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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?

  • Chromium Oxide Green
    Chromium Oxide Green
    from $ 1.65

    Chromium Oxide Green

    Chromium Oxide Green is a flat, matte, medium green pigment.

    from $ 1.65
  • Hydrated Chromium Oxide
    Hydrated Chromium Oxide
    from $ 1.85

    Hydrated Chromium Oxide

    Rather bright blueish-green pigment. Lovely especially in soapmaking and handmade toiletries.

    from $ 1.85
  • D&C Green #5 Pure Dye (90%)
    D&C Green #5 Pure Dye (90%)
    from $ 1.65

    D&C Green #5 Pure Dye (90%)

    Green #5 is a PURE dye, not a lake dye. As a result it is messier to work with than the lake dyes and you also need far less of the material. Also...

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    from $ 1.65
  • TKB Matte Green Pop
    TKB Matte Green Pop
    from $ 1.65

    TKB Matte Green Pop

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

    from $ 1.65
  • EZB - Lakeside
    EZB - Lakeside
    from $ 3.65

    EZB - Lakeside

    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
  • Pigment Green 7
    Pigment Green 7
    from $ 1.65

    Pigment Green 7

    This product is WATER Soluble, not Oil.

    from $ 1.65