DIY: Loose Eye Shadow Pigment as Nail Polish!

If you’re anything like me you have a nice stash of loose eye shadow pigments that you just love and would like to get more use out of. The other day when I was applying MAC’s Blue Brown pigment I couldn’t help but think what an awesome nail polish it would be!

I decided to give it a go. It was a learning experience but I did finally come up with a technique that worked. For how I did it check below the jump!

What you need:

  1. 1. A loose eyeshadow pigment. I used MAC Blue Brown pigment
  2. 2. A clear top coat. I used Chi Ceramic Base and Top Coat

After several attempts I found the best way to adhere the eyeshadow pigment to the nail was to put on a fairly thick coat of a clear polish. Let it dry slightly so it’s no  longer tacky. Then get some pigment on your finger and gently tap it onto the wet polish until the nail is entirely covered. I let the pigment kind of set then brushed off the excess. I then topped the entire manicure with 2 coats of top coat and that was it!

Before trying this method I did consider just adding pigment to clear polish. But that seemed like a huge waste of pigment to me, and I wasn’t sure how much pigment it would take to get a somewhat opaque polish. I was happy with the way this turned out…though I do think next time it won’t be quite as messy because I’ve had some practice!

Is anyone going to give this a try or has anyone tried this? I’d love to hear your tips and ides!


  1. I don’t use eyeshadow, I’ve been thinking of picking some up to use as colorful eyeliner. Now that I know it has another alternative use, I can’t say no. It’s really the interesting texture that draws me to it.

    1. I use shadow all the time as eyeshadow. it works really well during the humid Summer months. And yeah, the texture was definitely really unique. It was a fun experiment!

  2. This is a great idea! I have a ton of MAC pigments and I’ll never be able to completely use up all of them. This is a great method for somebody that doesn’t want to just pour the pigment into a bottle of clear polish. I’m afraid I’ll do that and end up not liking the polish- and then the pigment would have gone to waste. I have Blue Brown. I’m going to try this!

  3. Just the other day my daughter accidentally dropped an old Cover Girl shadow of mine. I dumped it in to a bottle of Wet n Wild top coat I had and ended up with the prettiest charcoal polish! I def like the method you used with this. Lately I’ll just dump some clear polish and pigment on a paper plate and mix up a nice little onetime use polish 🙂

    1. Ohh, that’s a good idea too! To just make a one time use polish. My concern was I didn’t want to waste my pigment,,,,making a one time use polish would definitely not waste pigment!

What do you think?