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I'm reviewing our Snazaroo Face paint set.
It cost me just £1 in a car boot sale in Dundrum in September last year, but generally cost From around £10 per set .
They can be bought in individual colours though, for about £1 each
We had a family event lined up for late September and it involved fancy dress . I had looked at the snazaroo paints on ebay during August, but they aren't cheap (from £10 upwards) so I'd resolved to make do with the cheaper version from a pound store. I'd used the cheaper ones before and they are rather oily and messy, but would suffice for this one off event I thought.
Then I spotted this set in a car boot sale. Yes, it was opened, but only the black paint had been used and all the other colours were pristine and untouched. The lady was asking £1.50 for it but I offered £1...... SOLD !
***USING and MY OPINION***
You get the plastic palette and 8 colours of paint. A sponge and a thin brush.
There was also a spare place on our palette for mixing colours should you want to, and a little booklet with ideas on face designs. You had animals like tigers, dogs, cats, and even an eagle as well as scary faces and super heroes.
These are VERY easy to use and are basically just the same as a child's painting set.
You part-fill a container .... I keep a few old chipped cups for painting activities....with water.
Choose the face design you want and prop the picture where you can see it. I got the 'victims' to hold it for me under their chins so I could see it easily .
My first use of this was for a simple banshee (a ghostly hag/woman figure who is a portent of death in Irish mythology and even up to the present day). So this required a base of white paint only, which I applied with my index finger tip for speed and coverage. You dip your finger into the water....then rub that finger tip on the chosen colour gently till the finger tip has a nice amount of paint on it. Then just dab the paint onto the face and spread it along where needed.....which was all over in this case.
Once the face was totally white I did the same process around the extended eye area using the black paint to give the banshee sunken eyes.
Then I washed my finger clean and used the brush provided to draw wrinkles and jowls round the mouth and cheeks.
The result was really impressive and gave me the confidence to do a few others which were a bit more complicated. Each one turned out well and any mistakes were easy to correct, because unlike the creamy cheaper face paints these are water based and come off with soap and water or wipes. I kept face wipes at hand for repairs.
I must say I was very pleased with these paints . They were used thoroughly again a few weeks later at Halloween for neighbour children as well as Holly (Conal was too small and not interested much back then).
By Christmas time I felt I'd had good use of them and was going to dump the remainder, since there were only a few pastel colours left worth using, but on checking the box it said they can be used over 18 months once opened, so I put them away for St Patrick's Day when we have a parade locally and family activities involving dressing up and parties in the park.
Conal, by March 17th a bit older and more involved , was determined to be a dinosaur which just about used up all the green , and Holly was happy with just a few little motifs painted on her forehead and cheeks (hoping to post a pic of Holly in the ciao version of this).
So that used the set up, but I got great value from it and frankly I wouldn't balk at paying the full price now.
I used it on about 12 adults overall, and around 20 children.
There are various advantages with this set.
First it is water based and therefore easy to use and easy to wash off with warm soapy water..... easier than the oily cream paints for sure.
Next it is hypoallergenic and none of my models, nor myself, had any bad reactions .
They are made using only ingredients fully compliant with EU & FDA toy and cosmetic regulations, are not dangerous and are non-toxic.
They are not suitable for vegans because some contain lanolin . However, the glyceryl stearate in these face paints does not contain any animal ingredients and there are no other ingredients (other than lanolin) which are derived from animals in them.
These are NOT tested on animals either.
They are nut and gluten free.
These WILL come off if rubbed against of course, and there is no guarantee that some brighter colours will wash out of clothing without leaving staining behind....so be aware of that.
I found that these took a little while to dry thoroughly, so I developed a technique of doing the base look on one person and then moving on to the second person while the first one wafted a piece of card (old birthday cards) to aid drying till I got back to them to do more detail . This routine worked for me without resorting to using a hairdryer on cool (which I had actually considered).
Next, the brush supplied is not bad for thin lines but if you have any of those flat artist-style brushes with a head about a quarter inch wide then it might come in handy to use one for more accurate and neat wide stripes. You can buy sets of those brushes in pound shops.
Also .......a good tip is to 'anchor' your hand when doing intricate details . You do this by resting the smaller finger (or fingers) on the forehead or just in front of the ear of the person being painted. That gives you a steadier hand and is especially handy for brushwork.
