At first glance, the Castle Art Supplies, colored pencil set looks impressive but does it warrant a $29.99 price tag? The pencils feel smooth and solid when using them to color. They color beautifully, they don’t scratch the paper like some cheaper versions and the colors are bright, vibrant and true to color.
There is a wide variety of colors in this set, however it does not necessarily include every color that you’re looking for. As an example, I was looking for an aqua green color but the closest I found was a spring green (not even close to the color I wanted to use).
The tin that the pencils are stored in is extra thin so it does not take up much space when storing it. It does a great job at protecting the pencils. It is not the least bit difficult to remove the pencils from the tin making the design quite practical.
After using the pencils I have noticed that they do get worn down rather quickly and not all of them are easy to sharpen. If you don’t want to go through the pencils at a high rate of speed I’d suggest using a mechanical pencil sharpener. An electric one will eat these pencils up and before you know it, you’ll be in search of a new set of pencils. When using the mechanical sharpener, I noticed that the pencil tips break easily after sharpening which then causes the pencils to deteriorate at a quicker rate.
These are pencils after all so it’s expected for them to be worn down but the tips shouldn’t break as easily as they do after sharpening.
Is this set of pencils practical? No, it’s not. The set is definitely more of a luxury than a necessity unless you’re an artist. Crayola pencils will provide you with the same type of quality without the steep price tag. Unless you need the pencils for a special art project, I’d say save your money and buy a more affordable brand such as Rose Art or Crayola.