I decided to see what one of the older and professional companies would come up with in the $15-$20 range of mini watercolor sets and bought myself a Sennelier Aqua Mini Watercolor Set.
- Pigments are rich, easy to moisten, blend well and create great washes.
- Pigments are made with honey (some people wouldn't like this).
- Set comes with a small brush.
- Container is metal.
- Container fits in your hand.
- Package gives pigment index numbers, lightfastness and opacity information
- There are only eight colors.
- Pigments are in molded plastic rather than pans.
- Brush is so small that use is very limited.
- There is a plastic film window in lid of tin that is breakable.
- The pigment cakes are of different size.
- There is no mixing space.
- All the colors lean to warm.
If you are looking for starter/travel set that is all you need in the field this is not the set for you. If you are a casual painter, doing watercolor sketches or using the paints to color things in, then you might want a more complete set, but would be happy with these colors. If you are looking for a set with excellent pigments, and don't mind carrying a brush/mixing palette separately then it would be a good set for you.
I'm still mulling over ideas, but I'll figure out a way to fix that window, or just move the paints into a different tin, and I have a good set of travel brushes. If I could only have one travel palette, this would probably be my choice because of the quality of the paint. That's my focus.
Disclaimer: I bought this Sennelier Aqua Mini Watercolor Set on my own dime. Sennelier did not ask for a review or send me anything, and probably won't even take notice of this review. I was curious about the set, and thought my readers probably were too, so I reviewed it.