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11 Best Face Painting Kits of 2019 Put to the Test




Face and skin painting is a genuinely fun activity for everyone – the artist and the subject!

Kids especially are very excited whenever the words “face” and “painting” are put together.

However, it’s effortless to start painting on faces without giving it much thought – face paints must be chosen with as much care as possible, just because it’s people who are being affected.

Since skin and face paints are in constant direct contact, it becomes crucial to select face/skin paints which are soft on the skin and do not yield any reaction like rashes.

You’ll be surprised to know that depending on your specific use case, such as painting bellies at a baby showers, you can pick a paint set of your choice!

Today, that’s what we will be talking about – we have picked 11 of the most value-for-money, safe and high-quality painting kits on sale today. Without further ado, let’s begin with our discussion!

Best Face Painting Kits

  1. 24 Face Paint Crayons by JOYIN

The best part about face colors is that they come in several variants, including crayons. This set of 24 face painting crayons is a beautiful method of putting face paint! There is a substantial variety of colors on offer. Further, these colors are elementary to paint with and require minimal effort. They are water-based and come with the safest and best ingredients.

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Experience

The primary application of these paints are during children’s events and parties, and you can be sure they’ll be a hit there. These are soft but do not break off the face surface and wash away very quickly. These colors contain zero parabens and are non-toxic. Not just this, they’ll be very safe for children with sensitive skin. Rest assured, for simple face paintings, these are perfect.

For doing simple designs such as whiskers from bats and cats, animal designs, face tattoos, etc. – these crayons will be more than sufficient. All that’s needed to get rid of them is a sponge, a spot of soap and some warm water! They come with six metallic shades, which can add that extra touch to your face paintings.

If you’re looking for an excellent, value-for-money, yet a safe product, this is your best bet.

Pros
  • Extremely safe to use, especially for children and those with sensitive skin
  • Comes off with just a sponge and warm water in a matter of a few minutes
  • Metallic colors add a different dimension to your face paintings
Cons
  • Harder to make more complex designs using crayons, best for casual use
  1. Snazaroo Face Paint Ultimate Party Pack

If you’re not new to this space, chances are you’ve encountered this product earlier. That’s all because Snazaroo makes incredibly high-quality, value-for-money and safe products, suitable for all age ranges and skin types. Even though this is wet paint, it doesn’t chip or break off and comes away cleanly with not that much effort. It also comes bundled with a lot of stuff!

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Experience

There’s very little that the Snazaroo objectively gets wrong as a set of face paints. There’s a good variety in the shades on offer (12 different, yet vibrant and punchy colors), as well as two paint brushes and four sponges to help you get the color on! They do give you the entire set of things you might need – outside of a palette, but that’s an optional item.

Then, we come to the safety aspect of the paint. It’s very, very safe – it protects the painted person or child from a variety of toxins and is safe for sensitive skin as well. It’s compliant with the FDA, free of any toxic fragrance components and pungent odors, and also adheres to the most common regulations on cosmetics. The application and removal are also reasonably straightforward.

All in all, you get a fantastic all-in-one kit for not a lot of money. One of the best products on the market today!

Pros
  • Comes with literally all that you need to get started with face painting
  • Decent variety of paints on offer, colors are very high quality
  • No compromises on safety, smooth application of paint
Cons
  • The volume of paint is slightly lesser than most other sets on the market
  1. Global BodyArt – Carnival Face Painting Kit

If you’re on the lookout for a fresh, almost professional painting kit which offers a variety of colors, this is one of the best options out there. The Carnival Face Painting kit comes with several split cakes instead of similar sized ones, which means you have access to a much larger variety than other kits. It delivers a good quality painting experience!

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  • Water based face paint
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  • These body paints are crueltry free, never tested on animals
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Experience

When you’re looking for paints, chances are you’ll go for the paint set which gives you the most amount of paint shades. This set does that in spades since there are variable sized paint cakes. Painting a single color is incredibly easy – you merely have to use the brush or the sponge to wipe the entire face with a unique shade. However, there is no brush included with this set.

