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What is the Difference Between Organic and Inorganic Pigments?

by Jasmine Jones November 26, 2020 2 min read

What is the Difference Between Organic and Inorganic Pigments?

'What is the difference between Organic and Inorganic pigments?'. As a Permanent Makeup or Microblading Artist, you have probably been asked this question at some point in your career. If not, then keep reading anyway as we’re sure the question will arise sooner or later and it is important that you can provide your client with this information.

You will probably be familiar with the term ‘organic’ as a positive description when associated with produce, animal products or cosmetics in our bid to choose the safest, healthiest options available. However, when it comes to Microblading and SPMU pigments, the words ‘organic’ and ‘inorganic’ have no bearing on where or how the pigments were created. Instead, these terms refer to the chemical structure of the pigment.

 

Organic Permanent Makeup Pigments

Organic pigments contain hydrogen and carbon and are made up of dyes and lakes. Dyes are the chemicals that produce colour when dissolved and lakes are dyes which are stabilized with an inert binder.

These carbon-based particles are much smaller than those in inorganic pigments and as a result, they tend to be more sheer or transparent. This also means that they are a little more unstable and can shift position in the skin causing bleeding or migration. To prevent this, an inorganic pigment is often added to organic formulations.

Generally, organic colours are brighter and bolder than inorganic colours. They are often used for lip pigments.

 

Inorganic Permanent Makeup Pigments

Inorganic pigments are made up of iron and oxygen and do not contain any carbon. The Iron component is very stable, inert and non-toxic. Visually, inorganic pigments are more muted and less intense in colour, making them perfect for the soft and natural colours commonly used in permanent makeup.

Thanks to their larger particle size, inorganic pigments offer better coverage, are opaquer and withstand UV exposure better than organic pigments.

Although originally mined from natural sources, inorganic pigments are now produced synthetically in laboratories to better monitor the quality and purity.

 

Choosing The Right Pigments For You

As a Microblading or SPMU Artist, it is important that you find pigments which you can trust when carrying out procedures on your clients. Everlasting Brows pigments are creamy and highly concentrated, ensuring your strokes remain crisp and durable. Their pigments heal true to colour and do not need a modifier.

Produced in Germany, each pigment batch is tested for impurities and heavy metals and is approved by InkCert. Less impurities mean that the skin will be more perceptive to pigment, creating better healed results.

To try the Everlasting Brows pigments for yourself, click here to shop the full range.

Jasmine Jones
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