Chameleon Color Tones Pencils (50 color)
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- 25 Pencils / 50 colors - Built In Workstation / Carry Case
- Each Pencil Has Perfect Matched Blending Colors - Just FLIP To Blend!
- Highly Pigmented Intense Colors - Ultra Smooth Consistency
- Artist Quality Made In Austria
- Pre-sharpened - Break Resistant 3.8mm lead
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Specially designed, double-ended color pencils for twice the color choices. Each of the 25 pencils have 2 cleverly paired colors to complement each other and blend perfectly. Artist quality, highly pigmented colors are ultra smooth for easy blending. Pre-sharpened pencils have break-resistant 3.8mm lead. This set comes in a handy pencil case that converts into a workstation. From the Chameleon company, known for revolutionizing color blending in markers. Made in Austria.
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Usability & Durability: 10/10
Blending & Layering: 9/10
Pigmentation & Lay-down: 8/10
Color Selection: 10/10
Since I'd fallen into the popular wave of adult coloring, I began to also become infatuated with colored pencils. I started collecting sets from nearly every brand available online, so these considerably "less popular" pencils were going up against some pretty vicious competition... [for comparison purposes-- I own Caran D Ache Luminence & Pablo, Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor, Faber Castell Polychromos, Bruynzeel Color Design, Mitsubishi Uni, Tombow Irojiten, Tombow Homograph, Derwent Coloursoft, Artist, Watercolor & Inktense, Koh-I-Noor Polycolor, Royal Talens Van Gogh, Conte` Color Collection, SoHo Urban Artist, Pentalic, Fantasia, Sargent Supreme, Mont Marte, Solabela, Strapright Artist, Marco Renior & Raffine, Platinum Soft Core, MuHui Professional, all 3 of the Colore Color Pencils sets, Staedtler Karat Aquarelle, Acetoy Artists, Laneco Artist, Holbein Artists, Prang, Biltoy, Cra-Z-Art, RoseArt, Reeves, Pentel Color, Sivo, Crayola, and the ever popular Prismacolor Premier & Verithin] My wallet hates me, but I couldn't be happier with my collection!
So, I could modestly call myself a pretty experienced colourist and connoisseur of colored pencils! When I'd first gotten word about this new set coming out, I immediately jumped online and purchased them (rush shipping, too)! Now, the box is stunning. It's possibly one of the best presentations of colored pencils sets that I'd seen! Even though it isn't made out of tin, like usual, the reinforced cardboard and matte black wrap is very aesthetically beautiful. With the ability to fold into a display stand to make it easy for selecting and viewing the colors, it does take up quite a bit of space on a desk but there's no denying it's a beautiful feature to this brand. The pencils themselves are hex-shaped and double ended with coordinating colors in terms of blending and shading tones. The barrels are a bit larger than your normal pencils, making it extremely comfortable in hand to use for a long period of time, and therefore, I had a bit of trouble finding a sharpener that would work to sharpen these pencils. I ended up using the left hole of the Prismacolor sharpener.
The lead hardness and dryer texture of the core is comparable to that of the Koh-I-Noor Polycolor pencils. However, the lay-down was where I'd started to become just slightly disappointed. The pencils are a bit scratchy. There is no "buttery smooth, and creamy" lay-down to them, at all. While there is definite saturation of color to the respective tones, and they did respond very well to pressure, you can only saturate a color so much until there's so much wax-bloom that it actually begins to appear muddy. But I have to admit, I was very disappointed in the black. As pictured in the mandala, the butterflies are supposed to be black, but the black pencils was as far from the expected opacity as it could possibly be. Also, I found myself sharpening the pencils more than necessary just to get some of the scratchy areas out of the cores.
While the purpose of the double ended tones is for blending, I'd also discovered (especially in the greens) that some of the tones in a single pencils are hardly distinguishable from one another. So I'd find myself picking up more than one pencils when I wanted to create a noticeable blend between two tones. When it came to blending, itself, it took a little more work that what I was used to, as well. There is definitely no rushing these pencils when it comes to achieving a perfect blend. Too much overlapping will get you wax-bloom. Too less will get you a tone that looks like a single color with very visible separation lines between them. It was almost as if you had to perfect just the right touch to get these pencils to work as they're supposed to. However, after getting about halfway through the pictured mandala, I'd finally found my pace with the pencils and it started to become enjoyable to me.
Overall, I really don't think I'd recommend these pencils to someone who's doing adult coloring for enjoyment or a hobby. These pencils seem like they're better off for a professional artist in animation, sketching, drawing, drafting, etc. It definitely takes some fine-tuning to get used to them, and perfecting just the right touch to be able to enjoy them. However, it did take me some time, but I definitely, now, appreciate the quality, distinctive features, and purpose of these colored pencils and have come to really like them!