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Friday, March 4, 2011

Alternatives to TKB's discontinued Pops

Links checked 12/12/13

As many of you may be aware TKB Trading has stopped selling the Pops line of pigments because their manufacturer discontinued them. While they continue to search for suitable replacements, they suggested using some other pigments in their place. I have a few more, based on the pigments I own and not all from TKB. I'm hoping that whoever reads this may own one or two of these so they don't need to go out and buy the replacement.

I've included pictures of all the Pops paired up with the suggested replacements, the exceptions being TKB's True Coral, True Red/Orange and Amethyst which I do not own.

3/09/11: After doing some reading on TKB's forum I'm going to say this because I don't want this entry getting miscontrued. I am a loyal customer of TKB Trading, the majority of my pigments are TKB's- because they have what I consider a good selection, good prices and good customer service. I also buy from Coastal Scents and The Conservatorie for much the same reason. And I stick with the companies that make me happy. That being said, I'm not encouraging anyone to be less appreciative of TKB Trading. They will find a replacement, I have no doubt of that. I suggested pigments to use that I had on hand, no different than if I was waiting on a new order but time was important. Even Betty Crocker has listed substitutes for ingredients in the cook book.

TKB Trading
The Conservatorie
Coastal Scents
* denotes contributed by Kristina (original message shown below). Thank you, Kristina.
Strawberry Pop


Raspberry Pop
*Crimson Coral
Tangerine Pop
Peach Sunset
Metallic Rustic Gold

*2 parts Canary Yellow + 1 part Crimson Coral = Tangerine Pop match
Lemon Drop Pop

*Canary Yellow
Apple Green Pop

*2 parts Canary Yellow + 1 part Cerulean = Apple Green Pop match
Blueberry Pop

Grape Pop
Orchid Shimmer

TKB's Strawberry Pop and Raspberry Pop are very similar but The Conservatorie's Primrose fits nicely in the middle. It has a slight brighter pink interference. Shown here from left to right: Strawberry Pop, Primrose & Raspberry Pop.

Coastal Scents' Metallic Rustic Gold and TKB's Aztec Gold are virtually identical so MRG has been omitted from the finger swatches. The Conservatorie's Fenda Orange, also aptly named Peach Sunset, is as vivid an orange as TKB's Tangerine Pop but with a slight peach interference. Shown here from left to right: Metallic Rustic Gold, Aztec Gold, Passion Orange, Tangerine Pop & Fenda Orange.

I suspect The Conservatorie and Coastal Scents may have potential yellows, greens and blues similar to the Pops but as I don't own them I'll keep my opinions to myself.

Shown here from left to right: TKB's True Yellow & Lemon Drop Pop. They are not green-toned, my fingers are underneath.

Shown here from left to right: TKB's True Green & Apple Green Pop

Shown here from left to right: TKB's Blueberry Pop & True Blue.

For Grape Pop, TKB suggested Patagonian Purple or Amethyst, not shown. I think The Conservatorie's Violet or Coastal Scents' Orchid Shimmer could also fill that role. Shown here from left to right: Patagonian Purple, Grape Pop, Violet & Orchid Shimmer.

If I find other pigments I'll post them but for now that's it. -MK

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  1. Thank you for the tip! I wonder why TKB sells the same colours but under different names.

  2. You're welcome for the suggestions but I'm not saying they are the exact same color from the same manufacturer only under a different name; I want to make that clear. They may be in some cases but not all, I'm sure.

  3. Thank you for the research! To me the Pop!´s disappearance came as a complete surprise. Itś good none of them are my favorites - I prefer the muted brown ones.

  4. I caught the annnouncement on someone else's blog and I believe it was in TKB's newsletter though I wasn't signed up to receive one. The Pops weren't my favorites either but when it came to color recipes, they helped make some vibrant colors.

  5. Thanks for taking the time to post this, I'll pass it along to my customers. Kaila, TKB

  6. Coastal Scents Crimson Coral is a dupe for Raspberry Pop....CS's Cerulean is a dupe for Blueberry Pop....CS's Orchid shimmer is a great dupe of Grape Pop....Cs's Canary Yellow is a greatdupe for Lemon Pop. Then you just need to take 2 parts canary yellow, and 1 part Crimson coral to make Tangerine Pop....Then take 2 parts Canary Yellow and 1 part cerluean to make a dupe for Apple green pop.....These all come very very close to the pops. I made some of my pop recipes, and they came out very close, with some tweaking. I do not have a dupe for Strawberry Pop yet, but I am working on it. I suspect if I use Red 170, Sericite Mica, and some Silk Mica, I could maybe come close to a warm red that could substitute the Strawberry...I haven't tried this yet, but this is the starting point I am thinking about.:)

  7. Thank you for the info! You named a couple I thought were close but didn't own them so I could only guess. If you don't mind I'll add them to the list up there.

  8. Yes, add them if you would like.....I hope it helps everyone out until Kaila(Tkb) can find replacements:) I sure do miss them, because they were all lipsafe....The dupes are not lipsafe:(

  9. Have you seen The Convervatorie's Cocktail Collection. They look very similar to the Pops. I have ordered them to see if they work because they are all lip safe and no parabens.

  10. Meant to say in my my earlier post thanks for the great information. :)

  11. Yup, I also wanted to mention Conservatorie in this regard - discovered their Cocktail Collection on my Facebook. :)
    Btw, Conservatorie's Coral is almost indistinguishable from TKB's Strawberry. :)

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