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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?

  • Orange Oxide
    Orange Oxide
    from $ 1.65

    Orange Oxide

    Orange oxide is a blend of Red Iron Oxide and Yellow Iron Oxide. It is a flat inorganic pigment, popular for all kinds of cosmetic and personal car...

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    from $ 1.65
  • Monochrome Orange
    Monochrome Orange
    from $ 1.65

    Monochrome Orange

    Bright, warm orange color.

    from $ 1.65
  • FD&C Yellow 6 Lake
    FD&C Yellow 6 Lake
    from $ 1.65

    FD&C Yellow 6 Lake

    This lake color is orange in hue. It is also known as "sunset yellow".

    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 Matte Orange Pop
    TKB Matte Orange Pop
    from $ 2.65

    TKB Matte Orange Pop

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

    from $ 2.65
  • D&C Orange 5 Zirc/Alum Lake
    D&C Orange 5 Zirc/Alum Lake
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    from $ 1.65

    D&C Orange 5 Zirc/Alum Lake

    A soft orange hued dye.

    from $ 1.65
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  • Natural Clay - Warm Adobe
    Natural Clay - Warm Adobe
    from $ 3.65

    Natural Clay - Warm Adobe

    An absorbent and adhesive warm orange clay.

    from $ 3.65
  • Vivid Tanager
    Vivid Tanager
    from $ 2.65

    Vivid Tanager

    from $ 2.65
  • TKB Vivid Tangerine
    TKB Vivid Tangerine
    from $ 3.65

    TKB Vivid Tangerine

    Soap stable and non-bleeding. Approved for cosmetic use in the USA and EU.

    from $ 3.65