I love trying new mediums and products, and Pebeo Huile de’Art brand oil paints have been on my list of art products to try and review ever since l saw them sold at Michaels Arts and Crafts store. I have to say that l have some mixed reviews about these oil paints. Although they caught my attention for the colours offered and price point, I was a bit skeptical to try them, as they are considered student grade oils and the price point was too good to be true. I have yet to be fond of a student grade oil paint, until now. Some of the colours rated poor in Light-fastness, but the majority rated good or very good according to the characteristics of Huile d’Art colour chart offered on the Pebeo website.
I was not disappointed on the consistency they offered, these oils were buttery in texture, the colours were vibrant and the pigments thinned out well without any issues. Keep in mind that these are considered student grade oils and in my opinion, after using my professional grade oils such as Gamblin brand, there is no comparison. I did find they worked well mixing with other brands especially the white, it was nice and bright, it was creamy, and perfectly opaque. I find typically with student grade oils the pigment and oils are often separated in the tube. This was the case with this brand as well.
The Pebeo Huile de’Art brand 37mL oils are available in 60 colours. What l did like about them was the quick drying time. It does vary on the thickness but on average its 2 to 7 days to dry. For people who want to try oils this is a bonus as you don’t need to wait weeks to practice and finish your work.
If you are looking to try oil painting and don’t want to invest a great deal of money, l would suggest giving this brand of oils a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Have a beautiful day.
7/5/2019 08:16:22 pm
Thank you for this blog, I found it very helpful.
8/6/2020 10:38:27 am
So i can't expect the vibrancy and contrast of this brand to last as long as the professional grade brands?
8/6/2020 10:53:55 am
Hi Kamal, thank you for your good question. If you search the Pebeo website http://en.pebeo.com/Fine-Art/Oil/Huile-d-Art-super-fine-oil they do offer a colour chart on their oils, which also list the light-fastness of each colour. 3 stars is excellent 2 stars being very good and 1 star fair, so the light-fastness all depends on the colours you use. Have a great day.
8/24/2020 09:32:34 am
if The lightfastness reads one star then they're artist grade right?
12/21/2022 04:44:50 am
This is a very useful review Alice Thank you for it. I am specifically thrilled to see that they have a fast drying time. Like you mention, I am not a fan of student quality paint - though I do like the Winton and Gamblin student lines these are expensive and beyond reach for a first "do I like this" class.
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