5 Stars By SeouLLess on 1969-12-31
âŒâŒ DEFINITELY NOT YOUR AVERAGE COLORED PENCILS! âŒâŒ
Presentation & Packaging: 10/10
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!
4 Stars By Erika H on 2017-06-01
Good, Solid choice for coloring.
I took an honest look at these pencils in comparison to many artist quality pencils (Prisma, Faber-Castell, Staedlter, Dewent etc). The pigment is not as true as I would like, however, a color chart cures this, as with many other in this price range. I contacted the company to find out what the pencils actually are a wax based pencil. Gamisol did not blend them any better than just layering. So skip that if you were thinking it! I was slightly surprised as they do not really move on the paper like wax. They are very creamy and I was happy that they did not leave a lot of harsh lines even with the sharpest of points. This is fantastic for beginners and advanced artist as we all sometimes put that pencil down too hard. I did this once right after sharpening the pencil but was able to easily blend out the harsh line. This, of course, is due to what appears to be a very high-quality wax used for the pencils I found the more I used them the more I had to lay much more color down. The two-tone aspect where all you do is flip the pencil is a selling point for some but for me, it was a bit annoying as I would like to get a full-length pencil for the amount of money I spend. NOW to be fair, the pencils do work well together, but I did not find myself using the tones they had put together. Which is why art is art and not science. I did find I had to use a lot of pigment, like A LOT to cover heavier toothed paper and it wore down my pencil quickly. I have only had this product for a few weeks and already I need replacements, however, I do not think the company has any open stock which is a HUGE disadvantage to other artist quality pencils. The price point is fine maybe a little on the higher side but very fair for what you actually get. I do think it is a great product for a newer artist. It will make blending easier for that same artist. I think it is a little more gimmicky than I like but the pencils themselves were smooth and after you use them for a while they grow on you. However, I can't replace some and I will not spend another $50 on the full set to get a few of my favorite colors. This may be something the company may want to think about if they are trying to appeal to the more advanced artist. (I am not saying I am anything special, but I do have lots of experience with different mediums.) I think these pencils have great potential and are worth the money, the only reason I am going with four stars is the inability to replenish my used pencils once I have used them. NOW to leave on a positive note, the colors of the pencils themselves like the actual colors are awesome. I love the names too they fit very well with what actually appears on the paper. (at least to my rods and cones), you will get many color choices and they are just beautiful!
5 Stars By Patti on 2017-09-18
Love, Love, LOVE these pencils! Colors are intense. I do have to constantly remind myself that you are only getting half you normally would as each pencil has a different color on each end. They blend well and are consistent. Everything quality you'd expect from Chameleon. I got these on a flash sale price from AlumiGogo and am happy with the colors.
5 Stars By Kayla Hawkins on 1969-12-31
Love these I love all chameleon art materials
5 Stars By Janet Castle on 2017-08-04
Fun to use and easy to match colors.
5 Stars By Ann Brooks on 2017-09-16
Some of pencils I have used.
Some of pencils I have used.
5 Stars By L. Davis on 2017-05-15
I enjoy these two-toned pencils.
I am also an avid collector of colored pencils. I would recommend these to coloring book enthusiasts because they take the guesswork out of shading. They are harder than Prismas but do not break. They are softer than Verithins and the "lead" is substantially thicker. The colors are vibrant. The color called "iris" is so beautiful and is a color that is not duplicated in many of my sets. Having the two shades in the same pencil is so convenient. For these reasons I would recommend these if you can afford it. Can I live without them? Do I want to after using for the last 8 hours? No. Each pencil costs about $2.00, or $1.00 per color. Each pencil is 7" long and comes presharpened. I had no problem sharpening them with better quality sharpener.
5 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2017-06-20
5 Stars By Colorista on 1969-12-31
You must at !east try these pencils. I find more reasons to love them than not.
From the the device that I had read, I eas very hesitant to order these pencils. Mind you, I use colored pencils all day long, everyday. I go through tons of pencils, have a really goods ifde as to whether pencils are worth your hsarfd earned money. I have abthree tiered cart full of pencils arranged by brand in their own pencil cases. (Good pencils can get expensive, and I want to protect them as much as possible. I'm not a happy camper if my money is just circling the drain.
Chameleon pencils come very attractively presented or packaged. The first thing that I did was make color swatches. The pencils aren't soft and creamy; I would say that the hand, or feel of them is much like Prismacolor Verithins. With several exceptions; 1. These are highly pigmented pencils, so that despite the fact that they have much harder cores, you don't have to press down on them in order to get beautiful results. 2: I was very pleased as to how easy it is to blend them. 3. When coloring, I usually have a handful of pencils in one hand while I color wit the other. Because these each pencil is actually 2 pencils, I don't have near as many pencils in one. Very quickly I found myself flipping back and forth between the two colors. I actually not better results with the Chameleon pencils because the shade or color I needed to shade with was right there in my hot !little hand.
I noticed that some were complaining about the lack of colors shades of pencils iinthis box, compared to many other companies 72, 90 or 150 colors. I realized very quickly that these 50 colors are the bones you find your self reaching for every day......you find that these are the ones you must replace regularly, and using the balance of colors only occasionally. You then find your self with a huge box of colors you rarely use. And because these pencils are harder, you sharpen them far less frequently...... your hatrd earned box of pencils now lasts much longer.
I just want to make one last comment about these gorgeous pencils. If you are heavy handed with your pencils like me, you find your self breaking far less pencils and once again saving money.
These truly are a professional grade of pencils that you won't regret spending money on them.
3 Stars By Tammy Gallagher on 2017-06-23
More cons than pros for me
Like most folks leaving reviews on these pencils, I own lots (way too many) of different pencil sets. Even though I didn't need more pencils, this set seemed unique, so I had to try them.
The pros: The colors are really nice. There aren't as many as in my other pencil sets, but the colors in this set are the colors that I use the most. The 2 colors on each pencil do compliment each other really well. I like the case a lot.
The cons: the pencils don't blend well with gamsol which I use for every project. I use my pencils a lot, and need to replace them frequently. It is a problem that you can't replace. Individual pencils. Finally, te colors aren't very vibrant, and you really need to lay down a lot of pencil to get a darker shade.
These pencils are pretty pricey, and I wish that I had returned them. I just lost track of time, and missed the return window.
These pencils might be great for lots of folks, but not so much for me.