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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea, but someone else at Crayola had it too, August 18, 2011
This review is from: Crayola Multicultural Colored Pencils, Set Of 8 Colors (Toy)
Crayola made a laudable attempt to get all humankind's skin tones into eight of their colored pencils, but this failed for three reasons: eight colors are not enough to represent the whole world; as offered this assortment is far too expensive once S&H is figured in; and last (and more happily) all these colors already exist in the Crayola 50 colored-pencil assortment. So for about twice the price you can multiply the number of colored pencils four times plus two, including several possibilities for skin tones not in the smaller box such as taupe, bronze yellow and pale rose. Even after subtracting for flesh tones, there remain over three dozen new Crayola colored pencils to enjoy. The multiculturals in the bigger bax appear to be the very same models; they have the same names (trilingually embossed on the barrel, EN - SP - FR), and are also of Brazilian manufacture.

The Multicultural Set of eight isn't a bad product, but it is impractical and, if relied upon solely, comes close to being a waste of money. Buy the 50-Count instead and you'll have no need whatsoever of this assortment. It should be noted that this type of "entry-level" colored pencil is fine for kids and people like me who just want to sketch, but to deal with the subtleties of fine art a step or two up in medium is required, to the softer, more expensive types of pencils from Prismacolor, Derwent and others, that require blending pencils of their own. eHow has a slide show for people who want to create facial tones with basic colored pencils: "How to Make Skin Color From Basic Colors" (the url is going to get truncated): Read more: How to Make Skin Color From Basic Colors | eHow.com <...>
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