Kwadron PMU Optima needles

I’m new to Kwadron PMU Optima cartridges. Which ones should I choose?

Kwadron PMU Optima cartridges are recognizable all over the world. Countless examples of pigmentation done with their use by well-known PMU Artists – as well as those Artists who are becoming more and more famous! – can be viewed on social media.

Optima cartridges are so well-known and beloved thanks to their unsurpassed quality which guarantees the safety of both PMU Artists and their clients. PMU Artists choose them also because introducing new types and sizes to the process of pigmentation allows them to further hone their skills and develop new techniques while significantly reducing the working time. It is all possible thanks to the fact that the Optima series offers five types of cartridges including Round Liner (RL), Round Shader (RS), Magnum (MG), Flat (FL) and Slope (SL). What is more, each of those five types can be further differentiated due to the thickness and number of needles used in a single cartridge as well as their taper. A single cartridge can contain up to 9 single needles with thicknesses ranging from 0.18 mm to 0.40 mm. With such a variety of cartridges, PMU Artists can feel like artist painters! We created such a rich palette of Optima cartridges so that your creativity doesn’t have to be constrained by the lack of appropriate tools.


As amazing as it sounds, however, for someone who is new to our cartridges this variety might seem a bit overwhelming. Below we give you all the information and tips on which cartridges to choose and how to incorporate them into your daily work safely and with all the useful knowledge.

Remember that it is the healed result that speaks volumes about the quality of your work! 

The thing that makes any pigmentation successful is not a nice-looking and often edited photo taken straight after the procedure and published on social media to gain you more followers and likes. Whereas most PMU Artists publish such photos to attract our attention and potential clients only some of them share pictures documenting the healing process and the actual healed results. And it is indeed the healed result that testifies to the quality of the pigmentation. And the results, as we know, can vary depending on the experience of PMU Artists and the quality of used equipment.

Quality of a cartridge and safety

The effect of the procedure is influenced by many factors, ranging from the type and condition of the client’s skin to the quality of used equipment and pigments. In this article, we briefly discuss how the quality of cartridges affects the healing process. 

While choosing PMU cartridges, you have to remember that the most important thing to consider is their quality. Cartridges that are made of poor-quality materials and purchased from an unreliable source will not only have a negative impact on your work but also, more importantly, can be harmful to your clients. So what should be taken into consideration when choosing a safe cartridge? First of all, it is necessary to select cartridges of the best possible quality and highly regarded by experts. Development and production of the high-class products are expensive and this is why achieving a comparable quality in the commonly available and cheaper products is simply not possible. In the production process of high-class products such as Kwadron Optima cartridges, there is no room for compromise and the highest norms must be met at all stages including production, technological processes and also packing. The safest cartridges are those made of the best materials which do not cause inflammation and are safe for people with allergies to nickel. At the same time, they also cannot contribute to the excessive traumatisation of the skin during pigmentation procedures. 

Do high-quality and completely safe cartridges exist? 

Despite the fact that the above description listing the most important features of a safe cartridge may seem a bit exaggerated, we want to assure you that our Kwadron PMU Optima cartridges meet all of these criteria.

PMU Optima cartridges are made of the best quality materials. 

The material from which the cartridge casing is made is tough medical grade plastic. As for the needles that are placed inside every cartridge, they are made with surgical stainless steel that is used for the production of surgical instruments as well as elements connecting bones and implants in the human body. 

PMU Optima cartridges do not cause inflammation.

The use of surgical steel for the production of our needles directly influenced their high quality. The quality of sharpening of our needles is exceptional. It contributes to the prevention of skin damage during the pigmentation process and guarantees a very precise distribution of pigment. The tough medical plastic from which the casing is made is very resistant to material wear during needle stroke. This is extremely important, as it prevents any plastic particles from getting under the skin and causing inflammation.

Another factor that prevents inflammation is the full membrane that we implemented in our cartridges. This means that the PMU machine used during the pigmentation procedure is protected from any bodily fluids that might otherwise get inside the machine, which would be impossible to clean properly. The use of such a membrane makes the procedure safer and more hygienic. 

