TKB Trading Mica Swatches #2

The Planetary Collection

I had mica powders on order when I did my first post of TKB Trading mica swatches. I just couldn’t wait! The TKB site has pictures of the mica powder and how they appear in nail polish & soaps but no swatches on skin. My new colors are fantastic and just as loved as the first set of swatches. I find it extremely helpful to have pictures of swatches when I am formulating an eye shadow or highlighter color, so here is my second set of TKB Trading Mica Swatches:

 

TKB Trading Mica Swatches

 

Planetary Sampler

(Color Shifting Micas, Interference Shades)

 

 

 

Planetary Collection

 

Planetary Collection

 

 

Star Bite Collection

Extra bright, small glittery iridescent color additives (100-260 microns) which appear as a white, semi-iridescent powder until rubbed on the skin, or set against a dark color. The size of the particles is large enough to cause eye irritation but they are perfect for highlighters, lip & nail formulations. (Try the Moondust Collection [I have Indu Rose & Crescent Crimson] for a similar effect on the eyes.)

 

 

 

Star Bite Collection

 

Star Bite Collection

 

 

5 Trues Collection

The “true” micas are cosmetic-grade, bright-hued, low-sheen micas which are a blend of FD&C dyes and a mica substrate. The colors are water resistant. True Red/Orange is not eye-safe but the other 4 colors are. All colors work in nail polish and are permitted for use in lip products.

 

5 Trues Collection

 

5 Trues Collection

 

 

Interference Shades

Sparkle Turquoise & Indu Rose

Sparkle Turquoise is a white appearing mica with a turquoise sparkle shift. Indu Rose is a white appearing powder that shifts from indigo to purple to red.

Interference Mica

 

Interference Mica

 

Whites

Metallic White & Extra Bright

Metallic White is a silver-white, not a true white. Extra Bright is a true white with more sheer pigmentation than Pearl White. Extra Bright has intense glow & sheen perfect for intense highlighters that give the appearance of a dewy sheen.

 

 

 

tkb trading swatches

 

tkb trading swatches

 

 

Golds/Browns

Oriental Beige, Mermaid’s Gold, Forged Gold, Antique Gold

Oriental Beige is similar to Apricot. It has a metallic sheen & is more of a brown tone while Apricot has intense shimmer with an orange tone.

 

tkb trading swatches

 

tkb trading swatches

 

 

Blues

Ocean Green. Deep Blue

 

tkb trading swatches

 

tkb trading swatches

 

Orange/Red Tones

Matte Orange Pop, Copper Fire, Passion Orange, Calliope

 

tkb trading swatches

 

tkb trading swatches

 

 

Pinks

MyMix Pink Blush, Be My Valentine

Be My Valentine is much darker in pigmentation than Cotton Candy & is much more cool toned/purple-leaning. MyMix Pink Blush has great, opaque pigmentation. Pink Blush is a much drier powder than mica because it contains (or may contain): talc, mica, zinc stearate, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, and bismuth oxychloride, so it can benefit from adding a base powder that provides slip to your formula.

 

tkb trading swatches

 

tkb trading swatches

 


 

Base Powder Demo:

Mica applied by itself will not last long on the eyes/face. Mica needs to be combined with base powders to extend wear, deepen opacity, and improve application. I was confused on which powders to add & their purpose when I first started creating pressed mica shadows and highlighters. The TKB Trading MyMix Base & Matte Texture Base are blends of base powders, fillers, & opacifiers. I have a file on my computer that is a compilation of descriptions & usage amounts from online reading. Verbal descriptions can be helpful but I am a visual learner, so I used large amounts of 5 different powders to show their impact on a color formula.

I used 3 Tads (3/4 tsp) of pre-mixed color (including MyMix Press Base & C-Smax) and 1 Dash (1/8 tsp) of each powder listed below. I had a surplus of left-over product I saved for this demo. The impact on the final coloring is exaggerated by using a large amount of powder.  Using smaller amounts of the base powders won’t affect the color so dramatically.

 

Pressed Mica

 

 

 

1. [TKB Trading] Boron Nitride

Truth in Aging explains that Boron Nitride is an optical diffuser with light scattering properties, making it ideal for a soft-focus finish. It provides a glowy , shiny effect with the ability to refract light from the skin, blurring imperfections & creating smoothness. Silky textured with good slip and adhesion, this powder extends the lasting power of a product. Boron Nitride also absorbs oil from the skin, which helps spread pigmentation evenly.
Boron Nitride is water insoluble so it does not mix well with alcohol for pressing. It works great when pressed dry. Boron Nitride will lighten the final color. **Boron Nitride is different than Boron**
Boron Nitride
Original (L), with Boron Nitride (R)

 

2. [TKB Trading] Pashmica

TKB’s Pashmica pairs sericite mica with natural silica . Pashmica is a cushiony powder that provides a soft-focus, dewy finish. It is oil-absorbent, providing slip to application and the silica scatters light, blurring fine lines & wrinkles. Pashmica gives a soft glow to shadows & highlighters. Using Pashmica will slightly lighten the final coloring of a product and gives a soft feel to the product. Pashmica lightens/brightens less dramatically than other powders.

 

Pashmica
Original (L), with Pashmica (R)

 

 

 

3. [TKB Trading Water Dispersible] Titanium Dioxide

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics lists Titanium Dioxide as a safe cosmetic additive so long as it is not inhaled. Titanium Dioxide is a white, opaque, naturally occurring mineral used for coloring, whitening, and brightening in cosmetics. Titanium Dioxide has strong reflective properties, it brightens color formulations and reduces translucency in the formula. It will lighten the final color and brighten the most. Titanium Dioxide is a dry powder. If used in large percentages, it will benefit from another powder that improves slip.

 

Titanium Dioxide
Original (L), with Titanium Dioxide (R)

 

 

 

4. [Making Cosmetics] Wrinkle Blur

Wrinkle Blur is a powder comprised of dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer with silica coating. It claims to mask and blur wrinkles by up to 84%, absorb oil, and to give skin a smooth, silky powdery feel. Dimethicone is a silicone with large molecules that glide over the skin. Silicone provides slip & a silky feel. In cosmetics and personal care products, Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer functions as a silicone thickener/emulsifier. The silica acts as an anti-caking agent & oil-absorbent.  Silica’s spherical particles increase spreadability of a product.

Dimethicone is a water soluble silicone. This powder affects the feel of the product, not the color. The powder adds an extra smooth, silky feel to the product.

 

Wrinkle Blur
Original (L), with Wrinkle Blur [Dimethicone & Silica] (R)

 

 

5. [Making Cosmetics] Magnesium Stearate

Magnesium Stearate is an ester of Magnesium & Stearic Acid which functions as a texturizer, opacifier, and a non-gelling thickener. It enhances slip and silkiness with its mild emulsifying properties. Magnesium Stearate slightly lightened the color formula & added softness to the product.

 

Magnesium Stearate
Original (L), with Magnesium Stearate (R)

 


 

 

 

Pressed Mica

 

 

I hope being able to see swatches of the stand alone colors & additive powders helps you as much as it helps me. I have never pressed a mica by itself and I always combine several shades to get the depth & tone I am visualizing.

 

 

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