2 Reviews for the price of 1! Let’s look at beautiful Paul Rubens watercolor paint!

Howdy friends! I recently received the Paul Rubens (named for the painter, not PeeWee Herman LOL!) standard and glitter watercolors sets of 24 half pans and I was going to put them all together in the same video but realized that it would be very long so I have separated them. This post conains affilate links which means if you click through and make a purchase I may earn a small comission at no additional cost to you, thank you.

First up let’s look at the regular watercolors:

This set of Paul Rubens watercolors were sent to me for free by LightWish on Amazon and they sell for $38.99  *Note a set of 12 is also offered for $25.99 in similar packaging.

Pros:

  • Beautiful artist grade colors that all unique making a useful palette
  • Pigment info is provided and most colors are single pigment and use tried and true pigments
  • The packaging is high-end and beautiful (perfect for gift giving)
  • The paints rewet well and have a smooth and consistent application
  • Good price for artist grade

Cons:

  • The pink packaging may not appeal to all customers

Bottom line:
These a beautiful high quality paint and the high-end packaging and reusable palette make it a beautiful gift or a craft room staple HOWEVER I think the Pretty Excellent paints are just as good if not more transparent and vivid and you get 36 for $20 in the pretty excellent set vs 24 for $39 in the Paul Rubens palette. They don’t disclose the pigment info in the pretty excellent set but many of the colors looked identical but that could be that the cheaper colors were in that set while the more expensive colors were in the PR set. The packaging obviously is more high-end and expensive and I think that accounts for the price difference.

As for the Paul Rubens 100% cotton watercolor paper it is fantastic, as good as Arches for half the price.

Now on to the glitter watercolors!

This set of Paul Rubens glitter watercolors were sent to me for free by LightWish on Amazon and they sell for $49.99. *Note a set of 12 is also offered for $29.99 in similar packaging.

Pros:

  • Beautiful colors that are quite opaque, all colors are unique from one another and they show up on black and white cardstock.
  • The packaging is high-end and beautiful (perfect for gift giving)
  • The paints rewet well and have a smooth and consistent application
  • The glitter colors offer a gorgeous sparkle and there metallics give an opaque luster, there is a good assortment of each.
  • Color are arranged in a palette so you can access them all at once (rather than having to uncap small jars like twinkling H2Os) and since the case is not air tight I don’t think moulding will be an issue but I’d still let them dry out fully before putting them away.

Cons:

  • The pink packaging may not appeal to all customers
  • At nearly $50 they are a bit pricey
  • Small pans may prove difficult if you are trying to work up a lot of paint with a large brush.

I promised a viewer that I would swatch out my Twinkling H2Os that I mentioned in the video and post it to my blog but then I also got asked about the NIJI metallic watercolors that I had recommended in the past so I ended up swatching out EVERY metallic watercolor I had (which is an obscene amount of paint to be honest) and I made a new video, a metallic watercolor showdown if you will, comparing all of them. That blog post and video will come out next week and I will have photos of all the swatches on white and black paper as well as price info so you can see what is worth the money for the type of work you do. It was a really interesting experiment because I was sure my twinkling H2Os would come out on top but that was not the case and a very cheap set was really worth it’s salt! Even as someone who reviews a lot of products and tries to be completely unbiased it is funny to see how faulty our memory can be about products and how we can be wrong about quality unless things are swatched side by side in the same conditions. Anyhow, that video is filmed and will come out next week so be sure to come back and check that out and if you want to make sure you don’t miss it subscribe to my blog (there is a button in the upper left hand side of this page.)

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Here is a photo in the misdst of my scientific swatching, glamerous, huh?

Bottom line:
These Paul Rubens Glitter Watercolors are a beautiful high quality paint (just like the standard watercolors) and the high-end packaging and reusable palette make it a beautiful gift or a craft room staple if you want to add glimmer to many projects. It might be a bit much (expense) for an occasional user who just want a bit of bling from time to time. For occasional users the Prima metallic watercolors (the round pans I showed) may be more suitable and budget friendly. Where the colors are not quite as nice the effect is pretty darn close so if you are looking for metallic watercolor choose the kind that suits you best. You can find the standard prima ones here and the pastels here for about half the price in less impressive plastic packaging (however the large pans are easier to work the paint from in my opinion. That said, quality wise -and I can say this will full confidence after swatching out my entire collection of metallic watercolors today- the Paul Rubens metallic watercolors are the highest quality metallic watercolor paint I have ever used. They are the most pigmented, the colors look unique from one another on black and white paper and there is enough color to them to shimmer with color on both papers. Also the variety of pearl and glitter colors in the set is great, not a color is wasted or too samey. As a consumer you need to consider whether these subtle improvements in quality are worth the increased price tag. I recommend you keep an eye out for my comparison of metallic watercolors coming soon! Happy crafting!

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