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Dead links removed from: Automotive Suppliers, Glitter Suppliers, Pigment Suppliers 4/18/16. Fingernail Polish Retailers, Suspension Base Suppliers. 4/19/16
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Suspension Base Suppliers +

Updated (dead links removed) 4/19/16

The suspension base needed for frankening has always been an issue worthy of researching and I did plenty before TKB Trading began selling their franken polish bases; once they did though there was no further need to find alternatives to Stearalkonium Hectorite. When TKB's supply of pints starting running low and/or on reserve, I went back to the ol' drawing board and decided to share whatever I "found out" a couple years ago. There's no big trade secrets there or anything, just me trying to connect the dots, no pun intended. I'll add to it as I go along and if you've got some information I don't, feel free to contribute. Desperate times call for desperate measures, right? In no particular order. -MK

A few companies and individuals are beginning to offer suspension base for sale and I thought I would include those places here. Current options range from as much as 30 gallons down to 4 ounces.

UK and other international customers can find suspension base at micamoma.com. You can find other frankening supplies here too.

#1 of course is TKB Trading. Available options below. All ship via FedEx. Only U.S. and Canadian customers.
Luster Base and Glamour Base, violet tinted, are sold in either 4, 16, 32 fluid ounces or 1 gallon.
4 ounces $4.95 = $ per oz, $ per bottle
16 ounces $17.95 = $ per oz, $ per bottle
32 ounces $33.95 = $ per oz, $ per bottle
1 gallon $99.00
They also sell "jellies", colored bases for frankening. These are priced the same based on size.
1/2 fluid ounces $2.50
4 fluid ounces $16.50
Basic BlueBasic YellowBasic RedBasic OrangeBasic CherryBasic RubyGloss BrownGloss BlackGloss White
Red, Blue and Yellow, 7ml trio, $3.50
Gloss Brown, Black and White 7ml trio, $3.50

...And a few other bases for special effects.
Magic Holographic
1/2 fluid ounces $3.25
4 fluid ounces $24.00
Magic Mirror & Magic Diamond
1/2 fluid ounces $2.50
4 fluid ounces $16.50
7ml trio, $4.75

#2 is The Conservatorie who is selling nail polish suspension base in 8 ounce bottles.
1 pc - 8 fl oz - $7.50
2 pcs - 16 fl oz - $13.50
4 pcs - 32 fl oz - $23.80
16 pcs - 1 gal - $69.95

All sales are final. Please try it out first by ordering an 8oz. bottle before ordering in large quantities. This product cannot ship to Hawaii, Alaska or internationally.

#3 is Diamond Cosmetics. While there are no links on their website, A. Fae provided us with the following details:
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 angela@diamondcosmetics.com.

#5 is Nailite Inc. who has recently added suspension base to their line of Franken Polish Supplies. The base is sold as 16 oz, 32 oz and a gallons. Prices are as follows: 16 oz, $18.95; 32 oz, $33.95; the gallon is $98.99. You are encouraged to request a MSDS sheet when ordering.

They also have 1 oz. "Color additive drops", red, yellow and blue, sold individually for $5.23 or the set of three for $12.34.

#6 is Wonder Beauty Products on Etsy. They also sell primary color bases in different sizes in the Frankening Supplies category. The base is in

#7 Brambleberry is a company that sells pigments and colorants along with other soap making related supplies but they have recently added suspension base to their inventory. The "magic ingredient" is Stearalkonium Bentonite. *This was a reader contribution.
4 ounces, $6.50
32 ounces, $34.00
1 Gallon, $99.00.

#8 is Allison of Nail Pattern Boldness who said, "Sometimes if you want something done you have to do it yourself." She is not officially selling suspension base yet but intends to make her own and sell it in smaller quantities. When she is ready to do so, I'll give you all necessary details. 

