Six iridescent pigments made from calcium sodium borosilicate. The color in this collection include the following: Seawitch Green, Blue Diamond, Fairy Violet, Siren Red, Silver White, and Gold Dust.
While super-sparkly at a large particle size (60-400 microns), they do not feel gritty.
Particularly recommended for nail polish but discouraged for eye use. Please see the FAQ's for details.
In the USA, natural mica used in cosmetics is not allowed if larger than 150 microns in size. However, larger-sized Synthetic Mica and Borosilicate products are currently permitted.
Even so, it may not be a good idea to have these larger particle sized powders near the eyes.
Borosilicate pigments like the Mermaid colors are uniquely reflective. Also, the large particle size means they are more sparkly.
The pigments can also be used in many things. In particular we recommend them for nail polish, shimmer body lotion and soap.
The following reviews are from our old website, and predate 2015. Items were ranked from 1 - 5.
The colors are gorgeous, very vivid, however due to the density required, they are not useful as nail polish pigments, great as an polish additive but unable to be used like starbites or moondusts. No duochrome at all, but rather an occasional fleck of a different shade within same color family. Lovely but I will not be purchasing again. Best for body lotions and lippies.
I absolutely love the way these look, and they're amazing if used in lipgloss. I tried mixing them into some loose eyeshadows, though, and these were so light that they floated around too much. Throughout the day, they also seemed to fall onto my cheeks and nose. If you use these, I'd definitely recommend using them in something where they're suspended.
These are really (really, really, really) pretty. They have a very slight duochrome effect (weaker than the Starbites) and have a large particle size compared to the Starbites (the closest pigment set I have to compare to). They probably need twice as much pigment volumewise to get fairly opaque effects than Starbites/Moondust/Travel Tos, as the stuff is very fluffy (this is in nail polish). The colors are not as pastel as the powder swatches make them out to be, except for the green, which is a seafoam sort of lightish green.
I love these! I use these to add that extra sparkle to my nail polishes. As much as I love duochromes, I actually like that these are not. They are perfect for when I want a simple contrasting sparkle (ex. pink sparkle in blue base) rather than the complicated myriad of colors that duochrome pigments can provide.
I use these in my acrylic powder for nails I have been asked by many what polish is that ?? I just say ancient Chinese secret LOL they are awesome
I'm loving the sparkle in these. The color is really vivid, more so than I expected from the picture. Another really lovely addition to the polish pigments collection you folks are inspiring me to acquire!