The best gouache paints offer something quite unique to artists of all levels. This water-based medium is easy to clean from paintbrushes, simple to control and very forgiving, making it the perfect medium for colour work. And unlike watercolours, which are transparent, gouache paints are opaque. This allows you to create bold, flat washes of colour and build up layers for richer effects.  

To help you find the best choice for you, our experts have hand-tested a huge range of products to assess their quality, value, colour range and applications. We’ve curated our list of the best gouache paints by prioritising high-quality pigments for vibrant, long-lasting colours. We’ve also included options that offer transparency and granulation for artistic versatility.