#9, . Suspension base is supposed to work for glitters and mica but listed sizes are in grams/lbs which do not measure liquids but I provided the info anyway. Any source can be a good source when in need.
100 grams / 3.5 oz, $7.85
227 grams / 8 oz, $13.80
454 grams / 1 lb, $22.75
908 grams / 2 lb, $37.35

#10, Sheba Nails sells a variety of bases, to U.S. and Canadian customers it appears. They sell a host of other bases too, located here.
Suspension base for glitter and mica.
4 ounces (+$6.99)
8 ounces (+$11.99)
16 ounces (+$19.99)
32 ounces (+$37.99)
Gallon (4 x 32oz) (+$99.99)

#11, Girly Bits. Sells other frankening supplies and colored bases. Store located in Canada
Bulk sizes, prices below.
4 oz. ~ $15.00
8oz. ~ $20.00
16oz. ~ $35.00
32 oz ~ $60.00

#12, Amerikan Body Art. Available to U.S. customers only.
Nail polish suspension base
2 oz, $6.99
5 oz, $12.99
12 oz, $25.99

#13, BeautyWorld, an Australian supplier. Prices vary by size.
JOSS Untinted Lacquer Base

General Info
You can also find some research/experiements on the blog From Head to Foot on this entry and others.

While Decorative Industries in the UK does sell suspension bases, they do not sell to individuals and do not sell small quantities.

Products in this category:
Catalog number

Magnesium Stearate may be used as a suspending agent in powder cosmetics but it will not work in nail polish.
While Stearalkonium Hectorite might be used or listed more frequently as a suspension agent for nail polish, Stearalkonium Bentonite is the ingredient used in TKB Trading's suspension bases. Click for more info.
Suspension Agent
The specific formulas are guarded as trade secrets, but they all are combinations of:
• Pigment, for color and covering power. There are many different colors and color combinations.
• Film-former, to make the polish hard and shiny when it  dries. The most common film-former is nitrocellulose. Old-fashioned black-and-white movie film is made of nitrocellulose.
• Resin, to make the polish tough and resilient. Tosylamide/ formaldehyde is the resin of choice for salon nail polish.
• Solvent, to make the polish easy to apply. Most salon brands use a combination of butyl acetate, ethyl acetate, and toluene. Solvents are also used in nail polish removers.
• Clay, to suspend and keep the ingredients mixed and make the polish easier to apply.
• Plasticizer, to prevent chips and cracks. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) has been used for many decades as a nail polish plasticizer. It is also used in soft toys, and baby bottles, and tubes for dispensing food and medicine.
• UV stabilizer, to prevent sun and light from fading or changing the color.
What can I do if sedimentation occurs in my nail varnish formulation?
Sedimentation of pigments could appear. Use a nail base containing thixotropes such as stearalkonium bentonite or fumed silica for proper suspension of pigments.


Durlin France S.A. develops, manufactures, and markets nail varnishes for cosmetic markets in France and internationally. The company offers various nail care products, such as base coats, top coats, hardeners, ridge fillers, water emollients, peelable nail masks, mild nail polish removers, cuticle scrubs, and nourishing oils; and intermediates, including coloring solutions, clear bases, suspension bases, and slurries. It also provides nitrocellulose for cosmetic applications; and colored and pearl dispersions, nail polishes, water based products, and products for treating nails. The company was incorporated in 2003 and is based in Bergerac, France. As of May 4, 2010, Durlin France S.A. oper...

Boulevard Charles Garaud
BP 814
Bergerac,  24100
Founded in 2003
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Fumed silica
Fumed silica is produced in a combustion process where silicon tetrachloride vapors are burned in a hydrogen oxygen flame of 1800°C. The resulting SiO2 molecules collide with each other and condense to form spherical particles by agglomeration. Final products are offered as surface treated or untreated grades with varying surface areas as well as different chemical and physical surface treatments to meet specific customer needs (eg hydropho-bicity). Typical functions of fumed silica include: thixotropy, suspension stability, anti-caking in dry powder formulations, temperature stability of viscosity, moisture resistance, carrier function (eg for perfumes) and emulsification (act as secondary binder). Applications include toothpaste, dental powders, sunscreens, antiperspirants (aerosol and solid), fragrance (absorbing agent), nail polish (prevention of pigment settling), powders (maintaining free flow characteristics), lipstick (resistance of softening with increased temperature), make-up and creams.


