Prismacolor Watercolor Colored Pencils

12-36 count pack

Wax core

Round Barrel



Good Blending

Relatively Easy to Control


So-so Color Selection

Packaging Not up to Prismacolor Standards


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Prismacolor Watercolor Colored Pencils Review

Prismacolor’s primary watercolor pencil offering hits the mark for the most part.  The colors you get are deep, creamy, and quite blendable, especially relative to other watercolor pencils on the market.  The colors are a bit lacking so blending might be a necessity since they are only available in sets of 12 to 36.  However, the prices are more the reasonable and give you a chance to experience a high-end colored pencil brand at a lower monetary barrier to entry.  They come in a colorless round exterior.

Visual Appeal – 4/5

The color is on point: creamy, saturated, and thick.  It is quite easy to blend these and, after a bit of practice with water application, a wide range of colors and color densities can be achieved.  It can be a bit burdensome to do color control in high-detail areas so it is recommended to stick to conventional colored pencils for those.  However, in areas with consistent color such as the sky, monotone walls and buildings, etc., these work quite well.

Usability and Durability – 4/5

These are quite easy to use and the easy application makes for a very fun and user-friendly experience.   These are a great way to introduce someone to watercolors that are good at blending and mixing while still being easy to control.  The pencils have been shown to last for quite a while and are much less prone to breaking when compared to other lines.  This ends up saving some money in the long run, particularly if you are someone who colors a lot.

Packaging and Presentation – 3/5

These come in a sort of “snap” case.  It isn’t quite as nice as some of the higher-end tin and wooden offerings available but it does the trick.  An interesting point to make with these pencils is that the exterior is unfinished wood.  In fact, there isn’t even a color label on the base so if you are picking pencils by looking for the color somewhere on them then you will have to take a peek at the exposed core.  Not a huge deal but something worth mentioning.  However, they do have the standard Prismacolor information stamped on the side.

Cost – 3.5/5

Costs for these are mid-priced.  This is a decent deal for watercolor colored pencils of this quality and from such a reputable company.  To get equivalent in other brands could easily cost twice that, if not more.  Since the largest set you can buy is only 36, getting into some Prismacolor watercolor pencils won’t set you back too much.

Overall Ranking – 3.5/5

These are solid watercolors that will meet most people’s requirements.  There could always be a bit larger of a color selection but thankfully they are easy enough to blend that other colors and color depths are possible.  The packaging and presentation of the pencils could be better but this is a small complaint because what really matters is how they look on paper.  There are better sets out there but these are a good set to learn and tweak your watercolor pencil skills or help to teach others.

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