Working with Bulk Nail Polish

Posted on January 28, 2016 by Kaila Westerman, TKB Trading, LLC | 5 comments

It is shockingly easy and affordable to work with uncolored, bulk nail polish base to make your own unique creations.

Our company started selling the material in early 2011.  I had noticed that there customers were talking about making "Frankenpolish" where they would blend together polishes from different manufacturers -- a half a bottle of an Essie green, a quarter bottle of an OPI gold, and top it off with some Sally Hansen!

They were having such a blast but my immediate thought was:  Gee that looks expensive.  They should be working with the uncolored base and add our mica powders to it.  So, we made that happen.

As with any DIY craft, it can be hard to scale up from making a few fun polishes with friends to actually running a business.  Among the many problems, concerns and tasks that crop up is coming to see yourself as a manufacturer.  That means understanding that you are working with a material which will have variations "batch to batch" and learning ways to work with that.

The main issues that come up for Indie polish companies, as far as I can tell:

  1. Ingredients List 
  2. Mixing in colors (clumping or streaking) of colors
  3. Viscosity of the base
  4. Reaction of additives
  5. Photography
  6. Labeling
  7. Shelf life
I will be happy to address these various issues in future blog posts.  Feel free to leave feedback letting me know any specific questions or concerns you might have and I will do my best to give you complete answers.

Kaila Westerman
TKB Trading, LLC

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5 Responses

Lisa W
Lisa W

September 04, 2016

I am soon starting my own nail polish company as well and would love ANY and ALL advice, solutions, product recommendations, etc. that you can provide. You can never have too much knowledge and you never know where and when you might learn something new. All of the above topics would be great to read about and hopefully learn new techniques or avenues. Thank you so much for offering this to us. I look forward to your articles.

Regina Logan
Regina Logan

August 31, 2016

I really want to get involved in creating my own gel nail polish. And advise or products available that could make this happen would be greatly. appreciated


August 17, 2016

I too would love to hear more about preventing clumping! Every DIY nail polish I’ve tried has gone on in clumps and dries before i can smooth it out on my nail. How do you avoid this and make a smooth, consistent nail polish?

Virginia Shaw
Virginia Shaw

February 08, 2016

I love this idea! I have been making my own polish and started trying to sell about a year ago so and info is always appreciated. I am most curious about the different ways to keep the pigments from clumping. Also as the other commenter asked, when will you be selling the cap shown in the picture? I buy from another supplier that has that cap, and a 15ml round bottle but I would love to purchase from y’all!


January 29, 2016

Great idea! I look forward to the future posts on this topic. My only question for now is if you guys plan on offering the cap on the bottle in the photo for purchase in the near future (I believe you already have the bottle itself available).

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