Little Brian Paint Sticks Review: Mess Free Play!

Little Brian Paint Sticks

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Little Brian Paint Sticks Review

We were recently kindly sent a package of Little Brian Paint Sticks to review. Mini, like lots of 6 year olds, loves drawing and painting pictures. She often comes home from school with anything up to 6 pictures she has done for us that day. She couldn’t wait to get stuck in and try out the paint sticks.

Little Brian Paint Sticks look like glue sticks, you twist them to reveal the colour. They claim to be a fun, easy and most importantly MESS FREE way for little ones to paint. This was certainly a claim I was looking forward to putting to the test.

Little Brian Paint Sticks

Mini got to work straight away. She had recently been enjoying planting indoor flowers, sparked by how much she enjoyed making a Unicorn Garden. She decided that she wanted to make a poster to put in her bedroom about her latest flower garden creation.

Mini was easily able to use the paint sticks herself, twisting them up when needed. The colours easily glided onto the paper and dried really quickly. As Mini is left handed, she can sometimes get into a mess when doing pictures as she smudges her work with her hand. I can honestly say I was extremely impressed by how quickly these paint sticks dried. They really were mess free and there was no smudging at all.

Little Brian Paint Sticks

Mini was really proud of her finished poster, I think she did a great job too. She made sure that she used all of the different colours she had. She said she found the paint sticks easy to use and they kept her occupied (and quiet) for quite some time!

The paint sticks are really versatile too, they come with an ideas sheet inside the box with more techniques to try. These include, blending the colours, adding water to create  watercolour effects and using them on stampers. They can also be used to create a really clever scraperboard effect. This is achieved by painting colours onto paper and when dried you apply the black paint stick over the top. You can then use a scraper tool to reveal the colours underneath. Mini hasn’t tried out these extra techniques yet but is looking forward to doing so soon.

Little Brian Paint Sticks

Little Brian Paint Sticks come in lots of different sizes and shapes. We reviewed a pack of 12 normal sized sticks, as well as a pack of 24 mini sized sticks. The mini sticks came with 12 classic colours, 6 fluorescent colours and 6 metallic colours. Mini particularly loved using the fluorescent colours and the metallic colours.

Our thoughts on Little Brian Paint Sticks

Both Mini and I were really impressed with the paint sticks. They were easy to use and truly were mess free. I’d be happy with her playing with them without being supervised knowing she isn’t going to get into lots of mess. When she had finished her picture, they were packed away in seconds and no need for any washing up.

Little Brian Paint Sticks

We’ve used other metallic paints before that haven’t been very good quality, these had a great shine to them. I must say that all of the colours of the paint sticks were strong, bright and clear.

We would use the paint sticks to take away with us on a trip or to a restaurant as something for Mini to do. There are plenty in the pack too so that they can be shared with other children easily.

Little Brian Paint Sticks

I think that the paint sticks are great value for money and reasonably priced, starting at around £6 for the smaller packs. They would make great gift ideas for birthdays or stocking fillers for Christmas presents too.

The paint sticks are widely available in most toy stores and online retailers such as Amazon as below.

Disclaimer: We were sent the Little Brian Paint Sticks for the purpose of a review. All views and opinions are our own.



  1. November 13, 2018 / 1:09 pm

    These sound great and i love how proud your little girl looks of her art work. My youngest loves arts, crafts and colouring so I might just grab some of these for Christmas, thanks.

    • mommamack15
      November 13, 2018 / 1:51 pm

      Thank you, she really enjoyed herself without me having to worry about her knocking the paint pots over!

  2. November 13, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    I love the look of these – mess free paint definitely gets a thumbs up in our house!

    • mommamack15
      November 13, 2018 / 1:50 pm

      I’m always a bit dubious as lots of products claim to be mess free, but these truly do pass the test.

  3. November 13, 2018 / 4:39 pm

    These do look fab. My kids still love to paint, so I’ll have to look these up for sure.

    • mommamack15
      November 14, 2018 / 1:00 pm

      I’m sure they will love them too 🙂

  4. November 13, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    These look fab! Anything to avoid the house being painted at the same time as the paper. It looks like santa may just have been given another idea for his stockings

    • mommamack15
      November 14, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      They’d definitely make a great stocking filler 🙂

  5. November 13, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Oh wow these look like a good stocking filler ,clean too. Thats a winner for me

    • mommamack15
      November 14, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      I think they are great value and would be great as a stocking filler.

  6. November 14, 2018 / 9:28 am

    Mess free paint sounds perfect in my book!! I love the idea of being able to take them out & about 🙂

    • mommamack15
      November 14, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      That was a big plus for us too for when we are eating out.

  7. November 14, 2018 / 10:50 am

    We SWEAR by these – have bought them for the last two years. You just can’t beat the colour pay off / mess ratio!!

    • mommamack15
      November 14, 2018 / 1:02 pm

      Great to hear you love them too 🙂

  8. November 14, 2018 / 11:10 am

    Anything that claims to be mess free is a winner in this house. I used to love getting the paints out for my kids ut boy did I hate the mess, wish these had been around a few years ago x

    • mommamack15
      November 14, 2018 / 1:03 pm

      They really are mess free too, so many things claim to be and then disappoint but these are fab!

  9. November 15, 2018 / 11:32 pm

    Paint sticks are the best invention ever! I rarely let my boys paint at home in the past, as I was just to stressed about them splattering paint all over our rental. But with the paint sticks, it’s so much less messy and dries really quickly. Now the kids are happy they can paint, and mummy is happy too.

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