Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette Review

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4.6

Mehron Makeup Paradise AQ Pro Face Paint Palette

Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette

The Spruce Crafts / Sarah Vanbuskirk

What We Like
  • 30 stunning colors

  • Rich, vivid face paint

  • Creamy, wearable texture

  • Easy-on, easy-off

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey (but worth it)

  • Doesn’t include applicators

Bottom Line

Mehron’s Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette offers superior quality with vivid, highly pigmented face paint that's easy to apply and remove.

4.6

Mehron Makeup Paradise AQ Pro Face Paint Palette

Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette

The Spruce Crafts / Sarah Vanbuskirk

We purchased the Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette so our writer could put it to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.

Face paint has become a mainstay of Halloween, fairs, and birthday parties, as well as just a fun activity. It used to be that you would only see professional makeup kits if you were in theater or film productions. Now, you can find every conceivable type of face paint kit available for purchase, including ones used for creating gruesome, blood-spattered looks for October 31 to cheerful ones, like glitter and fairy princess themed sets. I tried out the Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette. Read on to find out if this professional-grade face paint set is a miss or a masterpiece.

Entertainment Value: Stunning

We had a blast using the Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette. This set’s colors are beyond gorgeous and achieve outstanding results. We created fantastic looks, including butterflies, salmon, turtles, spiderman, tiger, dragon, and panda faces. These creamy, highly-pigmented paints are super blendable both on and off the face and can be mixed to produce infinite color options.

Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette
The Spruce Crafts / Sarah Vanbuskirk

My kids (age 8 to 16) and I experimented with this set and painted lovely designs on each other. Then, we asked my amazing artist friend Katie to try them out with us, and her work with this Mehron palette blew us away. Katie created dynamic, intricate designs with this luscious range of bright colors. She loved the palette so much; she wants one of her own.

Performance: Dreamy

Having used multiple face paint sets over the years, I can confidently say that Mehron’s Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette is one of the best. The pigments are soft and smooth on the skin. The colors are very blendable and intense, so a little goes a long way. We painted eight faces with this set and barely made a dent in the pots of color. And, if you run out of one color, refills can be ordered separately. In addition to how easy this set is to work with, the hues are super vibrant and offer excellent opaque coverage. 

Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette
The Spruce Crafts / Sarah Vanbuskirk

Design: Just add brushes

Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette is sleek and simple in design. It’s a slim 10 by 12.5 by 1.5-inch black case that opens in the front like a laptop to reveal 30 1.5 inch diameter pots of paint. The colors are arranged in a 5 by 6 grid protected with a removable sheet of gray foam.

Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette
The Spruce Crafts / Sarak Vanbuskirk

There are 24 vivid, richly pigmented colors, including every rainbow color, and then some. The shades are dark blue, orange, dark green, teal, light green, red, yellow, dark brown, dark pink, purple, lagoon blue, beach berry, mango, Amazon green, storm cloud, wild orchid, coral, light pink, light brown, light blue, violet, gold, and silver. Plus, this set has 3 black and 3 white since these are the most widely used colors.

These creamy, highly-pigmented paints are super blendable both on and off the face, and can be mixed to produce infinite color options.

These paints are vegan and gluten-free, not tested on animals, and their ingredients (talc, glycerin, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, natural colors) comply with all U.S. cosmetics standards. The only drawback to this kit is that no applicators are included. So, we needed to buy paintbrushes and makeup applicators to use it.

Wearability and Removal: Easy-on, easy-off

Mehron has been making face paint since 1927 and manufactures its sets in the U.S. This excellent quality makeup is professional-level and water-based. The paints go on creamy and set quickly and comfortably. Colors start dry and turn creamy when activated with a small amount of water, similar to using a watercolor set.

Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette
The Spruce Crafts / Sarah Vanbuskirk

The recommended application technique is to wet a makeup brush or sponge with water, move it across the color cake until it becomes creamy, and then apply. 

To remove color, use soap and warm water. These face paint designs wear well and last—even on handsy and snack-eating kids. None of the children complained about the feel when wearing this paint—this is not the case with other brands. When the colors dry, their faces didn't feel overly dry, and the colors didn't cake or flake.

Some users have reported that on fair skin, the darker pigments (specifically blues and greens) can be harder to remove, leaving a faint residue on the skin that may last a day or two. My fair-skinned kids easily washed their designs off using a washcloth doused with gentle soap and warm water.

Price: High but well worth it

The Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette retails for $100. This seems like a steep price compared with the cheaper sets on the market that start around $10. However, the price of this set more than justifies itself once you use it. This product’s vivid, true colors, wearability, ease of use, and paint opaqueness put it at the top of the market and far surpass the experience of using low-end sets.

Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette vs. Snazaroo Face Paint Ultimate Party Pack

Both of these sets offer palettes of bold, opaque colors that are easy-to-use and made of high-quality, non-toxic ingredients suitable for all skin types. The Snazaroo set offers 12 vibrant colors and two glitter gels and application tools for $16, while the Mehron product features 30 richly pigmented colors for $100. The Mahron palette does not supply application tools. However, it offers far more color options and is a more high caliber set intended for adult and professional use. Both are great options. I would go with the Snazaroo for more casual use with kids and the Mehron for more intricate and larger scale face painting projects.

Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette
Compare three face painting sets: Mehron (left), Snazaroo (center), and Blue Squid (right). The Spruce Crafts / Sarah Vanbuskirk
Final Verdict

Yes, buy it if your budget allows it.

The Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ 30 Color Palette is simply fantastic. Any budding (or established) face painter would be thrilled with this kit, which features gorgeous, full-coverage, easy-on, easy-off, wearable color. This kit is missing the applicators, but any small paintbrushes or makeup applicators will do.

Specs

  • Product Name Makeup Paradise AQ Pro Face Paint Palette
  • Product Brand Mehron
  • MPN 801-PAL-30C
  • Price $127.68
  • Weight 10.2 oz.
  • Product Dimensions 10 x 12.5 x 1.5 in.
  • Color 30 colors