l'applicateur avec des touffes de poils disposées en quinconce, Figure 9 is a view of the applicator with tufts of bristles disposed in a staggered,
  • la figure 10 est une vue en coupe de l'ensemble de conditionnement comportant un applicateur conforme à l'invention et un réservoir de mascara, Figure 10 is a sectional view of the packaging assembly comprising an applicator according to the invention and a mascara container,
  • la figure 11 est une vue en perspective d'un applicateur selon l'invention dont le manche est articulé. Figure 11 is a perspective view of an applicator according to the invention, the handle is articulated.

Selon le mode de réalisation illustré sur la figure 3, l'applicateur référencé 1 dans son ensemble comporte essentiellement un manche 8 et des touffes 9 de poils 6. Le manche 8 comporte deux parties plates, une première partie 10 dans laquelle sont directement plantées les touffes 9 de poils 6, et une deuxième partie 11 inclinée par rapport à la première partie 10. Sur cette figure, les deux parties sont solidaires et réalisées en une seule pièce mais elles pourraient être articulées. According to the embodiment illustrated in Figure 3, the applicator referenced 1 as a whole essentially comprises a handle 8 and 9 of bristles tufts 6. The sleeve 8 has two flat portions, a first portion 10 in which are directly planted tufts 9 of bristles 6, and a second portion 11 inclined with respect to the first part 10. in this figure, the two parts are integral and made in a single piece but could be articulated.

On définit une première direction X, contenue dans le plan de la partie 10 du manche 8 et dirigée perpendiculairement à l'axe longitudinal A de ce manche, une deuxième direction Y, perpendiculaire au plan de la partie 10 du manche 8 et une troisième direction Z perpendiculaire à X et Y. Ainsi, les touffes 9 de poils 6 sont plantées dans la partie 10 parallèlement au plan de cette dernière et selon une direction sensiblement parallèle à Z. Defining a first direction X, contained in the plane 10 of the handle portion 8 and directed perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis A of the handle, a second direction Y, perpendicular to the plane 10 of the handle portion 8 and a third direction Z perpendicular to X and Y. Thus, the tufts 9 of bristles 6 are located in the part 10 parallel to the plane of the latter and in a direction substantially parallel to Z.

A titre indicatif, le manche a une longueur, mesurée selon Z, allant de 1 à 4 cm. As an indication, the handle has a length, measured according to Z, from 1 to 4 cm.

Les touffes de poils sont indifféremment plantées, collées, agraffées ou surinjectées dans la partie 10. Elles sont disposées en rangées 7, deux poils 6 différents étant au plus éloignés de 3 mm, mesurés à leur base 15 et selon la direction X, et d'au plus 2 mm, mesurés à leur extrémité libre 17 et toujours selon la direction X. Sur la figure 3, les touffes de poils sont disposées en deux rangées 7 parallèles et alignées en regard l'une de l'autre. The bristle tufts are either planted, glued, or agraffées surinjectées in the part 10. They are arranged in rows 7, two different bristles 6 being the farthest from 3 mm, measured at the base 15 and in the direction X, and not more than 2 mm measured at their free ends 17 and always in the direction X. in Figure 3, the bristle tufts are arranged in two rows 7 parallel and aligned opposite one another.

La largeur de l'ensemble des touffes 9 de poils 6, mesurée à l'extrémité libre des poils selon la direction X, est au moins égale à un quart d'un arc de cils et en particulier supérieure à 0,75 cm, de préférence allant de 0,75 à 3 cm. The width of all the tufts 9 of bristles 6, as measured at the free end of the bristles in the direction X, is at least equal to one quarter of an arc of eyelashes, and in particular greater than 0.75 cm, preferably from 0.75 to 3 cm. L'épaisseur de l'ensemble des touffes 9 de poils 6, mesurée également à l'extrémité libre des poils et selon la direction Y, est au plus égale à l'épaisseur du manche, en particulier de la partie 10, mesurée également selon la direction Y. En pratique, cette épaisseur est choisie de 0,5 mm à 5 mm. The thickness of all of the tufts 9 of bristles 6, also measured at the free end of the bristles and in the Y direction, is at most equal to the thickness of the handle, in particular the part 10, also measured by the direction Y. in practice, this thickness is chosen from 0.5 mm to 5 mm.

