First Look at Kolortek Swatches

It’s a colorful day! I got a massive amount of samples from Kolortek, an industrial pigment supplier who doesn’t test on animals. They are based in China, but export for Western markets and seem to have all their (cruelty-free) US and EU standards up to date. Yay for that!

I started off first by swatching the 6000 series of 48 colors. The pigments were mostly very smooth and had good opacity. There were a couple problem children in the yellows/yellow greens pigments with some nubbly burr-type flecks (yes, I know that’s not a good scientific term) in the finish, but it was mostly eased out with topcoat. Some of the metallics were opaque enough to be used as stamping polish for any Konad/stamping fans. I didn’t actually try it out for stamping yet, but will do so soon!

Here’s the spread:


I just mixed a pea-sized amount of pigment with 8-10 drops of regular clear polish, mixed them up, and swatched away!

Here’s a little illustration:

NTMG pigment

I swatched all 48 shades on a palette and currently have a bunch of colors on my fingers and toes to test the wear, see if the colors stain, fade, etc. When Mr. NTMG is not looking, I will use his fingers and toes for swatching too. That will cover 40 of the 48 shades. 😉

Kolortek No 1

These swatches have a coat of Seche Vite topcoat. Most of the shades are fairly smooth, but you can see some issues with the Blue Green and Lemon Yellow. There is heavy air bubbling and some burrs on the surface, but most of the colors were very smooth and easy to work with. Other brands of pigments get irregularities in the surface- this is not a Kolortek issue. This is pretty minor, considering how many of them performed very well.

The good news is, the pigments are great. The bad news is, Kolortek is an industrial supplier only, meaning their smallest order is 1kg of pigment. In other words, enough for several lifetimes supply. They will work with a 500g minimum in some cases. I just wanted to show the many amazing colors of cosmetic pigments available and how they translate into nail polish. standard warning. Wear your mask when working with pigments as it’s easy to inhale the tiny particles. Treat your lungs kindly- they do a lot of work for you! And #2, DO NOT USE ARTISTS PIGMENTS ON YOUR SKIN. They are dirt cheap and incredibly vivid, but they are also highly toxic. Stick to cosmetic grade pigments and if in doubt, don’t put a pigment on your skin or nails, and that goes double for eyes and lips.

That’s all for now- will be back with some updates on the durability and staining in a few days, plus more swatches!


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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