Miya Himi Watercolor 18 36 Solid Paint Diamond Set Color Chart Brush Review + LIGHTFAST TEST RESULTS
Their synthetic brush sets are available in pointed rounds ideal for watercolor and filbert flats for gouache. They have a good capacity, point, are soft and are of good quality for a very inexpensive price. They are packaged in beautiful containers with colorful handles and bird-nest style padding with illustrations on the boxes. All of these things make their products one of my first go-to recommendations for beginners and as a gift idea for artists.
Their 36 color set in a unique rhombus diamond pattern is my favorite product from them. The paint goes down very smoothly, an ideal practice set for student painters that do not require lightfastness:
Amazon USA links below, but may also be available in other countries on your local Amazon or Ali Express.
They also offer also smaller sets, bundles with their gouache and a new style of set which I have not yet tried:
After one year lightfast test (right side of each strip was placed on the indoor side of a south facing window). Most of the reds started fading within 3 to 6 months, some fully disappearing in diluted range by 1 year (compared to little to no fading you see in the LFI-II colors).
As expected, many of the cheap red pigments, orange and a dark violet (bottom left, likely PV3) have faded. Overall I would say this set performed extremely well for such a dirt cheap paint. I was impressed to spot a stable yellow PY3 as well as a PV19 and PV23 (top right). There's not usually a lightfast violet and cool red in this type of student/bargain price set.
Swatches with salt reaction:
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