Saturday, July 2, 2016
I am an artist as well as a colorist for adult coloring books, when KJColors offered this set of colored pencils to me for free in exchange for my honest opinion/review, I jumped at the opportunity. I received 48 colored pencils in a canvas roll up wrap pencil holder, it also contained a cheap paint brush, a cheap pencil sharpener and a Faber-Castell brand blue eraser, all of this was inside a retail box. The pencils were pre-sharpened and arrived intact, no leads were broken.
The first thing I did was take out all of the pencils and arrange them in a more pleasing arrangement for me, by color family, they were close but I have different ideas as to how my colors should be arranged 😊. They come with a good assortment of colors, the only colors that might be considered to fall short are the yellows, there are only 2 yellows, but if you are clever you can get past that.
I was a bit perplexed by the eraser, being a premium name brand, Faber-Castell, I wondered about how well these colors might erase, I was pleasantly surprised to discover they erase quite nicely, kudos to KJColors!
The pencils are hexagonal in shape so they will not roll around, I like that,. The barrels are nice and straight, they are painted with the color of the lead and match up for the most part, there are a few that aren't even close, so a color chart swatch should be done, something I recommend anyhow.
Now down to the important business, how it colors. I'd say they were midrange, they aren't premium high end but you aren't paying premium prices for these. They are definitely higher quality than what you would get in your local dollar store. I colored a page in a coloring book, the colors lay down smoothly and layer & blend nicely. They are a medium hardness/softness, allowing you to get different looks based on how hard you press. None of them broke while I used them, they didn't wear down any faster than I expected them to.
The pencil case is a nice touch, the pencils fit one to a slot and will not fall out, there is also a spot to hold the paintbrush, sharpener and eraser. There is a faux leather flap that covers the sharpened end of the pencils to protect the leads. This wrap rolls up and has a snap fastener so you can take your pencils securely on the road.
The pencil sharpener and paintbrush are really cheap, but they work.
My wish list for future versions:
1. Put color names on the pencils, or at least put numbers on them that correspond with the colors
That's it, that is the only thing I can find wrong. 😊
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