Talk It Out Tuesday : Nail Polish

Happy Tuesday! It’s time again for another installment of our ever popular Talk it Out Tuesday series (check out our previous posts on lip balm, preservatives, bath bombs, melt and pour, lotion and colorants). I am super excited about this week’s topic because it is all about my latest crafty obsession…nail polish! Read on to find out more about how to customize your own nail polish and all the fun nail polish-themed products that Bramble Berry carries.

Talk it out Tuesday: Nail polish

How do I customize my own nail polish?

All you need is a suspending nail polish base, a nail polish bottle, nail polish mixing balls and your favorite colorants. Here’s a quick breakdown in three easy steps:

1. Make sure you are working in a well ventilated area and away from any open flames. Nail polish is extremely flammable (extremely!). Carefully pour the nail polish base into the bottles. Fill it to the shoulder of the bottle (where it bends), or just below the shoulder if adding fragrance. Then, use Bramble Berry’s tiny funnels to add your choice of micas or glitters. NOTE: the funnels do not work to fill the actual polish; it’s too thick. This is a WYSIWYG process – what you see is what you get. Remember, you can always paint a little bit on a piece of paper to make sure you’re happy with the color – or add more later.

2. Once your mica or glitter has been added, place a couple of the nail polish mixing beads into the bottle, then slip in the brush and firmly twist the cap on. You should hear the brush click right into place.

3. Shake well and apply! It really is that easy and there are so many color mixing options.

Tons of color options!

Is it possible to add fragrance to my nail polish?

Absolutely! We’ve recently tested a few fragrances in our nail polish base (Holiday Candy and Sugar Plum Fairy to name a few) and they came out smelling just fabulous (after the polish dried). When using fragrance oils in the nail polish, the suggested usage rate is  about 1 milliliter of fragrance oil per nail polish bottle (15 ml, or .5 oz. bottle), and we also suggest premixing it with your colorant beforehand. Keep in mind that not every fragrance will work; in our tests, Vanilla Select did not come through at all for example.
NOTE: You aren’t going to be able to smell the fragrance oil while the nail polish is still wet, so if you want to test it out the scent paint a little bit on a piece of paper and wait for it to dry. Once it’s on the nails you usually get a great scent for about 1-4 days. And, if you lose the scent, just paint on another coat and you’ll have the prettiest smelling nails out there!
Do I really need a nail polish mixing ball?

You don’t have to add a nail polish mixing ball, but we have found that it was the easiest way to make sure the nail polish base, colorants and fragrance blended properly together. We suggest adding in 1-3 mixing balls depending on your size bottle.

NOTE: If you’d rather mix your base and colorant outside of the glass nail polish bottles, I did find that the nail polish base will melt plastic. I like using a dedicated glass container for that purpose.


Neutral Line Up


Oh no, my nail polish went all chunky, what did I do wrong?

While many of our colorants will work for nail polish, there are some that just clump up and won’t work. Bramble Berry micas and glitters are going to be your best choice in creating a fabulous and funky new color, customized just for you. Here are a list of our tested and true colorants:

Amethyst Purple MicaGold (light) MicaRed Blue MicaAntique Blue MicaHeavy Metal GoldRose Pearl, Apricot BlushHoneyed BeigeShredded GlitterBlue CelliniLuster BlackSilver GlitterBlue-Green MicaMauvey GemSilver MicaBronzeMerlot SparkleSoft BeigeCappuccinoOpalescent TurquoiseSparkle GoldCellini RedOpalescent BordeauxSparkle VioletCopper MicaOpalescent GreenSuper Pearly WhiteCopper Sparkle MicaPatina SheenSurplus Sienna ShimmerCoral MicaPeach ShimmerViolaceous Violet and Fuchsia Glitter.

If you find another Bramble Berry colorant that works, let us know and we can add it to our list!