A sponge is also notable by its absence. The color variety and the quality of paint used are, however, enough to sway us towards suggesting this set for painting faces and bodies. These paints are hypoallergenic and FDA compliant as well. The volume of colors which you get with this set is also a major plus point for this set. All in all, a fantastic set with some compromises!

Pros
  • Comes with several paint shades
  • Safe enough for use on people with sensitive skin as well as children
  • The volume of paints you get will last you for multiple painting sessions
Cons
  • There is nothing besides the color that you get with this paint kit, will have to buy stencils, sponges, palettes, and brushes on your own 
  1. Face Paint Kit by Zenovika

Are you looking for a funky paint kit which looks cool and performs just as well? Zenovika has a beautiful offering in this department, one which gives you 81 components! There are more than 50 stencils, 15 paints, two glitters, 2 chalk hair colors for that extra zing, and two sponges to ensure the paint spreads evenly. Except for a brush, you get everything you need!

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Experience

You get more than what you can reasonably use at once with this set. Further, your components can last you much longer than just the paint, so this kit makes much sense for someone who is looking for a no-nonsense addition to their face painting toolkit. It costs a dollar and a half per bottle of paint barely, and as such makes for an excellent value proposition.

You’re also getting several other components which are very likely to make your painting experience much more fun and easy for all involved – including yourself and your subjects! The variety of stencils especially makes this kit worth the outlay. The package includes glycerol as a primary binder, as well as candelilla wax as a preservative for the paint on the skin.

Both of these components come tried and tested and help further the case for getting this kit, especially if you’re starting with face painting!

Pros
  • Unbelievable amount of stencils on offer – makes your job much easier
  • Comes with chalk hair colors and glitter, which help you deliver a more comprehensive face painting experience
  • Colors are trusted when it comes to health and safety
Cons
  • For more specialized colors, you may need a palette or procure paints individually
  1. Blue Squid Face Paint Kit

If the kit above does not feel comprehensive enough, the new kid on the block claims to provide a solution – particularly when it comes to brushes. Blue Squid set up shop just two years ago, but their Face Paint Kit gets you to work faster and better. You get 30 stencils, two brushes, four sponges, two pans – white and black, two glitters and 12 punchy colors to boot!

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Experience

This particular kit is well-known both because of the quality of their paint as well as the variety of stencils they have on offer. Since Blue Squid is a new company, it doesn’t stop at merely giving you the products and hanging you out to dry; you also get several tutorials on their website. These tutorials range from stencil use to full-blown character designs like Darth Vader!

Paraben-free, non-toxic, FDA-compliant, hypoallergenic, and most importantly, vegan – these are the paints which are the least likely to cause damage to the skin of the subject. These paints are incredibly safe, and the vibrancy of colors is better than most others can offer. The glitters add to the pizzazz of face painting, and the pans are useful for mixing paints.

Pros
  • Much safer and more eco-friendly than other comparable paint sets
  • Online tutorials are wonderfully detailed, can make intricate designs simply following them
  • Comes with many stencils, which make life easier in events of scale
Cons
  • Just 12 paints might feel insufficient for some painters
  1. Professional Face Paint Kit by Bo Buggles

For those of you looking for more professional face painting kits and taking your skills up to the next level, the Professional Face Paint kit by Bo Buggles presents an excellent opportunity. You get sixteen different pots to store your paints in, and the set comes with a brush. The paint set arrives in a luxurious case too!

The exterior case makes it perfect for those who travel frequently.

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Experience

This kit leaves no stone unturned in ensuring you get an enjoyable painting experience. There are twelve vibrant and punchy paint shades on offer, and four shiny yet understated glitters to make the experience that much better. All of the colors Bo Buggles have on offer are compliant with FDA norms, safe for all kinds of skin, and are glycerin-based.