I never used the sponge at all. It seems to me it would waste more paint, but it might suit some people to use it.
These come in various sets which might seem pointless apart from size, but a few are actually "spooky" only, with mainly black white and red with no pastel colours.
Would I recommend them ? Yes. But at around £10+ they are expensive, so if you want them for a small one off event you might want something cheaper. Having said that you CAN store them and use for up to 18 months once they are opened, so bear that in mind too. I stored mine in my craft container in part of the loft where it is cool so that they wouldn't dry out and become unusable.
Regarding stars. Hmmm....I think 4 fair . One removed for the high prices.
Thank you for reading and I hope it was helpful~~~myloh.
SNAZAROO FACE PAINTS
Before I write this review I would like to add that my son received this for christmas from a family member, so I have had a look online to check the price, and to see where it is available to purchase from.
I have found they are available on the snazaroo website, amazon and ebay.
You are able to buy various sets/kits and single paint pots and much more, The price ranges between £2.00 and £35.00 from what I have seen.
My son received a set that come complete with a storage box, which comes with a handle to make it easy to carry around.
With this their is 6 posts of facepaint, each 18ml and a different colour, 3 brushes, 2 sponges, tube of silver glitter gel and a 26 page guide.
In the guide it shows you how to paint faces with simple, easy to follow step by step instructions, Their are choices their for both girls and boys, It also shows you what colours to mix to get other colours.
***MY OPINION ON THE PRODUCT***
My sons face lit up christmas morning when he opened this, the first thing he asked was if we could paint his face their and then, I explained it was better we all opened all our presents first, Then do it later on during the day, as their was a mess and bits that needed to be cleaned and put away first.
Luckily for me he excepted this and carried on with the opening of his presents.
Anyway late morning come, all presents opened and the youngest was in her pram having a sleep, too much excitement I think, so out come the face paints.
I was surprised by how easy it was to apply these paints to my son's face, They went on extremely easy,and not much water was needed, Unless you were cleaning the brushes, Which are lovely and soft as are the sponges.
I not only painted my 2 eldest children s faces but also my friends children as we all had christmas together, The paints are also non toxic and really easy to wipe/clean off, I used a couple of baby wipes which got most of it off, then soap and water to make sure their faces were clean properly.
I also like that you can buy extra bits to the kit to add to it, I think this was a fab present, My son loves it and has used it 7 times since christmas and their is still plenty left.
A great gift that I would go out and buy for my own children and for friends/family members.
Although probably intended for children, I am a student and me and my friends bought some of these Snazaroo face paints to use for our fancy dress nights out! While looking online on Amazon I discovered that this seemed to be the leading brand of face paints, there aren't many others on the market that are as popular or have as wider range of colours. As a bargain hunter I found this set for around £6.99 and thought this was a great price for the set.
In this set alone there are a number of colours, but you can buy snazaroo facepaints in separate pots too if you feel you need more or other colours. This set has all the basic colours that you would need for most faces; black, white, blue, red, green, yellow, orange and pink. It also comes with a sponge and two brushes to help you apply the paint. As well as this, you get a little booklet which shows you how to paint a number of different designs onto your face which I found very useful with its easy to follow instructions.
To apply, you add a very small amount of water to the paint, or to the sponge if you find that easier! I found I only needed a couple of drops to apply one colour all over my face - which is much better than I expected.
The paint is very soft on your skin, and my friend who has very sensitive skin also used this with no problems. No irritation or redness at all. Once applied, the face paint stayed put for hours on end. There was no smudging at all.
Overall, I definitely recommend this product. They were very easy to use and had a great range of colours - even the added extra of the guide to painting different faces was really good. Definitely worth the money! If you have kids, I wouldn't think twice about buying this set to use with them!
Our little lad loves having his face painted and whenever we have attended a fete or fundraising event etc., he always asks us if he can have his face painted as either some kind of animal or superhero. We usually do oblige!
It was for this reason that last Christmas we bought him a Snazaroo face painting kit which cost us the princely sum of £25. I actually thought this was quite a lot of money to pay at the time, but I have to say that once I had actually examined the kit that I decided it contains a lot of stuff.
