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Aqua-Velvet Pigments (formerly known as LI) merged their knowledge of pigment color and application process with the specification demands of their global customer base to formulate and distribute the most innovative & scientifically advanced custom designed pigmentation products.  Our goal is to provide unparalleled customer service & technical support with an emphasis on safety, quality and cost efficiency.

Aqua-Velvet Pigments research and development coupled with their application laboratory testing have resulted in an outstanding line of safe, cosmetic pigments for cosmetic tattooing while not overlooking the safety of the facilities employees. Aqua-Velvet Pigments are considered “safe” and there have been no reports to indicate otherwise since inception in 1992.

Aqua-Velvet Pigments continues to adapt — meeting current trends while anticipating the regulations of tomorrow. The facility is a State Certified Cosmetic Manufacturer located in the industrial area of Englewood, New Jersey. Approximately 12,000 square feet the facility houses Administration, Production Lab, Stability Quality Control, Packaging and Warehouse. This state-of-the-art Production Lab is equipped to handle formulations and pigment production with the most advanced, modern technologies.

Exact Shades Every Time

Aqua-Velvet Pigments are manufactured with modern processing equipment and strict production controls allow for exact shades every time to meet your standards for product quality. The quality control department is in command of all Standard Operating Procedure (S.O.P.), release of all materials, finished goods and the distribution of documents for specifications, test methods and release criteria.

Manufacturing Control – Strict Guidelines

All raw materials and packaging are received, checked and inspected upon arrival in the warehouse. Materials are labeled and identified before release to the appropriate warehouse location or production line.

MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) Available Upon Request.

How manufacturer of Aqua-Velvet Pigments complies with both the United States FDA & EU government regulations governing cosmetics:

Agents Present in Aqua-Velvet Permanent Cosmetic/Tattoo product but not limited to:
• Coloring Agent
• Preservative
• Dispersion/Suspension Liquid

Coloring Agents allowed for use in Cosmetics Products
FDA: As outlined in 21 CFR 73 & 74
EU: As outlined in Directive 76/768/EEC; ANNEX IV PART I & II
EU-Resolution ResAP(2008)1

Preservative Agents allowed for use in Cosmetic Products
Preservatives are substances added to cosmetic products for the primary purpose of inhibiting microbial growth.
FDA: Not applicable
EU: As outlined in Directive 76/768/EEC, ANNEX VI PART I & II

Substances which should not form part of the composition of Cosmetic Products, Restrictions & Provisions
FDA: As outlined in 21 CFR, Parts 250.250 and 700.11 through 700.23):
EU: As outlined in Directive 76/768/EEC, ANNEX II; ANNEX III PART I & II


FDA: As outlined in 21 CFR, parts 700 to 740
EU: As outlined in Directive 76/768/EEC, Article 6
EU-Resolution ResAP(2008)1.
CERTIFICATIONS Aqua-Velvet Pigments have been manufactured by Lasting Impression Pigments since 1992.  During that time and to date the company has made a commitment to safety, quality and cost efficiency and strive to supply distributors and customers with consistent high quality products.  Much emphasis is placed on product quality and with upkeep to these guidelines and continues to abide by the high standards as set forth within the EU Resolutions and Directives.

Colorants tested according to these resolutions provide a high level of safety and a minimum health risk for our customers.  Aqua-Velvet has completed the testing of over 93 different substances and compounds as it relates to Certification within the EU. The testing includes carcinogenic compounds, colorants and metals causing allergies and irritations of the skin.  The following is a Quick Break-down of EU Guidelines which is EU-Resolution ResAP(2008)1 validating and certification:

• Investigation of Aromatic Amines with Carcinogenic, Mutagenic, Reprotoxic and sensitizing properties according to EU Resolution ResAP (2008)1

• Investigation of Carcinogens classified in Categories 1, 2 and 3 by the European Commission and mentioned in the Council Directive 1967/548/EEC of 27 June 1967 According to EU Resolution ResAP (2008)1 aromatic Amines with Carcinogenic, Mutagenic, Reprotoxic and sensitizing properties according to EU Resolution

ResAP (2008)1

• GC/MS-Analysis
• Dyes Causing Allergies
• Mutagenic and Carcinogenic Dyes
• HPLC-Analysis
• Heavy Metals
• PAH’s. Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons and Benzene-a-pyrene (BaP)
• Germ Test, Total Germ Count
• Microbiological Test of Sterility

Certification Certificates Available Upon Request

Testing & Analysis

Aqua-Velvet Pigments are produced under stringent, high quality control standards that follow all cosmetic-manufacturing protocols for cosmetics and is a State licensed ‘Certified Cosmetic Establishment’. Micropigmentation, Permanent Cosmetics, tattooing and any other form there-of are considered “Cosmetic” as outlined under the FDA (Federal Drug Administration).

Aqua-Velvet Pigments has been in production as Micropigmentation pigments for over 18 years. Their research and development coupled with their application laboratory testing have resulted in an outstanding line of cosmetic pigments, both organic and inorganic. All Permanent Cosmetic pigments (Iron Oxide, D&C & FD&C) are produced using ingredients, which are certified & approved for use in topical applications in accordance with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act as amended. The inks, or dyes, used for tattoos are considered “color additives” under the Federal Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act. All pigments are produced in keeping with the highest standards for purity and have been tested to conform to their respective specifications for use in Micropigmentation procedures as applicable.

Safety Evaluation for Human Health of the Product, Toxicity Data for the Pigment: Bioburden Batch Testing results show the microbial and toxicity levels of the product prior to sterilization.
Total Microbial Count (Before Sterilization): Less than 20 organisms/gm
Total Microbial Count (After Sterilization): 0 organisms/gm

Sanitation & Sterilization: Where applicable various products we manufacture are Gamma-Sterilized to prevent infection & contamination.