Nowadays, the vast majority of cosmetic pigments are made synthetically including D&C colors and iron oxides. The worldwide demand is just too large to obtain them from mother nature. Only mica pigments are sometimes still made semi-natural in that the micas themselves are mined from natural sources but then coated with a synthetic pigment to give them a certain color. However, many cosmetic manufacturers no longer want to use natural colors as they don't want to support mineral mining that damages landscapes. Thus, synthetic micas are predominant and also have a number of formulation advantages over natural mica pigments, including: a brighter color, consistent color, controllable particle size, resistance to breakage, and versatile pigment options.
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