Chromium hydroxide green is a mineral pigment used in cosmetics and personal care products as a color additive. Color additives are classified as straight colors, lakes, and mixtures. Chromium hydroxide green is a straight color, which means it has not been mixed or chemically reacted with any other substance. Chromium hydroxide green provides a green color to products. It is used in products such as eye makeup, liquid foundation, pressed powder, nail lacquer, lotion, bar soap, and more.
Since chromium hydroxide green is synthesized from mineral sources that come from the earth, it may contain trace amounts of heavy metals. However, the levels of heavy metals in chromium hydroxide green are regulated by the FDA, and the small amounts that may eventually be in cosmetic or personal care products do not pose a risk to human health.