Understanding Pigments: Organic, Inorganic and Hybrid Compared

Comprendere i Pigmenti: Organici, Inorganici e Ibridi a confronto - Dermafusion

In the field of permanent makeup and tattooing, the choice of pigments is crucial to ensure quality work. With options ranging from organic to inorganic to hybrid pigments, how do we know which type is best for our needs? Here's a guide that explores the key differences.

Organic Pigments


Derived from carbon compounds, organic pigments offer a range of bright, vibrant colors.


  • Color range: Wide variety of vivid shades.
  • Biocompatibility: Less likely to cause allergic reactions.


  • Stability: They tend to fade more slowly.

Inorganic Pigments


Formed from oxidized minerals or metals, inorganic pigments are often considered less stable than their organic counterparts.


  • Cost/Effectiveness: Generally less expensive.
  • Wide availability: Easily available on the market. 


  • Stability: Less stable and long-lasting than organic pigments.
  • Reaction Risks: Greater possibility of irritation or allergic reactions.
  • Color Gamut: Offer a more limited color gamut.

Hybrid Pigments:


A combination of organic and inorganic pigments, hybrids seek to offer the best of both worlds.


  • Versatility: Wide color gamut with greater stability.
  • Safety: Formulated to reduce the risk of allergic reactions.


  • Cost: Often more expensive, as they combine the best features of both types.

My personal tips for selecting pigments:

While your choice of pigments can vary based on several variables, here are some personal tips that might guide you in the right direction:

  • Pile Techniques (Manual and Non-Manual): For these methods, I recommend inorganic and hybrid pigments for their consistency and durability.
  • Shades: For shading, organic pigments are ideal due to their bright, vibrant color range.
  • Eyeliner: For experts in the field, organic pigments are a good choice for eyeliner. However, if you are less experienced, it is better to opt for inorganic pigments.
  • Lips: For lip tattoos, hybrid pigments offer the best balance of color range and durability.

The choice between organic, inorganic and hybrid pigments will depend on variables such as the type of work you intend to do, your budget and the specific needs of the client. Each type has unique advantages and disadvantages. It's important to note that many permanent makeup pigment lines currently offer hybrid options, which combine the best features of both types. So, take these factors into consideration to make an informed choice and ensure excellent results.

With the increase in hybrid options on the market, it's now easier than ever to find a solution that fits both your professional and client needs. Be sure to carefully review product specifications and reviews to make the best choice.

Master trainers,

Agne Vaiciute.


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