Prismacolor Verithin Pencils

12-36 count pack

Wax core

Hexagonal barrel

Budget to mid-priced


Great for Intricate Details

Good Color for the Applied Area


Poor Blending

 Somewhat Limited Color Selection

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Prismacolor Verithin Colored Pencils Review

The Verithin line by Prismacolor is made of a harder wax core which is good for working on areas that require great detail.  Being a thin and hard material, the wax doesn’t put out the same deep, opaque colors that conventional softer-wax pencils would, but they still have a purpose in any artist toolbox.  Color sets are available in 12 to 36 pack and these pencils have a relatively small core with a hexagonal outside.

Visual Appeal – 3.5/5

The color itself and the color intensity is a bit more subdued with these.  This is due in part to the harder wax being used as well as the smaller writing surface.  Application results in a semi-transparent sheen, even with a lot of pressure involved.  However, where these pencils shine is in the details.  They still produce great color relative to their applied area.  This makes them great for the highly detailed areas that most colored pencils struggle with.  Blending is also quite difficult with these so your colors are somewhat limited to what you have in your case.  A great addition to an artist toolbox but it won’t be able to meet all of your visual needs on its own.

Usability and Durability – 3/5

The harder wax material can result in scratching your paper if pushed too hard.  Because of this, we recommend going with a thicker paper if you decide to try these colored pencils out.  In addition, this can make sharpening them with conventional hand-held sharpeners quite difficult.  The hexagonal core, however, assists in maintaining control which is important when focusing on acute details.  Just don’t bother trying to use them to blend large surfaces.

Packaging and Presentation– 3/5

These pencils come in a sort of “sleeved case” that, while adequately holding the pencils in place, do not provide the level of protection that other pencil manufacturers might have, especially on the higher end.  The pencils themselves have color-matching wood exteriors with the necessary information stamped onto them.

Cost – 3.5/5

These are in the budget to mid-price range.  This is actually quite reasonable as you aren’t getting as much “color” with these as you do with some of the more expensive Prismacolor offerings.  In addition, you aren’t getting to take advantage of their fantastic soft core wax.  But hey, sometimes the job calls for different equipment and these have their place.

Overall Ranking – 3/5

For the particular applications these are designed for, they do a good job.  They provide good color for such a small application area while still suffering from some of the “shortcomings” that other, harder-wax colored pencils also share.  Color selection and blending a bit lacking, however, so make sure that you plan out the layout of your more detailed areas so you don’t run into any issues and can switch over to a more capable pencil in areas with large consistent color coverage.

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