Synthetic vs. Natural Mica Powders: What’s the Difference?

Jul 7, 2023
Synthetic vs. Natural Mica Powders: What’s the Difference?

People are becoming more conscious of the supplies they use in their lives, including craft supplies. Mica powder is one such popular craft supply that users should learn about. You can find both synthetic and natural mica powders, and one is better than the other. But what’s the difference between them, and why is one better? Keep reading to find out.

Lab-Grown vs. Mined

The most obvious difference between synthetic and natural mica powder is its origin. Synthetic mica powder comes from lab-grown minerals called fluorophlogopite. Manufacturers grind these minerals down into colorful, shiny powders.

Natural mica powder comes from mining minerals called muscovite. Grinding this mineral down also produces a colorful, shiny powder. However, many of these mines rely on unethical child and slave labor.

Brighter vs. Natural Colors

Many people wonder if these two different mica powders look different. The answer is yes! Since synthetic mica is grown in a lab, it is purer than natural mica. The purity of synthetic mica makes the colors brighter. Natural mica still shows off some color, but it is often duller than synthetic mica.

Larger, Smoother Flakes vs. Smaller, Rougher Flakes

Another visible difference between synthetic and natural mica is the mica flakes. Growing mica in a lab creates smoother edges than the physical mining process of natural mica. Since the synthetic flakes are smoother, it’s easier to create and use larger flakes. Large natural mica flakes are often too rough to use, which is why manufacturers break them into smaller pieces.

You will notice that it’s easier to see the shine of synthetic mica because of its larger size. However, natural mica still produces beautiful shimmer.

Eye Candy Pigments offers synthetic mica powders since the synthetic option is more ethically produced and offers a more vibrant color and shine. Our pink pigments are a prime example of the rich color and high shine of synthetic mica. We offer a range of hues so you can find the perfect pink for your next project.