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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Wolfe FX Hydrocolor Makeup in Essential, Metallix, Skinz, and Blacklight : Swatches & Review

Wolfe FX Hydrocolor Makeup in Essential, Metallix, and Blacklight.
These Hydrocolor makeup come in 4 sizes I have mostly the Appetizer 5g / .17 oz for $3US and $4CAN for the regular shades and $4US and $5CAN for the metallics.

But the retail prices run at Small 30g / 1 oz for 8US and $10.50CAN, Medium 45g / 1.5 oz for $11US and $14.50CAN, and Large 90g / 3 oz for $19US and $25 to $28 CAN.

The pre-made palette retail for $30US for the 12 pan (Appetizer) which comes to 2 thin paint brushes, I've got my 2 palettes from anywhere from $28CAN to $40CAN. $16US and $21CAN for the 6 Appetizer palette which comes with 1 thin paint brush. These are the best way to purchase the Appetizer pans if you're looking to have a number of shades in a smaller pan size.

The only overlap between these pre-packed palettes was the shade 019 Saddle Brown in the Essential 12 pan and the Skinz 6 pan palettes to keep aware of.
I grabbed all the original core shades they came out with except 085 Plum.

But Wolfe FX has recently added a colour expansion to their line in the Essential and Metallix shade range. I'm not sure when I'll get those as I buy my Hydrocolor Makeup through local Southern Ontario Vendors and it takes awhile for the to restock as it more of an "as needed" shipments to their stores. I really want a Large of Bone!
Ingredient of Essential/Skinz, Metallix, and Blacklight
Jacked for 12 pan palettes
6 pan palettes
back labels of 6 pan palettes
The size comparison of the Large 90g / 3 oz, Medium 45g / 1.5 oz, and Small 30g / 1 oz jars (White used mostly up). New jars have the Wolf FX logo eye embossed on the top.
Wolfe FX Hydrocolor Makeup in Blacklight shade under UV light bulb.
Product: 
There is currently 3 formula families, however the base formula is the same if the pigments used that makes a difference.

The base is a water activated wax... Yes, wax which is why I've become so smitten with this product as I found most watercolor body paint would reactivate if I wanted to add another layer for opacity. Overall I usually apply two layers for my skin base colour to make sure it's all even but a number of shades are opaque in one layer it's just a matter of the brush drying out of product and sheering out in spots I'm correcting for. ;)

In terms of a comparable formula the new Kryolan Aquacolor Plus line is the closest in how it behaves but they were the first to really rethink what sort of base to use for water activated body paint to layer.

This formula is more like Gouache compare to Watercolour. Watercolour does have solid colour particles but they are so fine that act more like a stain on paper as a translucent or transparent colour. These colours can be layered to create a deeper but blended shades of the watercolor layered together.
Gouache, on the other hand is more opaque due to the particle size, the paint can be sheered out with water to create a wash of sheer layer of colour still but it can also be layered to create an opaque solid looking colour on your canvas or paper. The Wolfe FX Hydrocolor Makeup has a similar application to Gouache in that is opaque by nature but can be sheered out to create colour gradients over other shades.

No the best part about this formula base is the fact that it doesn't completely lift a reactivate the product layer under the brush. I've tried Sanzaroo, Graftobian, and Kryolan aqua pans and they all did this to me when trying to build up the colour to more opaque I was always removing the product on the skin.
Now that doesn't mean it doesn't mix or blend on the skin, the formula does reactivate the surface layer when you paint over again with a brush loaded with a wet product, it just doesn't bleed through all the product unless the brush is loaded with a lot more water. I think this has to do with the wax component of the formula takes time to reactivate.

The Essential and Skinz shade act like Gouache that I described above, some shades are not fully opaque due to the nature of the pigment use but all can be layered to achieve that look. But the shades that are sheerer in nature world wonderfully over shades or skin to create a translucent look. The finish on these shade is matte but because of the wax I did notice a dewiness to it in studio lighting setup with the more targeted light sources. In daylight is wasn't as noticeable but it was a nice effect considering I didn't add any highlight to my skin.