Clear and translucent nail polish compositions comprise stabilized colorant systems contained therein whereby pigments, dyes, glitter, mica and pearls are uniformly dispersed throughout the nail polish. The nail polish is clear and not opaque nor do the colorants settle during storage over time. The system is made possible using a silica-based suspension agent consisting of fumed silica in a traditional nail polish base further comprising one or more solvents, film-forming agents, resins, plasticizers and the like. Preferably, micas, glitter, pearls and/or ornamental sparkles are uniformly dispersed throughout the clear to translucent polish and are visible therein.
Stearalkonium Hectorite
Stearalkonium Hectorite
Thickening agents (e.g. stearalkonium hectorite) are added to maintain the sparkling particles in suspension while in the bottle.


Nail Polishes
To impart good emulsion, suspension control, improved film-build, eliminate syneresis, reduce separation and settlement, create novel viscosity effects and to design the right performance. The best flow control agents is:

BENTONE® 27 V   
A non-animal organoclay powder is an organically modified hectorite designed to impart rheological control and suspension for high polar systems.
Ingredients INCI name: Stearalkonium Hectorite


Find this cosmetic ingredient (STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE) on SpecialChem4Cosmetics in:
20 Technical DataSheet(s)
Timiron® Platina Nail 25 Nailsyn® Dispersions are pastes of highly-lustrous, well-dispersed…
Timiron® Crystal Nail 25 Nailsyn® Dispersions are pastes of highly-lustrous, well-dispersed…
Nailsyn® Platina 60 Nailsyn® Dispersions are pastes of highly-lustrous, well-dispersed…Decorative cosmetics/Make-up >> Nail polishes shine/radiance glossy/ultra-glossy.
Nailsyn® Crystal 60 Nailsyn® Dispersions are pastes of highly-lustrous, well-dispersed…Decorative cosmetics/Make-up >> Nail polishes shine/radiance glossy/ultra-glossy.
Nailsyn® II R Decorative cosmetics/Make-up >> Nail polishes Pearlescent materials used as colorants in decorative cosmetics
Nailsyn® II Platinum 25 Decorative cosmetics/Make-up >> Nail polishes Pearlescent materials used as colorants in decorative cosmetics
Nailsyn® II C 2X Decorative cosmetics/Make-up >> Nail polishes Pearlescent material that creates an attractive pearly appearance
Nailsyn® Sterling Silver 60 Decorative cosmetics/Make-up >> Nail polishes shine/radiance glossy/ultra-glossy. Nailsyn® Dispersions are pastes of highly-lustrous, well-dispersed...


What is it?
Stearalkonium Hectorite is a creamy white, fine powder. In cosmetics and personal care products, Stearalkonium Hectorite is used in a wide variety of products including lipstick, eye makeup, and nail polish and other manicuring products.
Safety Information
The safety of Stearalkonium Hectorite has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data and concluded that Stearalkonium Hectorite was safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products under the present practices of use.
Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products?
Stearalkonium Hectorite functions as a suspending agent.