These are not oil or acrylic paints – instead, they are based on water! They also include 30 stencils for the most common patterns and shapes you can expect to work with during events. These make your life much more convenient and last long even after the paint is finished off.

There are a few problems too, however – one of which is the lack of a sponge with this set. The other problem is that since this isn’t a cake, you can’t use the paints without using a palette or a tray in between.

This set makes for a strong competitor to most other intermediate level face painting kits out there.  

Pros
  • Comes with a luxurious exterior cover for paints, very traveler-friendly
  • The brushes included are of very high quality, same goes for the colors and glitter too
  • Stencils are very useful while face painting en masse
Cons
  • Does not have a sponge as part of the standard kit
  1. Mehron Paradise AQ Pro Face Paint Kit

This kit aims explicitly at those wanting to create a career out of face painting. It is incredibly expensive compared to all the other painting sets we’ve reviewed and does not come with anything other than just paints. Twenty-six different shades in thirty bottles, to be accurate.

These paints are leagues ahead of what you get in other kits, however, both in quality and mixability.

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Experience

These are the paints you find on Broadway plays!  These paints perform incredibly well when it comes to being painted on faces and bodies. These paints contain the very best of face painting materials – Avocado Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, Cucumber Extract and so on.

Hence, you can see that these paints are not your supermarket-variety paints, and will deliver a fantastic experience even though they’re water-based. Make sure you use a setting spray after you’ve finished painting!

These paints come tested with over 90 years of experience by makeup artists all over the globe, including use in Hollywood and Broadway who are the largest consumers of this particular kit.

The Paradise AQ range is the top-of-the-line and hence makes zero compromises in any arenas. If you can afford it, we suggest getting your sponges, brushes, and mixing palettes as well. Welcome to the world of professional face painting!  

Pros
  • Best quality of paints found anywhere on the market
  • Used in the best places for nearly a century, comes with the trust of Hollywood and Broadway alike
  • Variety of shades on offer and mixability is unmatchable by any other face painting set on offer
Cons
  • Does not come with any other besides the paints, you must have your painting items beforehand
  1. Klutz Children’s Face Painting Kit

From the thoroughly professional painting kit we reviewed before this, we come down to more accessible pastures. The Klutz Children’s painting kit comes with six professional paint colors, a sponge, a paintbrush, as well as tear-out design cards which you can use as design templates.

You also get a comprehensive 58-page guide which outlines which techniques and styles you should follow to make designs ranging from simple to technical.

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Experience

This particular face painting kit has found its way into millions of prospective face painters, and this goes to show how the kit design took place and was structured. It has everything you need to get started, and while six paints may seem like nothing compared to the thirty above, they are all professional Wolfe FX paints which have been on the market for a long time.

Not just amateur and professional face painters, this is one of the few kits which children themselves can use quickly and intuitively! This kit comes with excellent color quality, though the lack of colors means you have to mix water-based paints. This task can be all too heavy, so you must make sure you can mix colors as per your intended consequences.

For children, however, it is the best face painting kit on the market today.

Pros
  • It’s simple and comes with many things you need to get started with face painting
  • Instruction book which comes along with the painting set is genuinely helpful for first timers
  • Paint quality is top-notch, competes with the best professional paints
Cons
  • Comes with only six paints, which will need lots of effort to be mixed
  1. Vegan Face Paint Kit by Bayleaf Botanicals

Are you on the market for Vegan face painting kit? You’re probably in the best place to be! This kit is one of the most exhaustive kits out there in terms of the color variety because you get 28 different colors, all of which are high-quality and incredibly safe, with the product following all possible compliances and safety standards.

However, the major selling point is that all the paints are certified vegan and eco-friendly.

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Experience

Even though it does not come with extra material which is specifically required for face painting, you should consider this painting kit for the sole reason of the variety and safety that you get with these paints.