La longueur des poils 6, mesurée selon la direction Z, est suffisante pour permettre aux cils de se charger le long de l'axe des poils. The length of bristles 6, as measured along the Z direction is sufficient to allow eyelashes to loading along the axis of the bristles. Cette longueur est de préférence supérieure à 5 mm et peut aller jusqu'à 60 mm. This length is preferably greater than 5 mm up to 60 mm. Elle est comprise, de préférence, entre 5 et 40 mm, et encore plus préférentiellement, entre 10 et 30 mm. It is comprised preferably between 5 and 40 mm, and even more preferably between 10 and 30 mm. Dans une forme préférée de réalisation de l'invention, les poils ont une longueur allant de 15 à 20 mm. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the bristles have a length ranging from 15 to 20 mm.

Les poils de l'applicateur selon l'invention ont généralement un diamètre allant de 0,04 à 0,7 mm, de préférence de 0,05 à 0,6 mm, et encore plus préférentiellement de 0,06 à 0,4 mm. applicator hair according to the invention generally have a diameter ranging from 0.04 to 0.7 mm, preferably 0.05 to 0.6 mm, and even more preferably from 0.06 to 0.4 mm . Leur dureté peut aller de 10 shore A à 60 shore D. Their hardness ranges from 10 Shore A to 60 Shore D.

Les poils peuvent présenter des natures, des formes, des longueurs identiques ou différentes. The hair may have life, shapes, same or different lengths.

Ainsi, les poils 6 de l'applicateur 1 selon l'invention peuvent être naturels ou synthétiques. Thus the bristles 6 of the applicator 1 according to the invention may be natural or synthetic. Ils peuvent être en fibres végétales ou naturelles, en métal, tel que l'acier, en verre, en bois, ou en matériaux élastiquement déformables tels que les élastomères vulcanisés, les matériaux thermoplastiques. They may be plant or natural fibers, metal, such as steel, glass, wood, or elastically deformable materials such as vulcanized elastomers, thermoplastic materials. En particulier, ils peuvent être en thermoplastique surinjecté dans le manche, comme représenté sur la figure 7. De préférence, les poils sont synthétiques. In particular, they may be thermoplastic surinjecté in the handle, as shown in Figure 7. Preferably, the bristles are synthetic.

Ils peuvent avoir subi un flocage et comporter à leur extrémité des poils plus courts 23 comme représenté sur la figure 4g; They may have been flocking and have at their ends shorter bristles 23, as shown in Figure 4g; leurs aspérités et leurs différences de longueurs peuvent être obtenues par meulage perpendiculaire ou tangent aux poils, par modelage à chaud. asperities and their length differences can be obtained by grinding perpendicular or tangential to the hair, by hot molding. Les poils peuvent comporter des boules 24 obtenues par cardage, comme représenté sur la figure 4c. The bristles may include balls 24 obtained by carding, as shown in Figure 4c. Ces boules peuvent être situées à des hauteurs de poil différentes. These balls can be located at different pile heights. Les poils peuvent avoir été bombardés par des rayons gamma ou bêta pour changer leur état de surface. The bristles may have been bombarded by gamma or beta rays to change their surface condition. Ils peuvent avoir été meulés pour effilage. They may have been grinded for thinning. Leur extrémité libre peut avoir la forme d'un clou 25, comme représenté sur la figure 4d, ou d'une fourchette 26, comme représenté sur la figure 4e. Their free ends may have the shape of a nail 25 as shown in Fig 4d, or a fork 26, as shown in Figure 4e.

