This is a perfect set for a beginner and has almost everything needed to get started. (you might want to get some larger brushes because the three brushes in this are quite small) The product info states that there is a metal tin. This is incorrect. There is no metal tin included. The palette is the white plastic thing for mixing paints. Everything is of good quality except the packaging, which seems a little on the flimsy side. (but that helps to keep the price low) The plastic tray everything comes packaged in is not very good so you might want to have an art box to store these items in and toss the cheap plastic. Other than that, this set was worth every penny!
My granddaughters, 13 and 16 spent the better part of Dec. 26 creating with this product and related ones in the rest of my coloring book Amazon orders. The art supplies were a big hit!
I am a beginner but I still know the importance of using the highest quality you can afford! You get better results, which is a huge confidence builder. I knew to trust the Winsor & Newton brand, even in these Cotman student quality paints are superb. I have a set of the tubes, but the pans called me because-let's face it...they are easy..just pop it open and go. I bought these more for the ease of traveling to class, or out on the boat. I also wanted full pans -so I could use a larger brush. This set is perfect. It has a nice range of colors - just wish they'd do away with the white and maybe the black in these sets-kind of a waste. My only complaint, a minor one, is that there was no reference chart provided with the set, but that also means you can arrange your pans according to your liking. I ended up making my own, by saving the labels from the individually wrapped pans and taping it on a sheet of paper in the order that I arranged my set. I am totally pleased with this set and Overstock shipped it quickly too!
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