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DisappointedThe colours themselves, I love. They're smooth and blend easily.What I don't love is that they're breaking. A lot. I've had them less than a month, and already quite a few are a lot shorter than would be reasonably expected.Sometimes when you're colouring the lead starts to get wobbly. To start with if cut my losses and sharpen it when it breaks. Only to find that there were so many breaks that a quarter of the pencil was sharpened away. Now I try to keep the wobbly bit as long as possible.I don't like to sharpen them, although it would be more precise, as often it exposes broken lead.I have not dropped these, and the package arrived in tact and undamaged.The breaking has only just become apparent, as I've only just had the need to sharpen.As it's been nearly a month, and I have had use from the pencils, it's not worth sending back. With the cost of postage I might as well keep the broken pencils. But I won't be buying them again.It's a pity, because when they do work they're gorgeous.3Missing one colorI was looking for a replacement to my Prismacolor Premier pencils, because I have been frustrated with the frequent breakage I have been experiencing with my most recent purchases (The 20-year old ones I have are still great!). I decided that I would like to try an oil-based pencil, so ordered a small set of Faber-Castell Polychromos and of LYRA Rembrandt Polycolor. After using both brands for about a month, I settled on purchasing the full set of 72 LYRA Polycolors. While I found the way the color laid on the paper to be similar and found it easy to use both brands together, I preferred the feel of the LYRA pencils in my hand. The LYRA Polycolor pencil is slimmer than the Faber-Castell Polychromos; I also liked the finish on the LYRAs, as the painted finish on the Faber-Castell pencils feels plasticy to me. One advantage of the Faber-Castells over the LYRAs is that the color of the finish very closely matches that of the pencil lead, so it is easy to see what color you are grabbing. The colors painted on the ends of the LYRA pencils do not consistently match the color of the pencil lead, so you need to make sure to look at the points of the LYRA pencils when choosing a color.Overall, I am enjoying this set. My only complaint and disappointment is that my set did not include a dark orange (2000015) pencil and instead had two vermillion (2000017) pencils.4Horrible! Nothing like my older Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils.This is so disappointing. I purchased several Lyra Rembrandt pencils out of open stock back in January. All stores (Amazon, Blick, Jerry's Artarama, etc) were all out of the 72 set of these at the time. I ended up getting another brand, but did like these and hoped to eventually add the 72 set to my collection. My ORIGINAL Lyra pencils were smooth and just soft enough, gliding across the paper with ease. They were easy to put down in really light layers, blended like a dream, and were all in all fun to use. The only thing I didn't like about them is that the pencils were thinner and they don't hold a point extremely well, so they do have to be sharpened fairly often. (That makes them run out sooner.)I finally got around to ordering the 72 set. They are NOTHING like my originals from less than a year ago! These pencils are super scratchy and feel almost abrasive on paper. I tried them on smooth cardstock, standard printer paper, slightly toothy/textured sketchbook paper, and a standard coloring book. No matter what I did, they felt unpleasant to use and I had no desire to keep coloring with them.I thought at first it might be some weird coating on the lead put on to protect them, since they come sharpened. I sharpened one enough to remove the outer layer of lead, and it was still scratchy. When I held them up side by side with my old pencils, the lead color from the exact same colors was slightly different and so was the color swatch on the end of the pencil. I know they were out of stock/production for several months earlier in the year, so I can't help but wonder if manufacturing was changed or moved. These are obviously not the same! Mine were returned because as much as I love the few I already have, I would never use these. If you can't afford Polychromos, buy Prismacolor! Either of them will perform far superior to these.1Love these pencilsLove these pencils. They are made in Germany and have lovely wood casings. They are fairly creamy which makes it easy to blend them. As a professional artist I own large sets of color pencils from 5 different manufacturers, and these are the ones I use when I need purples and pinks, as they have a very nice selection. They are quite soft, so I don't recommend them for detail work (like pupils), but I like how I can cover larger areas without the strokes showing too much because of their softness and blending ability. If your want to layer colors you need to go in softly because they do deposit wax. It will seal up if you bear down too hard, and stop accepting more pigment.5Very PleasedI've been using colored