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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Anna’s Art Asylum Part 1

Links checked 12/12/13

If you love duochrome pigments as much as I do, keep reading.

There’s a store on eBay called Anna’s Art Asylum that was brought to my attention when the blog Fashion Polish posted two entries, Chromatic pigments swatches and review part 1 and Chromatic pigments swatches and review part 2. In these she reviewed the 10 duochrome pigments that Anna’s Art Asylum sells and she did such a beautiful job, I decided to buy them all! I’m ready to add my swatches to the mix but please go visit Fashion Polish first so you can see why I “just had to have them”.  

Anna’s Art Asylum has ten colors available, sold per gram and you can purchase these in an assortment of 5 for $20.00 ($/gram) with free shipping. Since I wanted all 10, I selected the 5 for $20.00 option twice (I emailed Anna prior to confirm this was ok) and waited eagerly for them to arrive, which didn’t take long. 

This picture shows how the pigments are packaged, each gram in a small bag with its name written on a holographic label (I went back over the names in permanent blue marker). Both this one and the one below were photographed at the table under "daylight" lamp light.

Just to be organized and because I like the way it looks, I put them all on a binder ring in color order.

All 10, as polish, layered over black. Photos taken outdoors.
#362801, #462805, #22808, #481804, #412604

#412605, #35202, #821502, #35204, #221501

Alternate View: 

First up for individual dry swatches is #362801.
 This one goes from a pure orange to a beautiful golden yellow although it’s more readily apparent when used in a franken polish top coat- you’ll see that later. What’s visible from the bag is that it has a larger particle size that is comparative to that of TKB’s Shanika Sun.

While this was taken under the same lighting, this comes across as a little more orange and sparkly.

 This one is blurry but you can see a bit of both colors here.

The dry pigment on double-sided sticky tape.

Next is #462805
In the bag, the color shift is a subtle golden orange to green and has approximately the same particle size as the first or, around the size of Shanika Sun.

Some of the golden highlights come out here.

…And here just a hint of the green.

Third in the lineup is #22808.
This has a much finer particle size, (putting it closer to one of TKB’s Travel to pigments) and because it does, it’s less sparkly but that doesn’t diminish the duochrome. It’s a golden color overall with a shift from a bluish green to yellow green to gold.

On the fingertip and under the same lighting, it shows itself to be a golden yellow like #462805.

But the paper swatch displays the bluish green to yellow green to gold shift.

Our final color for this entry is #481804
Clearly #481804 is one of the few to display the color shift while in the bag. The particle size is larger, more like TKB’s Marinda Star while the color shift is similar to TKB’s Red Sparks.

On the fingertip it comes out as well but that is the advantage to curved objects.

Paper shows some duochrome but under this lighting, the pink appears reddish.

All four in bottles, same order: #362801, #462805, #22808 and #481804.

And from the bottom.

No elaborate recipes here, just 4 drops of pigment mixed with 1/2 clear & 1/2 Glamour Base. Despite that the Glamour Base is cut by half, the majority of the pigment has remained suspended. The bottles are TKB's Elizabeth so these are between 5-6ml.

The first set of swatches I did as “skittles” and all are layered over basic black polish on my own nails. They are in the order of #362801, #462805, #22808 and #481804- #22808 required 3 coats while the others were 4.

The second set, and it will be obvious when the second set begins, were also done as skittles but on my nail sticks. These sticks are black acrylic nails which saved me time and layers of black polish.  

The two of these were taken away from the light source, a daylight lamp.

 These were photographed directly under “daylight” lamp light.

The darker coloring is due to this being taken under regular light.

Different room, same type of lighting

Indoors under a simulated daylight lamp. Same order

Outdoors in full sun.

Outdoors, no sun.

#362801 & #462805 

#22808 and #481804





It surprises me that these look so different in each form and that none of them are the same color as any of TKB Trading's color shifting pigments. As a reminder, Anna’s Art Asylum has ten colors sold per gram and you can purchase these in an assortment of 5 for $20.00 ($/gram) with free shipping.

Since I use only four fingers, #412604, #412605, #35202 & 821502 will be featured in the next entry. Check back soon- MK

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  1. I saw that post and had to order, too! I got the 481804 and the polish I made with it has SUCH a great duo. I didn't even bother putting it over black. Thanks for the great info, as always.

  2. Thanks for posting these. I held off buying them cause some of them look really similar to the TKB Star bites and the Rona pigments. But if you say they are different to the TKB's I might just have to try some!

    1. Will do a comparison at the end of the third post. Thanks for reading.

  3. I really love these pigments, I just wish they didn't cost quite so much.

    1. Anna's price matches You Mix Cosmetic's. When one ounce is that expensive, I reckon I'll take the gram.


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