Hi friends! I recently purchased these pastels to see if they would be a good (cheaper) option for extra soft pastels for my students. I was looking for an inexpensive substitute for Schminke which are my favorite soft pastels but also quite expensive. I found this set of 30 assorted handmade pastels on Amazon (affiliate links used) for $43 and price checked the at Jerry’s Artarma where they had a sale price of $93 and a retail price of $189. Meanwhile, the Schminke set of 30 (which is my favorite) is $107 currently on Amazon and closer to $130 on art supply websites in USA. The deal was too good to pass up, but how do they rate?
See for yourself in this video review!
- Price (on Amazon) $43
- Vivid opaque colors- great coverage
- Blends well
- Low dust
- Works well on smooth and textured papers
- Good lightfast rating and pigment info available: Color chart with pigment info and lightfastness
- Handles wonderfully *Softness of these is softer than the typical round machine-made professional but slightly harder than Sennelier or Schminke
- Open stock colors available (in boxes of 3 from Jerry’s Artarmam in USA)
- Harder to find than other brands, Jerry’s Artarama has them online and might have open stock sticks in stores. Amazon has the best price for sets but the best deal in the 30 stick set ($4.43 per stick)
- Many colors are mixed pigments (see link to color chart above for info)
I am pleased with these and happy I bought them, They are the first handmade pastels I have used so I can’t compare them to Mount vision, Terry Ludwig or Unison but they work with my other pastels fine. *These are much softer and less dusty than the regular Mungyo gallery pastels. Make sure you get the handmade ones if you are looking for the ones I showed today. They are not as soft as my beloved Schminkes but will still lay down color on top of my typical medium hard soft pastels (Winsor & Newton) perfectly. At $43 for 30 sticks I’d recommend them in a heartbeat and if their larger sets were available at that per stick price I’d buy them too but if you are going to spend nearly $100 on a set I’d encourage you to go for the 30 set of Schminke.
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