Prismacolor Col-Erase Pencils
12-24 count pack
The Eraser Actually Works!
Lacking in Color Intensity
Prismacolor Col-Erase Colored Pencils Review
Prismacolor gives us a unique offering in their set of erasable colored pencils. These come with erasers and a special core material that promises to still have the renowned deep and vivid color output of other lines as well as the ability to remove said color when necessary. However, color intensity really comes into question, especially for the relatively high price. Couple this with a severe lack of color choices and you have a lot of factors to consider. Comes in 12 or 24 packs with hexagonal exteriors.
Visual Appeal – 2.5/5
Despite claims, color intensity is really lacking. The color output is nowhere near the representative outside the color the pencils advertise. Shading is difficult with these and blending can be a challenge as well. Couple this with the fact that you can only get up to a 24 pack set, it can really limit your freedom in regards to color selection. That being said, color does go down pretty consistently and the pencils do respond pretty well to alternating pressures.
Usability and durability – 3.5/5
The erasing quality does work pretty well. There can be a little leftover wax that might stay on the paper but it isn’t something that is too big of an issue. Depending on how much you erase, you might run out of eraser before you run out of pencil, so getting a separate, larger eraser for projects might be a consideration. The hexagonal shaft assists with user control and definitely helps in focusing the eraser in on the desired areas.
Packaging and Presentation – 2.5/5
These pencils come in a thin cardboard box, similar to many of the budget offerings out there. Honestly, for how much these pencils cost, it wouldn’t have hurt to include a tin or case. The pencils themselves have a color matching hexagonal exterior with the Prismacolor type and color information stamped on them. The erasers are well-fastened and there have not been many complaints with them breaking after excessive use.
Cost – 2/5
These pencils are a little expensive, being in the premium range. Yes, you get an eraser that actually works but for the lack of color these put out, difficulty in blending, and the small color options you need to plan on having other support colors and other types than just these for a serious work. In addition, a nicer package that does a better job of displaying and protecting would have been a nice plus.
Overall ranking – 2.5/5
Technically these do as promised in that they let you erase color. However, a lot of core features are somewhat sacrificed to reach this ideal. So-so color, little workability and blending ability, and lack of color selection makes this a hard sell for anything beyond light initial sketching in which you would follow back over with a more visually-prepared set.