Versagel can be messy to work with, so we suggest you squeeze or spoon it into a zip lock bag, into which you add your ingredients such as colors (call it your "mixing bag"). Zip shut, smush together all the ingredients. When you are done, snip a bottom corner of the bag (just like a pasty chef squeezes icing onto a cake) and squeeze into the final container. Basically, the less you handle it the better!
Koren Zander of Enkore Makeup has posted an excellent tutorial on how to work with Versagel. If you have any fears about this product, please click here: http://www.enkoremakeuponline.com/Blog/Entries/2012/11/26_Versagel_M_Series.html
Tips from our customers:
TKB Staff methods working with Versagel:
a. Mixing Versagel with Castor Oil
1. Heat 4-gram of Versagel in the microwave for about 5-7 minutes. Then leave it inside for cooling for about 20 seconds.
2. Without taking out the Versagel container in the microwave put 2-gram Castor Oil which was in another container inside. Heat both containers together for about 30-40 seconds. The key is to have Castor Oil warm, not hot or very/boiling hot. Lightly touch the Castor Oil container to test the temperature. If it's quite warm or just a bit hot, you'll know the oil inside is warm.
3. Take both containers out of the microwave. Firstly, stir the Versagel quickly for about 5 seconds. And then poured Castor Oil in the Versagel. Do not pour all Castor Oil in the Versagel bowl at once, for it will create lumps. Instead, pour a bit of it in Versagel container; stir the mixture well and quickly. Then pour again another bit of oil; stir the mixture well and quickly. Keep repeating the step until all Castor Oil is mixed with Versagel.
b. Mixing Versagel with Lipstick Bases
Do the same step 1-3 as mixing Versagel with Castor Oil. Step 2, however, you need to make sure the lipstick bases are warmly melted. Not hot or very/boiling hot!!!!
1. The mixture inside your container will be solidified by the time you'd like to clean it. If not, wait for it to solidify.
2. Use a scraper or spatula to scrape off the mixture inside the container until nothing is left.
3. Spray a bit of alcohol inside the container to clean it. Wipe it with paper towel.
4. Wipe the scraper/spatula with paper towel. Then spray a bit of alcohol on it and clean it again with paper towel.
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I was so excited when I got my order of Versagel! I found that using a candle warmer with a small Pyrex bowl works perfectly to heat and melt this and lip balm/stick base! I melt in a little lip balm base with the Versagel to give it a little thickness and more tinting power. Im totally happy with the outcome!!!! TKB Id be lost without you!!!
I love this stuff. I followed the baggie direction for mixing and putting into a round container and love the results. Mixed perfect!
Versagel, though feels good on your lips and has a high shine, is near impossible to work with. Even when heated, it takes forever to get the clumps out and it has to be cut with waxes or oils. The old jojoba gloss that TKB used to sell was perfect. It was much thinner than Versagel, but the shine was comparable and it didn't need any prep. You just added your colorants/glitters, stirred it up and it was easy to get into a tube with a pastry bag. The slightly glossier, thicker shine of Versagel is definitely not worth the work. The old stuff was shiny enough.
I have been formulation with since Kaila offered to us. This is the lip lacquer recipe and the best way to deal with versa. Lipstick base 8 gramso 4 smidgen silica spheres 1 pinch matte base. 4.1 verbal gel. Total of 28 drops of color choice or blend and a mica to combine of the same color. 1) pretty mix versa with lipstick add color and keep blending with a painters spatula. Put in microwave for 10 sec only. Versagel is very fickle to much heat and things will seperate. Tell me with you think. If you want a more matte add drops of silicone gel . Remember record your drops. Enjoy.
Versagel is awesome for lipgloss. Love the texture! I'm still adjusting to it because it's kind of hard to get into the lipgloss tube with syringe because of its thickness and leaves a mess especially with the liquid colorants I add. It's probably just me still getting use it. It leaves the lips very glossy however and sticks awhile along with castor and vitamin E oil to moisturize.
Purchased this based on review and for cutting time of mixing polys. Love it.. Very Thick to put in lip gloss tubes.. however if you heat for 2-4 minutes it melts it a bet. using a turkey baster is your best bet.
