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TKB Planetary Sampler Duochrome Pigments – Swatch of the Day

TKB Trading Planetary Sampler Swatches

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto
Angled to better show duochrome

A long, long time ago I promised to post swatches of franken nail polishes made with TKB Trading’s Planetary Sampler – seven different color shifting pigments which can be used in nail polish. The pigments are also sold separately as Travel to Mercury, Travel to Venus, etc.

I’ve had the polishes sitting out for months – and here are swatches! They are really lovely, and I’d highly recommend getting the sample set if you’re into frankening polish at all.

I made these polishes by mixing a bit of pigment with suspension base, and the pictured swatches are each one coat of the polish over a black creme.  I’ve also photographed the polishes underwater to better show the duochrome.

TKB Planetary Sampler Swatches - Underwater

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto

And some slightly blurry close-ups:

TKB Trading Travel To Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars

TKB Trading Travel To Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto

Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto

Venus and Pluto are my favorites – what about you?

TKB Mermaid Collection Iridescent Pigments Swatches & Review

TKB Trading Mermaid Collection: silver white, gold dust, blue diamond, seawitch green, fairy violet, siren red
This post is a little bit different; the polishes I’m going to show you are not commercially available.   I mixed them myself using pigments and suspension base, both available at TKB Trading (the bottles are also from TKB).  These six polishes are made from TKB’s Mermaid Collection iridescent pigments
When I was ordering from TKB, I couldn’t find any swatches of nail polishes made with these pigments, and although they looked neat, I really had no idea of how they would look. So, I’m posting these swatches in case anyone else is searching for photos of how these pigments look mixed up in nail polish base.
TKB Trading Mermaid Collection Swatches:
Silver White, Gold Dust, Blue Diamond, Seawitch Green, Fairy Violet, Siren Red

When I mixed up the nail polishes, I wasn’t sure what density of pigment would look best. So, these first swatches are all six pigments very concentrated in the polish.  This gives a glass fleck type look – it reminds me of some Zoyas.

Here are close-ups of the swatches:
TKB Silver White, Gold Dust

Silver white is a true, light silver.  Gold dust is a yellow-gold; it’s similar to Essie As Gold As It Gets at the right density.

TKB Blue Diamond, Seawitch Green

Blue Diamond is a sapphire blue; Seawitch green is a pale green. It looks more blue in the picture than it actually is because of the reflections from the blue.

TKB Fairy Violet, Siren Red
Fairy Violet is my favorite – it has multiple shades of purple in it.  Siren Red is a pink-red that seems to have some orange in it too.
I also wanted to see what these would look like if they were mixed more sparsely into the nail polish base, so I tried it out with Blue Diamond.
TKB Blue Diamond
I love this look too – I’m definitely going to mix up bottles of each of the colors at a lower density like this one. 
These are really gorgeous pigments – if you are into frankening nail polish, I highly, highly recommend them.  I bought a set of samples of each color (2.5g each) for $7.50; you can also buy individuals samples and larger quantities.   I think I used about 1/5 or less of a sample bag to make half a densely-packed mini (5ml) nail polish, so I’d guess that you could make a couple densely packed 5ml nail polishes plus several sparse ones with one bag. 
If you’re new to frankening, make sure you get suspension base; if you mix these with regular clear nail polish they will probably sink to the bottom rather than remaining evenly mixed throughout.  I used TKB’s Glamour base, but I think their Luster base would work for these as well.  

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