Les poils peuvent comporter une ou plusieurs rainures capillaires de sections différentes telles que les rainures 12 représentées sur la figure 4a; The bristles may comprise one or more capillary grooves of different sections such as the grooves 12 shown in Figure 4a; les touffes de poils peuvent être taillées selon une forme en biseau 27, ou selon une forme concave 28 ou convexe 29, comme représenté sur la figure 4b; the tufts may be cut in a beveled shape 27, or in a concave or convex shape 28, 29, as shown in Figure 4b; ils peuvent comporter des aspérités 14, comme le poil représenté sur la figure 8; which may contain bumps 14, as the hair shown in Figure 8; ils peuvent être courbés, ou comporter des ondulations sur toute leur longueur, comme le poil 30 représenté sur la figure 4f. they may be bent or have undulations along their entire length, as the pile 30 shown in Figure 4f. L'applicateur peut également être muni d'un floc 13, c'est-à-dire d'une mousse capillaire ou imprégnable prise entre deux rangées 7 de poils 6, comme représenté sur la figure 5. Un tel floc assure une meilleure charge des poils en mascara. The applicator may also be provided with a flock 13, that is to say, a hair mousse or permeable plug 7 between two rows of bristles 6, as shown in Figure 5. Such floc provides better load mascara hair. Cette figure 5 se distingue en outre de la figure 3 par le fait que le manche est réalisé d'une seule pièce plate dont le plan moyen est contenu dans le plan défini par les directions X et Z. This figure 5 differs further in Figure 3 in that the handle is formed in one flat piece of which the mean plane is contained in the plane defined by the directions X and Z.

La figure 11 se distingue de la figure 3 par le fait que l'ensemble des poils forme une courbe, que le manche 8 est articulé autour d'une charnière 31 et qu'il comporte deux crans d'arrêt 32 pour bloquer le manche soit parallèlement aux poils, soit dans une position inclinée. Figure 11 differs from Figure 3 in that all of the bristles form a curve, the handle 8 is hinged about a hinge 31 and it includes two detents 32 to lock the handle is parallel to the bristles, either in an inclined position. La charnière peut être une charnière film. The hinge may be a film hinge.

Les caractéristiques représentées sur la figure 11 peuvent être adaptées aux applicateurs des figures 2 à 10. The characteristics shown in Figure 11 can be adapted to the applicators of Figures 2 to 10.

Sur la figure 6 est représentée une forme de réalisation de l'applicateur selon l'invention dont le manche 8 est flexible. In Figure 6 is shown an embodiment of the applicator according to the invention, the handle 8 is flexible. Le manche 8 comporte ici trois parties : une partie 10 semblable à celle de la figure 3, une partie centrale 19 dont l'épaisseur est inférieure à celle de la partie 10, et une troisième partie 20, située dans le prolongement des parties 10 et 19, et dont l'épaisseur est sensiblement égale à celle de la partie 10. Grâce à la partie 19, le manche 8 est flexible et l'applicateur peut ainsi être incliné par rapport aux cils selon les désirs de l'utilisatrice. The handle 8 here comprises three parts: a part 10 similar to that of Figure 3, a central portion 19 whose thickness is smaller than that of the portion 10, and a third portion 20, located in the extension of the portions 10 and 19, and whose thickness is substantially equal to that of portion 10. through the portion 19, the handle 8 is flexible and the applicator can thus be inclined relative to eyelashes according to the desires of the wearer. Un tel manche flexible confère également plus de douceur au maquillage lorsque l'application du produit est faite à l'aide de poils rigides ou semi-rigides. Such flexible handle also imparts softness to make when applying the product is made with stiff bristles or semi-rigid.

La figure 7 représente un applicateur dont les poils 6 ont des longueurs différentes et sont surinjectés dans le manche 8. 7 shows an applicator having bristles 6 have different lengths and are surinjectés in the handle 8.

Dans une forme préférée de réalisation de l'invention représentée sur la figure 9, les touffes 9 de poils 6 sont disposées en quinconce. In a preferred embodiment of the invention shown in Figure 9, the tufts 9 of bristles 6 are staggered.