I can say that this product is hard for me to find elsewhere. I am so glad that TKB got this in at and at great value as I will be ordering some soon. I use it for my lip glosses combined with a few other ingredients. It is a great sticky gel product and impossible to remove if you get it on your clothes or dishware. I suggest wearing gloves and an old shirt or apron while using this product and using a plastic throw away bowl and spoon. It is super sticky, but honestly it does make a lip-luscious gloss :)
I can't believe I didn't see this before I made my order. This is soooo on my list next order. I've just been starting with Mineral Eye shadows, but I am definitely interested in lip glosses. This is exactly the formula that I would like, and I think it is competitive for the price!
I have wanted this product for 6 months! This product is extremely hard to find. I would suggest using disposable EVERYTHING when handling this product. Its an excellent product for lip gloss. It is very sticky and will stick to all plastic measuring spoons and bowls. I have had luck with metal spoons but disposable is a lot cheaper.
Just the thickness I was looking for
If you can imagine melted bubblegum, this is the texture of versagel. It's so thick, it doesnt really flow easily. I put it in a squeeze bottle with a turret lid, which makes accurate weighing very easy, I can squeeze as little as .25gram (small blop) when the scale gets close to my desired weight. Close the lid, you don't have to touch it, easy peasy. As far as product performance, this ingredient gives a more professional feel to my lip balm. Check out the safety rating on the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, I was pleasantly surprised at the favorable rating. Another great product offering, bravo!
This is a very hard-to-find ingredient and one of the secrets of lip gloss with staying power. The price is fantastic and kudosâ€™s to TKB for adding it to their inventory!
Although not obvious from the photo, Versagel is absolutely clear and not cloudy. It makes the most perfect lip gloss for me. It doesn't melt and drip down my chin like some wax/oil based products. It doesn't give a glassy shine as I initially thought, at least not the way I use it. I mixed some mica and liquid lip colors and it gives a super long lasting, creamy and slightly glossy finish when applied. I had no trouble whatsoever cleaning up after handling this product.
I am in love with this versagel. It is perfect to use for lipglosses, and you can do SO much with it. I would buy this, and then make the recipe that Kaila has in the recipe section...The rose gloss I think. This is a must buy!
I have been looking for this product forever! I would have liked it to be more shiny to reflect the micas and glitters. Does anyone know what I could ad to give this product that "wet look". Thanks!
let me tell you that my glosses where not perfect without this product... versa gel has the right about of stick and hold for my gloss and micas that i use... the only issue i had was when i tried to include it with my normal ingredients... its states that it should be added with oils and waxes before melting which i did and still had the versa-gel clumps... i tried microwaving... still the versa-gel clumps... so instead i let my gloss cool off and hardened... placed it in a sample bag okay a little bigger then squeezed the versa gel in it... and kneaded it... make sure you cut a tiny hole in the bag to squeeze into your lip gloss vials... if it is to big you will not be-able to get it into the tubes... yay! i can't stop putting my new and improved glosses on my lips thanks to your versa-gel TKB Notes: We have since discovered that it is better to melt the Versagel in one container and the other ingredients in another, both at the same time, and then to stir everything together when both are fully melted.
When you have the right materials nothing could be simpler. Just put Versagel in a rolled down baggie, add a few drops of liquid lip color, gorgeous mica, drops of almond oil, squeeze together and viola! You made your first lip gloss. This is the great "go to" goo.
I'm really picky when it comes to my lip gloss. I mixed it with some mica and some sparkle bronze and it is fantastic. Some store bought lip gloss tastes funny. This is completely tasteless and odorless. I added some castor oil for more shine and some vitamin e oil. Stays on very well and my lips feel moisterized.
I have to order the 2 pounds now! I already ran out because I use this a lot! I don't melt it with the other ingredients...I mix it in at the very end and can adjust the thickness and stickyness accordingly! I love it!
... and you have a great lipgloss, good as any other. Add waxes and oils if you want, but its great on its own. I add it to a baggie, with micas/colorants and smosh, and then snip a tiny corner off and squeeze into a container = no mess ;)
I love this product! I use it for all my glosses and it works great. This is really easy too, just add mica/colorants and its done. Just the right amount of sticky and glossy. I plan to buy more very soon, thank you TKB!
got 2lbs on the way
I just received this today and had to put a little drop on right out of the bag. I was pleasantly surprised......it was buttery smooth and cushiony! Yes, it is sticky but not too sticky, I don't like my lips to feel like the back of a sticker and this definitely does not. It is not as shiny as I would like but I think a small addition of come castor oil and maybe a tab more polyisobutene will do the trick. Just a thought here......for those that are fine with lanolin, it is sticky, thick, and shiny. A small addition would add shine and not thin out the gel. I can't wait to make a colored gloss with some butter rum flavor!
