I love my white colored pencils! I not only use them for adding highlights to my colored pages, but also for creating beautiful, creamy blends, and for toning down bold colors when needed. They are one of the most versatile coloring tools we have, so which brands are best and worth your money and time?
To find out I pulled out all of the white pencils from my colored pencil sets–28 in total, and put them through a coloring test on black paper to see which ones get the brightest, most even gradient blends. While some turned out as expected, there were several exciting surprises and a few disappointments.
So watch my video below to see the best and worst white pencils, and then scroll down the page for sample photos and even links to purchase the open-stock pencils you want to try.
The Best White Colored Pencils
My top 3 favorites are:
- Caran d’Ache Luminance – White
- Derwent Coloursoft – White (this one surprised me)
- Prismacolor Premier – PC938
My 3 honorable mentions are:
- Faber-Castell Polychromos – 101
- Caran d’Ache Pablo – White
Where to purchase:
I have found that generally speaking Blick Art (aka Dick Blick) has the best selection and lower prices. But I will also put Amazon links below for you to compare.
The Worst White Colored Pencils
Most of the white colored pencils I tested were mediocre; however, there were a few that were particularly bad. It didn’t seem to matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get bright colors or gradients. They just look kind of dull and gray.
- Cra-Z-Art – White
- Crayola Twistables – White
- Spectrum Colour Blend – White (this one surprised me.)
Please note that it’s difficult for my camera to capture and represent what I was seeing during the test–so don’t make any decisions based on what you see here. It’s best to either take my word for it or do your own tests to see what you discover. 😉