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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Color Shifting Pigment Stores

Please refer to All Chameleon Pigment Suppliers for the latest info, options and prices.

I'm sure the various resources for duochrome pigments are spread around my blog- as far as where to buy them- but I thought I'd compress that into one place for you. Some of this info was pulled off the following three entries: Color Shifting Pigments (Part 1)Color Shifting Pigments (Part 2)Color Shifting Pigments (Part 3)  but I also have some new stores to add which I'm happy about. -MK

Automotive Suppliers - House of Kolor brand only
One "early" example of automotive pigments used in polish are those Kitties26 of the blog More Nail Polish created with the KonFusion brand- color morphing frankens- where she also mentioned using a HoK kameleon. They are (one of) the highest in price but offer the most variety so we'll start this list with them. They have 3 different types, Kolor Shift flakes, Kameleon Opals and Kameleon Pearls.

Kolor Shift flakes are F size: 1/64th to 1/166th Hex or 396 microns to 153 microns and come in three colors: Green Purple, Blue Red and Gold GreenGenerally sold in 3 oz containers.

Best price is from Coast Airbrush who sells the Kolor Shift Flakes in 1 oz and 3 oz packages.
The one ounce is $39.95 which breaks down to $1.43/gram. The 3 ounce package sells for $171.85 which is $2.05/gram (They show prices in Canadian, Euro and Australian dollars in addition to US currency.)

Second choice based on price is from Smart Shoppers Inc, also sold in 3 ounce containers. $156.50 for 3 ounces which equals $1.86/gram.

House of Kolor's Kameleon Pearls come in 5 colors: Green to Blue, Gold to Green, Copper Red to Green, Sapphire and Aquarius. Particle size is 40 microns or 90 microns depending on what you choose, while package size is usually a 2 ounce jar. For the 2 ounce, your options are:
Smart Shoppers Inc, $258.50 = $4.61/gram.
Coast Airbrush, $304.95 = $/gram. 2 ounces not available and current inventory is only Green to Blue, Gold to Green, Aquarius.

For a smaller quantity it's Coast Airbrush again, 1/2 ounce packages, $84.95 = $6.07/gram.

Moving on, House of Kolor's Kameleon Opals are available in 8 colors: Purple Passion, Maple-Nut, Dorado Dreams, Tequila SunriseHoney BlushShady Green, Burnt Lime and Plum Blue.

Coast Airbrush tops the list because they sell all 8 colors. Pricing these is a bit different as 4 colors are more expensive than the other 4 and sold in different quantities. 1 oz $64.95= $2.32/gram, 6 oz $218.95= $1.30/gram, 1/2 oz $73.95= $5.28/gram, 2 oz $224.05= $4.00/gram
Purple Passion: 1 oz $64.95, 6 oz $218.95
Maple-Nut 1 oz $64.95, 6 oz $218.95
Dorado Dreams 1 oz $64.95, 6 oz $218.95
Tequila Sunrise 1 oz $64.95, 6 oz $218.95
Honey Blush 1/2 oz $73.95, 2 oz $224.05
Burnt Lime 1/2 oz $73.95, 2 oz $224.05
Plum Blue none available
Shady Green 1/2 oz $73.95, 2 oz $224.05

Smart Shoppers Inc is next but they sell only 7 colors (no Honey Blush) in 2 ounce jars.
Purple PassionMaple-NutDorado Dreams and Tequila Sunrise are $187.00, $3.33/gram.
Burnt LimePlum Blue, and Shady Green are $77.00, $1.38/gram.

Automotive Suppliers - All other brands

The Alsa Corporation
The Alsa Corporation is another manufacturer of paints, flakes and pigments and offer some products from their site that can't be found anywhere else. Although this means there is no price comparison on a few items, the prices really aren't terrible.

One of the things Alsa sells is Flop Crystals, available in 4 colors: Jupiter, Mars, Neptune and Saturn. They range in particle size from 1 micron to 300 microns. 2 oz jars are $155.00, $2.77/gram.

Another of their products, SpectraFX, is sold in 6 colors, Copper/Patina, Blue/Emerald, San Juan, Havana, Rio and Cabos, each available in small and large particle size.
16 gram jars (slightly over 1/2 ounce) are $115, $7.18/gram.       
32 grams jars (slightly over 1 ounce) are $180, $5.63/gram.

