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I picked up this face painting kit for my sons at Christmas time. I had been looking up various options of buying face painting kits, and picked this one as it seemed to be the best option - some kits only came with the paints meaning that you needed to buy items to apply the paints to the face separately. For the £14 I paid for this kit, I was confident that this was my best option in terms of value and function.
Snazaroo make high quality high pigment face paints. This particular pack is designed to have enough paint to create 60 painted faces, which is plenty for casual use of this kit. It comes with sponges and brushes for applying the paint. One sponge is large for applying the base colour to the whole face, then there are three smaller sponges for applying pigment in patches. These sponges work best when they are slightly damp. I find that they hold the pigment well, and it applies to the skin well, but when you come to wash the sponges (which I did with washing up liquid) that some of the pigment does stain the sponges.
There are also two brushes within the kit. The longer one is 12.5cm in length, with a very chiseled brush head which is good for putting on finer detail. The smaller 7.5cm brush is better for building up the colour but less good at the detail.
The paints are discs of colour sat in little plastic pots. There are larger discs of black and white, then smaller discs of other colours - sparkly pink, sparkly purple, red, yellow, green, orange, brown, light pink, dark and light blue.
Apparently you can also mix the colours together to create your own, but I haven't tried this as I don't want to cross colour my blocks.
There are then two pots of a glitter within a gel. One of these is a silvery colour, the other is a more irridescent glitter which looks as though it has different colours within it so sometimes it looks a bit white, sometimes pink or a bit green.
The most useful thing about this kit is it comes with a great colour booklet which gives you tips about how to use the face paints to get the best results, but also provides you with plenty of examples of painted faces for you to follow. Only some of these have full instructions, but I found once I had attempted one face, I quickly got the idea of starting with the base colour before building up detail to the design. I found although it takes a while to do a whole childs face, that it is quite possible to create the designs shown in the booklet with a minimal amount of talent from the painter.
The paints themselves do feel a bit itchy on the skin when they dry. Both of my sons wanted the paints off after about an hour. I found that the paint comes off quite well with a bit of warm water, though I recommend using something like baby wipes rather than a flannel as my son managed to permanently stain one of my flannels with the black paint.
These paints are non-toxic, but it doesn't mean non-iritant to the skin. My youngest son has eczema, and I noticed that his face was left quite irritated and red after we took the paint off. It was not enough for me to say we won't use the face paints again, but I would be careful to only leave it on for a little while and make sure we thoroughly remove it and put cream on his skin afterwards.
If your children enjoy having their faces painted and you want to try to recreate it yourselves, then this is a great kit with everything you need to do it. You can get smaller sets, but by the time you buy brushes and sponges I think this one works out good value.