PMU Optima cartridges are safe for people with nickel allergies. 

The needles inside every cartridge are made of hypoallergenic surgical steel. This material practically does not release any nickel compounds in contact with skin. This makes our needles safe for people with allergies to nickel. 

PMU Optima cartridges do not contribute to excessive traumatization of the skin. 

What affects excessive traumatization of the skin – apart from the unskillful use of PMU equipment! – are poor quality of materials used in the production of cartridges, incorrectly attached needles and their incorrect sharpening. While developing our cartridges we took care of every detail so that the needles were properly sharpened and then carefully positioned and secured in the specially designed tip or nose of the cartridge housing. All of this was done in order to prevent unstable operation of the needles and to ensure the most precise administration of the pigment. 

The elimination of unwanted vibrations of the needles in the nose of the cartridge directly contributes to the reduction of skin traumatisation during the procedure.

Knowledge + practice = progress 

The first step to successful pigmentation is selecting safe, high-quality equipment. Now that we know what to consider when choosing the best possible cartridges, the next step is to decide exactly which type of cartridge is most appropriate for the beginner PMU Artist.

We have consulted expert PMU Artists who agree that your adventure with pigmentation should start with the most popular and also the easiest needle to use, namely the 1RL with a preferred thickness of 0.30 mm.

RL means “round liner” cartridge type which is designed to create contours and lines. It can be also used for small fills. The round liner provides extremely precise pigment application. It is therefore perfect for self-study.

In gaining practical knowledge, various PMU training accessories, such as artificial skins, for example, may also come in handy. 

After getting the right cartridges and accessories, it’s finally time to practice. It is also very important to read about newest techniques and methods. With many experts offering training either online or in person, you might consider participating in pigmentation trainings to gain new skills. Making contact with PMU experts whether through courses, workshops or through social media can be very beneficial. It gives you an insight into the newest trends and is a great source of getting first-hand advice. Participating in such activities is irreplaceable in gaining professional confidence. This, in turn, is a necessary step toward gaining expertise and creating your own signature methods.

We wish you every success in your PMU career and hope it will bring you much joy and satisfaction. We encourage you to follow us on Instagram @kwadron_pmu in order to find lots of interesting PMU-related content, meet our Ambassadors and find inspiration. We hope that at some point of your PMU career you will choose to try our various Optima needles. 

Is the 30/1RL needle only one of many types available in the Optima series?

That is right! Next to those most popular 1RL needles, Kwadron PMU Optima series offers such cartridges as RS (Round Liner), MG (Magnum), FL (Flat) and CF (Slope). These are the ‘pro’ cartridges for those PMU Artists that do not want to constrain their creativity by just one needle. More and more PMU Artists seek to constantly develop their skills and techniques and our Optima cartridges are perfect answer for their artistic needs. 

But, apparently, this is not the norm! Many PMU studios only use basic types and sizes of needles and regard any changes in equipment as too much of a challenge. This is also visible on social media where even well-known PMU Artists tend to choose not more than one or two different needle types for every technique of pigmentation. Regardless of whether they want to achieve powder brows effect,  hairstroke effect or aquarell lips, they use the 30/1RL needle almost exclusively. Why is that? Many PMU Artists use this type of needle habitually even after many years of practice. And it is by no means a result of a lack of willingness to develop their skills since many of them have already authored their signature – often very complicated – techniques by working exclusively with the 1RL needle. For many years, we’ve been observing such practices asking ourselves why limit your creative possibilities by using only one or two types of cartridges? This very question motivated us to create the Optima series featuring five different types and sizes. While developing our PMU cartridges, our goal was to combine the highest possible quality and functionality in one product. The product that would make the pigmentation process less time-consuming, taking it, at the same time, to a higher level. 

Check out ‘Kwadron PMU Optima cartridges’ blog post in which we explain all the available types and sizes in the series. You will find out how implementing them could make your daily work more efficient. We hope you find this guide useful!

Przybliżenie na rozłożony kartridż Kwadron PMU Optima ukazujący igłę i membranę ochronną - na drugim planie kilka rozsypanych kartridży na beżowej wykładzinie