La figure 10 représente un ensemble de conditionnement 16 pour mascara comportant l'applicateur 1 et un réservoir 18 de mascara 21. L'ensemble 16 est représenté fermé, l'applicateur 1 jouant le rôle de bouchon. 10 shows a packaging assembly 16 for mascara comprising the applicator 1 and a 18 mascara reservoir 21. The assembly 16 is shown closed, the applicator 1 playing the role of stopper. Le réservoir 18 comporte un essoreur 22. En position fermée, les poils 6 plongent dans le mascara 21. Lorsqu'on retire l'applicateur 1, les poils 6 sont alors essorés par l'essoreur 22, par simple lissage des poils, sans aucune modification de leur orientation. The reservoir 18 comprises a wiper 22. In the closed position, the bristles 6 are immersed in the mascara 21. When removing the applicator 1, the bristles 6 are then filtered off by the wiper 22 by simply smoothing the hair, without any change their orientation.

Cet ensemble est relativement compact et peut être facilement transporté. This set is relatively compact and can be easily transported.

Concrètement, un tel applicateur s'utilise de manière très simple, en association avec un réservoir de mascara tel que décrit ci-dessus ou même avec un mascara 〈〈 pain 〉〉 en frottant l'applicateur de l'invention sur le pain humecté. Concretely, such an applicator is used in a very simple manner, in combination with a mascara reservoir as described above, or even with bread mascara << >> rubbing the applicator of the invention on bread moistened.

Grâce à cet applicateur, le mascara est appliqué sur les cils d'une façon extrêmement simple, le geste pour lisser les cils se faisant de bas en haut, de la base dès cils vers leur extrémité, les poils de l'applicateur étant parallèles aux cils. With this applicator, the mascara is applied to the eyelashes in an extremely simple manner, the gesture to smooth the eyelashes making from the bottom up, from the base to their end eyelashes, the bristles of the applicator being parallel to lashes.

Le geste est également beaucoup plus précis que celui de l'art antérieur (cf. Fig. 1a et 1b). The gesture is also much more accurate than the prior art (see Fig. 1a and 1b). En effet, le manche plat et la configuration particulière de cet applicateur permettent d'une part, de le tenir facilement durant l'utilisation, et d'autre part, de réaliser un maquillage mieux calculé, face aux cils, grâce à un geste plus ample et plus libre. Indeed, the flat handle and the special configuration of this applicator allows one hand to hold it easily during use, and secondly, to achieve a better calculated makeup, face the eyelashes, with a gesture more ample and free. Un tel applicateur permet à l'utilisatrice d'accompagner véritablement les poils le long des cils et de charger ces derniers de façon très précise. Such an applicator allows the user to truly accompany the hairs along the lashes and load them very precisely.

Enfin, l'utilisatrice peut terminer son geste en inclinant l'applicateur de façon à amener les poils perpendiculairement aux cils. Finally, the user can terminate his action by inclining the applicator so as to cause the bristles perpendicular to the eyelashes. Elle peut ainsi parfaitement séparer et recourber ces derniers grâce à la pointe extrême des poils. It can perfectly separate and curl them with the extreme tip of the hair.

Un tel applicateur est de réalisation très simple. Such an applicator is of very simple construction. Le manche peut par exemple être en plastique moulé, en bois ou en tout autre matériau habituellement utilisé dans la fabrication des applicateurs. The handle may for example be molded plastic, wood or any other material typically used in the manufacture of the applicators.

L'applicateur selon l'invention présente l'avantage de ne pas comporter d'âme centrale métallique. The applicator according to the invention has the advantage of not having metallic central core. Il peut donc être entièrement réalisé en matières organiques et être recyclable. It can be made entirely of organic material and be recyclable.

