Anything "Duochrome" or "Chameleon" can also be found using the tag "Color Shifting"

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Glitter Suppliers, Pigment Suppliers, Franken Polish Supply Stores and Suspension Base Suppliers are completely updated as of 6/26/16. Matte Glitter Suppliers is updated 6/27/16, SpectraFlair or Something Like It updated 6/29/16

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Updated 6/25/16.

Confused by particle sizes and want to know exactly what size you're buying? Read Glitter Size Explanation for a conversion chart & a visual example.Want to know what bleeds out of those I own? Read my entry, Bleeding Glitter List.

For use in nail polish, it’s not necessary that the materials be cosmetic grade, pigments and glitters intended for crafts and the automotive industry can also be used- except in the automotive industry, glitter is called "metal flakes". Here you'll find all those suppliers, currently in alphabetical order. I have included available shipping information and whether the company accepts PayPal for payment. All stores unless otherwise noted are located in the U.S.A. & will ship international.

Since they are for the automotive industry, the majority of these companies sell colors in larger quantities like 2 or 4 ounces which is a lot simply for nail polish. They don't sell samples, with the exception of Alsa with their sample deck. The cost of the pigments/flakes is also higher for some of these companies but not all, there are some more reasonably priced options too.

Despite the name, I believe metal flakes are generally automotive grade polyester, although some have an aluminum core (as do some other glitters). Because they are made to be solvent resistant, they tend to be more colorfast but because they are cut from polyester film like those other glitters, they have an exposed edge which leaves them subject to bleeding too.

* I make no disclaimer about the safety or effectiveness of these in polish because I'm not a chemist but thus far, my fingernails are still attached. I would handle these with the same precautions you would other pigments, use common sense. For someone that has more experience than I, please refer to our fellow blogger, Kitties26 and her blog, More Nail Polish. She has used automotive pigments successfully in holographic and duochrome frankens.

You probably don't need 1 ounce of any pigment unless you plan on either selling nail polish or also using it to make other cosmetics. This has been a hobby of mine for nearly 8 years and, as a conservative estimate, I've made 2000 bottles but I have yet to use an entire ounce of any pigment. When I started, I felt the need to buy the ounce because I wanted plenty to "play around with" but I suspect that 10 or 15 grams would have been sufficient for most colors.

The Automotive Suppliers

There are several U.S. eBay sellers I found that looked promising. You can do a general search for "metal flake" in the automotive tools category, browse the category or just go to the Body Shop Supplies category to check them out. I don't buy from sellers with less than 99% feedback rating & I would advise you do the same.

eBay Store: NOS OMC Mercury J/E Marine & More, username 73ssnova01ks
Payment: PayPal
Store Location: Georgia
Shipping Method: USPS
What's available: metal flakes
Other Info: This is the only seller that sells samples.

eBay Store: CustomPaintingPearls, username oldsparkle55
Website: Custom Painting Pearls
Payment: PayPal
Store Location: Georgia
Shipping Method: USPS
What's available: Pearl pigments, chameleons, metal flakes
Other Info: n/a

eBay Store: Kustom Paint Supply, username KustomPaintSupply
Payment: PayPal
Store Location: California
Shipping Method: USPS
What's available: Roth Metal Flakes. Flakes range in size from .004" to .025" in 4 oz jars (2 ounces of flake)
Other Info: n/a

eBay StoreSan Jose Speed & Chrome, username GambinoKustoms
Payment: PayPal
Store Location: California
Shipping Method: standard shipping, probably USPS. No international shipping
What's available: Roth Metal Flakes, prices comparable to the seller above but less size selection. Listed under Paints and Supplies. Again, 2 ounces of pigment in a 4 oz. jar.
Other Info:

Payment: PayPal
Store Location: California
Shipping Method: UPS Ground
What's available: Crystal Pearls, Flop Crystals (color shfting), Retro Glow, Super Glow, SpectraFX (color shifting), Classic Pearls, Astral Flakes (color shifting), Holo & Regular Flakes, Sample Deck of holos & reg. flakes
Other Info: n/a

Payment: known
Store Location: California
Shipping Method: UPS or FedEx Ground
What's available: House of Kolor Flakes, Kameleons (color shifting) Dry Pearls & Ice Pearls, SEM Color Horizons Flakes, Old School Flakes. 
Other Info: n/a

Payment: Paypal
Store Location: Mississippi
Shipping Method: unknown
What's available: FireFlake Kandy Metal Flake, KemFx's Flip Flake (holo), Pearls.

