Many members from our Facebook Group Page are getting mixed-up with the terms “Mica Powder” and “Mica Pigment.” First of all, both are excellent art tools that can be used together with resin and translucent polymer clay. They add color and texture to various surfaces. But they are not the same.  Mica powder has a shimmer, while pigment powder is matte. They also behave differently.

Mica Powder

Mica powder comes from natural stones with shiny properties. When these stones are pulverized, you get mica powder. This is the reason why mica powder shimmers like metallic.  Mica powder is commonly used to add metallic effects to your artwork. It comes in a wide variety of colors.

While mica powders are colored, it’s not advisable to use them as a primary source for coloring your art. Their main purpose is to add luster. They are not known for creating bright colors.

Pigment Powder

Pigment Powder looks like ground colored chalk. Pigments are named based on their actual colors, for instance, ultramarine blue, turquoise, cadmium red, titanium white, etc. Artificial pigments are also available.

Pigments add color to your epoxy. Unlike mica powder, they do not shimmer. They are great for coloring things (that’s their job!). Pure artist’s pigments are costly, so the cheap pigments you buy from online sellers could be mixed with fillers (like chalk) to make the color go further.

In common parlance, the word “pigment” occasionally refers to mica. Therefore, we can conclude that mica is a type of pigment. However, pigments are not mica.

Confusion

Be careful where you buy your supplies. Sometimes, you’re not getting mica or pigment, but dye,contrary to what is listed. Dyes will not work the same way as a pigment or mica does. If you were given a dye, your finished work might look different than intended.

Counter Culture DIY offers the highest quality mica powder and pigment powder. You can expect that they will work the way they should. Check out our listings for mica powder and pigment powder here.