The beauty influencer launched KL Polish almost three years ago on December 5, 2016, with six nail polishes. Over time, KL Polish has churned out a number of in-demand products while maintaining a large and loyal customer base.
Per an announcement from Kathleen Lights on her YouTube channel, the brand is officially dissolving. Kathleen Lights and the other co-owners of the brand are parting ways.
As it often goes with beauty industry drama, the social media banter surrounding the shutdown has gotten incredibly messy.
The following week, Kathleen Lights posted a YouTube video to inform her KL Polish fans that the brand would be ending.
"Disappointing my subscribers is the last thing I ever want to do, which is why I know this is so important," she shared. "There have been a lot of questions and concerns about KL Polish, things I have been reading for the past few weeks … The rumors are true. KL Polish is ending, but I don’t want you guys to worry."
Kathleen Lights fans immediately began freaking out in the KL Polish comments section on Instagram. They are very sad that one of their favorite nail polish brands is over.
“Your nail polish releases have always been beautiful and @Kathleenlights has done such an amazing job along with the KL Polish team," one fan lamented in the comments. "I will miss seeing new collections. :( xx I trust Kathleen tho and hope this won’t be the end forever."
They are also very pissed at the other people behind KL Polish, who they blame for the breakup.
“Y'all made a HUGE mistake and are shady af," another fan shared. "Now you’re really going to be going out of business as if you weren’t already. I’m always going to support KATHLEEN, not any foul play business. Y'all are going to get ruined, can’t get away with this. No thank u, NEXT.”
Others are speculating that KL Polish pulled an underhanded business move to try to fire Kathleen Lights from her own brand.
“Based on these comments, if they are true and you guys are edging @kathleenlights out of HER nail polish line, you will be losing os many paying customers," a fan shared. "She is the heart of the company and deserves better than this. Thank you, next!”
On Thursday, Kathleen Lights sent a warning in her Instagram story, seemingly directed at KL Polish.
Lights changed the lyrics to "Don't mess with my brand," which definitely suggests that some funny business went down between her and the rest of the KL Polish team.