I love this stuff. My husband added too much to a batch of lipstick and we ended up with a highly pigmented lip gloss/stain that is very similar to something that is sold at make-up counters for 20.00 dollars. Needless to say I am super happy with this product.
I use this as the main base for my lip gloss (I add a few different oils to the mix as well), and my customers sing its praises! I use antibacterial wipes or baby wipes to clean up afterwards, and I have yet to throw away a utensil or dish. The easiest way for me to use this is to use a flavor injector. Because the product is so thick, I remove the needle part and then pull it into the syringe to get it out of the bag. I get an exact measurement, and I never have to get my hands dirty. :) After I add my oils and colorants, it isn't as viscous and pulls back into the syringe much easier...then I am able to attach the "needle" so I can inject into my lip gloss tubes. Easy. :)
I figured it out and have found the perfect way to mix it. So much better than I initially thought and really enjoy working with it and just ran out.
This is part of my signature gloss. I am in love with this stuff.
I use this versa gel for my lipgloss. Creates the perfect consistency for me . It's not slimy or oozy it stays on my lips. It also traps my mica powder and blend it in more
I had a love/hate relationship with Versagel at first but after following directions and others advice I simply love it. It makes the best Lip Gloss and stays on forever .
This is great stuff. I gave it 4 stars instead of five because it's not quite as thick as MAC Lipglass but the finish is smooth and non greasy. It doesn't travel despite being heavy and gives a great sheen. Overall, great to use a a straight gloss for mixing. Left alone on lips, this will make them a little fuller by just retaining moisture. Also, used sparingly it's good for taming brows, creating a soft sheen on browbones etc.
I ordered a 2 pound. this is my recipe 2g jojoba oil 5ml of versagel 0.5g vitamin e oil 1 drop of cap 5 1g of cotton candy mica 0.20g of cotton candy flavoring oil. My lipgloss is thick. IDK what to do to make it right. TKB trading has recipes online but none of them makes much since. I would like a basic recipe for this item. i think that should be provided with the item since this is a product targeted to the general public and not professional make up markers TKB Responds: Try this: INGREDIENT WEIGHT % 1. Versagel 81.50% 2. Hydrogenated Polyisobutene 10.00% 3. Jojoba Oil 5.00% 4. Vitamin E 3.00% PRODCEDURE: Mix all ingredients and heat slowly to 70-75Â°C with stirring until the mxture is uniform. Cool to 45Â°C and add flavour and colour if desired, then fill containers.
i really wanted it to be a thick super sticky gloss, but it was more oily than sticky. its OK tho
Not Really Liking This Its Ok But Not Sticky Enough :(
I used the recipe of 4 gram Versagel plus 2 gram castor oil. Worked fine and I put it into plastic pots. After about one week sitting on my shop shelfs it appeared the oil was seeping out of the pots. I opened several and it appears the gloss is evaporating. The pots and labels are very oily and are no longer full. Any one had this problem. I just love the consistency and shine of the combination, as well as my customers liked the few that I sold. Any suggestions.
Not the shiny, glassy look I was hoping for. Has just the right amount of sticky.
I just don't. On paper it sounds perfect- I love thick, sticky lipgloss, and the lack of odor or flavor is great. But, this just doesn't work for me- it seems like it ought to be shiny, but it's nearly matte, and if I mix it with various oils to make it shiny, it's so thinned out it's pointless. And, though like I said, I really do love sticky lipglosses, this product just feels awful on- there's something about the way it bleeds a weird sticky feel around your mouth that drives me up the wall. I've always had to remove it pronto, never managed to test the staying power, unfortunately.
Unfortunately, I had quite the disappointing experience with this product, after having read all the other reviews and purchasing based on them. Contrary to others' postings, this product comes of pretty much anything, it is NOT super sticky, and does not create the staying power I had hoped for. I used other polyisobutanes, and they were like sap - truly had a hard time taking it off anything. Sorry, but I'll have to go back to them. I probably works well for balms and gloss, but I was deeply dismayed.
I love the consistency sans any processing but once I add color or any other ingredients and try to heat to mix I end up with a lumpy sloppy mess. I have only gotten it right once and the second time I used the same method and am still trying to clean up the mess. I must learn a better way to use this stuff because I do like it.
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