Ketto Porcelain Creation Mug - Fairies
While the box states that the mugs are neither microwaveable nor dishwasher safe (implying food use), it is never clearly stated whether the dishes are food-safe, or not. When asked to clearify this point, the BoJeux rep responded that "It’s preferable to not eat with the dishes". So while some of our testers did use their dishes for real food, we recommend them as purely decorative - both because the durability isn't up to the usual wear and tear on dishes, as well as, to avoid ingesting paint (although this is less a concern for the mug than other dishes as the drink never comes in direct contact with the paint).
For the most part our testers really enjoyed painting their projects and were satisfied with the results they could attain. The Fairy design seemed more popular than the Cats version, with the Fairy mugs getting higher ratings even from families who tested both versions. The Fairy pictures have more intricate detailing, and are therefore more challenging to paint, than the Cat theme (sold separately), so perhaps better suited to slightly older kids. And, one tester suggested using a toothpick instead of the brush to paint the extra fine details.
There was some inconsistency in our testing parents' assessment of quality for both the brushes and the paints. It's hard to know at this point how much this variation was due to differing expectations, although we did note all the mug kits we checked had a different brush than the one pictured on the box. THe brushes we found were truly awful - complete with smashed bristles because the brush was longer than the box. But most of our tseters were happy to use thier own substituted brushes.