Snazaroo is a favourite amongst many people as far as face painting is concerned and it is a well-known and reputable brand and is actually the first choice of many parents when choosing face paints for their children. There is absolutely everything you could possibly want in this great little mini starter kit including:
- 26 page guide which is extremely useful
- 6 different coloured face paints in a range of bright colours (colours can be blended to suit) - Each container of colour is 18ml
- 3 brushes
- 2 sponges
- tube of silver glitter gel
The whole kit comes in a great storage box with a handle, so you have somewhere to put everything away when you have finished.
I was particularly impressed with the guide, I have to say, which really shows you how you can make a whole range of different designs in an easy step by step fashion. The paints are easy to remove afterwards, which is always a plus point. Also, they blend well and do not appear to be harsh on the skin. They are all non-toxic as well as being hypo allergenic.
We have used these on our son on many occasions as well as on his friends, especially at special family events such as birthday parties and everyone has really enjoyed having their faces painted.
Great fun, value for money and recommended.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
I bought these face paints a few years ago for my daughter as she was constantly dressing up and wanting to create different characters. I had been to numerous birthday parties with her, and was always amazed at the amount of children that enjoyed having their faces painted. So I wanted a box of face paints that could be used safely on children and also could be trusted to stay in place and make the minimum amount of mess.
I came across these snazaroo face paints when shopping in my local homewear store called Range. They looked really good quality face paints. They cost me about £8 which I was more than happy to pay. I was pleased, that this face paint came in a set with brushes and sponges includes. This saved me a lot of time trying to find these items individually.
There was a great variety colours included in this set. But I was happy that the colours included were ones that would be needed quite alot. All the basic colours are in this box such as blue, yellow red and green with a very bright bubble pink which will satisfy even the girliest of girls!! There is also a black included which is great for defining the designs.
The best thing about this set, which I thought was fantatsic. Was the book of designs that are included in this set. It really assisted me in performing the face painting. I found it easy to copy from the pictures and I was a lot more successful than if I had to make the designs up from scratch. My daughter loved to go through the book picking out a design that she wanted. There are lots of pages in this book with face painting ideas for both boys and girls. What I loved was that there were designs which were very easy going through to much more complex face painting ideas for the more artistic parent.
The paints were easy to apply. I found that the paint only needed a minimum amount of water in order to apply evenly. The brushes supplied were of an excellent quality. The brushes were thin and therefore easy to use in order to create detail on your face design. I did find however that this set could have done with a couple more sponge applicators. The sponge applicator provided was good enough, but if two colours were needed on the base of the design then it would have been handy to have another sponge.
I found that my daughter and her friends had no problems with irritation when wearing these face paints. There were never any issues with washing the paints off as they come off with soap and water with no fuss.
These face paints lasted a long time. Especially when considering that they were used a lot. My daughter and her friends loved this face painting kit. It certainly provided alot of fun filled hours. I even used this kit when my daughter had a tea party. I made a little pace painting stall in the back garden and ended up painting around 15 faces.
We loved this set so much. We liked the fact that it gave a really proffesional finish. The paint dried very quickly when applied and also created a matt finish. I found that these face paints were easy to apply and also stayed in place for long periods without undue smudging. When the face paint did go onto clothing I found it easily came off in the wash.
I have nothing but admiration for this face painting set. It certainly worked excellently to meet my family's needs. I must admit that not only did my daughter have great joy from this set, but I had an enormous amount of fun applying the face paint. My daughter also enjoyed having a go at being creative. Infact there is a fabulous photo of me and my daughter with our faces painted as tigers. Such fun and precious memories!!
Coming home from a good day out with Grannie my daughter had her face painted. She was so excited to show me when I came home from work as she'd never had it done professionally before and it looked fab!
When I came to wash it off she wasn't having it! So I bribed her by saying I'll buy her a kit in the morning.
Off we went in search of face paint and I knew the Early Learning Centre would have some.
I came across 'snazaroo' face painting kit with no price tag, it was the only one they had which I thought will do and to be around £5 but when I got to the till it was £10 so I was a little surprised as I didn't think it would last that long.
I was so pleased to see at the till a box of different coloured glitters that 'snazaroo' have created specially for the face and body painting so I picked one of those up to for £2. These would also be great for us girlies on nights out!
