See the results of my colored pencil pigmentation tests–the top 10 best and worst colored pencils for pigmentation! I tested 33 different colored pencil brands to discover which ones had the most pigment and the results were surprising. One of my favorite brands, the Irojiten Recycled fell in the bottom 10 and two of my top favorites, Prismacolor Premier and Faber-Castell Polychromos, didn’t even make the top 5! So where did your favorite brands fall?
How I Tested
To test I first colored out red, blue and green swatches for each brand/line. I then used Gamsol (an odorless mineral spirit) to break down the waxes, oils and fillers and draw out the pigment. I then measured how much full and partial pigment each color created and took an overall average to determine a final score. The top 10 scores made the best list and the bottom 10 made the worst.
My intention with this test was to find a non-subjective, measurable way to test colored pencil pigmentation. After several hours of coloring and testing I discovered that there was no way for me to be truly consistent with the testing–there were too many variables that came into play such as pressure, number of strokes for coloring and smearing, amount of Gamsol used, etc.
Therefore, I want to caution you to not use these tests alone to decide which colored pencils to buy or not buy. It just wouldn’t be fair. Instead, use it for what it is…just one factor in what makes a good or bad colored pencil. There are many other things to consider when making an investment in these coloring tools.
Top 10 Best Pigmented Colored Pencils
- Blick Studio Artists’ Colored Pencils: http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-8269188-11426414
- Caran d’Ache Luminance: http://amzn.to/2iW3nKZ
- Koh-I-Noor Progresso Woodless: http://amzn.to/2vFItFV
- Soho Urban Artist: http://amzn.to/2iVRZ20
- Derwent Coloursoft: http://amzn.to/2iWJFPh
- Faber-Castell Polychromos: http://amzn.to/2wyOIul
- Prismacolor Premier: http://amzn.to/2gyOHwT
- Sargent Art Construction Paper: http://amzn.to/2xJVtbc
- Koh-I-Noor Polycolor: http://amzn.to/2gyZUxz
- Prismacolor Verithin: http://amzn.to/2eyfsRR
My Favorite Colored Pencil Paper: http://amzn.to/2xs0TuC
Top 10 Worst Pigmented Colored Pencils
As I mentioned, I realize that this test is imperfect and to be fair to these brands I want to be careful to not draw too much attention to them; therefore, if you wish to see the brands that scored the lowest in this test please watch the video.
Here are photographs of my testing charts. As always, please note that the process of taking a photo, saving it for the web, uploading to my site and then you viewing it on a variety of different devices such as computers, phones and tablets means that what you see in these charts can be very different than what I see in my studio under good lighting. So please don’t rush to judgement based on what you see here. 😉