5 Stars By Lisa on 2015-09-25
smooth pencils for good price
I accidentally got these thinking they were water colored pencils, but since they were such a good price I decided to keep them regardless. I made a color swatch and while doing so discovered these were silky smooth, no breakage, no lumping. Very smooth colors. They are fairly bright as well, water added will smear them a bit, but they do not smudge with fingers. The only draw back so far is they have no number or name printed on them, so I went ahead and wrote numbers on them for my own use.
4 Stars By Julia Stormy Meadows on 1969-12-31
Great for detailed or small detailed coloring.
As well as these Norris Club pencils I have prismacolor premier and scholar, Fantasia, Lyra Polycolor, Staedtler Ergosoft, Polychromos by Faber Castel and Marco Raffine coloring pencils. I love having various types because to me there isn't a "best" there is just the right pencil for the job.
All those higher ends including Staedtlers Ergosoft are fantastic. Marco Raffine is a mix between student and artist grade in my opinion.
But all of those are softer core and for fine details I had a lot of frustration. So I got this set of Staedtler Noris Club and love them particularly for my Lost Ocean coloring book. There are a lot of tiny lines and details for that coloring book and the harder core of this set keeps a very sharp point and very little breakage.
Yeah, the colors will be more muted- less pigment in a 10 dollar box of student grade pencils. But I found that layering the colors works out lovely. A lot of control with a harder core. It is a different coloring experience with each brand. They all have their place to shine depending on what you are doing. I found that these can somewhat blend. But mostly best if layered. That way you aren't pressing down hard which is bad for wrists and the paper no matter how thick.
Anyway, if you do a lot of blending and need a creamy or buttery type of pencil this isn't for you. But I think they are good to have set aside for more detail work. I will definitely order more of these.
5 Stars By Slye on 2016-05-03
Wonderful colored pencil.
I had to give these pencil a try & I am so glad I did, I read alot of the reviews about them & many were not good, but, I don't agree with them. I found them to be smooth, easy to blend, they sharpen nicely & to a fine point, the tips don't break. The color assort is really nice. They are not as dark as some colored pencils I have tried, but, if you go over the same color you can get a darker tone, I guess depending on what you are trying to accomplish, there aee methods of shading that would work very well. The only problem I do have is I am hoping they will come out with a larger set. So, I do highly recommend Staedtler colored pencils. And I will be purchasing more of their pencil soon.
5 Stars By Roseanne M. on 2015-05-27
Tips stays nice and sharp for me!
When my daughter and I got into the new trend of adult coloring books, I ordered several different brands of colored pencils. These are in my top 2, and they are my favorite brand. The lead is not too soft, and stays sharper longs--better for fine detail, which can be blended with other colors for beautiful gradations.
Something to note, some of the colors look really dark but with a soft touch, you can achieve very soft pastels.
BTW, my other favorite is the Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, which offer more of my favorite bright colors and are 'creamier'. I switch back and forth between those and the Staedtler.
4 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2016-07-26
I'm not a professional artist at all, but I really like these. If your looking for color pencils for a adult coloring book I'd recommend them, and if you're kid is into drawing I'd recommend them.
I probably shouldn't have drawn the color swatch on printer paper, but they look a lot nicer on paper with more tooth, I drew the drawing in my sketchbook.
Also, a little tip. With cheaper color pencils you should stay light and layer it, and maybe towards the end push a little harder.
Also, if you layer and push to hard they become shiny and start to look chalky.
PS it doesn't come with a pencil case, that case is my own.
5 Stars By Melisa on 2015-11-28
I got a 36 pack for pretty cheap, and not only that but I really ...
I am really impressed with these colored pencils. I got a 36 pack for pretty cheap, and not only that but I really like the variety of colors in this pack! They color beautifully, and I really like Staedtler!
5 Stars By Ruth B. on 2017-01-17
Great Value and Product.
My go to favorite colored pencils for adult coloring books is Staedtler Ergosoft. I was looking for more colors and found these. I spent a couple hours testing this set this afternoon. I am glad I ordered more than one set. These will now be added to my 24 Ergosoft set for a larger variety of colors. I really like the feel of this set. The colors are bright. Even pressing very hard did not create the waxy lumps that I sometimes get with the Ergosofts. I would prefer the triangle shape but for the price and quality of these pencils I feel that they are a great value. I am very glad that I bought a backup replacement set. I will be using them often.
