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Metallic Acrylic Paint Swatches: Holbein Chromoshine Review

Metallic Acrylic Paint Swatches: Holbein Chromoshine Review

Today, we’re checking out some interesting, lesser-known paints in Holbein’s lineup: Chromoshine and Chromo Pearl. These metallic acrylic paints have one primary job: to add extra shine to your artwork. I walked through my first impressions in this video so let’s dive in and see what they’re all about.

Holbein Chromoshine Paints

Holbein Chromoshine paints are pretty unique. They’ve got a colorshift effect that really stands out. When you use them, the colors has a slight holographic element as it changes hues with the light (basically a subtle rainbow in your art supplies).

Holbein Chromoshine review


What you need to know:

  • Shimmer effect: The holographic effect is subtle, but unmissable. It's great for both highlights and main areas you want to draw attention to.
  • Application: While the paint shows up excellent over light surfaces, they really prove their coverage when they’re painted over dark colors. If you put them over black watercolor paper, for example, the vibrancy and hues really pop.
  • Consistency: The Chromoshine paints have a smooth, creamy texture that’s easy to work with. You don’t need to use a ton to get that shimmery effect.
Holbein Chromoshine review

Holbein Chromo Pearl Paints

Next up are the Chromo Pearl paints. These have more of a pearlescent finish. They don’t pack that opaque color like the Chromoshine, but they still add a nice, not-so-subtle shine to your work.

Holbein Chromo Pearl review


Key features:

  • Pearlescent finish: The finish is smooth and gives off a nice, soft glow. It’s less in-your-face than the Chromoshine paints but still packs a punch. In fact, I’d consider these to be even more metallic when it comes to the effects because the teeeeensy sparkles demand catching light.
  • Versatility: These paints can be used on their own or mixed with other colors to add a pearlescent touch. They’re pretty flexible because in a few coats, you’ll easily be able to build them up. They can also be layered on top of Chromoshines for some double action.
  • Texture: Like the Chromoshine, these have a smooth-as-melted-butter consistency that’s easy (and oh so satisfying) to apply.
Holbein Chromo Pearl swatches

Practical tips & ideas

  • Layering: Both paints work well when layered. Start with a base color and then add the Chromoshine or Chromo Pearl on top.
  • Mixing: You can mix these with other acrylics to tone down the shimmer or pearl effect if it’s too intense for what you’re working on.
  • Brush vs. palette knife: Using a palette knife can give you a more textured, dynamic look, especially with the Chromoshine. Additionally, mix in an acrylic body for different consistencies.

It costs how much?

Now, let's talk about the price of Holbein Chromoshine and Chromo Pearl paints because honestly c’mon they aren't the cheapest options out there. Each bottle costs around $48, depending on where you buy them. I will say that a little goes a long way, especially with how vibrant and shimmery these paints are. So IMHO, if you’re specifically seeking this type of paint, I’d grab a tube or two. But I wouldn’t snag it just to add it to the growing art supply collection that needs to be dusted off, ya know what I mean?

Holbein Chromoshine Paint review

Holbein Chromashine final thoughts

If you’re looking to add some shine and sparkle to your artwork, Holbein’s Chromoshine and Chromo Pearl paints are worth trying out. They offer something different from standard acrylics and can really make your pieces stand out. Whether you want a bold holographic effect or a subtle pearlescent glow, these paints have got you covered.

Check out the full video review to see these paints in action and get a better idea of how they might fit into your own projects. Happy painting!




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