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Friday, December 27, 2013

TKB's Shimmer Pops vs. the Original Pops

I have several new posts coming but since there is very little blog coverage about how the newer Shimmer Pops from TKB Trading compare to their original Pops! collection, I decided I would start with that.

I haven't posted in months because frankening simply wasn't that interesting to me any more; it just didn't seem like there was a color direction I could go that I hadn't already played with and maxed out. Part of the reason for that was that I owned all the pigments from TKB Trading, The Conservatorie and Coastal Scents I found even remotely appealing and my other option, mixing new color recipes, is more frustrating than enjoyable. 

Out of extreme boredom one afternoon, I did finally make some "small batch" recipes, just enough to make a bottle of polish or two, without using any of the Pops! Collections because it was discontinued and my own supply limited. No pun intended but most of them seemed to lack "pop", not enough sharpness or vibrancy in the color so I decided to add the Shimmer Pops samples to my TKB Trading Christmas-present-order when I couldn't find any comparisons online.

When I did my comparison, I took two sets of photos, one in daylight and the second under my Ott light. Several of these may be blurry because my camera likes to give me the shaking camera symbol any time I don't use a tripod but you'll get the idea.

These pictures are the pigments in natural daylight.

The order here is: Lemon Drop Pop!, Shimmer Lemon Pop, Tangerine Pop!, Shimmer Tangerine Pop, Raspberry Pop!, Shimmer Raspberry Pop, Strawberry Pop!, Apple Green Pop!, Shimmer Apple Pop, Blueberry Pop!, Shimmer BlueBerry Pop, Grape Pop! and Shimmer Grape Pop.

Lemon Drop Pop!, Shimmer Lemon Pop, Tangerine Pop!, Shimmer Tangerine Pop

Tangerine Pop!, Shimmer Tangerine Pop, Raspberry Pop!, Shimmer Raspberry Pop, Strawberry Pop!

Apple Green Pop!, Shimmer Apple Pop, Blueberry Pop!, Shimmer BlueBerry Pop

Blueberry Pop!, Shimmer BlueBerry Pop, Grape Pop! and Shimmer Grape Pop

This next set of photos will have been taken under my Ott light which I believe is supposed to simulate natural daylight.

The order here is: Lemon Drop Pop!, Shimmer Lemon Pop, Tangerine Pop!, Shimmer Tangerine Pop, Raspberry Pop!, Shimmer Raspberry Pop, Strawberry Pop!, Apple Green Pop!, Shimmer Apple Pop, Blueberry Pop!, Shimmer BlueBerry Pop, Grape Pop! and Shimmer Grape Pop.

Lemon Drop Pop!, Shimmer Lemon Pop, Tangerine Pop!, Shimmer Tangerine Pop, Raspberry Pop!, Shimmer Raspberry Pop, Strawberry Pop!

Raspberry Pop!, Shimmer Raspberry Pop, Strawberry Pop!, Apple Green Pop!, Shimmer Apple Pop

Apple Green Pop!, Shimmer Apple Pop, Blueberry Pop!, Shimmer BlueBerry Pop

Blueberry Pop!, Shimmer BlueBerry Pop, Grape Pop! and Shimmer Grape Pop


That concludes the picture tour and I hope everyone finds it helpful. I should add that TKB Trading does not say that these are intended to be a replacement for the Pops! and also, the Shimmer Pops are marked as "ready to wear" while I don't believe the Pops! were.

TKB's Shimmer Pops are sold as a 6g each sample set for $8.10, a one ounce set for $25.00. They can also be purchased as individual pigments. They are $1.50 for a 6g sample or $4.95 an ounce.

Eventually I'll order The Conservatorie's Happy Hour Collection as samples to compare those too but you can't buy everything at once! -MK

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