Well known brands like Staedtler, Tombow and Stabilo seem to have the monopoly over water-based pens used for adult colouring, but not many people know that pens aimed at children can be just as good as the market leaders. This is the case with Fibracolor, an Italian brand which is lauded for its quality and long lasting markers and stationery.
The set I am reviewing is the largest they do; 100 colours all completely different shades, no duplicates! This is a huge range for non-alcohol pens and can be used without bleed on most colouring book papers. They are very similar in look and feel to Crayola Supertips, with very bright colours and unusual tones that you don't come across in smaller pen packs. They have a very fine tip that can create lines of just 0.3mm for those intricate pages, which tapers into a broad, thick stroke for colouring larger areas.
The colours are oddly ordered but it doesn't really matter as none of the numbers are printed on the barrel, so you can order and chart them as you wish. There are colour names as well as numbers so you can create your own labels for each pen if you like, but the colours are all very close to their cap colour when dry so I haven't found the need to.
There are so many nuances of shades that you're able to create palettes such as Manga, ocean/marine, nature/earth tones, etc. There's also a great selection of warm/cold and blue/green greys, as well as a spectrum of skin tones:
The pens come with their own sturdy storage rack which can be placed vertically or horizontally, very handy for those with a colouring station or desk.
They are priced at £27 for the set of 100, which I think is very reasonable when you consider a pack of just 26 Staedtler Triplus come in at between £13 and £20. Here's a mandala I coloured with the pens earlier.
You can find Fibracolor 100 on Amazon here:
Fibracolor Colouring Pens Box of 100