Want to get started with making your own customized nail polishes but need a little help deciding what to do? Check out our brand new Glittery and Bright Nail Polish Kit that contains a carefully chosen selection of micas and glitters that work wonderfully in our Suspending Nail Polish Base. It’s perfect for slumber parties, bridal showers or even a crafty girls night! We also have added a 4 ounce size of nail polish based (Facebook asked for it and we’re excited to have this smaller try-me size!).
Glittery and Bright Nail Polish Kit
Check out Bramble Berry’s awesome customer service team having a blast testing out a bunch of color options:
Nail Polish Party!

NOTE: When ordering the nail polish base, you must agree to the following (as it is considered hazardous):

  • You fully understand that this material is considered hazardous and flammable
  • You understand that it should not be used near an open flame or spark
  • You will only use it in a well ventilated area area
  • You assume all responsibility for its safe use and proper storage
  • You are at least 18 years of age.

Have any other questions or what to share your experiences with nail polish? We’d love to hear them. Leave us a comment below!

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  1. Kimberlee says

    Anyone here experimenting with “Holographic Nail Polish”…..I would like some tips if you have any to share…..Thanks,

  2. Fuchia says

    How do you get oxides/ultramarines to blend into the base? I tried using micas and an oxide and the oxide was gritty when I went put it on my nails.

    • says

      Good morning, Fuchia!

      For oxides we’ve been experimenting with DPG and Cyclomethicone as a way to blend the colors in with the nail polish base, but we haven’t found that perfect recipe yet. You can also experiment with 99% rubbing alcohol as we did for our Black Oxide and found that it really helped it to blend well. Keep experimenting and let us know if you find something that works better, we’d love to hear it! :)



      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      P.S. We did find that the Cyclomethicone worked a lot better in our neons (Electric Bubble Gum, Fizzy Lemonade, Tangerine Wow!, Fired Up Fuchsia, and Ultraviolet Blue) than any of the oxides. And you won’t want to use 1.5 mL of either the DPG, rubbing alcohol or Cyclomethicone because it will make your nail polish much too watery.

    • says

      Good morning, Renee!

      So far, we haven’t been able to find a quality non-shiny white for the nail polish base yet. The Titanium Dioxide tends to chunk up and not blend with the base as well as we are hoping. But, we are still trying different ideas and will definitely let you know when we figure it out! :)But, you can still use the Super Pearly White if you are looking for a white.

      Super Pearly White Mica:

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • chelsey says

        Have you tried mixing the titanium dioxide with the 99% alcohol prior to adding it to the polish? I’m wondering if it would work as well as it does with oxides..

        • says

          Good morning, Chelsey!

          We did a lot of testing and weren’t really able to find a way for the Titanium Dioxide to be added to the nail polish base without getting too chunky. But, if you find a way for it to work, please let us know — we’d love to hear it. =)

          Happy Nail Polish Making!
          -Becky with Bramble Berry

  3. Leah says

    The nail polish base you sell isn’t “natural” right? If not, is there a way to make a more “natural” nail polish?

    • says

      Good morning, Leah.

      Unfortunately our nail polish base would not be considered natural, and we haven’t found a quality way to make more ‘natural’ polish. If there was, it probably wouldn’t last on the nails very long. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  4. Kirsten says

    I was thinking that this project would be a lot of fun for a tween party. As long as proper precautions are taken, would this be safe for 10 year olds? Or are the fumes too much for them?

    • says

      Hi Kirsten!

      Sounds like a blast! As long as there is an adult present and proper ventilation and safety precautions are taken, I don’t think there is going to be any problems. But, I would have you pour the nail polish in the bottles just to be safe, and then the girls can add in their own colors and scents! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  5. joanna says

    I have a questions regarding the goat milk soaps. When I make them they don’t totally become hard.

    What do I need to do to make the soap bars more dense and not stickyish…lol

    thank you in advance

    • says

      Good morning, Joanna!

      Are you using our melt and pour base? It sounds like your soaps might be sweating a bit, which is giving it that sticky feeling. Could you tell me a bit more about your process so I can help you troubleshoot? Thanks!

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Toni!

      With the micas, it is a WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) process. Remember, you can always paint a little bit on a piece of paper to make sure you are happy with the color, and then add more colorant if you aren’t happy with it! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry