Colouring Agent/Pigment

No known benefits

Calcite at a glance

  • Most common form of calcium carbonate
  • Used in its powdered form in cosmetics
  • Functions as a makeup pigment
  • Also used as a texture enhancer

Calcite description

Calcite is a mineral that is the most common form of calcium carbonate. It is one of the components of limestone. In its raw state it is a crystal, though powdered calcite is the form used in cosmetics. Because of its white color, calcite has often been used as a pigment both in paints and cosmetics, dating back to ancient times. It’s still used as an approved colorant in modern makeup. In addition to its function as a color additive, calcite is also used as a texture enhancer in skin care products, where it helps thicken formulas and enhances the creamy feel of moisturizers. It is sometimes used as a substitute for talc. Typical usage levels range between 0.2–2%.

Calcite references

  • Materials, November 2021, pages 1–37
  • Studies in Conservation, March 2016, pages 185-202
  • Applied Clay Science, February 2010, pages 171-181

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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