This has to be one of the few new years resolutions I have stuck to! My first one was getting fit so far it’s going reasonably well but nothing earth shatteringly good to share. The second was eating healthier foods…. what Krispy Kremes don’t count? Finally the third but most successful has been to trial more products in the PartyAnimalOnline’s huge catalogue of over 1,500 lines of Sugarcraft equipment and edibles.
Today’s blog is on product testing of the ever increasingly popular Sugarflair glitter paints. These paints are 100% edible and designed specifically for use on Sugarcraft toppers, cake decorations and edible cake art. When we received these paints from Sugarflair I wondered how they would compare to many other of their leading products. I was not completely convinced that they would live up to Sugarflair’s high standards of food colouring. We therefore wanted to put them to the test. This blog will give you my findings when testing them, tips to using them and ways to increase the longevity of the product.
Nutrition Guide: Sugarflair Glitter paints are completely VEGETARIAN however they do contain alcohol.
My findings and tips.
At first glance of the edible paint the iso-propyl and colouring can separate, this issue is very quickly rectified with a quick shake of the tub, be sure that the lid is securely on or risk painting the rest of the room and clothes with a Jason Pollock-esque finish!
On opening the mixed paint I was immediately hit by a very strong smell of alcohol, that smell is the result of mixing the glitters with iso-propyl (alcohol). Although this may put some off at first, this alcohol evaporates in seconds after application leaving no odour or taste behind! A big positive! No one wants their cake to taste like methylated spirits!
Although only 10 colours are available in the range these paints mix incredibly well to create more shades. I used the white and blue to create light blue to dark blue bows. A simple palette will help you mix the shades just remember it’s easy to add colour to white but it’s very difficult to take away the colour so I would always suggest starting with the lightest tone and using your paint brush to add a dab at a time until you reach the depth required… patience is a virtue, or so they keep telling me!
A big tip is that knowing how quickly the alcohol evaporates from this paint, once applied make sure all lids are secured tightly back on after use and even go as far as keeping them in an air tight freezer bag for extra longevity. If the lids are not secured the paints can quickly dry up!
This paint, once dried will not smudge and with such long best before dates this product will keep a very long time, as long as it’s stored correctly. All around I was impressed with Sugarflair’s new release. I was also very pleased with the coverage, I purposely used this paint on white modelling paste to see if it would require numerous cotes or result in a streaky look. I found that one coat was plenty and the white modelling paste was no longer visible. For covering a larger area, such as an entire cake I would recommend a second coat to stop streaks appearing.
I will say, I did think they would be more glittery & I felt that for a product called “glitter” paint it’s more of a shimmer, than a so called glitter but then this works well with many more occasions, as long as it’s what you are expecting! Don’t expect something that’s going to dazzle & sparkle, expect more of a silky finish, a shimmer or a spangle. As you can see it worked perfectly for the pieces that I did for the experiment. A “glittery” car may not have gone down so well for a gents birthday cake! This aside I would definitely give this product a high score, Sugarflair are certainly a company that keep to their high standards!
- Quick drying
- Professional glossy finish
- No odour or taste once fully dried.
- Great for mixing
- Long best before dates
- Good coverage
- When wet this paint has a strong odour (this goes once dried)
- Evaporates fast so if the paint is not resealed well enough, it will quickly dry up.
- Not as glittery as expected, more of a metallic/satin finish but just as nice.
Top Tip for dried up paints:
If you have treated yourself to this paint and it has dried up, try getting some iso-propyl alcohol also known as rejuvenator liquid. Begin by mixing half and half with the paint, seal the tub and leave over night. In the morning open it up, mix well and shake if needed, this should bring the paint back to life and you with be able to use it as normal again… please remember to seal well to stop this happening again!
I will be writing a few more blogs to follow this on the Sugarflair paints and about the tests I have done as requested by our Facebook fans. We will write up the following:
How to use Patchwork Cutters Sports Car .
How to make an edible bow using Karen Davies bow mould.
How well Sugarflair Paints work on different media such as modelling chocolate.
Hand painting with Sugarflair paints.