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Snazaroo face-painting and Special FX kits

Submitted by on October 12, 2009 – 7:18 pmNo Comment


“We loved the fact that with the Snazaroo face-painting and Special FX kits you don’t need to be a make-up artist to make a convincing job of a severed finger or other stomach-churning injury”

Buy online at Snazaroo

Price £9.99 each

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Initial thoughts: Want to win the fancy-dress contest this Halloween? Want to cause a stir when you go trick-or-treating? Then you’ll be needing more than just a long black cloak and a pointy hat.

Some face-paint might get you noticed, and some seriously stomach-churning physical disfigurements would secure first-prize. Both can be yours thanks to these kits from Snazaroo.

The face-painting kit comes with a standard palette of eight colours, a brush and sponge and a book of helpful photgraphic templates. The Snazaroo Special FX kit comprises of a tub of theatre wax, a spatula and stipple sponge and some fake blood. Let the fun begin…

We liked: You don’t need to be a make-up artist or to work in cinema special effects to make a convincing job of it. My daughter loved the face-paints, applying them herself and experimenting with designs for a fancy-dress party she’s attending.

The Special FX kit is hardly more difficult, and I was surprised how quickly you could create a really convincing (and stomach-churning) injury. We settled for a simple severed finger, but I feel we could have managed whole limbs or even a head without much trouble. And if your imagination needs a little prompting, then the instructions come with full colour pictures and step-by-step instructions. It really couldn’t be easier.

We weren’t so keen:
On the fiddly plastic covers on the paints. Given that the individual cakes are recessed in quite deeply in the plastic palette, removing the thin film from the top of each one is seriously frustrating. Clearly there needs to be some means of preventing the paints from drying, but this aspect of the packaging has not been thought through, which is a shame. My top tip would be to make sure you’ve spent some time preparing everything well before halloween.

Overall: If you’ve got a strong stomach, the Snazaroo Special FX kits can make some seriously gruesome additions to a halloween costume. The injuries are extremely realistic, and even in my untutored hands we managed to create a convincing mock-up of a severed finger. So convincing, in fact, we nearly had a real injury to deal with when someone calling at the front-door almost fainted.

The Snazaroo face-paints and Special KX kits are safe and easy to apply and – importantly – wash off easily. We were careful not to get any onto clothes, but I would imagine it would be quite straightforward to remove. And you can perform miracles of healing in a matter of minutes to the fake injuries sustained in an evening’s trick or treating. All in all, these kits are a couple of halloween essentials. Just remind me to disconnect the doorbell.

[Tim]

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