DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional at watercolor and I consider myself as an advanced beginner. This review is based on my personal experience and situation.
I personally have struggles mixing colors to achieve a skin tone look. I often have to rely on paints that have skin tone colors so blending would be minimal or even none at all.
I was so happy to hear that The Paint Pocket‘s has released the first batch of Handmade Matte Watercolors (Php75), which are more of skin tone colors. I was so excited to see a matte handmade watercolor by a local artist because no local artist has released a line of matte watercolors that are nude or skin tone colors!
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I received my package that came with a corrugated box and a small pamphlet (thank you!). I forgot to take a picture of how it was packed when I opened the box, but it was filled with old book shredded paper.
Opening the can, you can see another sheet of embossed shop logo and underneath is a thin foam sheet.
Each half pan is individually wrapped with the shop logo and its sides are colored with the paint they’re wrapped with, with an inner layer of aluminum foil. The color shade is written behind.
The Paint Pocket’s first matte collection comes in 6 shades: Amber, Peony, Nude, Fire, Choco, and Mahogany. The names aren’t named after watercolor pigments like Burnt Sienna or Yellow Ochre and the names remind me more of lipstick shades.
The package comes with a letter…
…and a reminder card. It is very important to follow the instructions on the card before opening the paint.
These paints contain honey so they are softer than usual and do not dry as hard as other paints even after weeks of curing. They will most likely stick to the wrapper so kindly refrigerate for at least 10 minutes before unwrapping
I currently live in a dorm where I don’t have a refrigerator, so I decided to leave the tin can overnight in my cool room, praying that it would be enough to harden the paint. Perhaps the shipping can melt the paint slightly.
The next day, I took a deep breath and finally opened the paints. I have never been so nervous to open a package. I removed the foil as gently as I could but some paint still stuck on the foil. I was expecting the consistency to be similar like Prang’s that is a little moist yet hard to touch, but this paint is a little wet and can stick to your fingers.
The paint is protected by another layer of plastic for the paint.
Again, I tried to remove the cover as gently as I could but paint sticking to the plastic is almost unavoidable knowing the condition. I expected this because I did not put the paints in the refrigerator, hoping that overnight cool temperature alone will do.
The magnets cling well to the tin can, even if you flip upside down or shake the can, it won’t fall off.
Two of my paints also smudged at the side, but it’s manageable. They can be easily be cleaned off, or you can use them to paint!
The color is also written at the side of the half pan (not in picture) but they can come off if you wipe them.
Here is the result of my painstaking removal of the wraps. I still kept the wraps to swatch later on.
As you can see, the paint is moist, despite leaving it overnight. There is also a very faint fragrant scent when you try to smell the pan.
They paint is filled to the brim but is no longer pillow-topped because I opened the paints that are still a little moist.
A swatch card is also provided at the package but it isn’t watercolor paper. You may find it a bit difficult if you are used to swatch watercolor with watercolor paper, especially if you want to show gradient.
It also does not come in the same size as the tin can so I plan to make another swatch that would fit the tin can.
Here is the color payoff after 1-2 swatches. I used the paint that stuck to the wraps and sides of the pan to do my swatches.
I had no problems with the black sheet because I wanted an opaque swatch. It was a bit challenging for me to do the swatch at the white sheet because it was a regular cardboard, not watercolor paper. I was after a gradient swatch. Again, I am not a professional at watercolor so my swatch looks…not so nice.
I decided to try one last swatch and here is the output. The colors remind me of lipstick shades when it’s fully opaque and when you add more water, they look great as skin tone! They are opaque when you want it, and they are smooth and creamy indeed!
This watercolor contains honey, as mentioned in the card. Honey creates stronger pigments and prevents dry paint from cracking. The paint easily becomes reactivated with water and makes the paint smoother and creamier.
Now the drying time can be an advantage or disadvantage for some people. While most of the handmade paints I own dried within 5-10 minutes, this palette took me the more than a day to completely dry.
I will work on a swatch soon on portraits and will let you know how they actually look like on human painting!
I tried to make a swatch on a female sketch and all look amazing as skin tones!
What do you think of this watercolor palette? Let me know in the comments!
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