Why "again"? Because I'm leaving this review on every set of Prismas Amazon has. Why? Because I want anyone buying any quantity of these pencils to know how lovely they are.
When I started developing a more serious interest in drawing and art in general I immediately began researching tools and techniques. If you've read any other reviews I've left on products you'll notice that that's a recurring theme! I was fortunate enough have been born in an era where I've had internet access since I was pretty young so it's never been very hard for me to find information.
In my research I noticed that a lot of the people I admired on various forums and art websites liked Prismacolor. I loved the way their pieces looked and I wanted the same smooth, deep, well-blended coloring effects that they were able to achieve. We all know that typical children's colored pencils don't do that job very well, so I set out to get myself this small set of Prismas.
That experience was quite a few years ago now (where does the time go??) and I've been hooked ever since. I was later gifted the 60 set, and I've continued to build my collection up since then. Just this week I purchased the remaining few pencils I didn't have so now I have all 150!
These pencils are incredibly soft, vibrant and they blend beautifully. I've tried Derwent Coloursoft, Derwent Studio, and Faber-Castell Polychromos and they're also lovely pencils -- I even gave them glowing reviews here on Amazon -- but Prismacolor continues to be my favorite. I think that anyone of any skill level should have access to these pencils. Since Amazon sells them so much cheaper than anywhere else I would even recommend buying a smaller set for the young children in your life because everyone deserves to work with such brilliant colors!
Soft, creamy, blendable
Inexpensive compared to other artist-grade brands
Can give you a painterly effect that other brands can't
Since the leads are super soft and aren't bound to the wood casing, they're prone to breakage. I don't seem to have as much of an issue with it as other people do. I've dropped pencils several times and they've been fine. However, I gifted a friend the 24 set a couple Christmases ago and she had some issues with breakage.
These pencils are wax-based so you might encounter some bloom, but that is true of any wax-based pencil, not just Prisma
They don't score as high in the lightfastness department as other brands do :( (biggest bummer)
If you're unsure, but the 12 color set first. I've seen it as low as ten bucks and rarely higher than 15 on Amazon, and even if you decide to buy a larger set you'll have backups of your primaries/secondaries + black, white and brown which definitely isn't a bad thing.