This photo shows the Hunter's Specialties Speed Camo Tri-Color Makeup with the lid off.

Hunter’s Specialties Speed Camo Tri-Color Makeup Review

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The Hunter’s Specialties Speed Camo Tri-Color Makeup is a super-simple, easy-to-use face paint system designed for hunters.

You might be thinking that, given the very low price point, does the Hunter’s Specialties Speed Camo Tri-Color Makeup really need a review?

Probably not, but every now and then a small piece of gear far exceeds my expectations — and I like to call it out for a bit of love. This is more of a testimonial. Let’s take a closer look:

Hunter’s Specialties Speed Camo

This photo shows the Hunter's Specialties Speed Camo Tri-Color Makeup on a camo backpack.
The Hunter’s Specialties Speed Camo Tri-Color Makeup has three connected tubes for fast application and easy storage.

Hunter’s Specialities makes several other kinds of face paint options, including creme tubes and even a 5-color camo-compac kit with a little built-in mirror.

I’ve tried other makeup kits and options over the years, but the one I now use the most is the Hunter’s Specialties Speed Camo Tri-Color Makeup system because it’s so quick and easy. In fact, it’s the hunter face paint we mention in our guide to the best gifts for bowhunters.

For me personally, I appreciate that it’s all one piece. You don’t have multiple tubes to keep track of. If you want to add just a single color, you can dial the two other colors back into the tubes. This way you’re not limited to a three-color slash every time you want to apply it.

I use face paint for archery elk hunting. Some elk hunters will spend time making elaborate designs on their faces, and while that can look cool, that’s just not me. I like to cut down on the sheen and breakup my nose and cheekbones so that it’s less obvious that there’s a predator face out in the woods. And I don’t want to spend much time or thought on this process.

 

 

The Speed Camo lets me just rub a couple of slashes across my face, hit my nose, and I’m done. Other face paint camo systems mean you usually have to use a finger to apply it — with the Speed Camo I don’t get any paint on my finger tips. If it’s a long day or a hot, sweaty day, I might need a touch up for the afternoon hunt, so I stow the Speed Camo in the top pocket of my elk-hunting backpack.

And occasionally I’ve forgotten to paint my face before leaving camp in the morning, so having it in my elk pack is worth the weight.

Does It Work?

This photo shows the author with Hunter's Specialties Speed Camo Tri-Color Makeup on while elk hunting.
I’m not going to win any pageants with my makeup skills, but I appreciate the Speed Camo while elk hunting.

Overall, the Hunter’s Specialties Speed Camo Tri-Color Makeup goes on easily and stays on for hours. It comes off easier than creme-style face paints, which I appreciate.

I have a tendency to rub my nose, most often when I’m wiping sweat off my forehead, so my nose tends to lose the Speed Camo first. This doesn’t bother me. I’d rather reapply than have to scrub to get face paint off.

As for hunting effectiveness, I’m a believer that it helps — and a situation on last year’s public lands elk hunt will keep me using face paint.

Technically, if you don’t move, elk very often won’t notice you. So there is an argument that you don’t need face paint to bow hunt for elk. However, if you make a very slight movement, do you want an elk to stop and examine you? Or would you rather the elk not even think about the movement, thinking that maybe it was wind blowing a bush or branch?

I want to avoid detection and avoid the possibility that elk might detect something out of the ordinary.

In one hunt in timber and brush in Idaho, a bull elk came in to 12 yards but remained behind brush and trees and out of any shooting lane. I spent at least 10 minutes in a shady spot, with a solid stint at full daw, waiting for this elk to move. To complicate things, the way the bull came into our set, my buddy (who was calling and raking) was 30 yards directly behind me, hidden in brush.

 

The elk kept looking directly past me toward my caller.

This situation lasted so long that eventually the sun moved enough to illuminate my face. Even with face paint, I started to worry the next time the elk looked my way, he’d see my alien orb floating in his sightline and spook.

As he raked, I tried to take a tiny step to shift my balance and re-enter shade, but he heard my boot shift and he bolted. We called him back to a new shooting lane, and I shot him at 22 yards. (Read my Under Armour UA Ridge Reaper Raider HD Pants Review for a photo of the bull.)

I can’t say for sure that this particular bull would have noticed my face had I been without face paint, but he spent a long time intently looking beyond my face to find the elk he thought was behind me. His sightline was through my face and he didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary.

So yeah, I’ll keep using the Hunter’s Specialties Speed Camo Tri-Color Makeup for my foreseeable archery elk-hunting future.

If you’re looking for a fast, no-fuss solution, try the Hunter’s Specialties Speed Camo Tri-Color Makeup. Very highly recommended.

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