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Thursday, January 15

TKB Trading, LLC : planning another haul

Since I got so many pigments from The Conservatorie I started looking for containers - the plastic baggies are anything but comfortable. Seems TKB (MMU wholesaler) offers the cheapest solution: their 20 gr stackable jars.
Ordered 7 sets of 3 with plastic inserts (dunno exactly what those are, hope they are those little plastic covers between jars that keep the powder from spilling; IMHO the sifters alone are not as effective preventing that).
Also ordered an ounce of Silica microspheres (a great primer), a sample of Boron glow and 2 micas: Moon Stone and Ivory Lace (by description this one should be usable as finishing powder). TKB has minimum order of USD 19,50 (my order 19,86 sans shipping) and their international shipping is a little confusing, apparently I can cancel my order and expect a full refund if the shipping cost that is sent to me via e-mail is not to my liking...

HOT DAMN! the shipping for this small lot is 12 USD - now this does not sound good at all. If I do not find people who would join in on this order, the deal is off.

The following blogs have TKB mica swatches:
Le Blog du Maquillage Mineral
Poudres et galipettes

A lot of swatches on YouTube, mostly reviewing the pop! collection. On those reviews the samples look really huge.

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- tellimuse saadan välja esmaspäeva õhtul, niikaua saab valida ja veel ka ümber mõelda.

PS! Deem, those "plastic inserts" in the stackable jars are not the plastic covers I thought them to be - instead they are little pans in which to put liquid stuff like lipglosses, pressed powders etc. Must change the order.

PPS! TKB informed me that the 20mg jars can only hold 1,5 teaspoons of pigment comfortably and that they are out of tall profile jars (those would be big enough to hold the entire sample)... Well - samples of the pigments are supposedly 1 tablespoon each - that's gonna be fun...

PPPS! Surfing the TKB micas made me wonder - is Simply Naturals packaging and reselling TKB micas? Because the names of the colors are too similar to be a coincidence...

PPPPS! Someone should put me out of my misery before I spend ALL my money on makeup.

PPPPPS! Now they inform me, that the containers will not fit into the envelope - if I want all the containers, I should pay like 40 $ shipping. Ouch.

PPPPPPS! No need to buy containers from TKB - I have the ugly alternative right here (Sarstedt 60.9922.113, one jar can hold 25 ml): will pick them up at the local medical supplies wholesaler's. The lids of those look eee... extremely functional. God knows what these jars are actually meant for :D.

Last addition:

Got the invoice on February 2nd, paid it and apparently the entire haul (I think out of 43 smth piggies 21 are mine :O) will be shipped out tomorrow. Shipping is 14 USD and they managed to squeese 7 TripleDips into the envelope (the first picture). Now suffering from a bad case of buyers remorse...
Do I really need ANY MORE eyeshadows???
Hmmm - actually, I think perhaps I do...


Mademoiselle C. said...

Thanx for the link. And, oh, i just ordered a few more pigments (well, actually 18 more...), so there will be new swatches very soon.
Happy to see Estonian MU Addict, I add your blog in my Netvibes :)

Siilike said...

I'll be looking forward to your new swatches. That camera you have must be really awesome.
Hopefully my TKB-s will be here in a week or so, all 30 of them :D

Mademoiselle C. said...

Nice !
The shippment is quite fast with TKB.
But I think the next time i will order the 25 samples kit from The Conservatorie, it looks very cool and is cheaper.
Have you ever tried to press your pigments ?
I think i'm going to do so with all my pigments and put them in an empty palette, it's a nice way to travel with them !

Siilike said...

I am not sure about the Conservatorie's being cheaper part - the minimum order is 15 USD but the sample sizes are probably smaller then TKB's. As I was asking TKB what jars to buy for the pigments, they told me that 20gr jars are not big enough for the entire sample. Well, Conservatorie's sample would fit in a 20 gr jar just fine :D. I'd say it would pretty well fit in a 10 gr jar.
I've never tried to press - do not have any palettes either :D. And plastic baggies are also quite handy when traveling.
If you do go with the Conservatorie's piggies, I most warmly recommend Gold Earth and suggest to avoid Chameleon Glitter (has lousy coverage and the glitter just does not stay on).

chelse malone said...

TBK Trading REPACKAGES Coastal Scents micas. Compare their selections. You can get the same micas from CS for $1, where-as they charge $1.50. Plus shipping is SOO much more reasonable with CS. (I pay $1.55 for shipping for four samples from CS. Shipping is $3.95 for four samples with TBK)
Don't get me wrong, though.. I still love TBK. I can't find hydrated chromium green oxide anywhere else.

Siilike said...

I think they both buy from the same manufacturer. Coastal Scents has smaller samples: their teaspoon sample versus TKB's tablespoon sample is no match. Coastal Scents also has pretty steep international shipping when one adds brushes etc. I do agree, that CS offers better shipping rates for small orders (versus TKB's flat rate 11 USD shipping) but my orders tend to be quite huge

Anonymous said...

^What she said. TKB doesn't repackage, and .50 more for three times the product is great.