If you like Prima and Jane Davenport Watercolors You Will Like These too!

Hi friends! After dozens of requests to review these bargain priced paints I bought a set to see what the fuss was about.

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I picked up this set of 48 Mungyo “professional” watercolors in a metal palette for $50 on Amazon. I put the word professional in quotes because there is no standard or rules to using the words “artist quality” or “professional” in a paint. It’s like “all natural” or “healthy” in food labeling. There really should be a certification in paint if it is to be called professional like it can’t have more than 5% fillers or extenders or something because it seems price is the only real indicator of quality but even that isn’t always the case. I have found awesome bargains as well as rip offs in my paint reviewing experience.  This blog post is not about my distrust of paint labeling. It is a review of the Mungyo “professional” set of 48 watercolors. What the video for a very thorough review! *Affiliate links are used throughout this post.

I purchased the Mungyo 48 set for $50 on Amazon. I have not seen it available in any art supply stores in the USA. This may be because Mungyo is a brand that private labels products for other companies and it probably doesn’t want to compete with its wholesale customers.  I have seen the Mungyo pastels at Jerry’s Artarama though. BTW here are the swatch and color mixing stamps I use.

Pros:

  • Bright colors
  • Rewets instantly
  • Low price (about $1 a half pan)
  • Pigment info included
  • Most colors are fairly lightfast
  • Many single pigment colors
  • Mixes well for a budget paint
  • Lovely granulation on hard sized paper (this may be due to extenders in paint tho)

Cons:

  • Colors lift really easily so glazing is difficult and you can notice the paints start to get chalky if you layer overmixed colors.
  • Some colors uses unusual pigments not usually found in artist quality paints so make a note of the lightfastness info on the pan wrappers.

Right off the bat these paints reminded me of 2 of my favorite craft watercolor paints the Prima Marketing ones and the Jane Davenport watercolors from American Crafts. If you like those paints you can go ahead and get these and be pleased as punch:) The retail of the 12 color sets of the Prima and Jane Davenport are about $30 but I often see them for half as much on amazon (links below) or if your big box craft store stocks them you can use a 40-60% off coupon making the price in line with the Mungyo set. It mostly comes down to the selection of colors you want.

Going by the colors and the pigment numbers supplied on Jane Davenports Website the colors from the neutrals and bright palette are in this set. Going by sight the colors look like they match the majority of the sea glitz palette are also included. You can see my in-depth review of the Jane Davenport watercolors here. Jane Davenport Watercolors to purchase on Amazon (affiliate links used)

I also found matches for the Prima sets: The Classics, Decadent Pies and Tropicals. I went by sight as well as the pigment info found on the Spin Doctors Blog that he obtained from Prima Marketing. You can see all of that info here. I have a review of Prima watercolors here.  *I also noticed that Mungyo sells a pastel set that looks like the pastel dreams one from Prima but Primas is cheaper.
Prima watercolor to buy:

*They also have other sets with more diverse palettes that may or may not have similar colors.

Bottom line these paints are comparable to the Prima and Jane Davenport watercolors but if you already own the sets I mentioned you will have duplicate colors. I think the Mungyo set is fairly priced considering a true professional set of 48 in a metal tin would gor for between $200 and $500. If you want a vibrant set of colors that isn’t too pricey and you don’t want to do a lot of glazing this is a great set. The paint also has a lovely texture for direct painting and loose watercolor florals. I would not call these artist or professional grade as the box suggests tho but they are fun for quick paintings and crafts!

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8 Responses

  1. I tried these….really nice!They hold their color even in the Florida sun!  Susan

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  2. Lovely vivid colours

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  3. How do they compare to the Cotman watercolors?

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    • Cotman are more transparent and don’t flow as much. Cotman is less bright but I think mungyo uses optical brighteners which can make them more opaque. I think Cotamn are a finer paint as they use more tried and true pigments but the mungyo will give you a more easily rewettable vibrant color with good flow but the paintings may be more prone to fading in some colors, It boils down to what you want.

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    • contam seem less bright but they are much more transparent. I think Cotman is a better paint, more lightfast, but these are easier to activate and brighter to paint with.

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  4. I’ve been wanting to purchase a larger set of watercolors and I am by no means a professional painter. Between you and Irit, I don’t know what to get….I want all of them that you all review. Have you tried the Paul Rubens watercolor palettes? I really want the glitter palette.

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    • I have not used the paul rubens but they look like they are more transparent and that would make them a better quality. Dr Oto Kano on youtube also posted and review of the 24 set. They look awesome. I have not tried them tho.

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    • I have not but it is on my list!
      I have a plaette I got on amazon that I think is from the same maker judging by other reviews and the packaging and pamflet is similar and tey are sold by the same seller on amazon but you get 36 for $19 but there are some pacakging differences and they are wonderful. The name of the paints is “Pretty Excellent” LOL but they are:) Truth in advertising, here is the link for those: https://amzn.to/2PJMzTF if you click on the sellers name you can see they sell the paul rubens paint too. Dr Oto Kano on youtube has a review on bth Paul rubens sets.

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