Mica minerals are regularly found in cosmetics to add a sparkle or a bright pop of colour. With a variety of different textures available from fine through to coarse, each varying in their levels of shimmer and colour.
The word "mica" comes from the Latin word "micare," meaning "to glitter."
With translucent properties, mica adheres to the skin easily, making it an attractive addition in mineral powders. The shimmer effect of mica is established with a coat of titanium oxide.
Lush co-founder and makeup creator Rowena Bird explains:“ In the same way that light hits a prism and creates a rainbow when light hits titanium dioxide, it bounces off and gives a rainbow effect. Depending on how many times you coat the mica you get different shades. You can create a total of seven different colours and then after that, the layers create deeper shades each time”
The purity of synthetic mica is higher than the natural alternative with the ability to produce a bold and brighter range of micas in the process.
Rowena explains “The positives of using synthetic mica comes when creating a very sparkly eyeshadow. Natural mica has jagged edges, whereas synthetic has very smooth edges, meaning you can use a much larger particle size of the synthetic to accomplish something much sparklier. If you were to use the same particle size of natural mica this would feel uncomfortable around the eyes.”
Cosmetic mica powder can be used in cosmetics like eye shadows, bronzers and lip glosses to add a vibrant or subtle shade of colour. There is truly no end to the way that mica can be blended together to form bright, brilliant or shimmering products. Contact the team at Aromatic Ingredients on 03 9702 3698 or take a look at the website and get started with mica in your formulations today.