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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?

  • Vivid Rose
    Vivid Rose
    from $ 2.65

    Vivid Rose

    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
  • Vivid Flamingo
    Vivid Flamingo
    from $ 2.65

    Vivid Flamingo

    from $ 2.65
  • Vivid Tanager
    Vivid Tanager
    from $ 2.65

    Vivid Tanager

    from $ 2.65
  • Vivid Violet
    Vivid Violet
    from $ 2.65

    Vivid Violet

    A matte, bright purple pigment for cosmetic use.

    from $ 2.65
  • Vivid Canary
    Vivid Canary
    from $ 2.65

    Vivid Canary

    from $ 2.65