I bought some cerulean blue from Charvin. Actually, Charvin doesn’t produce a true cerulean blue but something they call ‘cerulean blue hue.’ Charvin produces two lines of paints: Fine, and Extra Fine. This review is about the ‘Fine’ line.
I don’t know what Charvin thinks cerulean blue is, but their cerulean blue hue is nothing like any cerulean I’ve seen before. This photo shows two straight-from-the-tube examples of cerulean blue; Winsor Newton on the left; Charvin on the right. I use cerulean blue a lot–I go through a lot of the paint. I’ve used tubes of this important color from almost every manufacturer. Winsor Newton is my go-to choice because it’s decent paint that is reasonably priced. I’ve seen other cerulean blues that are darker or more green, but never seen one this light or so un-cerulean. It’s useless as cerulean blue. Surprisingly, it’s an OK replacement for royal blue.
Charvin Fine oils is a decent low-end paint. I rate it close to Rembrandt, which is a high-end student grade paint. Its selection of colors reminds me of color charts for interior paints, which are marketed for amateurs with names like Caribbean Blue Light or Light Rosace. Its cheap price is its best quality.
If you’re interested in Charvin Fine oils, make sure you test drive the colors or you might get an unwelcome surprise.