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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?

  • 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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  • 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
  • Ultramarine Blue
    Ultramarine Blue
    from $ 1.65

    Ultramarine Blue

    A classic, basic blue pigment. Historically, ultramarine blue was made by grinding down the semi-precious stone, lapis lazuli. For cosmetic manufac...

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  • 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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  • Pigment Blue 15
    Pigment Blue 15
    from $ 1.65

    Pigment Blue 15

    Unique blue pigment.

    from $ 1.65
  • African Violet Ultramarine
    African Violet Ultramarine
    from $ 2.65

    African Violet Ultramarine

    Our African Violet is substituted for Ultramarine Violet. December 2018 Update: Due to an increase in our raw material cost, we have recently raise...

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

    Monochrome Cool Red

    Intense, mysterious shade of red.

    from $ 2.65
  • Monochrome Blue
    Monochrome Blue
    from $ 1.65

    Monochrome Blue

    Gorgeous, stunning deep blue.

    from $ 1.65
  • Ultramarine Pink
    Ultramarine Pink
    from $ 1.65

    Ultramarine Pink

    A basic flat pigment used in many projects, except for lip products.

    from $ 1.65
  • Honey Yellow
    Honey Yellow
    from $ 1.65

    Honey Yellow

    Another oxide, but reminds you oh so much of the sweet bee pollen made by honeybees! <3

    from $ 1.65
  • Dimethicone Titanium Dioxide
    Dimethicone Titanium Dioxide
    from $ 1.65

    Dimethicone Titanium Dioxide

    DTTD is Titanium Dioxide which has been surface treated with Dimethicone. If you are working with silicone oil formulations, it is particularly eas...

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    from $ 1.65
  • TKB Ochre Oxide
    TKB Ochre Oxide
    from $ 1.65

    TKB Ochre Oxide

    A mid-range yellow/brown pigment.

    from $ 1.65
  • Red 541
    Red 541
    from $ 1.65

    Red 541

    Red Iron Oxide with a Blue Undertone.

    from $ 1.65
  • TKB Matte Orange Pop
    TKB Matte Orange Pop
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    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
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  • Periwinkle Blue Ultramarine
    Periwinkle Blue Ultramarine
    from $ 1.65

    Periwinkle Blue Ultramarine

    Ultramarine with a blue violet tone

    from $ 1.65
  • Ultramarine Violet
    Ultramarine Violet
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    Ultramarine Violet

    Ultramarine violet is a blue-shade violet inorganic pigment.

    from $ 1.65
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