I was delighted when we got home the kit consisted of a big sponge, a brush, white, black, purple, green, red, yellow, blue and pink paint. Also in the box is a booklet with an easy guide to face painting. There is also 38 different faces that gives you even more great ideas. Now I think this is a bargain as you hardly use any of the paint!
On the box it claims to paint upto 50 faces as it is highly concentrated. Its non toxic and hypo allergic, which is brilliant!
It is very easy to apply and also easy to wash off. I managed to copy a rabbit out of the book and was pretty much like to like! You just need to wet the brush pop a bit of paint on the brush and it just seems to glide on very thickly so not even needing to keep going back to the pallette!
The quality and safety of these paints are specially formulated to be friendly to the most delicate skin and are fragrance free to my relief. With anything like this you should always do a test on the inside of their arm.
I have found that it comes off a little too easy so be careful with clothes!
I am going to buy so much more from there website www.snazaroo.com. I always seem to be around a lot of children and being summer holidays what better could we do than this? I am so thrilled with this and highly recommend it.
The only downfall is the packaging. The pallette is plastic and it comes in a cardboard box. I feel this won't last very long so you would need to be careful when using it and keep it in a safe place where it will not damage the packaging.
I do hope this was of some interest or helpful :-)
Face painting goes down a treat at childrens parties, school fetes, and most festive events. So why not give it a try? You do not need to be Picasso but you do need a steady hand, patience,and a liking for what you are doing.
Good facepaints, though a little pricey are easily obtained. I got my kit for about £32 from ebay. It consists of 2 really good quality brushes, sponges, and a full set of all the classic, bright colours needed.Each pot may be used for about 60 applications, in other words they last for ages. I am very pleased with the quality of the paints. The colours are bold and bright, so butterflies, clowns or spidermen are no problem. They are bold and smooth to apply, and widely used. My paints also arrived with a small pot of silver glitter which can make all the difference, though I use it with care, and not on very young toddlers, incase they get it into their mouths.
You need a small carrier case, such as a toolkit case, water, tissues, and a hand mirror.Designs are easy to come by, I obtained a book of popular designs and instructions with my nectar points, it is worth a look on Amazon. A hand held mirror will show your victim the full horror of your design (only joking}.
Snazaroo paints are water based Face and Body make-up. Because they are water soluble this means they are easy to apply and also easy to remove, using soap and water. A glycerine based soap such as Pears, and a dark coloured flannel works well. Skin reactions are very unlikely to occur, it is possible to do a patch test on the inside of the elbow if this is felt to be necessary. Usually the paints which stain clothing are fully removable in the washing machine.
Snazaroo state that the paints should not be used on damaged or inflamed skin, be as scrupulously clean as possible, if you are thinking of facepaintig on a professional basis you shoud consider joining the Face Painters Association "Face".
The internet will tell you if short facepainting classes are being run in your area. This seems a very good idea, which I am definitely going to take up in September.In the meantime I am finding out all I can, practice is essential, so I have already practised on family members, helped in our local primary school fete, and facepainted in a childrens party which I did free, as I am still learning. Some of the dads asked to be painted which also was good experience (a larger canvas complete with stubble). I am surprised how good children can be,choosing designs carefully, and sitting very patiently.
I cannot fault Snazaroo face paints. Manufactured in Somerset, they are of an excellent quality, and perfect for the job. Enjoy!
I think my son was probably three when he had his face painted for the first time. Since then he has probably had it painted another handful of times whilst we have been out and about at fairs and such like. Usually you will pay around £3-5 to have your child's face painted and so at Christmas this year I decided to ask my mum to buy him a face painting set as a gift meaning I could paint his face at home. She bought the Snazaroo Party Pack Face Painting pack.
The pack comes with black, white, green, red and blue paints as well as another little section that has pots of glitter gels and sparkly face paints too. You also receive sponges, brushes and a guide with lots of different ideas for face painting along with step by step instructions. As I have a son we haven't really used the glittery paints as he sees them as "girly" but they would definitely be useful if you were painting a girls face into a butterfly or something.
Whenever we have been out and my son has had his face painted I have noted that the paints used are snazaroo. I believe they are the leading brand in the area and this is probably due to the fact that the paints are non toxic and also washable. The paints do easily wash off in the bath etc and will also wash out of clothes. Very occasionally I have noticed that my son may be left with a kind of "tinge" to his skin after it has been washed off if we have used a very deep colour such as red.I have also painted a few children's faces...some of whom have skin problems such as excema and the paint has not caused them any irritation at all.
