Asked by alma-roja
I enjoy Winsor & Newton a lot. I’ve never used Lefranc & Bourgeois before, but I used Daler Rowney throughout school. (Is that considered student grade? I don’t know. I still use it occasionally and I like them ok, but oh man, their yellow ochre! what happened? s’not good.) About the worst thing I’ve experienced with “lower-quality” gouache is that there will be more variation in how the paint dries, so that you’ll get some colors that dry with an annoying semi-gloss for some reason. But my older paintings done in said “lower-quality” gouache are still holding up just fine! I think you should be good so long as you mix (mix (MIX!)) your colors, look for a nice even consistency in the pigment of your paints, and be mindful about storage. That way, your works should last you a good while!