Best Quality Makeup Uses Pearlescent Pigments

Functionality and sustainability are the main criteria in choosing ingredients for the best quality makeup products. Beyond the glitter and glamour of cosmetics, the safety of applying these products is of prime importance. Hence, the raw materials used in cosmetics are expected to be of sterling standards.

Neelikon brings you their premium range of IS4707, EC Directive 1223/2009 and CFR/USFDA compliant, safe-to-use pearlescent pigments. Using these pigments to develop shimmery cosmetics enhances our skin’s optical appearance.

How do Pearlescent Pigments Work?

Pearlescent pigments are mica substrates coated with metal oxides like titanium dioxide or iron oxide. These multi-layered particles undergo a series of reflection, refraction, and optical interference. As a result, there is variety in colour appearances and depth effects.

The smaller particles impart a shimmery gloss. On the other hand, the larger particles create the illusion of glitter. This quality is highly desirable when creating the best quality makeup products.

The versatility of pearlescent pigments lies in their ability to impart depth, dimension, and sparkle to beauty products.


Why the Term “Pearlescent”?

The pigments are called “pearlescent” to denote the iridescent lustre of a pearl, symbolic of healthy, glowing skin.


List of Cosmetics that Make Use of Pearlescent Pigments

Neelikon’s vast array of pearlescent pigments is available in multiple hues trending in the fashion industry. From shades of golden, silver, and grey to pastel tones of pink, green and blue, the hues are mesmerising. These pigments are used in the following cosmetics:

  • Lipstick and lip balm
  • Eye shadow
  • Eyeliner and mascara
  • Nail-paint and lacquer
  • Blush-on
  • Liquid foundation
  • Hair-styling gel


Types of Pearlescent Pigments Used in Cosmetics

The best quality makeup formulators commonly employ the following pearlescent pigments:

Natural pearl: It consists of guanine extracted from fish scales. This pigment is famous for its low density and soft sheen.

Bismuth oxychloride: The particles in this pigment are small and scaly. It is used as a functional filler in cosmetics.

Metal oxide-coated platelets: These are conventional pearlescent pigments that can generate a range of custom colours.

Let’s peek at Neelikon’s premium range of superior-quality pearlescent pigments.


How to Use Pearlescent Pigments in Formulating the Best Quality Makeup Products?

The pigments are added directly to the colourants used in cosmetics. We must never grind the pigments while mixing them with makeup products. The action will separate the metal oxide coating.

Further, grinding is undesirable as it causes loss of colour and the pearly effect. Instead, the pigments must be added to the cosmetic formulation at the end and mixed in gently.

One spoonful of pearlescent pigment powder is enough to colour each pound of makeup. The amount can be increased depending on the extent of glitter required. More pigment results in more sparkle and shine.


Why Must a Good Makeup Palette Employ Pearlescent Pigments?

Utilising pearlescent pigments in cosmetics adds colour, glow and sheen to the eye, face, lip, and nail products. The benefits of using pearlescent pigments in making cosmetics include:

  • They impart the appearance of a smooth complexion and glowing skin.
  • They provide a high-quality finish and brilliant radiance.
  • They find applications as functional fillers in beauty products to enhance skin feel and texture.
  • They increase the durability of makeup products.


Why Choose Neelikon’s Pearlescent Pigments to Add Glitter to Cosmetics?

Here is why Neelikon’s range of pigments is the best option for developing shiny and glittery makeup products:

  • Easy to use.
  • Mixes in any viscous, transparent medium.
  • Highly heat resistant.
  • Non-toxic and cruelty-free.
  • High transparency and purity.
  • Paraben-free.

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