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Monday, February 27, 2012

TCP Global Traditional Pearls

Links checked 12/12/13

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but I don't believe I ever posted this entry and that it was merely saved as a draft in the Dashboard. I keep track of all my posts and I didn't have this one listed but when I went to "publish" it, Blogger posted it in January's archive based on the date I saved it as opposed to a new posting. If this is a repeat entry and I'm just being dense, disregard it -MK

Time to show off more goodies from TCP Global, in particular the Traditional Pearls. All photos were taken under daylight-lamp light.

The containers shown are not what they arrived in; those are my “portables” from SKS Bottle.

Traditional Pearls
The reason I chose some of the traditional pearls were a) they appeared to have some color shifting properties and b) the price tag. These run $5.95-$6.95 depending on color, for a 1/2 oz. in a small jar. I found them rather boring- except for FP112 Orange Red (listed as Scarabis Orange/Green on their website) which I thought was downright ugly.

All the pearls (including color shifting) are together in this photo, taken under lamp light.
  1. SP113 Blue Green
  2. SP117 Red Green
  3. SP118 Green Blue Violet
  4. CSP85 Blue Gold
  5. CSP83 Blue Red
  6. CSP82 Green Purple
  7. FP112 Orange Red
  8. CSP81 Red Gold
  9. CSP84 Green Orange
  10. SP120 Red Violet
Just the Traditional Pearls

Red Violet, Green Blue Violet, Red Green, Blue Green, Scarabis Orange/Green

Red Violet has no interference and isn’t any different than most the reds that TKB Trading or Coastal Scents sells.

Green Blue Violet, dry, is a green pigment with a very strong blue interference, so strong that once swatched, it doesn’t appear green anymore.

Red Green, another green powder but this one with a pinkish-red interference.

Blue Green, the third green in the collection has an aqua-toned interference.

The last is the ugly one, Scarabis Orange/Green. Although it looks red toned with an aqua interference in the container, it comes across more brown with a green interference in real life. Not what I imagined at all.

Swatched on my arm dry, the greens come across as being very sheer and it doesn't improve the appearance of any of them but again, that's my opinion.
Red Violet, Green Blue Violet, Red Green, Blue Green, Scarabis Orange/Green

Swatched on fingers ala TKB, the pigments come out more even toned, the base color balanced with the interference color.
Scarabis Orange/Green, Blue Green, Red Green, Green Blue Violet, Red Violet

This pic is the only one where the pigments have been mixed with clear polish and swatched over both black and white, I didn’t make them into bottles. The notable thing here is that once mixed, it’s the interference color that comes through, not the pigment’s base color.

It’s an even mix of colors but as I said, nothing truly distinctive. -MK


  1. Hey now-these are lovely. Just think of the limited possibilities one can come up with these. : )

    1. Eh, they are all right but I own pigments from TKB & Coastal Scents that look the same or close and cost lest money.

    2. As a soon to be frankener myself-I agree, TKB is way more affordable. : )

    3. Keep at it long enough and you find yourself bored with the existing colors and buy more, venturing into other industries, just to satisfy the urge for variation.

  2. Unrelated to this post but I wanted to know what the diff is with jelly polished than others and how is a jelly polish made.

    Thank you
    Chaka Garcia

    1. I'm going to pull a quote from here: From Lacquerized: A jelly is just like a creme, but the main difference is the substance: more jelly-like. They tend to be sheer but they make up for it by being xtremely glossy.

      The link to the blog Blogdorf Goodman explains in more detail and gives a suggestion (I've never tried it) on how to make a jelly polish.


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