Are permanent cosmetics hypoallergenic?

Posted by on Nov 11, 2011 in Eyebrows | 65 comments

Many of my clients ask if permanent cosmetics are hypo-allergenic. I found a great article online that answers this question. Here is a bit of the article.

Under the conditions of this test, no evidence of increased likelihood of sensitization to the test product was present, and no alert level was issued. These results support the claim that Kolorsource pigments and ingredients are hypoallergenic. “Tests results of Kolorsource Pigments support a claim of hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested, the first such testing done in the history of permanent makeup”, according to Linda H. Dixon,MD, Research and Development. Dr. Charles Zwerling, MD, ophthalmologist and author of the book Micropigmentation: State of the Art, states “Kolorsource has created a gold standard by which all pigments will be measured in the future”. “This (test) goes a long way to assure the public and professionals that hypoallergenic pigments can be and should be used in micropigmentation and cosmetic tattooing.” continues Dixon.


In an unprecedented step in the history of permanent makeup or traditional tattooing, Linda H. Dixon MD subjected all pigments and ingredients in Kolorsource brand pigments to clinical trials by an outside scientific testing facility in order to determine any possible skin sensitization potential of the products. Seventeen (17) talc-free pigments of both synthetic organic and inorganic origin were in the test product. Not all pigments tested are contained in Kolorsource Brand pigments but were included for testing purposes. Historically, tattoo pigments have been known to be tested by experimenting on unsuspecting persons by manufacturers with little understanding that pigments can cause a severe, even disfiguring allergic reaction. Cosmetic pigments that contain talc can cause granuloma formation after cosmetic tattoos as well, according to Charles S. Zwerling, MD, Chairman of the Board of the American Academy of Micropigmentation

To read the entire article, click here.

 Lisa Wilson | A Makeup Studio uses Kolorsource pigments.


  1. What are your prices for eyeliner top and bottom and lip enhancement?

    • Top and bottom liner is 399.00 and lip enhancement 499.00
      Thank you

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Lisa Wilson | A Makeup Studio located in Salem, Or provides permanent lip color, permanent eyebrows, permanent eye liner, permanent lip liner and other services. Lisa also serves Keizer, Aumsville, Turner, West Salem, South Salem, Jefferson and other areas.