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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
  • Dark Brown Oxide
    Dark Brown Oxide
    from $ 1.65

    Dark Brown Oxide

    This is a darker version of our Brown Oxide.

    from $ 1.65
  • Natural Clay - Valley Mauve
    Natural Clay - Valley Mauve
    from $ 3.65

    Natural Clay - Valley Mauve

    An absorbent and adhesive rosy clay.

    from $ 3.65
  • 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
  • Natural Clay - Cocoa Brown
    Natural Clay - Cocoa Brown
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    from $ 3.65

    Natural Clay - Cocoa Brown

    An absorbent and adhesive chocolaty colored clay.

    from $ 3.65
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  • Natural Clay - Cedar Red
    Natural Clay - Cedar Red
    from $ 3.65

    Natural Clay - Cedar Red

    An absorbent and adhesive rusty blush colored clay.

    from $ 3.65
  • Natural Clay - Desert Sage
    Natural Clay - Desert Sage
    from $ 3.65

    Natural Clay - Desert Sage

    An absorbent and adhesive light beige colored clay.

    from $ 3.65
  • Natural Clay - Obsidian
    Natural Clay - Obsidian
    from $ 3.65

    Natural Clay - Obsidian

    An absorbent and adhesive ash gray clay.

    from $ 3.65
  • Natural Clay - Earth's Blush
    Natural Clay - Earth's Blush
    from $ 3.65

    Natural Clay - Earth's Blush

    An absorbent and adhesive earthy rose clay.

    from $ 3.65
  • Natural Clay - Ginger Green
    Natural Clay - Ginger Green
    from $ 3.65

    Natural Clay - Ginger Green

    An absorbent and adhesive light beige clay.

    from $ 3.65