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  1. Applicator (1) for applying a product of liquid to pasty consistency to hair-like keratinous fibres, comprising a handle (8) which exhibits at least one flat part, and at least one tuft (9) of bristles (6) implanted parallel to a plane of the handle, characterized in that the width of the free end of the tuft of bristles, measured in a first direction parallel to this plane, is at least equal to 0.75 cm, the thickness of the free end of the tuft of bristles, measured in a second direction perpendicular to this plane, ranging from 0.5 to 5 mm, the bristles having a length in excess of 5 mm, the said length being measured in a third direction perpendicular to the first and second directions.
  2. Applicator according to Claim 1, characterized in that this width varies from 0.75 to 3 cm.
  3. Applicator according to Claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the thickness of the free end of the tuft of bristles is at most equal to the thickness of the handle.
  4. Applicator according to any one of Claims 1 to 3, characterized in that the bristles have a length which may be as much as 60 mm.
  5. Applicator according to Claim 4, characterized in that this length is between 5 and 40 mm and preferably between 10 and 30 mm.
  6. Applicator according to Claim 5, characterized in that this length ranges from 15 to 20 mm.
  7. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the bristles have a diameter ranging from 0.04 to 0.7 mm.
  8. Applicator according to Claim 7, characterized in that the bristles have a diameter ranging from 0.05 to 0.6 mm.
  9. Applicator according to Claim 8, characterized in that the bristles have a diameter ranging from 0.06 to 0.4 mm.
  10. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the bristles have a hardness ranging from 10 Shore A to 60 Shore D.
  11. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the bristles are synthetic bristles.
  12. Applicator according to Claim 11, characterized in that the bristles consist of a material chosen from metals and elastically deformable materials.
  13. Applicator according to Claim 12, characterized in that the elastically deformable materials are chosen from vulcanized elastomers and thermoplastics.
  14. Applicator according to Claim 13, characterized in that the bristles are made of thermoplastic overinjected into the handle.
  15. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the bristles have at least one capillary groove (12).
  16. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the bristles have different lengths.
  17. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the bristles comprise flocking (13).
  18. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the bristles have roughnesses (14).
  19. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the bristles comprise slipping agents and/or bactericides.
  20. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the bristles comprise moisture-absorbing agents.
  21. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the bristles have undulations.
  22. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the bristles end in bobbles (24) obtained by carding.
  23. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the bristles are flocked.
  24. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the maximum separation between two bristles, measured at a fixed end of these bristles, is 3 mm.
  25. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that it comprises several tufts of bristles.
  26. Applicator according to Claim 25, characterized in that the tufts of bristles are arranged in parallel rows (7).
  27. Applicator according to Claim 25 or 26, characterized in that the tufts of bristles have a staggered configuration.
  28. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the tuft or tufts of bristles are cut to a bevelled (27), convex (29) or concave (28) shape.
  29. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that it contains only organic materials.
  30. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the handle is flexible.
  31. Applicator according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the handle is articulated about a hinge.
  32. Applicator according to Claim 31, characterized in that the handle comprises a locking tooth (32) for immobilizing the said handle in the inclined position.
  33. Packaging assembly for packaging a product of liquid to pasty consistency, comprising a reservoir containing the said product and an applicator, characterized in that the applicator is as defined in any one of Claims 1 to 32, the said assembly further comprising a wringing-out device (22) allowing the applicator bristles to be smoothed along their longitudinal axis as the applicator is withdrawn.
  34. Packaging assembly according to Claim 33, characterized in that the said product is mascara.
  35. Packaging assembly according to Claim 33 or 34, characterized in that the said wringing-out device has an aperture, the longest dimension of which is directed in the said first direction.
  36. Method of applying a product to hair-like keratinous fibres using an applicator according to any one of Claims 1 to 32, the said method consisting in:
    a) loading the said applicator with product;
    b) passing the said applicator across a wringing-out device so as to smooth the bristles along their longitudinal axis; and
    c) bringing the applicator into contact with the said keratinous fibres, positioning it in such a way as to direct the bristles at a tangent to the said fibres and smooth the latter along their entire length from their base to their tip.
  37. Method according to Claim 36, characterized in that the said product is applied to the eyelashes.
  38. Application method according to Claim 36 or 37, characterized in that it further comprises the following step:
    d) inclining the applicator so as to direct the bristles at right angles to the fibres, so as to separate the latter using the free end of the bristles.
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