Derwent Coloursoft Pencils – Review

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Derwent Coloursoft Pencils – Review

What are your plans for this summer? Whatever they are, I invite you to join us for a season of creativity! This summer, I’ll be exploring new ideas, products and projects to help us infuse more creativity into our lives.

Let’s kick things off with a colorful start by peeking inside a set of 36 Derwent Coloursoft Pencils and giving them a test run!

Derwent Coloursoft - A Peek Inside - Reduced R

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for the perfect set of pencils to color with! To be honest, there are so many good brands out there that picking the perfect pencil probably depends on the attributes you’re looking for.

What features do you like and dislike in colored art pencils?

Derwent Coloursoft - 36 Color Pencils - Flipped

I tend to gravitate towards colored pencils with softer leads. When I color, I like rich colors that glide on the paper smoothly and effortlessly, without requiring me to press down hard or apply excessive pressure to build up color. I’m partial to brands that offer pencils in a wide range of lightfast colors. Beautiful packaging is my kryptonite. And quality materials that last will reel me in every time!

A tall order to fill? Perhaps – but let’s see how the Derwent Coloursoft Pencils stack up!

Derwent Coloursoft - Tin Slots 75 L

The first thing I noticed about the Derwent Coloursoft Pencils is the lovely tin that it’s packaged in. This protective tin allows you to see all of the colors in the range at a glance while keeping them safe from damage in their individual slots.

Derwent Coloursoft Pencils Close Up

The next thing I appreciated was the design of the pencil itself. The pencil casing is color-coded so that you can see at a glance which brand of Derwent pencil you are working with. Next, the ends of the pencils are color coded so that you can see at a glance what color each pencil is. Finally – unlike many art products – the pencils are actually assigned real color names (not just numbers!) I appreciate that because, I always know when I am looking for Mint Green – but I never, in a million years, will remember to look for color “C470”!

Now it was time to see how well the Derwent Coloursoft Pencils performed. Based on my preferences, I like soft, creamy pencils with good pigmentation, like Prismacolor. How would these new pencils measure up?

Derwent Coloursoft - Cat

I spent some time familiarizing myself with my new pencils on a piece of scrap paper, then chose an image from Bernadette Kazmarski’s Creative Cat Coloring Book to color! The Derwent Coloursoft Pencils were easy to work with – the colors went on smooth with good coverage and without the need for excess pressure to get the intensity you wanted. Although coloring was smooth, the lead did not seem quite as soft as Prismacolor – making these a nice alternative for those who find Prismacolor leads a little too soft for their taste. The colors did not seem quite as bright as the Prismacolors – which again, you might like or dislike depending on your color preferences.

Derwent Coloursoft - Colored Cat L

In summary, the Derwent Coloursoft Coloring Pencils are artist quality wax-based pencils which come in size ranges up to 72 colors. They were a pleasure to color with and earned high marks in the packaging department, in performance, and for durability. For more information – or to pick up a set of your own – visit the Oriental Trading Company!

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Disclosure: This project features complementary products I’ve received as a Brand Ambassador for Oriental Trading. The opinions I’ve expressed are completely my own, based on my use of the product.

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9 Responses to “Derwent Coloursoft Pencils – Review”

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  1. Erin @ says:

    Your review brings back such good memories of college. Pencils and acrylics were my favorites. Your cat picture is so fun. Nicely done!

  2. donna garner says:

    Hope you are at your desk creating something lovely, doone @27

  3. Kelly says:

    Oh wow! They have free shipping and I have a discount coupon! Might just have to do some shopping! LOL Where was this post when they sent me a $20 coupon a couple weeks ago.. which I’ve already spent. Great review! Creative Blessings! Kelly #36

  4. Bubbles says:

    I guess I love a soft colouring pencil – but I too am a sucker for packaging lol
    These Derwent pencils look really lovely to use thanks for the review… it was helpful 🙂
    Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
    Bubbles #31 on WOYWW

  5. Thank you for your post. I’ll be digging out my pencils and having a play!
    Have a super week.
    Katie #44 xx

  6. The colors look so vivid! I love the texture and I wish I can try this too!

  7. Robin in NC says:

    I never realized there were so many different choices in coloring pencils! Thanks for sharing the Oriental Trading Co. website & your opinion of the Derwent pencils!

  8. I’m a huge fan of Prismacolor pencils but it’s nice to know of this alternate color pencil choice. Thanks for sharing. Nice review!

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      I love my Prismacolors and these are a great alternative – they go on smoothly like the Prismacolors but they are slightly firmer (which means they will probably last a little longer as the creamy Prismas wear down pretty quickly under use!)

      The colors are SO very pretty though! 🙂

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