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Tin Oxide

Also-called-like-this: CI 77861, Tin Dioxide
What-it-does: colorant

Details

Far from the tin cans you find in the supermarket, Tin Oxide is mostly used when dealing with so-called effect pigments, tricky composite pigments that can do color travel (change color depending on the viewing angle) or give multiple color effect. 

It's often found alongside Mica (as a base material) and Titanium Dioxide (as a coating) to give a glossy, pearlescent effect. Together, they make up a trademarked technology called RonaFlair Blanace from the German manufacturer Merck. According to their info, this combination can balance out undesirable tones in the skin, making it a popular choice for brightening products and highlighters.

Other than that, CosIng (the official EU INCI database) list its uses as also including being a bulking agent (to increase the volume of products), as well as a physical exfoliant or an opacifying agent, but being part of composite effect pigments seems to be a much more common use case. 

Products with Tin Oxide

Catrice Precious Pigments Loose Eyeshadow 010 Moondust Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer e.l.f. Illuminating Face Primer Kiss New York Pro Touch Stick Highlighter Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Milk Makeup Luminous Blur Stick Smashbox + Vlada Petal Metal Highlighter - Gilded Rose Essence Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss Petitfee Gold & Snail Hydrogel Eye Patch Petitfee Koelf Gold & Royal Jelly Eye Patch SNP Birds Nest Aqua Eye Patch Maybelline New York Master Strobing Liquid Dose Of Colors Block Party Single Eyeshadow - Heart Of Gold Lush Jackie Oats Revolution Skincare Rosehip Seed Oil - Gold Elixir Lush Coalface Blithe Inbetween Instant Glowing Cream Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer Pixie Glowtion Day Dew The Chemistry Brand Glow Oil Indeed Labs Nanoblur: Colour Corrector Green La Roche-Posay Redermic R Uv Anti-Ageing Cream Spf 30 Lime Crime Diamond Dew Burgundy Iridescent Liquid Eyeshadow Lime Crime Diamond Dew Chocolate Diamond Nu Skin Ageloc® Lumispa™ Activating Cleanser - Oily SEPHORA COLLECTION Face Mask Pearl Face Mask La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Eyes The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow Face Mist bareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer Goodal Premium Snail Tone-Up Hydrogel MAKE Beauty Moonlight Brightening Serum Josh Gold Mask Superdrug B. Confident Moisture Gel e.l.f. Illuminating Primer Mist H20 Plus Rapids Champagne Illuminator With Champagne And Yuzu Extracts Nu Skin Ageloc® Lumispa™ Activating Cleanser - Normal/Combo Supergoop! Cc Cream Daily Correct Broad Spectrum Spf 35+ Sunscreen Tatcha The Rice Polish: Sensitive Tatcha Water Cream e.l.f. Baked Highlighter (Moonlight Pearls) Heimish Artless Glow Base (Spf 50+ Pa+++) MZ Skin Radiance & Renewal Instant Clarity Refining Mask Answer from Black Volume Gold Radiance Cream Kate Somerville Skincare Wrinkle Warrior Pink Plumping Mask BEAUUGREEN Collagen & Gold Hydrogel Eye Patch Beauty Pie Jeju Overnight Moisture Superinfusion Physicians Formula Rose All Day SkinMedica Aha/Bha Exfoliating Cleanser Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Survival Serum Farsali Jelly Beam