MICA

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Scientific name:  mica

Inorganic compound:  mined or synthetic

 


BEST FOR ALL SKIN TYPES, ESPECIALLY SENSITIVE

Ingredient Features

  • provides luster
  • silky
  • reflective
  • refractive

User Benefits

  • beautiful
  • feels good
  • shimmery
  • iridescent

Function in Product

  • adhesive
  • texturizer
  • prevents clumping

Mica (CI 77019) is an inorganic, colorless silicate mineral that provides luster and adhesion. Mica is used in most mineral cosmetics for its luxurious silkiness and subtly reflective properties. It is available in many grades, some known as “sericite” or matte, that range in textures from matte to shimmery. Approved for use in cosmetics in the U.S., E.U. and Japan.

The word "mica" is derived from the Latin word mica, meaning "a crumb", and probably influenced by micare, to glitter.

Mica is widely distributed and occurs in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary regimes. Large crystals of mica used for various applications are typically mined from granitic pegmatites.

Until the 19th century, large crystals of mica were quite rare and expensive as a result of the limited supply in Europe. 

Wet-ground mica, which retains the brilliancy of its cleavage faces, is used primarily in pearlescent paints by the automotive industry. Many metallic-looking pigments are composed of a substrate of mica coated with another mineral, usually titanium dioxide (TiO2). The resultant pigment produces a reflective color depending on the thickness of the coating. These products are used to produce automobile paint, shimmery plastic containers, and high quality inks used in advertising and security applications. In the cosmetics industry, its reflective and refractive properties make mica an important ingredient in blushes, eye liner, eye shadow, foundation, hair and body glitter, lipstick, lip gloss, mascara, moisturizing lotions, and nail polish. Some brands of toothpaste include powdered white mica. This acts as a mild abrasive to aid polishing of the tooth surface, and also adds a cosmetically pleasing, glittery shimmer to the paste. Mica is added to latex balloons to provide a colored shiny surface.

Throughout the ages, fine powders of mica have been used for various purposes, including decorations. Powdered mica glitter is used to decorate traditional water clay pots in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh; it is also used on traditional Pueblo pottery, though not restricted to use on water pots in this case. The gulaland abir (colored powders) used by North Indian Hindus during the festive season of Holi contain fine, small crystals of mica to create a sparkling effect. The majestic Padmanabhapuram Palace, 65 km (40 mi) from Trivandrum in India, has colored mica windows.


MICA IS IN:

Primer

Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfecting Primer

Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Luminous Skin Perfecting Primer

Concealer

Vapour Organic Beauty Illusionist Concealer

Afterglow Cosmetics Infused Aloe Concealer

Afterglow Cosmetics Infused Calm-Cover

Foundation

Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation

Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Luminous Foundation

 Afterglow Cosmetics Infused Mineral Foundation

Bronzer

Afterglow Cosmetics Infused Glow Bronzer

Blush

Afterglow Cosmetics Infused Mineral Blush

Powder

Afterglow Cosmetics Infused Setting Powder

Eye Liner

Vapour Organic Beauty Mesmerize Eyeliner

Eye Shadow

Vapour Organic Beauty Mesmerize Eye Shimmer

Vapour Organic Beauty Mesmerize Eye Color

Afterglow Cosmetics Infused Eco Eye Shadow

Mascara

Afterglow Cosmetics Infused Pure Soul Mascara

Lip Balm

Afterglow Cosmetics Infused Lip Soother

Lip Gloss

Vapour Organic Beauty Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss

Afterglow Cosmetics Infused Hydra Gloss

Lip Stick

Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick

Afterglow Cosmetics Infused Lip Love Lipstick  

Lip Liner

Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil

Multi Use

Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi Use Classic

Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi Use Stain