Nail Polish Luster Base for Mica
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7/13/16 Update:  We now offer 5 fluid ounces at the old 4 fluid ounce price! TKB's Nail Polish Luster Base is a cruelty-free, 5-free bulk nail polish base used to DIY nail polishes where you add pigments, micas and dyes.  It is a creamy base with a slightly yellow hue.
  • Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate.
  • When adding pigments, dyes and micas to an uncolored base there are a couple of tricks.

    First, don't "overload with color".  For a single bottle of nail polish, you really don't need more than about a "pea-sized" amount of pigment, dye or mica added.  Too much color and your nail polish will not dry correctly and it will tend to peel off.

    Secondly, it is always a good idea to "wet" the pigment or dye with rubbing alcohol before adding it to your polish, otherwise you run the risk of the polish being gritty.

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  • Would you say the luster base needs a longer dry time than other polishes, even the glamour base ? Mine seems to be staying 'goopy' a long time.

    Sometimes the problem with the goopy is that the customer has added too much pigment to the product.  Try applying it uncolored first, and get a feel for it it seems right to you.  You can thin it down a little bit with a clear coat polish.  The amount of color to add would be about 1-2 "pea size" per full size bottle of 15ml.  Sometimes customer add a lot of color, thinking to make it "one coat cover", but a lot of powder makes the product thicker, and slower to dry.

  • It looks like this and the glamour base are both actually 7, 8, and 9-Free (and what some consider 10-free with it being cruelty free). Just curious as to why it's not labeled like that, since it could potentially increase the customer base.

    I guess that we are behind the times.  We've never been asked about 7, 8, 9 or even 10! 

  • Is this vegan?

    Yes, it is.

  • Hi , does this product can be used to make glittery eyeshadows?

    No, this should only be used for nail polish.

  • Is it possible to transport it by plane?

    No.  It is not permitted.

  • I bought this luster base added mica and it will not dry. I put one coat on and after 4 hours it was still not dry. Why is it doing this? I made 3 nail polishes with 3 different micas all from different companies and non will dry.

    The most likely cause would be that you added too much pigment.

    To test the theory, try using the polish without any pigment at all, as a top coat, and see if you are satisfied with the dry down time.

    People often will add too much pigment, thinking that the more pigment, the better the coverage. But if you add more than 1-3 "green pea" size of pigment to a 15ml bottle, the product gets clumpy and gloppy and it doesn't go on smoothly, and it is not fully exposed to the air so it can dry out.

    Often, less pigment makes a better, longer lasting polish.  It is not necessarily a "bad" thing that a polish takes a couple coats to get a good coverage.

  • For the purpose of creating an ingredient list, where in the list do the ingredients make up less than 10% of the volume or weight?

    Information on labeling cosmetics may be found at the FDA website.  There are also a couple of good books on which put their requirements "into plain English".  Search Labeling Cosmetics on Amazon to see those books.

    In other news, the % listing is related to "by weight" not "by volume".

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