Kustom Rides
Kustom Rides sells SpectraFX as well but in varying quantities. Copper/Patina, Blue/Emerald, San Juan, Havana, Rio and Cabos. No particle size is mentioned.
16 grams, $110.00 = $6.88/gram        
32 grams, $170.00 = $5.31/gram        

TCP Global
TCP Global has their own line of color shifting powders. The set is simply called "Color Shifting Pearls" and features 5 colors: Red to GoldPurple to Green, Blue to Red, Green to Orange and Gold to Blue. They are sold in 1/2 oz., 1 oz., and 2 oz. packages and also in sets of the same sizes. No particle size listed. These have gone up about $10 or more since my last update. 
1/2 oz. is $24.95, $1.78/gram
1 oz. is $49.96, $1.78/gram
2 oz. is $79.96, $1.43/gram
5 color sets in 1 oz. is $124.75
5 color sets in 2 oz. is $199.75

The Coating Store
The Coating Store is the only store online to sell the KonFusion brand of kameleon/chameleon pigments listed below. KF-01 to KF-05 are 5-50 micron while KF-06 to KF-10 are 50-150 micron pigments. 25 gram bottles, $45.00 = $1.80/gram
KF-01 Nature’s Fury Red-Gold-Copper-Green
KF-02 Storm Surge Purple-Green-Blue-Gold
KF-03 Ocean’s Rip Gold-Green-Blue-Violet
KF-04 Tropical Storm Green-Gold-Red-Teal
KF-05 Toxic Tide Green-Purple-Silver-Gold
KF-06 Mountain Fall Blue-Green-Gold-Copper
KF-07 Hole Shot Gold-Copper-Orange-Red
KF-08 Tokyo Drift Blue-Red-Purple-Green
KF-09 Psychotic Illusions Green-Teal-Blue-Purple
KF-10 Nuclear Gold Gold-Green-Blue-Violet

Paint with Pearl 
Paint with Pearl sells Chameleon Paint in 25 gram quantities for $27.99 = $1.11/gram
Indigo Blue/Gold/Orange/Red, Bluegill match
Gold/Orange/Red, Sahara match
Orange/Violet/Purple, Sockeye match
Red/Blue/Green, Neochrome match
Blue Green
Indigo Blue/Yellow/Gold
Green/Orange Copper, Reptile match
Gold/Red/Blue/Purple, Anthias match
Blue/Green/Purple, GC-27 Alien Pearl match
Gold/Orange/Green/Blue, GT-22 Alien Pearl match
Red/Blue/Purple, RL-71 Alien Pearl match

Innate Technologies
Innate sells Old School Flake brand called "Magic Flakes" in 5 colors. The particle size is large, .008", twice the size of standard cosmetic glitter. They describe them as:
Autumns Rush- A Blast of Bright Fall Colors Fades Gold to Red to Green
Purple Haze- Purple That Fades To A Dazzling Transparent Sparkle!
Rio Carnival- A Rainbow Of Ever Changing Colors That Will Amaze All!
Lime Lights- Lime Green That Fades to Bright Blue
Sea Scapes- Blue Green That Fades to Deep Purple
Each is sold in a 4 ounce jar for $17.95, just $.16/gram.

Innate also sells Xotic Colours brand Illusion Pearls, 12 grams each for $99.95 = $8.33/gram or a 3 gram-each-Sample set for $99.00 = $/gram
Ocean Teal- Green/Blue
Golden Jade- Gold/Green
Sunset Maple- Red/Green
Purple Sapphire- Purple/Blue...

Also from Innate, Xotic Colours Mirage Flakes. 1 ounce, $88.95 = $3.18/gram
Gold to Silver
Red to Gold
Blue to Red
Green to Purple

Pearl Magic Custom Paints
The next store I have for you is Pearl Magic Custom Paints, the only one on this list that is located in Australia. They sell 2 chameleon colors, Green-Gold and Yellow-Green, particle size unknown.
25 gram package is $16.50, $.66/gram.
100 gram package is $39.95, $.40/gram.

Solar Color Dust
Newly discovered as a source of "chameleon pigments" is Solar Color Dust. They have a range of color shifting pigments, all priced the same at 10 grams for $15.00 = $1.50/gram

6 pigments shift to 4 different colors and are listed as "The Four Color Series"

The "Two Color Series" have 14 pigments and all of these are in stock.
Orange Yellow/Violet Blue
Blue Green/Orange Yellow
Gold/Blue Violet
Red/Blue Green
Blue Violet/Olive
Red/Blue Violet
Violet/Blue Green
Olive/Red (Pearl)

The newest series is the "Ghost Chameleons" of which there are 4.

You can view my swatches of the Four and Two series chameleons here and here.

Didspade Metal Flake Co
Another source is Didspade Metal Flake Co. This brand of pigments can be found on eBay in North America but none of the sellers have a lot of feedback and each has negative so their rating is low. You can buy from Didspade themselves and at the same price so those are the links I'm using here. They sell 5 gram sample sizes for $5.80.

