Super Vision Watercolor Review Lightfast Test
SuperVision is a watercolor brand based in China. These paints seem to have a relationship with the CAAM (China Art Academy Museum) and often feature famous artists on their packaging. Many of these sets attempt to offer colors similar to those found in historical paintings, but many are undesirably opaque mixtures using white and chalk - limiting their usefulness in layering/glazing. I would personally rather add a more versatile single tube of white gouache PW6 to my palette for mixing these types of pastel-like colors on demand, which they are calling "grey mixtures".
Most of their paints are marketed to professional artists, with only several sets being properly noted as for "designer" (print reproduction, not long term wall hung art) due to their heavy use of bright fugitive dyes and pigments prone to fading. Most of the paints otherwise perform well (a decent quality pigment load and flow/disperse). You'll have to watch out for fugitive ingredients if planning to use these in art to sell/wall hung paintings, similarly to ShinHan's watercolor catalog. These paints are not vegan friendly. There are colors that use Carmine (bugs that are farmed for the red dye they produce when crushed up). The binder ingredients are not fully disclosed (uncertain if these include animal hide glue), but they are definitely not just pigment/gum arabic like western watercolors. These paints dry matte and hard as a rock in the pan - some taking extra effort to re-wet even in the above average humidity of Florida. Some tube colors include chemically unstable dyes which fade in storage (inside sealed tubes in climate controlled rooms) - resulting in drastic hue shifts between refilling your half pans. This was most dramatic in Rose Ash and Red Green, both of which were slightly more stable when stored dry in pans.
There are two "layered" sets, a 10 half pan and a 10 x 15ml tube set, which focus on multi pigment mixtures that color separate in wet washes. These special multi-colored effects can be achieved by mixing your own single pigments with better control of lightfastness. For the half pan set almost all of the colors are simply common ones mixed with PB29 Ultramarine Blue. If you already own a decent collection of watercolors, but lightfastness is NOT important to you, I would still advise mixing your own. You may be able to find dye inks to mix with a standard set of watercolors more affordably than buying the 10 tube set (get a red/magenta, yellow and blue primary mixing trio of Ecoline on Jackson's here). Adding Ecoline onto my mixing palette with any cheap watercolor such as Miya, Pretty Excellent or Paul Rubens resulted in some degree of "layered" color separation.
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The image above shows how the red dye included in Red-Blue and Rose Ash faded away leaving only the underlying Cobalt Green/Turquoise PB36 behind. This color change happens away from UV light, in the tube during storage, after about 6-12 months. Considering you can't be sure how long a seller had the tube before a sale, the potentially long shipping from China, there is no guarantee your tube will be good for more than a few months. Dramatic colors like "Rose Ash" can be replicated extremely convincingly using a Cobalt Teal and a drop of red dye ink (like fountain pen inks and liquid watercolors such as Ecoline or PH Martin's Radiant). For a decently close match that won't fade, I prefer Daniel Smith's Cobalt Teal PG50 and Quin Coral PR209.
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You can find some of these sets on Amazon USA below, or worldwide through Ali Express.
Here's the result of a 1 year window lightfast test for these sets:
They offer a handful of rare mineral paints at a high price averaging about 11-15USD per 8ml tube. Some of these colors can be found in other brands, such as Malachite in Paul Rubens or Roman Szmal. Be aware that Malachite is chemically unstable since it can yellow when intermixed with honey based paints or certain environmental conditions (brands like R.Szmal or Kremer will also harden with yellow streaks in the pan). Lapis Lazuli is also available in Paul Rubens, Daniel Smith or Roman Szmal, but essentially functions like a weak version of Ultramarine Blue PB29 which is cheaper and easier to re-wet. There are highly toxic pigments (mercury, arsenic) colors that SV and Rubens offer - such as Realgar, Oripment (but Rubens also adds Chinese Vermilion/Cinnabar). Schorl (tourmaline), Red Jade (Red Jasper) and Hematite are all colors available from Daniel Smith - though I do not consider any to be palette necessities to justify the steep cost.
Swatch card color chart with pigment and lightfastness information:
Layered 10 color half pan set:
Layered 10 color 15ml tube set:
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