- Are your products finished cosmetic products?
No, the pigments we offer are not finished products. They are the raw materials used to create finished cosmetic products. By blending these pigments together finished products can easily be created.
- Can I sell these pigments as is?
We strongly suggest that you do not repackage these pigments as finished products. As mentioned above, these are not finished products and should not be sold as such. While we can not prevent you from simply repackaging our pigments, we can tell you that consumers are not happy about this practice and it is not a sound business decision on your part.
- How can I change the level of coverage of foundation with your base?
Our foundation base is a very good light to medium coverage product. To increase coverage, simply blend in more opaque pigments such as Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide. To create a lighter coverage product, mix in a sheer texture enhancer such as mica, sericite or silica.
- Why are some colors not lip safe? Does this mean they are not really safe at all?
The FDA lists some colors as being not for use on the lips because they have not tested them as a lip safe ingredient. While you cannot use these ingredients in lip products in the USA, the colors are perfectly safe to use and are even approved for lip use in Europe and Japan where it is much harder to get an ingredient approved for use.While these have been approved for use in other countries, it is not legal to use them in lip products that are sold in the USA. Please respect this limitation when making products. I hope one day the FDA gets around to approving these pigments for lip use, but as far as I know it is not on their agenda at this time.
- I have seen other companies offering
pigments that are not eye safe. Why are none of your pigments listed
as not eye area approved?
In order to better protect our customers and their consumers, we do not offer pigments not FDA approved for eye area use. There are many beautiful pigments available that are not safe for the eye area and we do not want to offer these tempting beauties as it is hard to not want to use them on the eyes. While we are perfectly confident with the safety of ingredients not approved for the lip, we do not feel comfortable offering pigments that can cause corneal abrasions or severe eye irritation.
- Do you offer assistance in color matching or creation?
Yes! We love formulating colors. If you have a color you cannot seem to match we are happy to help you. There is a development fee of $125 per hour. When the product meets your expectations we will send you the formula and 4 oz of the finished product ready for you to package and sell. We will not keep the formula on file, so you know it is yours and yours alone.
- Do you have a minimum order amount?
Yes. Our minimum order amount is $25.00.
- Why do your micas have other ingredients listed?
There is a very common misconception that a pigmented mica is just "mica". This is not accurate. If a "mica" has any color to it at all it has other ingredients on it. Pigmented micas are made using mica as the substrate and pure pigments are bonded to the mica. It is very important that you include all the ingredients listed on each pigmented mica on your product ingredient lists. Also be aware when purchasing micas that if there is any color to the mica it can't be listed as just "mica" on the ingredients deck. For example, if you see a green pigment and the INCI is listed as Mica, be sure to contact the store owner and get a complete ingredients listing so you ensure you are following the laws when labeling your finished products.
- Do you add anything to the products you offer?
The only products that we alter are the custom blends we offer which have AnnaLia listed as the manufacturer. We do not add sericite to any of our mica blends, so you can be sure you are getting full strength pigments.
- How much does shipping cost?
All shipping is calculated through the USPS and is based on the total weight of your order and your location. We are unable to estimate or predict what your shipping amount will be before your order is placed. All shipping charges will appear in your cart so you will know the charge before you check out.
- How do I label my products?
Basic Product Labeling Rules
The entire FDA regulations on labeling cosmetic products can be found here
. It can be overwhelming and confusing, not to mention boring to read. I will break down some basics for you, but be sure to take the time to read the entire labeling manual to get the rest of the requirements.
First of all, ingredients are to be listed using the approved INCI name as set forth by the CTFA Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary. This is to make it easier for consumers to understand what an ingredient is. By creating a standardized name for ingredients, consumers are able to directly compare ingredients between products. The names use the scientific names for the ingredients rather than a name generally identified by consumers. For example, Castor Oil should be listed as Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil. Be sure to check the INCI for every ingredient you use so you have the proper terminology on your labels.
A product label must list ingredients in descending order of predominance. This means that the highest percentage ingredients comes first then the next highest and then the third highest and so on, excluding pigments. This goes for all ingredients with a concentration higher than 1%. After the amount is below 1% they can be placed in whatever order the company chooses as long as it is after the listing of ingredients above 1%. Pigments are listed at the end of the ingredients list, in any order regardless of concentration. Most mineral makeup companies choose to label their products in descending order of predominance regardless of the fact that all or most of the ingredients are pigments. We strongly recommend you do this as well, since it helps consumers to make better choices in regards to their skin's needs.
A label can list some ingredients as "May Contain" in instances where the ingredient is sometimes added for color matching or in instances where there are many colors of the same product. For example, 5 different blush colors, that are otherwise identical in formulation, will list the ingredients common to all colors and then list all the pigments that may be included depending on the color being made. So if you see a blush that says "May Contain: Chromium Oxide Greens, Manganese violet, Ultramarines. The actual product you have may contain all, some or none of those ingredients.
One of the most important things to know is that ingredients must be labeled with all ingredient components listed. What this means is that if the product contains an ingredient that is "coated" with another, the coating must be listed as a separate ingredient. For example, let's say I am making an eye shadow using some red mica and a dimethicone coated sericite. The proper INCI for sericite is mica and the proper INCI for dimethicone is dimethicone. Mica is never naturally red so my mica is coated with some pigments, usually Titanium Dioxide and Iron Oxides. So my ingredient listing should read Ingredients: Mica, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides. Also when an ingredients has several components the listing should never say "and" between the ingredients. The ingredient manufacturers do this, but on a proper product label there should be no "and" between ingredients.
No product can claim an SPF without thorough testing and approval by the FDA. A sunscreen in the USA is considered an over the counter drug and must be manufactured in an FDA registered facility. If it has not been approved by the FDA it cannot claim SPF. It cannot even claim "natural SPF that cannot be assigned a number without testing". A company also cannot claim an "assumed SPF". A company that hasn't had their product approved by the FDA as a sunscreen should avoid the use of "SPF" in all circumstances except to say "we haven't been through the testing for an SPF rating".
Product labels must also list the net weight of the product and the company address. If your company address is listed in the white pages, then you can just list the city and zip code rather than the entire address of your facility. Weights must be listed in Pounds and/or ounces but can additionally list net contents in the metric system.