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i used this makeup to cosplay nepeta leijon from homestuck, and i thought the color was really nice! some people said it was too dark for troll cosplay but i thought it was perfect. it looked really smooth and application was really easy. the only issues i had with it was that it was nearly impossible to seal? since the only other paint ive used for cosplay is snazaroo, i usually just seal my paint with baby powder and it works great, but that was not at all the case with this paint. i had trouble putting on my makeup even after i sealed it because it stayed so greasy it rubbed off onto my makeup brush while i was applying it. and i also found when i sealed it with baby powder on my chest/collar bones it started cracking?? i would recommend getting a proffesional makeup sealant if you are planning to use this face paint, and probably even something liquid (probably ben nye brand spray sealer) instead of powder since it might cause cracking from drying out the paint. and also since it is grease based makeup, if you have sensitive skin i wouldnt recommend this paint, or at least not for long periods of time since it can lead to a break out. you might also be careful when you use it, if you have to do something important the day after wearing it, because it might stain your face gray. not horribly so, but your fave might be a little gray tinted after wearing it. also, this picture is obviously edited, and i did edit it to look a little smoother on my face, but you can still see a little bit of cracking on my chest, and you can at least get the basic gist of the color and stuff.
It worked well! It doesn’t ever dry so I had to be really careful with letting things brush my face or touching it myself. But it’s very pigmented and got the job done. Besides a couple minor smears during the night, it held up nicely. I also got it in white and it worked just as well.
I didn't have time to remix my Mehron Paradise cakes for this convention, so I wanted to get a face paint that actually came in light grey for my Homestuck/Hiveswap cosplays. It's a positive-leaning mixed bag, so I'll break it down. My routine for just the paint is primer, paint, set with powder, and spray with Ben Nye Final Seal.
PROS: - Application: Given its format as a foundation stick, it goes on a thousand times easier than any water based cake. No accidentally wiping off the layer below, no streaks, incredibly blendable. One layer is usually good. Sometimes you can see through it but it's very easy to just set the paint and then add a little more on top. - Touch-Ups: Because it never fully dries down, if you need to touch up, it's super easy. For both these cosplays, I had glasses, which meant in those spots on my nose it rubbed off. It was really easy to just take a brush to the stick and fill in those little gaps. - Blending: Very easy considering what we're working with. It's better to tap/dab things on than to wipe because, as it does not dry down, you can wipe off the paint by rubbing at it too much. The brushes I used for my eyes and contour did get a little grey while i was applying the makeup, but they all cleaned up fine with a little brush cleaner from elf. I also think that having that little bit of grey on the brush helped blend everything better.
CONS: - It never fully dries down. This is why I said beware. This is NOT something you should put on parts of your body that aren't your head or your neck. You WILL leave cream paint on everything you love. If your paint makes contact with clothing, it WILL leave spots on it. You can scrub at these with a makeup wipe sometimes and that helps if it's fresh. I haven't done a full thorough scrub on the makeup brush I used to apply this paint, but so far my attempts have been pretty futile. This also means that you can see skin spots on your eyelids if you blink sometimes. - Removal: I've found it's a bit more difficult than water-based face paints. With them it's a pretty quick scrub with my cleanser and I have almost all of it off. With this cream, it takes about 5-10 minutes of scrubbing with cleanser to get a good amount off, then you have to go back and scrub with a makeup wipe. This can't be removed with just water.
Overall I will definitely use this up - it's a good paint. But I may look into alternatives for the future, maybe something that sets a little better.
I went back and forth deciding to use a creme stick or a pressed powder but ultimately went this direction. It was worth it! It was super easy to apply, I purchased some makeup sponges from the dollar store and lasted all night through partying in costume. It WILL get on items and WILL rub off with continous contact or sweat even with a setting powder- so go heavy on the powder or keep ur hands off! haha It DID washout of my clothing it got on though wich is a big plus. I had it on my face and neck for about 5 hours and the only places it ended up fading were my upper lip and neck (sweat). I had barely used any product to get the area covered completely and only needed to apply another layer in a few spots. It blends easy and washed out easy the next day with no stains on my skin.
I would love to give it 5 Stars, especially for its performance, but as multiple other reviews say, this thing tends to break. I tried twisting up so I could get more product, and it wouldn’t come up, I had to tap the bottom, or just scoop it up. Also, the shipping was super fast, it got here in like 3 days.
It performs AMAZINGLY. I use it for my homestuck cosplays, but only when I’m going out to cons or will just be out and about. Just yesterday I went to Denver Comic Con, and then to Denver Pride. I danced a lot, I sweat a lot, and walked around in the rain a lot- and I never ONCE had to touch up my make up. This thing is a pain to seal though, I had to use setting powder, baby powder, and then a combo of my elf setting spray and another setting spray of which I forgot the name.
Because of how intensely set it has to be, it’s a struggle to take it off, but I believe maybe using the brands own setting spray would be a lot better and easier. I wouldn’t know, since I have yet to purchase the Mehron setting spray.
All in all, amazing durability and wear, would recommend for festivals, conventions, dances, parties, and I guess normal wear if you get this as a foundation stick. It’s very full coverage. I just wish the packaging of it was a bit better.
You cosplay those trolls I see you. You can’t hide, and you can’t escape. Sadly, no unfortunately, you can’t leave leave this. You can leave the fandom but you’ll never escape the pain, heartache, rage, confusion, and pure joy that one Webcomic gave you. It’s like a fever dream. Well, I wish you good luck on your journey you lovely little homestuck trash, see you on the flip side ;) (Or you’re here for Steven Universe or Lore Olympus(?) in which case you’re still stuck haha >:) )
The color and consistency is great and expected from Mehron. I used this for a cosplay where I needed a red tattoo down my leg, and it was really bright and consistent. The only downside is that it rubbed off on things if I used slightly too much, but didn't appear as brightly if I used just a little. I have cocoa brown skin, so I need really bright makeup for it to show up well. People with lighter complexions might find it too bright.
It comes off with makeup remover, soap and water...eventually. The makeup is meant to last, and it does just that if you carefully apply a medium coat. The red markings stayed on my skin faintly for a few days afterwards.
The colors are nice. Ogre green is very olive colored when on skin. It’s easy to smear it and I’m not sure how well it’ll hold up over several hours. It has a tendency to smear when you’re applying coats so I’d recommend buying a beauty blender to help make it even.
I dressed as beetlejuice this Halloween so I needed a good white face paint. This isn’t cream so it didn’t smear on much. Only lasted 2 hours before it looked like it needed reapplying in some areas. Easy to spread with a foundation or concealer brush. Best of all the whites I have tried.