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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
  • D&C Red 33 Alum Lake
    D&C Red 33 Alum Lake
    from $ 1.65

    D&C Red 33 Alum Lake

    This dye is a blue-red, more purplish or magenta than true red.

    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
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    from $ 1.65

    Dark Brown Oxide

    This is a darker version of our Brown Oxide.

    from $ 1.65
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  • D&C Red 27 Alum Lake
    D&C Red 27 Alum Lake
    from $ 2.65

    D&C Red 27 Alum Lake

    Bright, almost fluorescent pink lake dye. Appropriately used to dye products for personal use for cosmetics generally, but not for eye area use.

    from $ 2.65
  • 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
  • Vivid Rose
    Vivid Rose
    from $ 2.65

    Vivid Rose

    from $ 2.65
  • 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
  • Color Violet Manganese
    Color Violet Manganese
    from $ 2.65

    Color Violet Manganese

    December 2018 Update: Due to an increase in our raw material cost, we have recently raised the price of this product. Lovely lip-approved purple, n...

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    from $ 2.65
  • Yellow Oxide
    Yellow Oxide
    from $ 1.65

    Yellow Oxide

    Yellow Oxide is the backbone of any foundation recipe. We offer two hues of yellow oxide: Honey Yellow Oxide and Yellow Oxide.

    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
  • D&C Red 7 CA Lake
    D&C Red 7 CA Lake
    from $ 1.65

    D&C Red 7 CA Lake

    A medium shade red lake.

    from $ 1.65
  • Manganese Violet
    Manganese Violet
    from $ 1.65

    Manganese Violet

    Manganese violet pigment, not stable in cold process soap.

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

    TKB Matte Red Pop

    Matte Red Pop is a "Ready-to-Wear" matte powder, however you are also free to use it in your formulations!

    from $ 2.65
  • D&C Yellow 10 Alum Lake
    D&C Yellow 10 Alum Lake
    from $ 1.65

    D&C Yellow 10 Alum Lake

    A bright yellow dye.

    from $ 1.65
  • Monochrome Orange
    Monochrome Orange
    from $ 1.65