Crayola Colored Pencils

8-50 count pack

wax core

variety of shapes and sizes

Budget-priced

Pros:

Many Different Color set Options

Decent Intensity

Great Price

Cons:

Poor Blending

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Crayola Colored Pencils Review

A good introduction medium for those getting started in colored pencils.  They have a decent color application, but some of the colors don’t really put down their advertised color.  Also some more advanced methods like blending and mixing are going to be somewhat difficult with these.  They came in a variety of shapes, sizes, and special colors and can be purchased from sets of 8 up to 50.

Visual Appeal – 3/5

A surprisingly good range of colors between the various offerings.  From their metallic package to their “eXtreme colors” package and all the way up to the largest 50 count package, most of your fundamental color needs should be fulfilled.  The hard wax that these pencils have means that laying down a thick pass of color on a single sweep might be difficult, but they can be sharpened to be quite good at intricate areas.  For the price they actually produce pretty vivid colors as well.

Usability and Durability – 3/5

Laydown is quite smooth due to the hard wax core and sharpening them to a fine point is a breeze.  Intense blending and color mixing is going to be very difficult and potentially frustrating with these, however.  Crayola decided to go with a round shape instead of hexagonal which is definitely more comfortable at the potential cost of pencil control.  However, again, I think when looking at their target market this was probably a wise choice.

Packaging and Presentation – 1.5/5

As with most of Crayola’s offerings, these come in a cardboard case.  It can be somewhat flimsy and it is not the best for protection purposes but the relative strength of the pencils themselves will hopefully alleviate this flaw.  The pencils’ outside is the application color and the color and brand is stamped on the outside.

Cost – 4/5

These are some of the cheapest pencils on the market, so they are an excellent bargain for what you are getting.  There will be slight variations in cost per pencil depending on the quantity purchased, and some of Crayola’s more off-the-wall color sets might fetch a slight premium, but overall you can build a pretty nice color range for relatively cheap.

Overall Ranking – 3/5

Sometimes the “big guys” get a bad rap when it comes to the quality of their product but Crayola colored pencils provide a relatively high-quality pencil at an affordable price.  Some of the more advanced techniques as well as some color combinations will not be possible with just these pencils (or will be extremely difficult to achieve) and there are some lacking areas in some of the colors but overall it is a great starter set for anybody, young or old.

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