Benjamin Moore Aura
Best interior paint
Aura's price certainly gives pause, but it has earned good grades in professional reviews and raves from professional painters who use it on a day-in, day-out basis. Reviewers praise its great covering ability, low-VOC formula and fast drying times. Benjamin Moore justifies the cost by noting that the paint is self-priming and that most projects -- even turning darker hues into lighter ones -- will require only one coat. That may be marketing hyperbole, but most pros who have used Aura say that you'll rarely need more than two coats for even difficult jobs, and they love its smooth, quick application and beautiful finish. However, Aura's fast drying times take some getting used to, reviews warn -- if you paint over an already drying area, you could wind up with brush or roller marks. Some reviewers find the less-expensive Benjamin Moore Regal (*Est. $40 per gallon) covers fine in two coats and is easier to work with.