The C series sell for $28.99 for 25g = $1.16/gram
C1 Yellow/Blue/Purp/Green
C10 Orange/Red/Gold/Green
C11 Lavender/Blue/Purple/Orange
C12 Red/Bluish-Green
C13 Yellow/Green/Purp/Blue
C14 Red/Green/Purp
C2 Greenish-Yellow/Blue/Purp
C3 Purp/Orange/Yellow/Blue
C4 Copper/Yellow/Gold/Green/Blue
C5 Red/Green/Blue/Purp
C6 Purp/Blue/Green
C7 Green/Gold/Purp/Blue
C8 Red/Orange/Green/Purp
C9 Red/Orange/Green/Pink 

The CX series sell for $28.99 for 25g = $1.16/gram
CX30 Blue/Green
CX31 Gold/Green/Blue
CX32 Purp/Violet/Reddish-Gold
CX33 Reddish-Purp/Yellow-Gold
CX34 Royal/Purp
CX35 Aqua/Green/Gold
CX36 Purp/Navy/Green
CX37 Red/Purp/Blue
CX38 Rose/Golden Orange
CX39 Orange/Gold/Rose
CX40 Gold/Green

The Epic Chameleons sell for $28.99 for 25g = $1.16/gram

Spectraflair4u is a store located on Store Envy that sells ChromaFlair pigments and SpectraFlair pre-dispersed and concentrated in suspension base. Price varies by quantity.

Chromaflair - 1 gram pre-dispersed $14.50, 2 grams pre-dispersed $29.00 = $14.50/gram, 10 grams pre-dispersed $135.00 = $13.50/gram.

Ultra Chameleon Chromes 1 gram pre-dispersed $17.00, 2 grams pre-dispersed $34.00 = $17.00/gram, 10 grams pre-dispersed $160.00 = $16.00/gram
Wine Red/Copper/Gold

Chameleon Pigments $5.00-$14.25 for 5 grams  $1.00/gram-$2.85/gram
Dk. Indigo/Purple/Red/Orange
Sparkle Red/Purple/Blue

Chameleon Glitters $20.00 each  for 3 colors = $4.00/gram, $30.00 for KonFusion brand Blue/Green. 5 grams = $6.00/gram
Konfusion Blue/Green 

DipYourCar sells a variety of chameleons, divided into sections. Some of these are the pigments PaintWithPearl sells matches of.

Chameleon Pearls, 10 colors, 25 grams, $29.00 = $1.16/gram

Color-Flip Pearls 5 colors, 25 grams, $29.00 = $1.16/gram
Aqua Violet
Iris Violet
Olive Blueberry

Alien Pearls 4 colors, $33.80 25 grams = $1.35/gram

Midnight Flip Pearls 5 colors, 25 grams, $29.00 = $1.16/gram

Color Shifting Flakes, $9.50, 25 grams, 2 colors = $0.38/gram
Caribbean Blue/Green

DipOhio seems to sell several of the same colors as DipYourCar above. These are sold under...

Chameleon Pearls $5.80 for 5 grams = $1.16/gram, $29.00 for 25 grams = $1.16/gram
Caribbean Blue/Green

Color Shifting Flakes $1.80 for 5 grams = $0.36/gram, $9.50 for 25 grams = $0.38/gram
Caribbean Blue/Green

Custom Painting Pearls
Custom Painting Pearls has a pretty good array of chameleon/kameleon pigments.  Prices range from $9.99-$13.99  = $0.40/gram-$0.56/gram for the more simple color shifters up to $25.99-$28.99 = $1.04/gram-$1.16/gram for the more complex ones. All are sold in 25 gram bags.
Anaconda Chameleon Pearl
Blue-Purple-Red Chameleon
Carribean Blue/Green Pearl
Copperhead Fire Chameleon Pearl
Diamondback Chameleon Pearl
Green-Gold Pearl
Green-Gold-Blue Chameleon
Midnight Red-Midnight Blue Pearl
Orangeish/Bronze-Green Pearl
Pink-Gold Pearl
Purple Viper Haze Chameleon Pearl
Python Chameleon Pearl
Rattlesnake Chameleon Pearl
Red-Green Chameleon Pearl
Violet-Green Pearl
Yellow-Green Pearl

The seller (by username) on Ebay, oldsparkle55, sells a few chameleon pigments, not named anything I can match up with another company. (this is the ebay store of Custom Painting Pearls). Price and quantity varies but its worth checking out.

