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Best Snazaroo Face Paints Alternatives
Snazaroo Face Paints have been around for a very very long time and thousands of face "painters worldwide started the face painting journey with Snazaroo face paints," but many have outgrown the brand since then and moved on to new alternative brands that provide different consistency, colors and a different finish.
Snazaroo face paints are a great option for those starting out since it is a fairly easy to use face paint and it is a well trusted brand with years in the market. This is a safe face paint brand for kids and adults alike, but it is not the only safe face paint brand so we will walk you through alternatives and what makes them different.
This blog is intended for those looking to witch from Snazaroo to other face paint brands and don't know yet what brand to choose.
What are the Key Characteristics of Snazaroo Face Paints?
In order to choose an alternative brand of face paint it is important to understand the product we are working with. Snazaroo Face Paints are usually categorized as a Glycerin Based face paint (in opposition to oil based, wax based or powder based).
So what does that mean? It means that is a good face paint for applying bases, since it is soft and blendable, but not the best for line work, since glycerin can blead on the skin unlike wax. It also means that it will have a more matte finish and will be more likely to transfer or smudge than wax based or powder based face paints.
In regards to color, here is what Ilea from Looking Glass has to say about on her own blog post.
"I've always found the colors of glycerin based paint (such as Snazaroo and Mehron) to be fairly 'neutral toned', and wax base paints (such as TAG, and Wolf) to have more saturation on average for their pallets. Snazaroo paints don't have the same 'pop' that wax based colors have through out most of their brands color section."
Snazaroo is also known for having some nice bright colors, but most of the range is not what we would say super bright. We imagine that in order to make them easier to wash off, Snazaroo face paints are not as pigmented as other brands. This is not true for every color, but it is very noticeable on their black face paint, since it is not nearly as opaque and black as other face paint brands.
Now, even though it might not be as pigmented as other brands, it does not mean it is always easy to remove. That depends a lot on every person, their skin, and the removal method.
As you can see form the review below not every person has an easy time removing Snazaroo face paints off their skin, but this is true for EVERY brand and not just Snazaroo. The overall reviews on this brand are still excellent from most users that usually either have tried very cheap brands that show up only during Halloween (don't do that), or have just not tried other professional face paint brands.
What Should I look for in a Face Paint Brand?
Finding the perfect face paint brand for you. Although we have written a blog post about the best face paint brand, truth is, it all depends on the user, their likes and dislikes and their needs.
Regardless, there are a few things that we think most face painters or people looking into buying face paints should look for:
1 - Quality above price. This is a makeup product, it goes on your skin, so you should focus on quality. Look for safe products from well known manufacturers, with proper ingredients lists. Do not go for brands that come around only around Halloween time since they have not been around for much for you to know their safety and they tend to be made with really cheap ingredients which either give you a terrible finish, or can be irritating for your skin... or both. Superstar face paints are a great example of a high quality and safe product.
2 - Will not transfer once dried. Some really cheap face paints (and some pro brands as well) tend to never really dry, leaving an oily finish on the skin that can be easily smudge and transferred when touched. This not only will ruin your design but it can also end up staining clothing, couches, etc. Try to choose face paint brands that will be smudge proof. Brands like Fusion Body Art are a great example of a brand that will fully dried after applied and will not easily transfer.
3 - It is easy to wash off or remove once the day is over. Some brands, mostly the super cheap ones can have really low quality pigments that are very hard to remove from the skin. If you don't want to look green or red forever, it is recommended that you choose a high quality face paint brand. Keep in mind though that every brand can have some difficult colors, but in general they are easier to remove the higher the quality. A brand that we love for how easy it is to remove overall is Fusion Body Art.
4 - Pigmentation. Look for face paints that look bright and bold rather than matte and muted if you want to have a bright look finish to your designs.
So What Are The Best Alternatives To Snazaroo Face Paints?
Like anything, that depends on what you are looking. Lets look at some examples.
I want a face paint brand that is equally as easy to blend and has a nice smooth soft finish, but has brighter colors.
In this case we would suggest for you to go with brands like Superstar or Paradise by Mehron. Both brands are glycerin base so they are as easy to blend as Snazaroo and have that soft almost velvet like finish, but they have a much larger selection of bright colors (including much bolder metallic colors) and also tend to provide a more smudge proof finish.
All of the face paints we sell ate JestPaint.com are generally regarded as safe based on tests conducted by the manufacturers, their ingredients and compliance with strict regulations in markets like Europe and the USA.
The only major difference between Snazaroo and most other face paint brands is that they took their time to register their product as toy in the USA and got a toy safety regulation, but that does not mean the other brands would not meet those requirements, they just have not applied for it because face paints are not really a toy but rather a cosmetic.