Colour Pearlescent Pigments

  • Mica based powders with metallic hue and lustre.
  • For resins, arts, crafts and industrial applications.
  • Heat resistant, pH resistant, chemical resistant and non-fading.
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 Colour Pearlescent Pigments

Also called Mica based pigment powders and pearl pigments


A selection of pearlescent pigments with strong colour effect, a high degree of light fastness (non-fading) and excellent tolerance to a wide temperature and pH range. They also have good chemical resistance. We have selected these pigments specifically because they have these properties so they are perfect for all resins, candle making, plastics, fibre glass, lacquer, jewellery making, adding to clear paints, clear glues and many other arts, crafts and industrial applications. They can be added to most clear mediums. 

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 an optimum effect. We also sell an Aluminium Pigment Powder for resins and water-based applications.


Resin Art using the following Bastion Paint products: Clear Counter Top Epoxy Resin, Malachite Pearlescent Pigment, Green Interference Pearlescent Pigment, Small Tumbled Stones, White Allure Liquid Colourant, Texturing Glass Microspheres and Silver Glitter Powder. 
A video that explains our Pearlescent Pigment range with colour samples. The four minute video includes our Colour Pearlescent Pigments, Interference Pearlescent Pigments, Cosmetic Diamond Pigments and Aluminium Bright Silver Pigment.
Resin Art Beach to Ocean with Bastion Paint’s Pearl Pigments:

The 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 the same size. Most glitter is manufactured with a coloured plastic layer over an aluminium base 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 Aluminium Metallic Powder that gives 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. All our pigments in this section are based on coated mica. A more expensive type of pearlescent pigment is made by coating 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 resins and in general arts & crafts. 

The difference between Colour Pearlescent Pigments and Interference Pearlescent Pigments

In our product types we differentiate between pearlescent pigments with a stronger colour and those that have a subtle colour and are almost transparent which we call Interference Pearlescent Pigments. To avoid confusion our Interference Pearlescent Pigments are a totally separate product.  

Technically all pearlescent pigments 'interfere' with light but colour pearlescent pigments have both a very thin titanium dioxide coating and a coloured coating layer over the mica particle which results in a lot of the colour being visible due to reflection of light. Our Interference Pearlescent Pigments only have a thin coating of titanium dioxide over the mica. Most light passes through the titanium dioxide layer and the mica particle and is refracted as it passes through. Refraction of light creates a translucent subtle colour effect.

Particle Size

To keep things simple we used terms like fine, medium and large to describe the particle size of the various powders that we sell.
All pearlescent pigments contain a range of particle sizes.
Smaller particle sizes create more continuous colour while large particle sizes create more sparkle.  
These are not cosmetic pigments
These are not cosmetically certified powders. As such they should not be used in cosmetic products.
Please see our products called "Cosmetic Pearlescent Pigments" and "Cosmetic Diamond Pearlescent Pigments" if you want to use them in skin contact applications such as makeup and personal care products. 
Potential for dust generation
Care should be taken not to breathe the dust of any pigment powders (careful handling will reduce dust generation). Use a fabric dust mask that you can buy at any hardware store. If handling larger quantities (more than normal arts and crafts requirements) then a dust extraction system is required. 
Keep out of reach of children
All our products should be kept out of reach of children under 5 years and anybody who may tend to place items or liquids in their mouths should be supervised. Even packing can become a choking hazard. 
Bright Gold - Fine
Amber Gold - Fine
Rose Gold - Fine
Silver Sparkle - Large
Natural - Fine
Silver - Medium
Champagne - Fine
Bronze - Fine
Rufous - Ultra Fine
Wine Red - Fine
Ruby - Fine
Emerald - Fine
Lemon Grass - Fine
Malachite - Fine
Silver-blue - Fine
Azure Blue - Fine
Sapphire Blue - Ultra Fine
Magic Violet - Fine
Intense Twilight Violet - Ultra Fine
Black - Fine
Interference Blue - Fine
Aluminium Bright Silver Pigment - Medium
Aluminium Deep Silver Paste - Fine
Lavender - Fine
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