I find that the paints go on well as long as you wet your sponge a little regularly as you go along and the designs are easy enough to do. I particularly like doing the tiger!
The face paints are not cheap but do last a long time. I believe the set my mum purchased was around £18 but she did buy it from a mail order catalogue which is a bit more expensive than other places. I have had a quick look on the website and the party pack sells there for £14.00. I think this is a reasonable amount to pay for a good quality product that will paint around 60 faces.
I would really recommend buying this product if you are likely to throw a birthday party or something for your child at home! It is also great for rainy days when your child is bored...and you could even let them loose on your face ;)
My eldest daughter loves having her face painted. Many a time we've been to various festivals, children's farms and zoo's and she's begged us in her best begging voice to be painted, usually as a butterfly or a monkey. We've obliged and usually had to dig deep in our pockets, it does seem to really expensive, costing between £3-£4 a pop.
For her third birthday, one of her presents from her little buddies was a set of Snazaroo Face Paints. I was really chuffed with this as a present, as I knew we would get hours of fun from them. I had also been told that Snazaroo were the best brand to get as they produced great results that didn't slide of the face within minutes.
The pack included a set of 8 different coloured paints, a brush and a sponge. It also included an instruction booklet which contained a step by step guide to producing some of the different faces along with a load of other possible faces. I wasn't convinced that I would be able produce such fab results, I wasn't overly confident of my artistic abilities especially when my subject matter was a very wriggly 3 year old.
I first used the paints at an Easter party my friend held for the little ones. They were all very excited about the prospect of having their faces painted and soon I had a queue of excited little monkeys ready to be transformed.
I tried a few of the different faces - spiderman, tiger, batman and a butterfly and I was really impressed by how well they turned out. Now this is not due to my artistic talent in any was, but this set is so incredibly easy to use. If you follow the instructions, you really can not go wrong. The colours are really bright and vivid and the paint just glides on to their skin.
I was a little concerned that it would be a nightmare to remove but that evening, I just gave her a sponge in the bath and she managed to remove nearly all of the paint herself. I also had absolutely no issues with the paint irritating her skin at all. It does however state on the pack that the paints should only be used on children 3 and over.
I believe a pack of the face paints normally cost about £10.99 however I do know that they are currently on offer at WH Smiths for a very reasonable £7.99. I plan to stock up and buy a few packs as I think they will make great Christmas presents for all the kiddiewinkles I have to buy presents for this year.
Face painting is very popular with 2/3 year olds and up. If you are a parent at one time or another you will have been submitted to pester power and probably coughed up anything up to £4 or so to have your child's face painted. As with most activities "doing it yourself" is cheaper.
Children love face painting, and Snazaroo are a company that have tried hard to make face painting relatively affordable and accessible for you to try at home. They are also the choice of many professionals.
In my non copious free time I decided to learn to do a short course to learn to face paint and these are the paints that my tutor recommended, through use of the paints I can see why; I shall try to explain why this is a great product.
When I bought some (£2.50-3 each for the 18ml size) I was surprised to see that they actually have "made in the uk" on the pot, the company is based in the uk and was established in 1989. For me it is a good thing to be able to buy a British product.
The manufacturers have an excellent website www.snazaroo.com ; if you are feeling daunted and thinking that this is something that is not for you take a few minutes to browse this site. There are useful tips and a beginner's guide, the products themselves, and also photos to enable you to be inspired. Should your results be amazing you can also share your creations!
The paints themselves come in pots with clear lids of various sizes - the smallest pots are 18ml which seems a tiny amout, but I have found that they last and last and you can do over a hundred faces with one pot. You will also need some brushes, some sponges, and a mirror to show your "victims" their finished face and you are good to go! A water spray can be helpful to wet the paint too.
They also sell special packs with small amounts and everything you would need to do a party or small charity event such as a school fair. I would say that practice is ESSENTIAL first but I have done a few events now and it is always very popular.
For an outlay of about £10 you can purchase a party pack which will cover 30 faces or more, and if you spend about £30 on paints and brushes and sponges you will be able to raise money for your preschool or school for a few events. The paints won't go off and can be stored for a couple of years.
