This pack of Rainbow coloured pencils from Fibracolor contains 24 different shades. The barrels are slim and hexagonal shaped for a comfortable grip, with colour dipped barrels that are generally true to the core shade. They're uniform in production with the Fibracolor name on the body, each one stamped with a name space, perfect for children's pencil cases. The pencils are very light in the hand and have a dense 3mm lead which seems strong and solid.
You don't have to use much pressure to eliminate all white spots, a normal stroke producing a brilliant amount of pigment. They definitely perform much better than other pencils in this price bracket; with 24 colours for around £7 it's not going to break the bank.
Blending is surprisingly good too- obviously not as seamless as higher grade leads but certainly better than I was expecting. You don't have to work too hard to achieve a gradient with two or three similar shades. They're not as soft as they need to be for a totally flawless blend, but again are still a superior choice if on a tight budget. Check out the mandala illustration (at the end of this post) I coloured with them to test the blending capabilities. I was taken aback by how good they were for such a low price.
Erasing the pencils is easier than many other expensive brands and only leaves a very light shade behind. I use a Derwent Electric Eraser which lifts more pigment than manual rubbers, so it might be worth investing a few quid if you nudge out of the lines a lot like me.
The pencils will only smudge slightly if a heavy hand is swept over them straight away, but if you blow off the pencil dust before handling your picture the colour sets well into the page. Sharpening was a good experience with no breakages or splitting.
Overall these are an ideal choice not only for children but for adult colouring too, if you're looking for cheap but good quality. The vibrant laydown of pigment and ability to create blends is a huge plus point for pencils under £10, and 24 shades is a decent range to work with when you can merge them into even more colours.
You can find these pencils on Amazon here:
Fibracolor Rainbow Colouring Pencils
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