Pro Art Colored Pencils
1-36 count pack
Small Color selection
Tips Easily Break
Pro Art Colored Pencils Review
These colored pencils are one of the few offerings by Pro Art. Overall, they fair rather poorly in just about every category other than cost. The color intensity is lacking, blending with them is a real challenge, the thin wax core is prone to breaking, and other than the decent packaging that they come in there isn’t a whole lot to get excited about.
Visual Appeal – 1.5/5
There just aren’t many positive things to say about these. While the available colors are varied, there are still going to be some gaps in choices since the maximum size you can purchase is 36. Unfortunately, blending isn’t a strong point with these colored pencils so you are really stuck with the colors that you are given. And even then, those colors are not very intense and you may struggle with trying to get the right tone on the paper. Also, the wax can be a bit too “waxy”, resulting in some noticeable wax bloom.
Usability and durability – 1.5/5
The thin core is prone to breaking and the fact that you are going to have to apply quite a bit of pressure to get the color you are looking for means that you could very well run into issues with tips breaking. The lead is pretty hard as well so the application will be a bit grainy and not run smoothly. You will really have to have good hand control or you may become frustrated very quickly. The hexagonal shape will assist in user control, however.
Packaging and presentation – 3.5/5
The packaging for Pro Art Colored Pencils is actually quite good for the price point. They come in a decent reusable metal tin that should be more than enough to protect them during transportation. The pencils themselves have a standard matching-color exterior with the aforementioned small core.
There has also been a semi-recent update to the packaging that these come in. Instead of the red tin container, they also can come in a see-through plastic sleeve. While the packaging may have changed, as far as we can tell, the pencils remain the same.
Cost – 2.5/5
Prices for these pencils are in the budget range, which places them squarely in what is expected for the beginner category. However, even after considering their relatively cheap price, there are much better options out there, even at a lower price point. Beyond the nice tin container (which isn’t even a guarantee anymore), you are really getting a sub-par product that is going to might you wish you would have gone a different route with your money.
Overall ranking – 2/5
Too many negatives and too few positives make the Pro Art Colored Pencils a less-than-stellar choice for your next purchase. Even for an absolute beginner that won’t necessarily recognize or be able to take advantage of some of the more advantageous features that other lines offer such as blending ability and deeper color characteristics, simple aspects such as being able to mix colors and thoroughly apply color to the canvas are lacking here.