Golder’s Green Franken

Here’s a franken from a while back that I wanted to show you. It’s MAC Golder’s Green pigment mixed in with clear nail polish. Not very autumnal, but I’ve been experiementing with pigments lately and this one I liked.

I use pigments from various sources to make frankens, and I’ve warned people before: Don’t use artist’s pigments for frankening! A lot of them are toxic. They look the same as loose eyeshadows or mineral makeup, but are intended to be used as artist’s paints. Cadmium, ultramarine and a lot of other pigments are very toxic.  So be safe, and stick to cosmetic-use pigments. Anything intended for use on the body should be OK on your nails.  You can also mix powder eyeshadow with clear polish- just use an eyeshadow brush to make a little pile of eyeshadow on a palette (I use a silicone mini muffin tin) and add some clear polish little by little until you have the opacity and color you want.

This is a pea sized amount of MAC Golder’s Green with a small teaspoon of clear polish.



You can see the pigment on my hand. The finish was very smooth and nicely opaque after 2 coats.

There are quite a few companies making pigments and I’ll be doing some more with those, but MAC has been very smooth and doesn’t change color. I recommend buying a pigment sample rather than the full-sized jar because it will take a lifetime to finish.  Some third-party companies do sell MAC pigment samples. It’s probably frowned upon by MAC,  but until they sell samples themselves, I think it’s a good alternative to buying the $20 jar.


About nevertoomuchglitter

Nail artist. Wanderer. I'm a color-holic, in fact, it was my love of color that brought me to the nail art world. Well, that, and the fact I was too cheap to pay crazy Japanese prices for nail polish while living in Tokyo, so I had to start mixing my own. That's how NTMG began.
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6 Responses to Golder’s Green Franken

  1. Kae says:

    I love that color! Sometimes when I go the counter I luck out and they will give a small pigment sample if I ask super nicely. I can’t believe the MAC girls over there are so snooty!

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      Thanks Kae- glad to hear the MAC girls are nicer outside of Japan. I love their pigments and glitters, even though they are pricey, but I can’t deal with the snoot on top of it, so I always shop online.

  2. Nixxy says:

    Wow – I love this!

  3. Lucy says:

    What a gorgeous pigment. I really wish MAC would see half the amount at half the price. I only own 2 pigments. I haven’t even touched them. I think I’m going to try them for polish. Love this as a polish. Must also love gorgeous as a shadow.

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      Thanks Lucy! I also collect pigments that I don’t use too much.
      A company called The Body Needs sells tiny jars of MAC pigments and glitters. The shipping is pricey, but for around $2 you can get a small pigment sample good for a franken or two. I don’t think it’s any cheaper than MAC, but at least you don’t have to get the whole jar.

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