Americolor vs. Hobby Lobby Brand, Ruined Icing??

I recently noticed my cookies are not drying as quickly or smoothly, and almost have a "powdery" finish . . . THEN I noticed that when I scurried into Hobby Lobby to stock up on colors, I snatched a whole bunch of colors off the rack where the AmeriColor usually are, BUT these were the Hobby Lobby brand! Anybody else having issues??

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I've been having that issue lately as well, the powdery issue. No problems with drying or lumpiness. Sugarbelle suggested it is from beating too long. I barely beat so it can't be that. I interchangeably use different brands of powdered sugar, thought it may be that issue so I experimented.  Nope, it's happening with both brands. Soooooooo....what is it? I used different brands of color, always have. It's just a recent problem for me so I'm stumped. I live in the central US, use egg whites, no meringue powder and I shoot for about a 6 second-icing, which I use to both outline and flood. What I have been doing differently, somewhat so, is making larger batches at a time. I'm going to make 4 separate batches today and see if I get any noticeable difference. Will post results. 

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