Luminance vs Lightfast – Colored Pencil Battle

Like many of you, we too have been excited for this battle–Caran d’Ache Luminance vs Derwent Lightfast colored pencils! These are two artist-grade, EXPENSIVE, lightfast colored pencils that need a good head-to-head comparison to see which is worth your time and money.

So we printed up our Colored Pencil Battle Worksheet and went about testing the pencils side-by-side to see which one scored best. Our worksheet tests several important colored pencil attributes including: availability, value, blending, opacity and more!

So are the popular Luminance 6901 pencils better than the newer Derwent Lightfast? Watch below to find out!


  • 00:00:00 – Welcome & Introduction
  • 00:02:10 – How to Use the Battle Worksheet
  • 00:03:48 – Step 1: 10-Color Swatches
  • 00:04:23 – Step 2: White Swatch
  • 00:04:47 – Step 3: Black Swatch
  • 00:05:36 – Step 4: Visible on Black
  • 00:06:04 – Step 5: Layering
  • 00:07:58 – Step 6: Crumbs
  • 00:08:40 – Step 7: Pigment Transfer
  • 00:09:43 – Step 8: Watersolubility
  • 00:10:03 – Step 9: Blending
  • 00:10:58 – Scoring the Battle
  • 00:37:53 – Battle Results & Final Thoughts

Video Links


Download our Colored Pencil Battle Worksheet here: https://www.coloringbliss.com/colored-pencil-battle-worksheet/

Colored Pencil Battle Worksheet


See the Luminance Colored Pencil Giveaway here:

Caran d'Ache Luminance Colored Pencils Giveaway

Jennifer’s Rule of Blending Thirds

Learn how to blend colored pencils using Jennifer’s rule here: https://www.coloringbliss.com/jennifers-rule-of-blending-thirds/

Jennifer's Rule of Blending Thirds

Video Images

Luminance vs Lightfast Score CardLightfast vs Luminance Test Results
2 comments… add one
  • Dawn Kurtz Apr 21, 2022 @ 5:38

    Wonderful! You try so hard to be objective and thorough, and you do a great job of it!

  • Steve Stay Aug 2, 2022 @ 11:44

    Great battle!

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