The Metallix shades are clear with metallic shimmer suspended in the base. How opaque the look depend on the particle size and the larger the partial size the more shimmery the look and less metallic.

Now the Blacklight shades are all neon pigments and by nature are sheer so it's always hard to get an opaque look out of them in any base product. Some of the colours work beautifully as opaque shades and other need to be layered to look more solid.

Use in Hair: 
This product actually works great on natural hair texture. Because of the wax based it like a colour pomade or sorts. I recommend only using on pre-styled hair if it slicked back or spiked stiff or for hair streaking. The reason why is that it would be a very time-consuming process to paint loose hair rather than just the surface of the style.
For streaking, it's much that same process as streaks are done in salons. You need to separate your streak section away from the rest of the hair, paint the product on and work it through the hair, I also use a fine tooth comb to separate the strands. This paint washes out of your hair the next time you bath/shower.

As to types of hair, Human hair works fine, I'm sure that animal would work just the same as it also has a texture to the strands. As for wigs I've only used Arda's so far classic line, and it worked as a great and simple way to add a colour streak to a styled wig.

I used a mixture of Wolfe FX Hydrocolor Makeup in Mixed Mint Green into the White pan to create the skin tone for my Venus McFlytrap cosplay here.
Wear:
You can get all day wear so long as the paint is not caked on too thickly and nothing rubs the skin.
For my Venus McFlytrap costume, I had great luck wearing it for 16 hours but my denim jacket rubbed on my inner arms and removed most of the paint there due to friction and texture of the material. Same with the ivy jewelry I made are it would rotate on my skin as the day wore one.

The second time I wore the Wolfe FX Hydrocolor Makeup I over layered my jaw and mouth area to correct a contour mistake I made, but my mouth area began to crack after 7 hours because of talking and general movement. It was about 3.5 layers there so I wasn't surprised it happened. (Should have washed it off and started again. ;) )

A setting spray does help with rubbing on clothes so long as the fabric does not have a texture or grain to it, like denim, twill, or fleece.

Packaging: 
Basic clear plastic jar with a screw-on lid for the pots.

The Appetizer pan has a clear lid the snaps on and the pan base is raised. This raised based snaps into the palette wells to secure the Appetizer pan.

Wolfe FX Hydrocolor Makeup Essential shades: 
001 White, 006 grey, 008 Charcoal, & 010 Black
Daylight swatches: 001 White, 006 Grey, 008 Charcoal, & 010 Black
Flash swatches: 001 White, 006 Grey, 008 Charcoal, & 010 Black
White to Black:  
001 White is a true opaque matte white.
006 Grey is a cool mid-tone grey with a matte finish. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.
008 Charcoal is a slightly sheer blackened grey. Needs 3 thin layers to get fully opaque. 
010 Black is a true opaque matte black. (This shade does stain your skin slightly).

032 Pink, 030 Red, 028 Blood, 078 lilac, & 082 Bruise.
Daylight swatches: 032 Pink, 030 Red, 028 Blood, 078 lilac, & 082 Bruise.
Flash swatches: 032 Pink, 030 Red, 028 Blood, 078 lilac, & 082 Bruise.
Pink to Purple:  
032 Pink is a light blue base pink with a matte finish.
030 Red is a warm red with a matte finish. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.
028 Blood is a is a cooler red with a matte finish. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.
078 lilac is a red base mid-tone purple with a matte finish. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.
082 Bruise is a deep berry merlot with a matte finish. Needs 3 thin layers to get fully opaque.

052 Raw Sienna, 053 Orc, 050 Yellow, & 040 Orange.
Daylight swatches: 052 Raw Sienna, 053 Orc, 050 Yellow, & 040 Orange.
Flash swatches: 052 Raw Sienna, 053 Orc, 050 Yellow, & 040 Orange.
Yellow to Orange:  
052 Raw Sienna is a light tan yellow with a matte finish. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.
053 Orc is a pale green based wheat yellow with a matte finish. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.
050 Yellow is a primary yellow with a matte finish.
040 Orange is a bright true orange tone with a matte finish. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.

