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Tin Oxide

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


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) lists its uses as 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 is a much more common use case. 

Products with Tin Oxide

Catrice Precious Pigments Loose Eyeshadow 010 Moondust Vichy Mineralblend Tri-Colour Powder Milk Makeup Glow Oil Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlight Stick Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer e.l.f. Illuminating Face Primer Beyoung Glow Primer Pro-Aging Kevin Aucoin The Neo-Bronzer Kiss New York Pro Touch Stick Highlighter Maybelline Master Contour Face Contouring Kit Anastasia Beverly Hills Shimmer Body Oil Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Milk Makeup Luminous Blur Stick Smashbox + Vlada Petal Metal Highlighter - Gilded Rose Vichy Neovadiol Rose Platinium - Fortifying And Revitalising Rosy Cream Benefit Porefessional Pearl Primer Essence Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss Lakme Perfect Radiance Intense Whitening Serum Petitfee Gold & Snail Hydrogel Eye Patch Petitfee Koelf Gold & Royal Jelly Eye Patch SNP Birds Nest Aqua Eye Patch Colourpop sol shimmering dry oil Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick L'oreal Age Perfect Rosy Day Cream Golden Age Maybelline New York Master Strobing Liquid PROcure Rosacare Vichy Idealia Rich Cream Yves Saint Laurent Or Rouge Crème Yves Saint Laurent Or Rouge Crème Riche Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Instant Matte Pore Refiner Dose Of Colors Block Party Single Eyeshadow - Heart Of Gold KIKO Milano Prime & Fix Refreshing Mist Lush Jackie Oats Revolution Skincare Rosehip Seed Oil - Gold Elixir innisfree No Sebum Blur Powder Dior Addict Stellar Shine Lipstick Lush Coalface Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Sol Oil Spf 30 The Body Shop Baked-To-Last Bronzer Westman Atelier Super Loaded Tinted Highlight Blithe Inbetween Instant Glowing Cream Colorescience Lip Shine Spf 35 Colourpop Passion Pit Lippie Balm GLAMGLOW GENTLEBUBBLE Daily Conditioning Cleanser L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Eye Renewal Cream VDL Satin Veil Primer Clinique Eye Shadow, Pinks Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer Pixie Glowtion Day Dew Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer