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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Suspension Base Opportunity

Links checked 12/12/13

Jennifer T. from Polishous is looking to become a supplier for frankening/suspension base for those of us within the United States and is offering a selection of bases on pre-order basis. She has a minimum requirement that she must meet so we're trying to generate some interest and get the order(s) placed before the deadline. Also, if she finds that there is a demand for it, she might become a regular supplier.

You can read the full details on Jennifer's blog here but in summary, from Jennifer herself...

I'm forming a buying group to purchase suspension bases at a significant discount. Due to shipping restrictions, I will only be offering the bases in 4 oz and 8 oz sizes. Minimum order is 4 bottles, any combination. There are three different bases available:
Glitter Suspension Base (used for polishes with glitter) $8.99/4 oz.; 14.99/8 oz.
Clear Suspension Base (used for all creams/heavy micas) $8.99/4 oz.; 14.99/8 oz.
Pearl Suspension Base (used for all frosted/pearly shades) $8.99/4 oz.; 14.99/8 oz.

This price does NOT include shipping charges. Because of the minimums I am required to purchase, I will need a to put together an order for 30 GALLONS of base.

The deadline for ordering is May 18. It will take approximately 4 weeks to order, receive and re-bottle the product. If this changes between now and then I will let you know. This offer only available to the 48 contiguous states.


I'm going to also point out here that Jennifer's prices are lower than what TKB Trading originally priced their Glamour base (for glitter), $2.24 an ounce versus $3.00 when comparing the 4 ounce bottle. If you want to get in on this deal, the sooner the better to contact her. -MK

Friday, April 20, 2012

Suspension Base & Other News -Update

Links checked 12/12/13
Don't forget to check Suspension Base Suppliers & Notes for all possible sources.

Along with life's normal duties, I've been so busy working on sample swatches for my franken book that I haven't been paying much attention to my emails, comments, other entries and interesting developments- my apologies. It feels like all I've done for days is photograph, batch process files, crop, edit and create swatches but I'm still not satisfied. Ok, I really have done all that for days but thankfully, while my head is somewhere else, my readers have been keeping me updated with the afore-mentioned comments. Once I get this entry completed, I'll begin addressing my backlog of email & comments.

TKB Trading's position on their own suspension base hasn't changed from what I posted last but it seems that enough people were pissed off about it, that several other companies have decided to become suspension base suppliers as well.

Bitterly Bitter also informed me that both Diamond Cosmetics and Nailite Inc have suspension base for sale or will. Diamond Cosmetics is selling 30 gallon drums or something like that and they expect theirs to ship at the end of May but there's nothing on the website that I see regarding it. Nailite doesn't have anything on their website either that I can find to add to the news about their's.

A.Fae, comment left below, has given us some further detailed information about Diamond Cosmetics suspension base.

"Here is the information I have from Diamond Cosmetics:
The minimum order is 30 gallons. But if you order less than that (only in multiples of 5 gallons; let's say 10, 15, 25 gallons...), then there's a surcharge as follows:

For orders of 20-25 gallons, the surcharge is $10.00/gallon
For orders of 10-15 gallons, the surcharge is $20.00/gallon

Glitter suspension base (for polishes with glitter) $38.17 /per gallon
Clear suspension base (for creams/heavy micas) $45.67 /per gallon
Pearl suspension base (for frosted/pearly shades) $63.59 / per gallon

All you need to do is email Angela with your order and she will write it up and send you a credit card authorization form. We require 50% deposit with all orders. To order, you can email Angela Draper at

For more updates/information, interested readers can check out the Facebook group we have created to discuss the shortage: TheGreatLacquerBaseHunt

I am starting to hear back from a few other companies so I will try to comment here when I get more pricing, lead time, and shipping information."

Thank you A.Fae for taking the time to bring all of us up to speed.


TKB Trading is now selling a line of glitters called "Shaplies" that they say they will be slowly expanding. What's currently available are glitters in solid white, solid black and gold- those of you with a yen for Lynnderella's Connect the Dots should appreciate that. The shapes (and particle sizes) are Square 0.025, Square 0.125, Square 0.062, White Hex 0.040, White Hex 0.062, Diamond & Fiber (also known as tinsel or bar glitter). Samples, 2.5 grams, are $1.50. 1 ounce is $3.25 and 4 ounces are $11.50.

If I come across anything else noteworthy later, I'll update this. -MK

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Possible Suspension Base Supplier

Links checked 12/12/13.
Don't forget to check Suspension Base Suppliers & Notes for all possible sources.

I'm passing this news along although I haven't confirmed that it's a suspension base for nail polish. The Conservatorie has this item listed under "Raw Ingredients", doesn't specify that it is for nail polish suspension and I don't see any of the traditional suspension agents in the ingredients but I'll post it just the same. And no, before anyone asks, I haven't bothered to contact the company to enquire for further details. BTW, the price is $110.00.

An anonymous reader left this message on a previous entry about suspension base, "If you want to get together and do a group buy, The Conservatorie is bringing it in and you can buy a gallon." Check the link they left here.

I've gone to The Conservatorie's website, checked this out and though it won't be available for purchase until the end of June, they have providing the following description and INCI info.

Availability time: Approximately June 20, 2012.
This product can only ship FEDEX GROUND and if you purchase anything else in this order, the entire order will have to ship FEDEX GROUND. (no RUSH processing or USPS shipping methods will be allowed)
Any customers outside the U.S. will be responsible for duties, taxes and customs fees.
You may place your order now and the product will ship as soon as it becomes available. By placing your order now, automatically you will be agreeing with these terms and conditions.

INCI: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate,Phthalic Anhydride/Trimellitic Anhydride/Glycols Copolymer, Nitrocellulose, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol 40B, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Silica, Diethylhexyl Adipate, Butyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1.