Cosmic Pearls
Payment: PayPal
Store Location
Shipping Method
What's available: Candy Pearls, Neon Pearls, Ghost Pearls and Pearls. Chameleon (duochrome) pigments and Metal Flakes, 
Other Info

Didspade Metal Flake Co.
Payment: PayPal
Store Location: Arizona
Shipping Method
What's available: Candy Pearls, Neon Pearls, Ghost Pearls and Pearls. Chameleon (duochrome) pigments and Metal Flakes, 
Other Info

DipYourCar
Payment: PayPal
Store Location:
Shipping Method
What's available: Candy Pearls, Neon Pearls, Ghost Pearls and Pearls. Chameleon (duochrome) pigments and Metal Flakes
Other Info

Payment: Paypal
Store Location: Wisconsin
Shipping Method: USPS or UPS
What's available: Metal Flake
Other Info: n/a

Payment: Paypal & others
Store Location: Nebraska
Shipping Method: USPS or UPS
What's available: Old School Flake & Xotic Colours, Dry Pearls

Payment: Paypal & others
Store Location: California
Shipping Method: UPS or USPS for non-paint items
What's available: Alsa products

Paint with Pearl Free shipping on orders over $50.00 within the continental
Payment: Credit card
Store Location: Colorado
Shipping Method: U.S.A. Shipping Service unclear but probably USPS
What's available: Holo & Regular flakes, Chameleons & Pearls
Other Info: I cannot estimate the price per gram because they measure in fluid ounces. 

Pivco LLC
Payment: Paypal & others
Store Location: Indiana
Shipping Method: UPS or FedEx
What's available: Alsa Flakes, Sample Deck.
Other Info: Also has eBay store here.

Payment: Paypal
Store Location: Pennsylvania
Shipping Method: UPS Ground ($15.00 international shipping charge)
What's available: Prizm Jewels Rainbow and Prizm Jewels Silver.
Other Info: n/a

Payment: Credit card
Store Location: Kentucky
Shipping Method: UPS (Minimum UPS order $50.00)
What's available: House of Kolor Flakes, Pearls. Price varies.
Other Info: n/a

Solar Color Dust (not strictly automotive)
Payment: PayPal
Store Location: Florida
Shipping Method
What's available: Solar Color Dust - (Sunlight Sensitive), Thermal Dust - (Color To Colorless), Ultra Thermal Dust - (Color To Color), Glow Dust, Chameleon Pigments & Flakes, 3d Magnetic Pigments, Linear Rainbow Pigment/Paste, Fluorescent Pigments
Other Info:

Payment: PayPal
Store Location: California
Shipping Method: UPS Ground
What's available: Full line of House of Kolor products, PPG, SEM Color Horizons, Kustom Shop Metal Flakes & Pearls

Stores Outside the USA

Outrageous Finishes Free UK delivery on orders above £25
Payment: Credit card
Store Location: UK
Shipping Method: Courier service
What's available: Holographic Flakes, Metallic Flakes
Other Info: n/a

Payment: Paypal & others
Store Location: UK
Shipping Method: unknown
What's available: Metal flakes, Prism Metal flakes, Holographic flakes

6 comments:

  1. This is AMAZING!! Thanks so much for the effort you put into these lists :)

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  2. You're very welcome and thank you.

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  3. Not really sure if this is news to you, I just found your blog, but TCB Global sells their flakes on eBay. Buy it now with free s/h makes small quantities less expensive than ordering through their website. 1/2 oz ocean aqua $5.95, for example.

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  4. http://stores.ebay.co.uk/innovotek?_trksid=p2047675.l2563 these guys are really cheap and offer shipping worldwide, great quality too!

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  5. Honestly, this has to be one of (IF NOT THE BEST) the most detailed listings. I love it. I have shared it, bookmarked it, and thank you. (now :) )

    P.S I started using www.wickedpearls.com 's pearls and they have worked good. Have you used them? They donate 10% of the purchase towards charity is what it states on their website. Night be a good company to add.

    Keep up the great work M.K. <3

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    1. No, I've never come across them in my searches. I'll get around to adding them eventually but there isn't much selection. The cause is good, though. Thanks for letting me know.

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