Faber-Castell Polychromos © Colour Pencils

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Basic Description

Test Picture Colored with Faber-Castell Polychromos © Colour Pencils
Test Picture Colored with Faber-Castell Polychromos © Colour Pencils

Faber-Castell Polychromos © Colour Pencils are artist quality oil-based pencils with a round barrel shape. They are sold in a maximum of 120 count sets.


  • Pencils are slightly heavier to hold than many other brands
  • Excellent color range
  • Almost no pressure required to achieve excellent color coverage
  • Vibrant colors
  • Very smooth, buttery feel on paper when coloring
  • Easily able to apply many layers of color and blend colors
  • Name and number of the color is printed on the pencil barrel
  • Color of pencil barrel is a good indicator of the color of the pigment
  • Hard leads
  • Artist quality pencils with a high pigment to binder ratio


  • Expensive
  • Round barrel means they can easily roll off a flat surface which can break the lead core
  • Some pencil dust while coloring
  • Pencil barrel is slightly thicker than many less expensive pencils so can be tricky to sharpen in a standard sharpener.

Price Range

  • $$$$ – typically AUD $50.01 + / US $40.01 + / £26.76 + / €33.01+

Conclusion / Recommendations

  • Excellent quality of colored pencils with a fantastic vibrant color range
  • These pencils don’t require much pressure at all to get the best out of them so if you have any fine motor, hand or arm problems these may be a good option
  • They blend and layer well without other blending tools
  • These are my favourite colored pencils.
  • The only real downside I can find to these pencils is how much they cost.

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