1. Golden Professional Acrylics
Top choice as the best acrylic paint is Golden’s Professional Acrylics range. This is a high-quality acrylic with lots of body and strong pigmentation. There is also a large variety of colors available. It’s especially thick and holds brushstrokes well, but I also find it easy to mix and dilute at the same time. It’s also available in large quantities, making it a good option for big projects.
2. Liquitex Professional Heavy Body Acrylics
Liquitex’s professional range offers a fairly thick and versatile acrylic paint. It has a buttery texture that spreads smoothly on a variety of different surfaces, and covers well, not leaving any streakiness.
3. Winsor and Newton Professional Acrylics
Winsor and Newton’s professional range of acrylics offers solid quality acrylic paint that behaves in a predictable way. It has an even, smooth consistency, and readily mixes without any clumping or unevenness. I’ve found there to be very little colour shift as the paint dries too. This all makes the paint easy to work with.
4. Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylics
Daler Rowney’s System 3 is a good quality student-level range. It has a reasonably thick and smooth consistency which holds brushstrokes surprisingly well, though I found it doesn’t always have the best opacity. With the exception of the fluorescent colors, these paints use fairly lightfast pigments that are clearly labeled and works created with them should last well.
5. Pebeo Studio Acrylics
Pebeo’s studio acrylic has noticeably richer color and better opacity than most student acrylic ranges, with less of a change when it dries too. The paint is a little on the runny side, and I found it less able to hold brushstrokes because of this. It mixes and dilutes better than student paints though; thinning it out with water showed it diluted readily, with an even consistency.