005 Mint Green, 057 Light Green, 060 Green, & 062 Dark Green
Daylight swatches: 005 Mint Green, 057 Light Green, 060 Green, & 062 Dark Green
Flash swatches: 005 Mint Green, 057 Light Green, 060 Green, & 062 Dark Green
Greens: 
005 Mint Green is a light yellow leaning pale green with a matte finish.
057 Light Green is a bright leaf green with a matte finish. (This shade does stain your skin slightly).
060 Green is a deeper dusty grass green with a matte finish. 
062 Dark Green is a deep forest green with a matte finish. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.

065 Blithe, 066 Light Blue, 064 Sea Green, 070 Blue, & 068 Dark Blue

Daylight swatches: 065 Blithe, 066 Light Blue, 064 Sea Green, 070 Blue, & 068 Dark Blue
Flash swatches: 065 Blithe, 066 Light Blue, 064 Sea Green, 070 Blue, & 068 Dark Blue
Blue to Aqua:
065 Blithe is a pale greyed blue with a matte finish.
066 Light Blue is a is light baby blue with a matte finish.
064 Sea Green is a bright turquoise with a matte finish. (This shade does stain your skin, most Cyan shade do ;) ).
070 Blue is a rich cobalt blue with a matte finish. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.
068 Dark Blue is a light navy with a matte finish. Needs 3 thin layers to get fully opaque. 

Wolfe FX Hydrocolor Makeup Skinz shades:
012 Fair, 014 Rich Ivory, & 015 Honey Beige
Daylight swatches: 012 Fair, 014 Rich Ivory, & 015 Honey Beige
Flash swatches: 012 Fair, 014 Rich Ivory, & 015 Honey Beige
Light skin tones:  
012 Fair is a is a pale nude with a matte finish.
014 Rich Ivory is a light yellow nude with a matte finish.
015 Honey Beige is a mid-tone neutral nude with a matte finish.

017 Golden Bronze, 019 Saddle Brown, 020 Brown, & 025 Ebony
Daylight swatches: 017 Golden Bronze, 019 Saddle Brown, 020 Brown, & 025 Ebony
Flash swatches: 017 Golden Bronze, 019 Saddle Brown, 020 Brown, & 025 Ebony
Skin tones and Brown:  
017 Golden Bronze is a light camel brown with a matte finish.
019 Saddle Brown is a red based mid-tone brown with a matte finish.
020 Brown is a tan hide brown with a matte finish.
025 Ebony is a is a deep neutral based brown with a matte finish. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.

Wolfe FX Hydrocolor Makeup Blacklight Shades: 
NOTE: The first Black-light I used was too bright to show some of the colours it did catch the yellow base one, it's because the light is a fake UV filter on it and was only catching some of the UV colour wavelengths. The second a third UV light photo's are with a proper UV filter light bulb and it makes a world of difference! I left all 3 in for comparison because your light source will have a difference in how the pigment will react under UV light.
N01 Neon Clear White, N32 Neon Pink, N28 Neon Magenta, & N40 Neon Orange
Daylight swatches: N01 Neon Clear White, N32 Neon Pink, N28 Neon Magenta, & N40 Neon Orange
Flash swatches: N01 Neon Clear White, N32 Neon Pink, N28 Neon Magenta, & N40 Neon Orange
Under fake Black-light lightbulb swatches: N01 Neon Clear White, N32 Neon Pink, N28 Neon Magenta, & N40 Neon Orange.
Indoor fluorescent lighting next to Black-light lightbulb swatches: N01 Neon Clear White, N32 Neon Pink, N28 Neon Magenta, & N40 Neon Orange