5 Stars By Moth on 2016-01-20
I refused to get anything less than one of the best brands, and it just so happened that they ...
I got these for a rather clumsy friend of mine that wanted an adult coloring book.
I refused to get anything less than one of the best brands, and it just so happened that they have a brand that has the pigment core protector in a larger color size.
As stated by others, the colored pencils are light but vibrant. You can always keep laying the same color to make it more saturated, but these are an artist's brand colored pencils. The majority of the people that purchase them want them so that they can easily layer and transition colors, not color in an entire section with a single color.
If you keep that in mind as you are making your selection, and you consider how you work/create/color, then I believe that you will be able to know if these are right for you.
They certainly were for me, and I know for a fact that I will be buying Staedtler products again, as I have been purchasing them for many years now.
5 Stars By Hummingbird on 2016-02-13
Quality Adult Coloring Pencils
I read a lot of reviews on the web on colored pencils in order to get a quality colored pencil that worked nicely for shading and blending. With these pencils you do not have to press so hard that you have to color over an area a few times to get the color you want on the page. These are a medium softness and work wonderfully. They sharpen nicely without gumming up the sharpener too. I bought a canvas rolled case to put them in so the tips are protected from breaking. The funny thing I found is that these pencils do not have numbers nor color names printed on them so if you want to expand your set you may have a hard time finding the new colors. I found 36 colors to be perfect amount to get a variety of shades and colors. I originally bought another less expensive brand pencil set and was not happy because they were so hard.
5 Stars By chinagirl on 1969-12-31
Same Pencils as in Johanna Basford Packaging
I previously ordered the Staedtler colored pencils in the Johanna Basford "Lost Ocean" packaging because the picture showed they had a black stripe down each pencil but when they arrived they looked just like these Noris Club pencils.
So I then ordered a pack of these so I could get all of the colors.
I really love these colored pencils because they easily glide along the paper and the colors are bright and fun and are perfect for coloring fish and underwater scenes.
These pencils sharpen easily and to a very sharp point and there are no broken core issues like I experienced with Prismacolor Verithins that was disheartening especially since they weren't cheap in price.
And I can color for hours and hours without ever getting finger cramps.
4 Stars By KABLegalBeagle on 2016-01-14
Good procuct for a good price
I should preface this with my lack of experience with colored pencils, not having used them since the 8th grade... I just started "coloring" again at 45. I swear I spent over an hour researching cost, brand, etc. (JUST for pencils!!) and found that, for the purpose I sought the pencils, this pack was a good cost for #of pencils and the brand seemed reputable.
The variety of colors is nice, I like that there are neutrals included. I want to try coloring skin-tones so the diversity of neutrals is beneficial.
The only issue I have is that I find that these are very hard. If you want anything more than a very watered-down version of the color, you have to press firmly which can make your hand cramp up after a while. I don't know if all colored pencils are like this. Other than the hand/finger cramping (I do have a bit of arthritis so I may just have to learn to deal with this if all colored pencils are this hard) I would say that the ability to get so many different color levels out of a pencil based on the amount of pressure you use was a pretty neat discovery for me.
All in all I like the pencils, and look forward to trying other Staedtler products.
5 Stars By seireitei reject on 2011-12-25
My son loves these pencils
They sharpen really well. The main reason I chose these pencils was because of the core that was supposed to be break resistant. They do work, none of them have broken at all inside. The colors are bright enough to satisfy my six year old, even though they are not loud primary colors. I did wish there was a nice bold indigo though, it would have completed the set.
5 Stars By EP on 2016-01-21
High quality with anti-break feature; great value
These colored pencils are inexpensive yet high quality. The outside is shiny coating that's fun to hold. Just holding them makes me feel creative. The color core on the inside is coated with some white plastic that reduces breakage. They are your basic colored pencils, so the core isn't extremely soft and you can do a lot of light shading work or dark lines. They do not have erasers on the ends. It performs like a pencil and not a pastel hybrid. Great value for the price. I would recommend it as a starter set gift or for school work.
