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Seems like a good start for a beginner
January 20, 2018
I am a "beginner" with colored pencils, and do not have a lot of experience blending colors. I bought these for use in adult coloring books. I don't have the budget to spend on high priced alternatives to learn with. I don't expect to use colored pencils a lot in the future, so these seem like a decent compromise between price and quality.
My first reaction is that this set could use a couple more purples and greens. It seems very heavy on the reds and oranges. A lot of the blues are more on the green side- teal, aqua, sea-green, etc. But only a couple of truly green colors. The reds lean more orange as well, with only one true "red". I would have gladly traded the 2 metallic colors (3, if you count the Bronze Yellow) for purple or green. Pro- you will receive 50 different colors with no dupes.
Included are some photos of my swatch page for this brand. Please be aware that monitor colors differ and the colors may not appear as vibrant as reality. Swatched on plain "printer" paper, not cardstock or toothy quality paper. Each box is colored with the same pressure. The top third of each box is one layer of color. The middle third is two layers of color. The bottom third is three layers. The left side is not blended while the right side is blended with a Prisma colorless pencil. Also included is a quick coloring page done with minimal blending using only these pencils.
I would say these should work fine for my needs, HOWEVER, true "artists" who are looking for blend-able highly pigmented pencils probably wouldn't like them. I think they are best suited for students or learners who are not willing to shell out for the high-priced brands. This is definitely a case of "you get what you pay for".