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Diethicone (DE)-Treated Pigments; INCI name: Polydiethylsiloxane

Diethicone (DE)-treated pigments offer hydrophobicity, faster dispersion, and improved color development.

Diethicone Treatment Benefits:

  • Higher pigment loading
  • Rich, lubricious feel
  • Improved spreadablity
  • Ease of dispersion
  • Enhanced color development
  • Globally approved

Recommended Uses:

  • Lipsticks
  • BB creams
  • Liquid foundations
  • Pressed powders
  • Eyeshadows
  • Bronzers

Made to order!

Yellow Iron Oxide*

Titanium Dioxide*

Sericite (Mica)*


Chromium Oxide Green*

Ultramarine Blue*

Manganese Violet*

Ultramarine Pink*

Ultramarine Violet*

* For pigments not linked to product pages, please contact Personal Care team for information or for custom treatments.


  • Red iron oxide RIA-DEA
  • Yellow iron oxide
  • Black iron oxide BIA-DEA
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Sericite (mica)
  • Talc
  • Chromium oxide green
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Manganese violet
  • Ultramarine pink
  • Ultramarine violet

Pigment Wetting: The greater organic character of diethicones allows coated pigments and fillers to disperse more readily in organic vehicles allowing either higher pigment concentration at equivalent formulation viscosities or substantially lower viscosities at equivalent pigment loadings.

Treated TiO2 in Ethylhexyl Palmitate

DE-treated pigments also improve compatibility with oils.

DE oil absorption

Compatibility of DE-treated pigments with oils

Hot-Pour Eyeshadow with DE Pigments

Diethicone (DE)-treated pigments and minerals disperse easily into this hot-pour eyeshadow and help to contribute to the satiny, creamy texture and ease of application desired in eye area products.

INCI NameIngredient SupplierWeight %
Phase A
IsoeicosanePermethyl 102APresperse18.00
IsododecanePermethyl 99APresperse12.00
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene----5.75
PolydiethylsiloxaneSiBrid® Diethicone DE-12Gelest6.50
Lauryl MethiconeSiBrid® Lauryl Methicone TM-121Gelest3.75
Capric/Caprylylic Triglyceride (&) Disteardimonium Hectorite (&) Propylene Carbonate Bentone Gel CCTElementis9.10
Phase B
Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) WaxCarnauba WaxKoster Kuenen3.65
Ozokerite--Strahl & Pitsch1.25
Phase C
Titanium Dioxide (&) PolydiethylsiloxaneTitanium Dioxide DEGelest2.50
Iron Oxides (&) PolydiethylsiloxaneYellow Iron Oxide DEGelest3.60
Iron Oxides (&) PolydiethylsiloxaneRed Iron Oxide DEGelest1.90
Iron Oxides (&) PolydiethylsiloxaneBlack Iron Oxide DEGelest0.60
Talc (&) PolydiethylsiloxaneTalc DEGelest1.40
Mica (&) PolydiethylsiloxaneSericite DEGelest25.00
Phase D
Mica (&) Titanium Dioxide (&) Iron OxideColorona BronzeEMD/Rona4.00
Phase E

  • Combine and mix Phase A under propeller blade until dispersed while heating to 80 °C.

  • Add Phase B and mix until melted and uniform.

  • Preblend Phase C. Add Phase C to Phase AB and mix until dispersed and uniform.

  • Add to Phase D to Phase ABC and mix until uniform. Add Phase E and mix until uniform. Pour at 80 °C.
  • See in Formulary.