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I do think they make a difference, in pigment, binders, cost per mg, and quality control.
Air trapped means tubes of paints dry and I am seeing a lot of that now with Daniel Smith. I’ve had three newer tubes dry out partially, sent one back. I’ve had pops of air come out upon opening. I also see separation in paint colors that I did not have separation in previously… not good. I store my tubes on their side and this should not happen. So I am looking for a go-to brand outside DS now (oh horrors to the many who love DS), though I will always be a huge fan of Primateks, and yes, separation is one thing that happens in some of them so I think from now on when I get a tube of DS it will go into many full pans, leaving me just a little bit in the tube for my mixing pans.
There is also the difference in student grade versus artist grade, but that’s been said.
Personally, I have never found a favorite in WN. I think QoR is outrageously priced and just don’t get it, though I have two colors I buy from them because I love them. I’ve tried many Holbeins early on and I can’t say they are my favorite paint — inconsistent quality — but again, they make a Quin Gold that I will always have in my palette as it is a softer QG and it makes wonderful skin tones
I love MG but they don’t dry completely in Portland Oregon, so I don’t use them in my travel palette except Cobalt Teal. Heavenly paints, the richest color. I intend to buy more of them for the studio.
Da Vinci is wonderfully creamy when rewetted, amazing pigment, and I will be replacing many DS as I use up tubes.
Sennelier is excellent, a bit more expensive, but I love their paint and have loved it in pans (my first pan set was Senneleir) and even more in tubes. I’ll buy more.
I really am not willing to comment on Schminke yet… pan only, and am not sure I like their paints over Sennelier.