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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
  • 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
  • Vivid Rose
    Vivid Rose
    from $ 2.65

    Vivid Rose

    from $ 2.65
  • 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
  • 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 Yellow 10 Alum Lake
    D&C Yellow 10 Alum Lake
    from $ 1.65

    D&C Yellow 10 Alum Lake

    A bright yellow dye.

    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
  • Monochrome Orange
    Monochrome Orange
    from $ 1.65

    Monochrome Orange

    Bright, warm orange color.

    from $ 1.65
  • FD&C Yellow 5 Lake
    FD&C Yellow 5 Lake
    from $ 1.65

    FD&C Yellow 5 Lake

    Bright, lemon yellow lake 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
  • 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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  • Reborn Purple
    Reborn Purple
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    from $ 1.65

    Reborn Purple

    January 2019 Update: Due to an increase in our raw material cost, we have recently raised the price of this product.Soap stable and non-bleeding. A...

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    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
  • 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
  • Vivid Flamingo
    Vivid Flamingo
    from $ 2.65

    Vivid Flamingo

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

    Red 30 Talc Lake

    Lake Dye.

    from $ 6.65
  • 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