Stearalkonium Hectorite is a reaction product of hectorite and Stearalkonium Chloride used in a wide variety of cosmetic formulations as a suspending agent-nonsurfactant. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) previously evaluated the safety of Stearalkonium Chloride and an ingredient containing hectorite (Quaternium-18 Hectorite), and found both safe as currently used in cosmetic formulations. Hectorite clay is one of the minerals that make up bentonite clay. Stearalkonium Hectorite is formed by the cation exchange reaction of hectorite clay and Stearalkonium Chloride. The amount of free amines and amine hydrocarbons residual from this reaction is 0.45%; 0.5% sodium chloride is also present as an impurity. Stearalkonium Hectorite is used at concentrations up to 5% in cosmetics. In short-term dermal toxicity studies in rabbits at concentrations of 12.5% to 50%, no toxicity was observed. Stearalkonium Hectorite (50%) did not cause primary skin irritation in rabbits. Ocular toxicity test results in animals indicated only no or mild reactions. Stearalkonium Hectorite was not mutagenic in the Ames test or in a mouse lymphoma cell forward mutation assay. No data were available on the reproductive or developmental toxicity of this ingredient or of Stearalkonium Chloride; no birth defects were seen in a developmental toxicity study in rats using myristalkonium chloride. Stearalkonium Hectorite was not an ocular or skin irritant or a skin sensitizer in clinical tests. The potential that nitrosation of this ingredient or its impurities could occur to form nitrosamines was considered. Because any quaternary chlorides or amine hydrochlorides become strongly bonded to the hectorite clay, as does any residual Stearalkonium Chloride, they are not readily available for nitrosation. Based on the available data, it was concluded that Stearalkonium Hectorite is safe for use in cosmetics under the present practices of use.
Stearalkonium Bentonite
Polish Made to Last
Not only do consumers want long-lasting, durable polish on their nails, they also want polish that will last inside the bottle as well. "Customers are looking for suspension of pigments to ensure consistency in the bottle," explained Alison Nally, regional sales manager, Sud-Chemie Inc., a specialty chemicals provider. "Proper leveling of the film and even application are important." To meet these needs, the company has launched Tixogel LG (Stearalkonium Bentonite), which is used worldwide in nail lacquer formulations. According to Nally, the ingredient can lead to nail polishes that have better suspension with excellent flow characteristics. "Research is currently under way to improve the low shear rheology for shelf stability improvement and should...

Clay, Bentonite
Highest quality Western Bentonite is an adsorbent, swelling type clay. A very fine grained volcanic ash clay added to clays to improve plasticity. A clay like mineral consisting largely of montmorillonite, and characterized by its high absorptive power and active colloidal properties. In masks it's not normally used as the predominant clay due to it's ability to absorb large quantities of water (thus making the mask product take a very long time to dry). It is however used in smaller quantities to make mask products more elastic. Also used to suspend pigments, thicken lotions and absorb oil. Inert and non-toxic. Raw clay specifications: SiO2 65.68%  Al2O3 21.00%  K2O 0.32%  Na2O 2.26%  MgO 3.07%  CaO 0.59%  Fe2O3 3.18%  TiO2 0.16% 

Ethyl methacrylate
A thickening agent used in nail polish, artificial nails. Skin irritation, allergic reactions, neurotoxicity, allergic contact dermatitis, teratogenic. 


What is it? Ethyl Methacrylate is a colorless, liquid substance. It is used as an ingredient in artificial nail products.

The safety of Ethyl Methacrylate has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel. The CIR Expert Panel reviewed the scientific data and concluded that Ethyl Methacrylate was safe for use in the formulation of artificial nail products when accompanied by directions to avoid skin contact because of the possibility of an allergic reaction to Ethyl Methacrylate.

Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products?
Ethyl Methacrylate is used as an artificial nail builder in artificial fingernail enhancement products.
Bismuth Oxychloride
Bismuth Oxychloride Dispersions for Nail Lacquers
Nailsyn® dispersions from EMD are thixotropic nitrocellulose dispersions based on bismuth oxychloride and are intended for use in nail varnishes. They are manufactured using a toluene-free system and are available in various shades of silver in a bismuth oxychloride concentration of 25 %. In addition, Nailsyn® dispersions are camphor-free.
Paracelsus® bismuth oxychloride,
Applications: - cosmetics - coatings
Paracelsus® is a range of bismuth oxychloride pearlescent pigments and dispersions. The main applications are colour cosmetics and buttons for the textile industry.
Paracelsus® is the ideal product to create superior brilliance with high pearly luster effects. Paracelsus® products have excellent adhesion and covering power with exceptional compressibility and binding characteristics. This makes them ideal for cosmetic applications such as pressed powders and lip sticks. Paracelsus® effect pigments are available in powder form, as coloured pigments and in dispersed form.
The following products are available:
Paracelsus® NC25, a 25% dispersion in nitrocellulose lacquer; main application: nail polish.
Paracelsus® NC60, a 60% dispersion in nitrocellulose lacquer; main application: nail polish.


  1. Hello, I was wondering if anyone has used the "suspending nail polish" from Bramble Berry and if it was worth purchasing? Thanks!

    1. I would imagine the product is so new, very few, if any, have tried it yet. I will say the ingredients are on par with the expected so I don't see a reason that it wouldn't work.

