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Macclesfield, Cheshire, United Kingdom, 2011/06/15 - EZface Virtual Mirror Technology transforms complexion of cosmetics retail landscape with integrated in-store, online and new mobile marketing platforms - EZface.com.
EZface, the leading virtual makeover technology company, is introducing an app designed for both iPhone and iPad which will integrate seamlessly with the company’s ‘try before you buy’ in-store kiosks and web applications to provide a comprehensive multi-platform marketing system for retailers and cosmetic brands.
Announced at the Global Summit of the Consumer Goods Forum in the L’Oreal Innovation Zone, the new iPhone and iPad app features the company’s highly intuitive proprietary Virtual Mirror Application (VMA) facial recognition technology. EZface Virtual Mirror technology, already in use across in-store kiosks and on retailer and cosmetics brands’ online web applications, gives shoppers the ability to virtually apply cosmetics directly on their own photos. The virtual mirror gives a true depiction of exactly how differing shades and intensities of beauty products including foundation, lipstick, eyeliner, eye-shadow and mascara will appear on the shopper’s face.
EZface Virtual Mirror technology features sophisticated algorithms to analyze the consumer’s photo and accurately depict, within seconds, how selected cosmetics will look on the shopper, taking into account skin tone, facial features and hair colour. The system provides a true-to-life photorealistic preview of the customer’s new look, eliminating any doubt or worry as to whether the chosen products will complement their appearance.
“The EZface mobile application turns your iPhone or iPad into a virtual makeup advisor that provides custom looks and helps you explore new make-up styles and trends,” said Ruth Gal, EZface co-founder and Marketing Vice President. “Once finished a shopper can save and share her photo with friends via E: or social networking sites, and continue to browse or purchase products while online or mobile. The mobile app also provides the shopper with tailored product recommendations and targeted coupons from the retail outlet and cosmetic brands.”
With IDC predicting that the worldwide Smartphone market will expand by 55% in 2011 alone and Visiongain predicting the mobile applications market to be worth an estimated $25 billion by 2015, the new mobile app is set to provide retailers and the cosmetics industry with a powerful marketing tool.
EZface’s Virtual Mirror technology has been successfully deployed on in-store kiosk and web platforms by many leading cosmetics brands and retailers worldwide. The new mobile application integrates seamlessly to provide a multi-platform holistic marketing approach that allows shoppers to virtually test and buy cosmetics products whether in-store, online or while mobile.
The EZface app for iPhone and iPad is soon to be released on iTunes and an EZface powered app for Android is under development.
EZface (ezface.com), founded in 2000 by Ruth Gal and Rami Orpaz, develops Virtual Makeover Application Technology for the retail and cosmetic industries. EZface Virtual Mirror Technology can be deployed in-store, online and now mobile.
The intuitive software and sophisticated algorithms detect the consumer’s skin tone, eye colour, facial features and hair colour and virtually applies cosmetics or new hair shades to their photograph. The graphic simulation engine and proprietary photography module provides a true-to-life personalized preview of the customer’s new look, which they can then share with friends via E: and social networks.
The EZface Virtual Mirror Application powers diagnostic and rec¬ommendation engines for leading brands including L’Oreal Paris, Maybelline New York and Garnier. The technology is in use on more than 30 internet sites and in numerous ‘try before you buy’ kiosks in retail outlets worldwide.
EZface is an IBM business partner and the kiosk application runs on the IBM AnyPlace Kiosk™ platform. The collaboration with IBM enables EZface to provide a one-stop-shop solution that includes Kiosk hardware, in-store installation and maintenance services.