What is Solvent Resistant Glitter?

What exactly does "Solvent Resistant" mean when it comes to glitter?

Our solvent resistant glitters are made from polyester film with an extra polyurethane coating to help them withstand temperatures up to 350ºF (177ºC) and many common solvents used in nail polishes and lacquers, among other products. Our solvent resistant glitters survive without curling, bleeding or melting in many applications where other glitters don't. They are great for nail art!


The standard test is to soak the glitter in a solvent called MEK for 5 minutes. Glitters that do not bleed or dissolve are considered to have passed the test and earns the Solvent Resistant label. MEK is in the same family as acetone and is a common cleaning agent.

The MEK test is a good indicator that a glitter will be generally solvent resistant, but it doesn't guarantee that the glitter will work with your particular solvent. We find that suspension base polishes made specifically for glitter are the best way to go. In any case, you must always test every combination of glitter color and lacquer base before you can be sure that it will work as expected. Some glitters will even last up to 4 weeks in lacquer before they begin to deteriorate, while others will last virtually forever.

Because of the ever-changing list of variables involved, we can't guarantee compatibility with any particular combination. Always test!

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