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Best Cheap Colored Pencils

SEE UPDATED RESULTS BELOW!
Now includes Arrtx, Arteza, Castle Arts & Markart.

What are the best cheap colored pencils on Amazon in 2024? I tested 16 of the top selling colored pencil brands to find out! All of them cost less than $30US and many cost less than $20. Watch me unbox, swatch and test these budget friendly colored pencil brands, narrowing it down to the Top 3 Affordable Colored Pencils.

IMPORTANT NOTES: to ensure we were working with current pencil stock, we re-purchased all of these sets (even though we had some older sets.) Also, we were purposeful in only comparing these sets to each other and not to artist quality brands such as Holbein, Polychromos or Prismacolor. Had these gone up against those brands, they would have certainly lost. And finally, at the time we purchased these sets, the Arrtx brand was on our radar; however, the price for the 72 set was above $30US so they were not included. We checked today and they are below $30, which is a reminder that these cheap Amazon pencils can vary widely in price as they experiment with the pricing algorithm. We really like Arrtx and plan to do a follow up head to head video of Arrtx vs Artisto!

This was our testing criteria…

  • Had to be Available on Amazon in 2024.
  • Had to cost less than $30US (on the day of purchase).
  • Had to have at least 72 pencils in the set.

Chapter Markers

00:00:00 – Welcome & Introduction
00:01:54 – Unboxing & Analyzing the Colored Pencil Sets
00:05:47 – Swatching 1,000 Colored Pencils!
00:06:13 – Testing the Colored Pencils
00:07:04 – How I Did the Pencil Tests Using a Testing Worksheet
00:09:59 – See the Testing Results
00:12:37 – 3rd Place Winner
00:15:19 – 2nd Place Winner
00:17:29 – The #1 Affordable Colored Pencil on Amazon in 2024
00:21:58 – 2 Honorable Mention Pencil Brands
00:23:38 – Final Thoughts & Recommendations

1st Place Winner – Artisto

Artisto Colored Pencils

1. Artisto Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/4aaFnZY

2nd Place Winner

SJ Star Joy Gold Colored Pencils

2. SJ Star Joy Gold Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/49dCJkA

3rd Place Winner

Kalour Colored Pencils

3. Kalour Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/49dyrK7

Honorable Mentions

iBayam Colored Pencils

4. iBayam Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/3VzNfQ2

H&B Colored Pencils

5. H&B Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/499jxo9

BRANDS TESTED (in winning order)

1. Artisto Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/4aaFnZY

ArtistoArtisto Swatches

2. SJ Star Joy Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/49dCJkA

Star Joy Results Star Joy Swatches

3. Kalour Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/49dyrK7

Kalour Results Kalour Swatches

4. iBayam Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/3VzNfQ2

iBayam Results iBayam Swatches

5. H&B Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/499jxo9

H&B Results H&B Swatches

6. Arrtx Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/3Uc9yJf

Arrtx Colored Pencil Testing Arrtx Colored Pencil Swatches

7. Amazon Basics Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/3ITRxKv

Amazon Basics Results Amazon Basics Swatches

8. Markart Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/49JbAGN

Markart Colored Pencil Testing Markart Colored Pencil Swatches

9. Staedtler Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/3vEwRmN

Staedtler Results Staedtler Swatches

10. Arteza Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/3UsICX0

Arteza Colored Pencil Testing Arteza Colored Pencil Swatches

11. Crayola Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/43wQHgx

Crayola Results Crayola Swatches

12. Soucolor Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/3TxKtZ7

Soucolor Results Soucolor Swatches

13. Hiforny Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/3TT0l9V

Hiforny Results Hiforny Swatches

14. Zenacolor Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/3VHNicy

Zenacolor Results Zenacolor Swatches

15. Castle Arts Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/3UsI2sl

Castle Arts Colored Pencil Testing Castle Arts Colored Pencil Swatches

16. Shuttle Art Colored Pencils
https://amzn.to/3TDfVFv

Shuttle Art Results Shuttle Art SwatchesSphere Test

Additional Links & Resources

BECOME A FREE COLORING BLISS MEMBER
https://www.coloringbliss.com/bliss-booster/

HOW TO BLEND COLORED PENCILS INSTRUCTIONS
https://www.coloringbliss.com/how-to-blend-colored-pencils/

JENNIFER’S RULE OF BLENDING THIRDS
https://www.coloringbliss.com/jennifers-rule-of-blending-thirds/

How to Blend Colored Pencils

Arrtx Colored Pencil Review Video

4 comments… add one
  • Carol Vaskelis Mar 27, 2024 @ 14:13

    Oh, I can’t wait to see. 😃 Thank you for doing this.

  • Kimberly Jeffries Mar 27, 2024 @ 19:58

    I’m so glad you do these videos for us!! It’s so much work! I commend you for it. I don’t think anyone takes coloring pencils and coloring as serious as you do! It truly is a labor of love!! I have no patience to do the color swatch charts. I
    probably have 15 different sets of pencils and at least 4 sets of gel pens! It can be addicting buying all this stuff! I am so appreciative of all the swatches. I do have a couple of the sets you’ve tested and I agree with your findings! Keep up the good work! You go girl!

  • Kathleen Wippert Apr 25, 2024 @ 14:32

    I watched your you tube video on cheap colored pencils. I would like to add one more to your ever-growing list but these pencils are only 14.99 for 72 pencils and have surprising great color. They are the ARTTRACK Coloured
    pencils. I came across a add for SAWONLY Coloured pencils but when I went into Amazon the SAWONLY come up as ARTTRACK. I let My granddaughter use these because she loves to color but needs to sharpen her pencils every two minutes so these are perfect.

    Thank you for your great videos, I have learned so much from you !!!!

  • Randy Webb Jun 17, 2024 @ 12:24

    Thanks and I bought the 120 set of SJ Star Joy. Just wondering if you have used Hiforny Colored pencils and what do you think about them??
    Thanks Randy

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