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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?

  • Ultramarine Blue
    Ultramarine Blue
    from $ 1.65

    Ultramarine Blue

    A classic, basic blue pigment. Historically, ultramarine blue was made by grinding down the semi-precious stone, lapis lazuli. For cosmetic manufac...

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    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
  • Pigment Blue 15
    Pigment Blue 15
    from $ 1.65

    Pigment Blue 15

    Unique blue pigment.

    from $ 1.65
  • Monochrome Blue
    Monochrome Blue
    from $ 1.65

    Monochrome Blue

    Gorgeous, stunning deep blue.

    from $ 1.65
  • Reborn Ferric Ferrocyanide
    Reborn Ferric Ferrocyanide
    from $ 2.65

    Reborn Ferric Ferrocyanide

    December 2018 Update: Due to an increase in our raw material cost, we have recently raised the price of this product. Ferric Ferrocyanide is a flat...

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    from $ 2.65
  • Periwinkle Blue Ultramarine
    Periwinkle Blue Ultramarine
    from $ 1.65

    Periwinkle Blue Ultramarine

    Ultramarine with a blue violet tone

    from $ 1.65
  • Psi Blue Ultramarine
    Psi Blue Ultramarine
    from $ 1.65

    Psi Blue Ultramarine

    Psi Blue is a lighter, brighter, somewhat more yellow in undertone ultramarine blue than our regular Ultramarine Blue.

    from $ 1.65
  • TKB Matte Blue Pop
    TKB Matte Blue Pop
    from $ 1.65

    TKB Matte Blue Pop

    A ready-to-wear matte powder, lovely blue.

    from $ 1.65
  • EZB - College Blue
    EZB - College Blue
    from $ 3.65

    EZB - College Blue

    Our EZB colors are EZ-to-Blend matte (no shimmer), hue-intense, cosmetic pigments! They mix easily into nail polish (we recommend wetting with alco...

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    from $ 3.65
  • TKB Blue Ribbon
    TKB Blue Ribbon
    from $ 3.65

    TKB Blue Ribbon

    Matte Blue. Recommended for soap making. Lovely in nail polish.

    from $ 3.65