5 Stars By Mel on 2016-04-20
These are great pencils. I am somewhat new to coloring in ...
These are great pencils. I am somewhat new to coloring in coloring books. It is amazing how relaxing and therapeutic it is after a long day at work. Now that I have tried it, I am hooked. I looked at a lot of different pencil choices and decided to try these. I am glad I did!! They colors are beautiful first of all and there are enough colors that I have all I need. The pencils color with a very smooth finish. They do not easily smear. I even really like the feel of this pencil in my hand. They sharpen nicely and are easy to sharpen. They might cost a little more than the pencils you usually find in places like Walmart and Target but they are worth the extra few dollars. I am really happy with the way my coloring pages turn out using these pencils. I would definitely buy these again and highly recommend them. Anyone who needs to unwind at the end of the day should try coloring! You might be amazed by how much you enjoy it.
5 Stars By Sheryl on 2016-04-18
Love my Staedtler Noris Clubs!!!!!
Love my Staedtler Noris Club!!! They are a harder core, non-waxy and for a beginner like me, not bad to blend with. The 36 count gives you a pretty good color selection, there are times when I wish they came in a larger selection like the very expensive derwents and prismacolors. I bet they would be a huge seller if they gave a larger range of color. They are definatly better than Crayola in the fact that the cores do not break everytime you look at them. They sharpen to a nice point (that will break with too much preassure like with all pencils) to get into the tiny areas you may have to color. All in all I will buy again when the time comes to replace these as they were down, but I am predicting that to be a while from now. Happy coloring everyone! 🎨☺
4 Stars By Native New Yorker on 2016-08-16
German mean, German engineering, ecologically sound and beautiful.
The only problem I have with these is there's only 36 colors I wish they made facts of 78 to 150!
I rank these pencils with my Faber Castel's and Prismacolors - Plus they're made in Germany in the wood is harvested from ecologically sound foresrs - a huge PLUS! The lead lays down beautifully, they shop and beautifully with my KUM sharpener and they are always used in combustion with my expensive sets.
4 Stars By M.Carson on 2015-06-01
Layer for vibrance
These are pretty good for student grade pencils. Not great for professional use, but that's not what they're made for. One key is to layer the colors for vibrance. To get a nice deep red, for example, shade with red, then rotate the pencil in your hand to its sharp edge, then layer again, rotate again, then repeat one more time. In the image I've uploaded here, you can see this pencil compared with close-to-equivalent Prismacolor Premier pencils. Can you tell which one is which? I've done photorealistic colored pencil work in the past, and it can be done with these pencils if you want to. It'll just take a bit more layering than usual. Adults looking for good colored pencils to start with for art projects might give the Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils a try.
4 Stars By Platanthera102 on 2016-04-14
Good value for the $$
I'm teaching some more colored pencil classes this year and so have been comparing low- and mid-range brands for the best value for beginners and beginning-to-intermediate artists. Some pluses and minuses, with the minuses first: the lead is a bit crumbly, which you don't see in the more high-end brands, and I find that annoying. (But they're not abrasive, at least). The colors, as others have mentioned, are a bit pastel unless you press hard. Some waxiness. On the plus side - they hold a point nicely, and, what surprised me the most, is what a nice even gradation of tone you can get. The colors have a nice clarity as well. I will have to make a full color swatch, but at first glance, these seem to be a very good value for the money invested.
4 Stars By K on 1969-12-31
I didn't test all colors but a few. Not a bad product and cheap add on. I have too many colored pencils that are of higher quality so these will go to the kids. The only thing I can fairly compare it to would be studio series and these have a harder lead and better quality.
5 Stars By Artsy Fartsy 1969 on 2016-04-06
Get THESE, not the Basford edition!
I bought the Johanna Basford edition of the Staedtler pencils and was totally bummed, but I wanted to see what else they could do. I decided to purchase this set and I am SO glad that I did! These pencils lay down color nicely and they blend and shade well. For a pack of $10 pencils, I am pleased. They look so smooth on the paper when you apply them. Wish there was a broader range of colors, but the 36 count is good for keeping me focused on the task at hand.