You should know that the paints are safe - they are non toxic and formulated for sensitive skin. Because they are water based you apply and remove them with water. I have found through use that they remove easily with a wipe or water, the exception being bright green - my poor daughter had the remains of a Christmas tree on her face for a little while!
The paints should be applied using a brush or cosmetic sponge. You use them much as you would do water paints - the more water you add the lighter the colour will be, so follow the tips on the website - but basically do not over-dilute.
Sponges are best for covering large areas - so eg the red for spiderman. Brushes can be used for smaller areas, e.g small butterflies, flowers or pirates' eye patches or crossbows. These are relatively easy to paint, but again practise!
The paints dry quickly, if the weather is warm you will need to use a little more water. The only problem I have ever had is that one very hot summer day the paints were literally melting and hard to apply, but that was in extreme conditions.
The company also produce other products like fake blood and glitter. I have found that the glitter gel is fantastic - it is a bit more expensive but a little goes a long way and girls love it for butterfly or princess faces.
Snazaroo products are available online but also can be found in many craft shops and ELC, the cheapest offline stockist I have found is The Range.
On a rainy afternoon or for a school fundraising event give these products a try - it is lots of fun! I was worried it would be difficult when I started but now I have taught a few friends how to do "spiderman" and butterflies and have even been asked for my card - so perhaps in the future it will be a money raiser. If you are nervous you can practise on your arm. As I have said most children love having their face painted so in my experience they sit quite still - though 3 year olds are more easily pleased than 6 year olds!
Give it a go!
Wholst browsing amazon i spotted these face paints and thought they would be a great idea for my daughters for christmas, they are available from amazon in single large pots of varying colours or in specific sets and there are loads to choose from, i opted for the dog set to make my two daughters up to look like there canine counterpart henry.
When these first arrived i wasnt too impressed as they were £3 and there was only 3 small paints in a pallett, one brown, black and white and i didnt think they were worth the money.
Upon opening them on christmas day we decided to give them a try, i was very surprised at how well they worked, they are very easy to apply to the face and to work with unlike other brands we have tryed, they look profesional when they are on and you only need a little bit so will last a lot longer than what i expected originally so they are well worth what i payed for them,
They are easy to remove, we removed ours with a baby wipe and dont stain the skin like others we have brought although i wouldnt let my two loose with them alone as i would have a right mess everywhere.
They are a brilliant face paint suitable for all ages but adult help or supervision will be needed with young children
I have two daughters one of whom is 3 and recently had her face painted at a friend's birthday party. She was a slightly sparkly dalmatian puppy and refused to have her face washed (despite it being all smudged after she had a nap) until bedtime...even that was a fight! With this in mind, I thought face paints would be a good thing for christmas! Sadly though, she's just had a horrible dose of tonsillitis so I dug them out as an early cheer-up pressie a couple of days ago and I've just spend the last few days honing my face painting skills!!
So why Snazaroo? Well, I chose Snazaroo face paints as I found that Early Learning Centre sell them and as I buy a lot of things from there for christmas I thought I'd just get them with all the other bits and pieces. Luckily I also found out that Amazon sell them and I managed to get them for free with some of my dooyoo money. However, after initially deciding to buy them purely for convenience I then also noted that they do seem to be of the more professional variety and the packs seem to be well kitted out and suggest they will paint a lot of faces. The set I bought is the Snazaroo 'Girl's Pack' which is £9.99 and has 8 concentrated colours, brush, sponge and colour instruction booklet - it should paint 50 faces.
Any good? I'd have to say that they are really, really good! I haven't done any face painting in years since my very limited attempts at my saturday job as a 16 year old where I got roped into dressing as a teddy bear for the weekend and sat in tent painting teddy bears on young children and hoping they didn't ask to be anything more complicated... BUT this weekend I have managed to transform my toddler into a butterfly, fairy, rabbit, dog, and even an aquarium!!! The paints apply very easily and the brush and sponge are really good. The instruction booklet isn't as step by step as they suggest but it is easy to follow and has some nice ideas. The paints also wipe off really easily with warm soapy water or even just baby wipes.
Bad points? I haven't found any so far other than my slight lacking in artistic talents and my daughter's fantastic expectations!