    2. I have used Bramble berry and I really am happy with it. It is super fast shipping compared to TKB!

  2. Ok, thank you! I am new to all this and trying to get all the supplies and don't want to waste my money on supplies that are not going to work well. I did contact TKB and she said that they should have the glamour base back in stock in 7-10 days. So I may just hold off til then to get it since everyone has nothing but great things to say about their products/supplies.

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  4. Wow, this is so helpful!

    Do you know if there are any alternatives to TKB's colored franken bases right now (since they seem to have disappeared from the site)? I was really looking forward to making some jellies with them. :(

    1. They just restocked a slightly different formulation of the old ones, check their new page.

  5. Thank you! This post is a gold mine to us.

    I love mixing my own nail polishes, and doing craft with them. My next project require a lot of clear nail polish, at least 32oz, maybe 1 gallon. Can you recommend me the most inexpensive place to order some clear nail polish? It doesn't need to have suspension property. Top coat or base coat would do. The clear nail polish place I found have high price, higher than the suspension nail polish you listed, which doesn't make much sense since suspension polish is clear polish with added ingredients.

    Thank you so much.

    1. Nailite for a GAL, the Stick It base coat -http://www.nailiteinc.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=204_424&products_id=4047

      8ty8Beauty for 32 oz, any Redi base/top coat- http://www.8ty8beauty.com/nail_treatments/redi.htm

    2. You are awesome.

      Thank you!

  6. Hi! Verry helpfull. Do you know any supliers who ship to the EU? (Suspension base, glitter)

    1. No, I'm afraid not. Hazmat regulations make overseas shipping expensive.

    2. Hi KittykatRaya, I am a UK supplier of clear suspension base and ship to most EU countries. It is available from 100ml up to 1000ml bottles. You can see my base at Manda Makes here www.mandamakes.etsy.com

  7. Hey I found Glitties Nail Art from your Suppliers Page http://polishandpigments.blogspot.com/p/glitter-suppliers.html and just wanted to let you know that they also do a lot of Frankening and have a lot of solvent resistant glitter and a suspension base as well. http://www.glitties.com/franken-glitter.html

  8. FYI - the nail lite "colour additives" and not worth purchasing. and they have a stink about them that is anything but nice!

  9. Hi, can the topcoat and base coat be used as franken fillers? Like May, I am looking for a clear polish but everywhere I find they only sell suspension base, only for those situated in US and canada that they have the clear base polish option. But as I am outside of US and canada, this option is invalid.

    I don't mind using topcoat for my frankens, but do you know if it will spoil the polish in any ways? The reason being that I am using them for commercial purposes. Since there has to be some difference in terms of topcoat and clear polish (topcoat has more ingredients), I was wondering the suitability of topcoat as a replacement for clear polish filler. Thank you so much.

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  12. Do you have any leads on clear or suspension base in Ireland? I can't seem to find it anywhere, and no one is allowed to ship it here by air.
    Thanks for any info you have,

  13. I think you provide one of the best shop wholesale Makeup for luxury brand.

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  14. There's an Etsy store called vanti805 that sells GREAT liquid pigments for nail polish as powder dyes for polish or make-up. She also sells small funnels, mixing beads,a scale, measuring cups, and some other tools, and recently started selling glitter suspension base, mica / pigment suspension base, and a great top coat that can also be used to "thin" the suspension bases out if you need to. I've purchased both the liquid pigments and bases from her and the shipping is fast and prices are great.

    1. Yes, I am late in responding. Honestly, I don't remember if I added that seller to my list or not yet but thank you for the information. Always good to have plenty of sources. And thank you for visiting.

  15. This is probably a tough one... I am looking for a kid friendly waterbased, non toxic base. I want to add my own colors, etc. Anyone have the slightest idea as to where to look? Thanks!

    1. I apologize for the delay in my response. Let me look around, see if I can find anything and if I do, I'll let you know here.

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  17. Hi, i am from india, wanted to know if there is any supplier for suspension base in india? If not which is the best supplier for international shipments?


    1. I can't help you there. I buy my suspension base from TKB Trading.


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