What sort of items are called cosmetics?

Cosmetics. Agents applied to the skin to cause an immediate change in the skin's color or texture are cosmetics.
Definiton Cosmetics. In the USA, the FDA provides a strict legal definition: "articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body...for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance" [FD&C act, sec. 201(i)]. This is in contrast to a drug. Cosmetics claiming to have medical effects have been called cosmeceuticals.