A selection of pearlescent pigments with a high degree of light fastness (non-fading) and excellent tolerance to a wide temperature and pH range. They also have good chemical resistance. Note that we have selected these pigments specifically because they have these properties so they are perfect for almost all arts and craft applications (including all resin types) as well as for industrial applications.
Coated Mica Pearlescent Pigments that impart a beautiful metallic hue & lustre and are widely used in resins.
If you are looking to create special effects then pearlescent pigments may be just what you need. They look best when added into totally clear mediums such as resins. Many people ask us if they can add them into paint. In any normal paint the effect will be dull due to the opaque nature of paints and the fact that final dry paint films are very thin. As paints are applied only in a thin film, only true metallic pigments such as aluminium pigments give sufficient hiding power and lustre to give a good effect. We sell two grades of Aluminium Pigments (see Metallic Pigments).
The basic difference between pearlescent pigments, metallic pigments and glitter powders
Glitter powders are usually of larger particle size. They are cut out of a large sheet and all particles are almost the same size. Modern glitter is usually manufactured from plastic and is rarely recycled leading to calls from activists for plastic glitter to be banned.
Metallic Pigments are fine particles of actual metal. We sell two grades of Aluminium Metallic Powder and both give excellent hiding power and an excellent shiny metallic effect. We use these in all our Metallic Paints to impart high hiding power (opacity).
Pearlescent Pigments are made by coating small plate shaped particles of mica, synthetic mica or glass with various compounds. When the coating includes metal oxides some people call them 'metallic pigments' which can make things a bit confusing as they are not actually metallic pigments. All our pigments in this section are based on coated mica. A superior (but more expensive) type of pearlescent pigment is based on coated glass. We offer a large particle size Gold and Silver pearlescent glass pigments which you will find in a product called "Cosmetic Diamond Pearlescent Pigments". Although our Diamond Pigments are certified for cosmetics they are also wonderful to create sparkle in resin and general arts & crafts.
Pearlescent Pigments are all interference pigments that get their colour and other visible effects by reflecting and refracting light. (Reflection is light bouncing off the particle surface while refraction is light passing through the particle and being changed as it does so. Light that passes through the particles changes wavelength and thus colour.)
All our Pearlescent Pigments on this page have quite a strong colour and are not very transparent. They generate beautiful metallic colour effects.
We have a separate product page for our Pearlescent Pigments with “Interference” in their name. These have a subtle colour and have a high level of transparency. They tend to “play with light”. They don’t contain any coloured material in their composition but manipulate light to give the perception of colour. A pile of powder of these pigments looks white but their awesome effect becomes evident when they are smeared out into a thin layer or placed in a resin (or any other clear medium with some depth). If added to resin, the interference pigments create a subtle colour-shimmer right through the depth of the resin. Smearing these pigments out over a glossy black surface readily demonstrates the awesome effect they can create.
Bright Gold - Fine
Amber Gold - Fine
Silver Sparkle - Coarse
Silver - Medium
Silver - Fine
Bronze - Fine
Rufous - Ultra Fine
Emerald - Fine
Malachite - Fine
Silver-blue - Fine
Sapphire Blue - Ultra Fine
Black - Fine
Interference Blue - Fine
Aluminium Bright Silver Pigment - Medium
Aluminium Deep Silver Paste - Fine
Lavender - Fine