Black-light lightbulb swatches: N01 Neon Clear White, N32 Neon Pink, N28 Neon Magenta, & N40 Neon Orange
White to Orange Neons:
N01 Neon Clear White is a UV pigment that glows in the dark but also glows under it own UV catching power as well. The shade under black light is a ghostly blue/white.This shade sheer but the UV property is fairly opaque after 2 layers.
N32 Neon Pink is a is a bright hot pink. The shade under black light is is still a bright pink. This shade sheer and needs 2 layers.
N28 Neon Magenta is a hot magenta. The shade under black light is a slightly deeper blue based pink. This shade sheer and needs 2 layers.
N40 Neon Orange is a bright yellow-based orange. The shade under black light is is an even brighter orange. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.

N50 Neon Yellow, N60 Neon Green, & N80 Neon Purple
Daylight swatches: N50 Neon Yellow, N60 Neon Green, & N80 Neon Purple
Flash swatches: N50 Neon Yellow, N60 Neon Green, & N80 Neon Purple
Under fake Black-light lightbulb swatches: N50 Neon Yellow, N60 Neon Green, & N80 Neon Purple
Indoor fluorescent lighting next to Black-light lightbulb swatches: N50 Neon Yellow, N60 Neon Green, & N80 Neon Purple
Black-light lightbulb swatches: N50 Neon Yellow, N60 Neon Green, & N80 Neon Purple
Yellow to Purple Neons:  
N50 Neon Yellow is a vibrant light yellow. The shade under black light is still yellow but lean slightly green. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.
N60 Neon Green is a is a bright light green. The shade under black light is is bright and softer green shade. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.
N80 Neon Purple is a blued based purple. The shade under black light takes on a more blue tone. This shade is sheer and needs 3 thin layers to get fully opaque.

Wolfe FX Hydrocolor Makeup Metallix shades:
M01 M. White, 200 Silver, 100 Gold, 400 Aztec Gold, & 300 Copper 
Daylight swatches: M01 M. White & 200 Silver 
Flash swatches: M01 M. White, & 200 Silver
Daylight swatches: 100 Gold, 400 Aztec Gold, & 300 Copper 
Flash swatches: 100 Gold, 400 Aztec Gold,  & 300 Copper 
White to Copper Metallics:  
M01 M. White is a pearl finish white.
200 Silver is a pearl finish light silver. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.
100 Gold is a pearl finish yellow gold. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.
400 Aztec Gold is an orange based metallic gold or light bronze. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.
300 Copper is a true copper metallic.

M30 M. Rose, M40 M. Orange, M50 M. Yellow, M62 M. Forest, M70 M. Blue, & M32 M. Fuchsia
Daylight swatches: M30 M. Rose, M40 M. Orange, & M50 M. Yellow
Flash swatches: M30 M. Rose, M40 M. Orange, & M50 M. Yellow
Daylight swatches: M62 M. Forest, M70 M. Blue, & M32 M. Fuchsia
Flash swatches: M62 M. Forest, M70 M. Blue, & M32 M. Fuchsia
Rainbow of Metallics:
M30 M. Rose is a pink based red with fine shimmer. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.
M40 M. Orange is a true orange with fine shimmer. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.
M50 M. Yellow is a is a light canary yellow with fine shimmer.
M62 M. Forest is a is a dusty mid-tone green with a metallic finish.
M70 M. Blue is a is a rich blue with a metallic finish. (Very opaque!)
M32 M. Fuchsia is a is a red base light purple with a metallic finish. This shade is fairly opaque but needs 2 layers.
Verdict: Definitely a keeper!
These are so nice to work with and I know I'm not the only one to struggle with layering over water activated body paints with the base layer reactivating completely and remove the product from the skin. You do give up some of the translucent quality when blending on your canvas (the human body). But it's a really ideal paint for all skin tone due to the pigmentation of the products.

The bad news is that it looks like they are discontinuing their Blacklight in the Hydrocolor Makeup formula, which is a shame because it's the smoothest Neon body paint I've seen in terms of application... EVER.

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