The store KolorEfx on eBay has a few more selections for you. Listed as Chameleons, prices are in my opinion a little high but... 5 grams, $7.25 = $1.45/gram , 25 grams $36.00  = $1.44/gram, 75 grams $100.00 = $1.33/gram .
Lunar Storm (Blue-green/blue/violet/red)
Morpheus (blue/violet/red/orange)
Aurora (Violet-blue/violet/red/orange-yellow)
Solar Flare (mauve/red/orange/yellow)
Sunkiss (red/orange/yellow/yellow-green)
Indigo Star (Blue/Violet)
Gaia (Green/Blue)

Cosmetic & Other Duochrome Pigment Suppliers
This section includes all cosmetic pigments/shadows and where you can buy them but people's ideas of "duochrome" vary so much that unless I own them or someone else does and reviews them, I can't say for certain that they do indeed have color shifting properties. Like all shopping online, you make the decision to buy based on a picture and a description but the accuracy of these greatly varies as well. I think if a company wants to sell me on it, they better show me the color shift in transition. That being said, here's what I've gathered so far.

TKB Trading
As far as I'm concerned TKB Trading was already tops in the duochrome category because of the Travel to pigments, or the Planetary Sampler as the set is called but with the addition of the Star Bites and Moon Dusts, I don't know who else can compete with the selection.

In the Star Bite Collection are three colors, Shanika Sun, Marinda Star and Cherika Moon- larger particle size, about 100-260 microns. They can be purchased as samples and 1 oz sizes, individually or in sets. Their description reads:
Shanika Sun shifts from gold to green to blue
Marinda Star shifts from red to orange to yellow
Cherika Moon shifts blue to purple to red orange.

2.5 gram samples of all 3 are $6.00, $2.95 individually  = $1.18/gram.
1 oz bags are $15.00 each ($.54/gram) or $35.00 as a set- $.41/gram.

If you want a better idea of the duochrome, Kitties26 of More Nail Polish showed us the Star Bites fantastic color shifting with her Duochrome Top Coats #2#3 and #4.

The Moon Dust Collection has five colors: Aisha Gold, Crescent Crimson, Indu Rose, Lavender Luz, and Luna Blue. The particle size is finer and thus less sparkly than the Star Bites. They can be purchased as samples and 1 oz sizes, individually or in sets.
Their description reads:
Aisha Gold shifts from gold to green to blue
Crescent Crimson shifts from red to orange to yellow
Indu Rose shifts indigo to purple to red
Lavender Luz shifts from blue to purple to orange
Luna Blue shifts from cyan to blue to red

Samples, 2.5g, are $2.95 individually, a set of five for $12.00.
1 oz bags are $15.00 each ($.53/gram) or $59.00 as a set- $.42/gram.

Kitties26 showed us these as well in her entries Custom polishes - Moondust TKB pigments Part 1 and Custom polishes - Moondust TKB pigments Part 2. The lady always posts great swatches and as we all know, others' swatches can be the deciding factor to buy or not.

Finally and more familiar to most of us is the Planetary Sampler which contains the seven Travel to pigments Mercury, Mars, Earth, Venus, Neptune, Jupiter and Pluto. Like the sets above, they can be purchased as samples and 1 oz sizes, individually or in sets. Their description reads:
Travel to Mercury: Shifts from red-gold to bronze
Travel to Mars: Shifts from red to copper to gold
Travel to Earth: Shifts from light green to rose
Travel to Venus: Shifts from lilac to red to silver to green-blue
Travel to Neptune: Shifts from turquoise to blue to violet
Travel to Jupiter: Shifts from gold-green to silver-green to blue
Travel to Pluto: Shifts from silver-green to silver-red to green-gold

These pigments are less expensive than the others. Purchased in a set, 1 ounce is $12.00 versus $14.00 ($.50/gram) if purchased separately. The set is $85.00, bringing the price down to $.43 per gram. Samples are $1.50 each or $9.00 as a set.

If you haven't already seen these as swatches, you can view mine here dry and in polish here.

