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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?

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • D&C Red 6
    D&C Red 6
    from $ 1.65

    D&C Red 6

    D&C Barium Lake is a red lake dye with an orange tone.

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

    TKB Matte Red Pop

    May 2019 Update: This color has been reformulated. The color is substantially the same in look, but you may wish to sample it out first before buyi...

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    from $ 2.65
  • Monochrome Warm Red
    Monochrome Warm Red
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    from $ 1.65

    Monochrome Warm Red

    The perfect warm-red.

    from $ 1.65
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  • D&C Red 21 Alum Lake
    D&C Red 21 Alum Lake
    from $ 1.65

    D&C Red 21 Alum Lake

    Bright red.

    from $ 1.65
  • Monochrome Cool Red
    Monochrome Cool Red
    from $ 2.65

    Monochrome Cool Red

    Intense, mysterious shade of red.

    from $ 2.65
  • Vivid Cardinal
    Vivid Cardinal
    from $ 2.65

    Vivid Cardinal

    This matte pink pigment is a little lighter/pinker than showing in this photo.

    from $ 2.65
  • Red 30 Talc Lake
    Red 30 Talc Lake
    from $ 6.65

    Red 30 Talc Lake

    Lake Dye.

    from $ 6.65
  • Red 541
    Red 541
    from $ 1.65

    Red 541

    Red Iron Oxide with a Blue Undertone.

    from $ 1.65
  • 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
  • TKB Rouge Red
    TKB Rouge Red
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    from $ 3.65

    TKB Rouge Red

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

    from $ 3.65
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