I totally hear you on getting good paint at a good price. I use tubes pretty much exclusively too so anytime I’m talking about 1/2 pans it’s from a tube I fill (not including the 12 half pans I got in my original schmincke palette years ago).
In Oragon I’m betting the honey doesn’t as much have a problem, BC is much like Seattle, are you still that wet or does being one state down make a great difference? With the humidity, we get “bad hair days” regularly, lol. I move around brands for color too but my experience has kept me mostly in Daniel smith and Schmincke. I find W&N just a little less bright an shiny, I like shiny things. ;o) They have some nice colors though and I’m newly in love with their burnt sienna as it’s transparent!!!