The Conservatorie
The Travel to(s) were a nice segue away from TKB Trading because The Conservatorie also sells these pigments (with original manufacturer names). They are not sold in sets but are priced $33.95 for 100 grams, $0.34/gram or $1.45 for a sample.
Indian Summer (Mercury)  At this time only the sample is available.
Volcanic Fire (Mars) Out of Stock
Kiwi Rose (Earth)
Magic Mauve (Venus)
Caribbean Blue (Neptune) At this time only the sample is available.
Nordic Sunset (Pluto)
Golden Sky (Jupiter)

Pure Luxe Cosmetics
Pure Luxe Cosmetics also sells the Travel to pigments but under different names, in smaller quantities and under the name of the Kaleidoscope Collection (but not sold as a set). I am making the correlation here between the Travel to's and these based on Pure Luxe pictures/descriptions and the Travel to(s) I own. 1/8 teaspoon = 1 scoop. 1 scoop is $2.00, 2 scoops $3.00, 3 scoops $4.00, 5 gram volume jar $8.00, 10 gram vol. jar $14.00
Visions (Mercury)
Faceted (Mars)
Luster (Earth)
Prismatic (Venus)
Mirage (Neptune)
Illusion (Pluto)
Oasis (Jupiter)

Does Fyrinnae qualify for a indie company? At any rate, though I have never purchased anything from the company, it is my understanding that Fyrinnae has a rather expansive line of color shifting eyeshadows under the collection name of Arcane MagicThe website shows 18 colors currently, with pictures and descriptions. $6.80 each for a full size jar containing 3 grams.

Glitter Unique 
Glitter Unique also sells a selection of duochrome pigments. At the moment there are 7 colors, green to blue, violet to gold, violet to blue, red to violet to blue, purple-blue-red, red-green flip, and green to blue to purple.
green to blue, samples are $8.50, 1/2 oz- $18.00 = $1.29/gram, 1 oz- $28.00 = $1.00/gram
violet to gold, samples are $8.50, 1/2 oz- $18.00 = $1.29/gram
violet to blue, samples are $8.50, 1/2 oz- $18.00 = $1.29/gram
red to violet to blue, samples are $7.50, 1/2 oz- $17.00 = $1.21/gram, 1 oz- $27.00 = $0.96/gram.
red-green flip, 1 oz- $17.00 = $0.61/gram
green to blue to purple, samples are $7.00, 1/2 oz- $15.00 = $1.07/gram, 1 oz- $25.00 = $0.89/gram. Only samples available.
purple-blue-red, samples are $5.00, 1/2 oz- $12.00 = $0.86/gram, 1 oz- $20.00 = $0.71/gram.

Mon Ennui Cosmetics
Mon Ennui Cosmetics sells 12 different colors between $10.00 and $15.00, no package size listed.
They do accept Paypal

Misfits on 8th
Misfits on 8th sells a small selection of duochrome pigments- only one right now.
Blue/Green/Purple, 1/2 oz, $13.50 = $0.96/gram

Riley's Rods
Riley's Rods actually sells pigment for, you guessed it, fishing lures but they also happen to sell "Color Change Paints" in six colors, Green to GoldGreen to Light GreenGreen to Purple, Blue to Green, Brown to Green and Blue to Purple. Sold in 1/4 jars, 5 grams of powder for $9.00 = $1.80/gram.

Frank and Shine Designs
Frank and Shine Designs small selection of "colour change" pigments, 4 at the moment.

Vanti 805, on etsy
Vanti 805, a seller on etsy, sells a variety of franken polish products, most important to this are the multichromes. The colors are: 
$4.75 for 5 grams or $13.00 for 1/2 ounce. Also available: $22.00 per ounce.

The Nail Shop
The Nail Shop is an Australian supplier of "Wholesale nail products for nail technicians, educators, salons and students.". I don't have an account, I've never ordered from here but I'm going to include it for you aussie readers. 
5 gram pots of Chameleon pigments, 5 colors, sold individually or as a set.

MandaMakes, UK seller on etsy
MandaMakes has a selection of 4 duochrome colors, sold as 1 gram, 5 gram or 20 grams.
1. red-violet-blue
2. lilac-blue-green
3. green-golden-red
4. golden-bronze-purple

This entry will be updated periodically as new sources are found. -MK


  1. I wanted to let you know that TKB Trading has a new website addy. It is:

    Thank you for this research and blog post. It is really awesome. One question I do have, are the products from the paint/automotive companies okay to use in nail polish? Thank you!

    1. I knew about the website, just hadn't gotten around to changing the link, the blog languishes.
      To answer your question, a lot of people are using them or have used automotive pigments and I haven't heard about any negative effects, nor have I experienced any personally. Places like Solar Color Dust, just as an example, state that their Chameleons are used in automotive paint as well as other things and of course they know I used theirs in nail polish (as does Didspade), neither company cautioned me or anything like that. Further food for thought? SpectraFlair is also an automotive pigment and JDSU eventually figured out we were using it in polish. As far as I know, they changed regulation on how it was sold, not the formula. Mind you, I'm not a chemist, manufacturer or expert in the industry and I don't want to inadvertantly mislead you so draw your own conclusions.


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