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Cosmetic Pigments & Dyes

A Pigment is a color additive which does not dissolve into its carrier and is not staining (except in really high concentrations in which case it could).  Pigments suspend in their carrier.  Pigments are flat and non-shimmery. They tend to be opaque. 

Dyes dissolve into a carrier (for the most part) and can be staining.  They are also brighter in hue.  They tend to be flat, non-shimmery and somewhat translucent.

Pigment companies will color Mica with a pigment (or sometimes with a dye) to produce the colored micas which you see all over our website, as well as in all kinds of makeup.  A lot of people call this blend Pigments, but really they are pigments mixed with shimmery mica!

Additional Resources:

- What is a Dye, Pigment, Mica?

Why Eyes, But Not Lips?

  • Brown Oxide Pigment
    Brown Oxide Pigment
    from $ 1.65

    Brown Oxide Pigment

    Flat pure brown pigment, of a medium shade. This is actually a blend of red, yellow and black oxides, bringing it to a fairly medium shade brown pi...

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    from $ 1.65
  • Black Oxide Pigment
    Black Oxide Pigment
    from $ 1.65

    Black Oxide Pigment

    Black Oxide is an iron oxide which is flat, black and pure in hue. Stands alone as an accent color for any cosmetic or personal care product; also ...

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    from $ 1.65
  • Red Oxide, Red Shade
    Red Oxide, Red Shade
    from $ 1.65

    Red Oxide, Red Shade

    Flat basic brick red iron oxide. A stable and staple color for all kinds of projects. This is a very intense hue and a little will go a long way.

    from $ 1.65
  • Carmine
    Carmine
    from $ 2.65

    Carmine

    Carmine is a natural dye which is made from the dried bodies of a female insect called the Cochineal (Coccus Cacti). TKB offers three different br...

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    from $ 2.65
  • Dark Brown Oxide
    Dark Brown Oxide
    from $ 1.65

    Dark Brown Oxide

    This is a darker version of our Brown Oxide.

    from $ 1.65
  • FD&C Red 40 Alum Lake
    FD&C Red 40 Alum Lake
    from $ 1.65

    FD&C Red 40 Alum Lake

    Red #40 is a dye commonly found in foods, drugs and cosmetics.

    from $ 1.65
  • Red Oxide - Blue Shade
    Red Oxide - Blue Shade
    from $ 1.65

    Red Oxide - Blue Shade

    Here is a standard red oxide, but with more of a blue, or burgundy or maroon hue. A great stable and staple color additive for all projects.

    from $ 1.65
  • FD&C Blue 1 Alum Lake
    FD&C Blue 1 Alum Lake
    from $ 1.65

    FD&C Blue 1 Alum Lake

    This blue is a "lake" color, which is a hybrid between a "dye" and a "pigment".

    from $ 1.65
  • Murasaki Manganese
    Murasaki Manganese
    from $ 1.65

    Murasaki Manganese

    Manganese violet pigment with a yellow undertone.

    from $ 1.65
  • TKB Matte Red Pop
    TKB Matte Red Pop
    from $ 2.65

    TKB Matte Red Pop

    May 2019 Update: This color has been reformulated. The color is substantially the same in look, but you may wish to sample it out first before buyi...

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    from $ 2.65
  • FD&C Yellow 5 Lake
    FD&C Yellow 5 Lake
    from $ 1.65

    FD&C Yellow 5 Lake

    Bright, lemon yellow lake color.

    from $ 1.65
  • Monochrome Cool Red
    Monochrome Cool Red
    from $ 2.65

    Monochrome Cool Red

    Intense, mysterious shade of red.

    from $ 2.65
  • Natural Clay - Valley Mauve
    Natural Clay - Valley Mauve
    from $ 3.65

    Natural Clay - Valley Mauve

    An absorbent and adhesive rosy clay.

    from $ 3.65
  • Honey Yellow
    Honey Yellow
    from $ 1.65

    Honey Yellow

    Another oxide, but reminds you oh so much of the sweet bee pollen made by honeybees! <3

    from $ 1.65
  • Dimethicone Titanium Dioxide
    Dimethicone Titanium Dioxide
    from $ 1.65

    Dimethicone Titanium Dioxide

    DTTD is Titanium Dioxide which has been surface treated with Dimethicone. If you are working with silicone oil formulations, it is particularly eas...

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    from $ 1.65
  • Sienna Oxide
    Sienna Oxide
    from $ 1.65

    Sienna Oxide

    By customer request we have brought in this lovely, warm oxide shade which is particularly good in skin tone products.

    from $ 1.65
  • TKB Ochre Oxide
    TKB Ochre Oxide
    from $ 1.65

    TKB Ochre Oxide

    A mid-range yellow/brown pigment.

    from $ 1.65