These paints are highly consistent in texture, works very well with sensitive and dry skin, and is easily one of the more environmentally-conscious colors you can get on the market today. Further, the paint size might seem small from the outside, but the quantity of paint you get is likely to last you multiple face painting sessions.

Certain shades such as ultramarine, aster, and lilac are challenging to find even when it comes to regular paints, so it’s surprising seeing these colors on a face painting kit. These are also FDA-compliant, hypo-allergenic and free of parabens, glutens or latex – these paints are a boon for those with allergies!

Pros
  • Variety of paints in this kit is unbeatable, and other kits can’t come close
  • The quality of the colors is par for the course, and then some
  • The paints are all vegan, and hence are much safer for the environment – even though they are relatively cheaper compared to certain oil paints
Cons
  • Does not come with any extra materials such as a paintbrush, a sponge or even some dry glitter
  1. Melissa & Doug Craft and Create Face-Painting Kit

If you’re looking for something fun, cheap and easy to follow – especially when it comes to kids, this kit has stayed near the top for a while. The reasons include an elementary and easy-to-follow idea book, six most basic shades of face paint which are safe and tested against all major standards. To top it all off, it comes with a mixing tray, a sponge and a brush!

It is also priced extremely well, making it an excellent value proposition.

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Experience

If kids parties are something you deal with regularly, the chances are that the topic of face painting comes up once in every while. In case you’re looking at gifting artistic children a set of face paints to explore their creativity, this is one of the best options on the market today.

It comes with everything a child needs to get started, and all the components are very high-quality too. Several customers bought this as gifts for children, especially around Halloween. They all reported that the process of getting paint on and off was satisfactory and that the colors did not chip off or break with time.

It’s a dry, cake-type paint which needs lots of water to keep going, so make sure you have water nearby. The kit has a beautiful design, with separate compartments for the brush, paint and the idea book. It’s a kit that’s been tried and tested over the years, and it still goes off the shelves like a fresh pastry. Can’t go wrong with this!

Pros
  • Incredibly cheap, compared to most other competitors in this space
  • Paints are all high-quality, do not chip off or break
  • The idea book illustrations are intuitive and simple to follow
Cons
  • The black paint has seen several reports of being hard to get off once painted
  1. ARTacts -Professional Artist Paint Brush Set

A few kits above focussed solely on the paints. Here, we do something a little different and move towards the end of our discussion with a set of professional face painting brushes. There are 12 brushes in this set, all made out of high-quality synthetic materials which are also non-toxic.  They come with a lifetime guarantee on their quality, to top it off.

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Experience

These paintbrushes are not your average, run-of-the-mill paintbrush set. These are made specifically for face painting and hence come with bristles that vary in size and width, though their lengths are the same. Some brushes are pointed, some are straight, others are frazzled – each brush has its purpose, and does it very well!

They’re built using solid wood, and the ferrule is all aluminum and holds the bristles tightly.

These brushes establish that you don’t need to splurge too much on brushes to get quality brushes which last you years without breaking or bristles falling here and there. The material of the bristles is quite soft so using them on children’s faces won’t be an issue for anyone. Paint tends to stick well on the surface and to get it off isn’t a source for trouble as well.

All in all, it’s a beautiful set of brushes for those interested in face painting. To avoid the mess sponges make, go for these paintbrushes!

Pros
  • Comes with 12 brushes which are all different in shape and purpose
  • Brushes have a solid wood handle, and the ferrule is aluminum so no rusting issues
  • Synthetic, high-quality bristles make life much easier
Cons
  • Does not have a round brush, which one generally expects to see in every brush set

With the last review, we wrap up our discussion on 11 of the best face painting kits you can buy on the market today. All of them are somewhat different in their applications, uses and the variety of equipment that you get with each of them.

However, what remains constant is the quality of material that you get – all of these have solid quality and safety credentials to back them up.

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