Prices? You can buy individual colours for around £3 each and sets with smaller pots of paint for specific themes (e.g. princess, super heroes, pirates) are around £3 too. Larger sets are around £10+ and additional brushes and sponges can be purchased sperately too for around £1 each. Snazaroo is available from Amazon and Early Learning Centre and various other places. I would advise buying one of the sets first off (like we have) as this seems to give you a good basic set of colours and then you can top up with any extras you need. I'm now planning to supplement what we have by asking Santa to bring some sparkly colours!
A full range of water based face and body paints and accessories designed for commercial or private use. Guaranteed to be safe and non-toxic they are available in a full range of colours including gold and silver. Also made by the same company are concise instruction books for the amateur or professional. Costing around £3 each the full range of colours is also available in party packs at around £10 a set. As an experience festival and party organiser, safety has always been THE main criteria for such equipment. Starting out with the basic primary colours and a good set of brushes, it allows the painter to experiment, and with some practice, create wonderful works of art. In my 4 years experience I have yet to have find any allergic children or adults, however, that does not mean that they are guaranteed to be suitable for absolutely everyone. But as a sufferer of a common skin complaint I have no problems with them. They can be difficult to locate, and can often be found in dance and fancy dress shops and stores, there are not to be confused with more expensive theatrical grease paint, which can be a devil to remove stains from clothes. Snazaroo, due to their water base, is, in comparison very easy to clean with no special treatment or detergent needed. I have not had any problems removing paint form either the children’s clothes or mine. Even when a stubborn child refuses to wash them off in the evening, on waking it is still easy to remove from their face and the pillowcase.(A favourite of my kids) They are bright and bold, with a smooth consistency in use. Due to their nature they dry out quite quickly and plenty of clean water is a must. They can be used in conjunction with body glitter and hair dye. It is quite safe to let your kids loose with them in the knowledge that the mess can be easily cleaned up with no evidence left behind. A good set can cost you around £30 for a full range of popular colours, enab
ling the artist to paint just about anything that their imagination will allow. For your £30 you can expect to paint somewhere in the region of 150 faces. For fundraising they are a very valuable asset as the going rate in Plymouth for a well-painted face is around £1.50 a child. They last for several years either opened or unopened, although there is a best before date, which is normally about 3 years from the time of manufacture. To accompany these paints, Snazaroo have published several books, demonstrating the simple but effective use of these paints, and different techniques that can portray designs ranging from the regular cat and dog to the more imaginative aliens and monsters. I have a couple of these books, and with a little practice they can be cast away and used for reference instead of instruction. They are graphic and show every step in the process. They are an affordable extra, and as far as I am concerned they are quite necessary in the initial purchase, unless you have had plenty of practise already. Their colour palettes are designed as an all in one face paint set and includes a palette with around 12 colours, a small brochure with a few designs, paintbrushes and sponges. They retail for around £10, and I feel that they are actually quite expensive, however for the person that has little or no experience it is a complete outfit, and will give some indication as to the interest and ability level. It is a great party pack, face painted children add character to a Childs party. You do not have to be a genius or Van Gogh to create beautiful faces with these, but a creative streak is useful. For the less able artist I can suggest starting out with pre-cut stencils, and sponges. The stencils reduce the errors and the sponges allow a large portion of paint to be evenly distributed. Snazaroo also have a wide range of quality brushes designed primarily for this purpose, and although expensive,
they are far superior quality, however my budget has not allowed the purchase of many of them. I find that ordinary brushes as long as they are in good condition and fairly good quality can be just as effective. Downsides? To be honest there are none that I am aware of, bar the fact that when I get the face paints out, I end up with a queue of kids, my own and other peoples all flicking through my books and designs. Halloween is a prime example. And I suppose that locating them can be a problem, but when you find some, you tend to find a full and varied selection, from an established local company, who will probably still be in business when you need to replenish your supplies. I have used the more expensive grease paints, and yes I am impressed with them, but the costs outweigh the benefit .In practise the grease paints do last longer on a child face, but for my purposes they are uneconomical. I thoroughly recommend them.
Make-up with a high pigment content that ensures vivid colors. Snazaroo Face Paints are water based, ensuring easy application and removal with soap and water after use. These paints dry fast during application, enabling you to paint multi-color designs quickly and easily.