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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 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 Benefit Porefessional Pearl Primer Essence Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss 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 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 Dior Addict Stellar Shine Lipstick Lush Coalface Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Sol Oil Spf 30 Blithe Inbetween Instant Glowing Cream Colourpop Passion Pit Lippie Balm Clinique Eye Shadow, Pinks Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer Pixie Glowtion Day Dew The Chemistry Brand Glow Oil Ahava Mineral Mud Brightening & Hydrating Mask 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 Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer 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 Dior Lip Glow Josh Gold Mask Superdrug B. Confident Moisture Gel Supergoop! Cc Cream Daily Correct Broad Spectrum Spf 35 Sunscreen VDL Lumilayer Primer e.l.f. Illuminating Primer Mist