5 November 2013

How To: Turning Mac Pigments Into Nail Polish?

Pigments are unquestionably a love-hate product, they aren't the easiest thing to use especially early in the morning and they can certainly create a bit of a mess, but their versatility definitely makes everything worth it. The nail polish addict in me had been dying to try mixing my own pigment-polishes for a while now and I of course had to document the process, heres how I got on.

How To: Turning Mac Pigments Into Nail Polish?
How To: Turning Mac Pigments Into Nail Polish?
Things you will need |
Pigments (obviously any brand would work, Barry M is next on my hit list)
Clear Nail Polish
A Tin Lid or Paper Plate
Nail Polish Remover & Cotton Buds

First you need to choose your pigment, I decided on Mac Mauvement, such a beautiful shade that came in one of the Mac Holiday Collections a few years ago. I should mention that you will probably want to use a basecoat beforehand, as some of the colours will stain your nails.

 I put a five pence piece sized amount of said pigment on a tin lid and added 2 to 3 drops of clear nail polish, then mixed together. This is where you have to work pretty quickly, using the brush from the clear nail polish apply to your nails. I did 3 nails before having to add a few more drops of clear polish and you continue to do that until you've done all your nails. It's essential that you keep the mixture moving as you don't want it to dry out.

This is how my first attempt turned out (swatches below).

Without flash |
Mac Mauvement Pigment Turned Into Nail Polish
With flash |
Mac Mauvement Pigment
Mac Mauvement
This gorgeous colour was completely opaque in 1 coat, pretty impressive! Though it did dry matte, so I followed with my favourite Seche Vite topcoat for added longevity. This particular colour lasted about 4-5 days with just tip wear, so it's definitely worth the extra work.

I also picked a few other shades from my collection to just show you how they look mixed.
How To Turn Mac Pigments Into Nail Polish?
How To Turn Mac Pigments Into Nail Polish?
L-R | Mac Mellon | Mac Teal | Mac Fuchsia | Mac Reflects Vivid Purple | Mac Soft-Wash Grey | Mac Naked | Mac Grape | Mac Blue-Brown | Mac Kitschmas |  Mac Deep Blue.

As I said earlier I definitely want to see how the Barry M Dazzle Dusts perform and I will be sure to let you know when I find out.

Let me know what you think, Have you tried making your own nail polishes out of pigments? How did you get on?

 XOXO Claire


  1. I've never really thought of using pigments on my nails but after reading this I'm going to give it a go sometime this week. Thanks for sharing lovely! Raspberrykiss xo

    1. You're welcome, I was always intrigued to see if it would work and I was pretty impressed :)

  2. Great post Claire - I need to try this! :) x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you, I'd love to know how you get on :)

  4. What a fab idea, I'm a pigment junkie and never even thought of doing this


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