What's the Best Gouache Paint?

Shared on 27 May 2022, by Rowan

If you're unfamiliar with gouache, sometimes known as opaque watercolor, it is a water-based paint that has a texture somewhere between acrylic and watercolor. However, unlike acrylic paint, which frequently dries glossy and textured (requiring a matte finish in certain circumstances to get the desired appearance), gouache dries matte and flat. When it dries, it retains its soluble nature and can be moved around or thinned out.

Depending on how much water is added to the gouache paint, it can create complete or sheer coverage. Because it is so easy to get full coverage, it is ideal for painting light over dark. It also dries quite rapidly. This makes gouache paint an incredibly popular medium choice for everyone from beginner to experienced artists.

There are plenty of brands on the market, from super cheap to fairly expensive. However, it can be difficult to decide what type of gouache paint to use. This is where we come in: I plan to provide a detailed review of some of the most well-known gouache paint brands on Amazon. All of these brands, however, have incredibly positive reviews overall so it can be difficult to tell the differences between them.

I’ll be going over the details of three of the most popular brands of gouache paint: HIMI Gouache Paint, Windsor & Newton Gouache Paint and Arteza Gouache Paint. While these reviews are going to be subjective to opinion (mine), I’ll try to make these gouache paint reviews as detailed as possible so that even if I don’t like a certain aspect of paint, you’ll find out enough about that aspect to be able to tell if you might like it!

I’ll be going over the pros and cons of these paint brands! I’ll also be giving a general 1-10 star review. I hope that these reviews make it easier for you to decide what gouache paint to purchase!

If you’re looking for what to buy when getting into gouache paint, you can find all my recommendations in one list, powered by Share-A-Cart.

Winsor & Newton Designers’ Gouache Introductory Set

Overall Rating: 7.5/10 Stars

Winsor & Newton is a well-established, slightly higher-end paint company in general. Their gouache paints are a go-to for many artists. However, I wasn’t the biggest fan. I actually went through two sets of these because I really wanted to make sure that after finishing my first set, I wasn’t just imagining the negatives.



Arteza Gouache Paint

Overall Rating: 6.5/10 stars

Arteza Paint is consistently a great budget option for beginners with almost any medium on the market, and the same goes for their gouache paints. They’re one of the best introductory paint brands out there because of their quantity, quality, and color variety. However, they definitely have some issues that might be frustrating for someone more advanced in their gouache painting journey.



HIMI Gouache Paint Set

Overall Rating: 9/10 stars

This HIMI Gouache Paint Set has gone viral over and over again during the past few years, and I get why! It’s not a layout commonly found in gouache paint, and the price for the quality and quantity is honestly unbeatable in my opinion.



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