Review of Lukas 1862 oils

I wrote before about some of my experiences with Lukas 1862 oils.  I wanted some more time with the paints before completing my review.  With these recent sessions, I’ve had my fill of Lukas oils.

Typical for me, I set up the palette on Friday morning (first photo) and used it over the next two days before scrapping it clean and setting it up again.

I used all my Lukas 1862 paints for these sessions:

  • top row, left to right: cerulean blue, king’s blue, cobalt green, turquoise
  • bottom row: cadmium red light 

I only have five colors but I feel that is sufficient for a fair trial. 

The following photo shows the palette after Sunday’s session.  

I said in my last post about this brand (Lukas has a cheaper line of oils they call Studio) that the Lukas 1862 line is a low-end brand.  The defining feature of low-end brands is the low-pigment load of the paints.  There is less pigment and more filler in low-end brands than the mid-range or high-end brands.  Lukas addresses this by adding wax to their oils, which increases its covering power.  

Wax is not a common ingredient in oil paint, but it’s not that unusual either.  Wax increases covering power but it also stiffens the paint and makes it more matte. 

I’m suspicious of how wax effects the drying of paint layers.  I also don’t like the paint’s stiffness.  Because of these issues, I won’t use it, even for sketching.

To finish, I don’t recommend any low-end brands and suggest you make your purchases solely based on price.  However, the 1862 line’s covering power does differentiate it from its competitors and its price is very competitive.   If your budget restricts you to the modestly-priced brands, Lukas 1862 is a standout.

Quality: c-

Price: A

I updated the oil paint brand reference.


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