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Finicky Royal Blue

Post by Forest-Fairy on Mon May 19, 2014 12:55 am

So my partner and I have not been satisfied with our Tag royal blue. Much like the neons it doesn't like to be applied with a brush and has a hard time getting opaque. Works well with a sponge though. We had the same problem with our mehron dark blue - all the other colors were fine, but the blue was finicky in the same way.

So any one know of a similar base brand to Tag that doesn't have this problem but would mix well with tag? We were thinking about trying the DFX blue or the Wolfe Blue.

Can any one tell me if those have the same issue? Or possibly how to solve our Royal blue issue?
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by A New Face on Mon May 19, 2014 1:03 am

I use a split of tag royal and Wolfe blue, to brush on I have to mix or I get horrible results with tag royal alone. I figured it was just me lol
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by Forest-Fairy on Mon May 19, 2014 1:04 am

Nope it's not just you, and we had the same issue with mehron dark blue when trying to use it by itself by brush.
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by anniel on Mon May 19, 2014 10:22 am

I have always had issues too, except with the Wolfe metallic blue. At the moment I have that paired with reg. blue to take down the sheen abit.
I was wondering if Fab might be a solution?
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Post by Forest-Fairy on Mon May 19, 2014 2:23 pm

Anyone know any fab and DFX users on here who could chime in?
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Post by anniel on Mon May 19, 2014 2:28 pm

DFX is the same issue...
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by Forest-Fairy on Mon May 19, 2014 2:39 pm

Maybe its just dark blues across the board then?
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by FacepaintingByTanya on Mon May 19, 2014 2:45 pm

Maybe try Global FX? I just picked up their red... red has been a hard color to get right historically, and theirs is hands down the best coverage and color from any other brand I've tried (including DFX or TAG).
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by eva on Mon May 19, 2014 10:50 pm

I have been asking this same question on Facebook with no help!! I hate brushing blue, I need a good blue!! I have tried all paradise, tag royal, snaz metallic. No luck Sad what about cameleon? Anyone have luck with their blue? I have a sampler with Wolfe blue, maybe I will give it a go with tag like Nikki suggested.
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Post by eva on Wed May 21, 2014 9:51 pm

Wolfe blue was a no go also, maybe it's hopeless :/
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by Forest-Fairy on Thu May 22, 2014 2:36 am

seems across the board doesn't it.
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by eva on Thu May 22, 2014 9:01 am

It does, I have been looking at swatches for weeks, trying to find a good one, just not happening. Maye I will attempt to deal it with star blends.
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by Miss Ronnie on Thu May 22, 2014 11:06 am

I use FAB for certain blues. I like the Alice Blue and Minty Blue. For teal: Deep Ocean (doesn't stain)
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by Forest-Fairy on Thu May 22, 2014 11:58 am

What about dark blue Miss Ronnie?
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by Affordable Face Magic on Mon May 26, 2014 9:36 pm

Grabbed all my blues to give you a color swatch. My chubby little arm seemed the best place for them. I usually reach first for FAB Cobalt. You might like Brilliant Blue. Hope this helps.  



(Please Double Click on the pic to see all 8 colors) All Fab except last on rt is Tag.
Left to right:
Cobalt (my FAV)
Brilliant Blue
Sky Blue
Ziva Blue (Shimmer)
Alice Blue
Deep Ocean
Sea Foam
Tag Reg. Lt Blue
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by Forest-Fairy on Mon May 26, 2014 10:23 pm

very nice! we might have a winner. Though I would like to see them with something with more coverage.
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by eva on Mon May 26, 2014 11:36 pm

The brilliant looks pretty good. I probably am going to just switch to star blends for the summer
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by monelle on Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:54 pm

I had exactly the same problem with DFX Essential Blue.  TAG Dark Blue, on the other hand, is gorgeous and very opaque--but watch it, it's very dark!  Also, it has a lot more green in it than Royal Blue. It looks like the old Crayola color Midnight Blue, or Prussian Blue.

Forest-Fairy wrote:So my partner and I have not been satisfied with our Tag royal blue. Much like the neons it doesn't like to be applied with a brush and has a hard time getting opaque. Works well with a sponge though. We had the same problem with our mehron dark blue - all the other colors were fine, but the blue was finicky in the same way.

So any one know of a similar base brand to Tag that doesn't have this problem but would mix well with tag? We were thinking about trying the DFX blue or the Wolfe Blue.

Can any one tell me if those have the same issue? Or possibly how to solve our Royal blue issue?
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by Forest-Fairy on Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:10 pm

Yeah the tag dark blue is crazy dark. I find myself using the metallic blue if i need some coverage and it works great.
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by monelle on Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:02 pm

Has anyone tried the Kryvaline metallic blue? (not the light one) ...
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by tronnor21 on Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:40 pm

Global Ultra Blue has the same issue. Not opaque at all when applied with a brush. I need a few layers.
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by anniel on Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:57 am

OK, Pat, unlike some others, I find your swatches rather mean-spirited--you make me want them ALL!

(Just kidding @ the mean-spiritedness--I think it was wonderful of you to share that with us! Thank you!)
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by jlirie on Sat Aug 01, 2015 2:30 pm

could be the ultramarine pigment. here's a link that says ultramarine tends to be granular and semi-transparent

http://www.janeblundellart.com/characteristics-of-watercolour.html
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Re: Finicky Royal Blue

Post by Leesh on Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:06 pm

Weird. I use global ultra blue with a brush all the time, never have trouble getting it to cover, which is nice as I LOVE that color blue!! Smile
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