pencils for years as an amateur artist. I mostly use Prismacolor Premiers. I also have a set of Caran D'Ache Luminance pencils, which are a bit more creamy, yet still wax based. Now I have this set of 72 oil-based Rembrandt pencils. My first foray using them was to do a sorta replica of cave art. I'm extremely pleased with the vibrant colors these pencils produce. I used plenty of solvent tho, to really get the pigment into the tooth of the paper, so that does help. But overall I like these oil-based pencils. I'll continue to use them, too.I removed one star tho since I received a duplicate color and am, thus, missing one. There is no way to contact anyone regarding this issue to rectify it.4Superb productLyra pencils outperform Prismacolor pencils. I used Prismacolor exclusively for decades. I've been using Lyra for a couple years. It used to be there were few-to-no competitors for Prisma, but it seems over the last decade or so, the competition's been creeping up on them. Lyra is creamy, soft, saturated, fantastically blendable, and transparent. The colors mix beautifully. The value range is superb, from the palest wisp of color, to the deepest saturated tones, and every nuance between. Each pencil delivers a full range. I've blended and worked dozens of layers, building complete coverage of the white, without the slightest hint of waxy bloom so prevalent with Prismacolor pencils. The pigment sticks inside the wood casings are sturdier than Prismas, too; I've yet to run into that bane of the Prisma pencil artist--the "lead" broken at intervals, down the entire length of the pencil. Maybe their softness keeps them from shattering when dropped or impacted.The downside of the Lyra, and the space where Prismacolor still holds the title, is in color palette. The colors of the Lyras, while pretty, don't match the basic paint palette I'm accustomed to working with. Prismacolor pencils colors are built around the core palette of Alizarin, Cadmium Red, Cad yellow, Lemon Yellow, Viridian, Pthalo Green, Ultramarine, Pthalo blue, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna---and the palette expands from there in a way that's recognizable to painters. There's a logic to the colors. Lyra pencil colors seem chosen the way a decorator chooses colors, which is fine in it's sphere, but makes extra work for me, as an artist. It took a while for me to figure out how to work the colors to get the results I want, and I'm still frustrated at times by the colors that simply aren't there. I tend to use the Lyras for hobby work (like paper doll making, and illustration) and fall back on my Prismas or paint for landscapes and portrait work.Also, you should be aware that about ten percent of the 'color' selection offered in this set is actually various warm and cool grey tones. Not sure why manufacturers do that?Overall, though, the quality of the pencils makes wrestling with the colors worthwhile, IMO. I'm still using them regularly, two years later.5Great pencils, wish they add more pink-purple to the setThese oil based pencils are great, good color, good application, good light fastness, and are less expensive than those of the similar quality from Faber-castell and Caran d'Ache. The only complain is that the 36 piece set doesn't have any decent pink-purple tone but to many reddish color. I noticed that there are no color description for the 36 piece set, so here is a color chart I made, I hope this helps you guys choose the most suitable set.4An enjoyable, quality brand.If Lyra Polycolors don't become your "go-to" brand, they'll definitely earn second billing in your collection. I can best describe their lead consistency as being a cross between a traditional colored pencil and an oil pastel. They are oil-based, so they won't leave your work with the cruddy after-effects of wax bloom. They're soft and creamy without being oily or mushy. One of their few disadvantages is that they'll have to be sharpened a bit more frequently than most other brands.Lyras contain many bold and high intensity hues. A handful in this assortment are very similar in hue (i.e.: dark flesh & medium flesh; blue violet & delft blue; deep cobalt & light cobalt; scarlet lake & vermilion; lemon cadmium & light chrome yellow; lemon & canary; and ochre & light ochre). There is a more than adequate color variety, but they fall short in browns and neutrals. They are superb blenders (without the use of their 'splenders' which I find to be waxy and harder than the pencils themselves).Out of the 6 different colored pencil brand sets I own, Faber-Castell Polychromos are the brand I use the most, but I find that Lyra Polycolors are often more fun to work with. Lyras seem more versatile in being able to work on various surfaces. They are well-suited to both smooth and medium tooth paper surfaces and I have found them to work well on wood. It's a great quality colored pencil for people of all ages and abilities.5Better Than the Current "Best."I own several complete sets of Artist quality colored pencils. Several of which are very good. Including the wax based Caran d'Ache Luminance, Faber-Castell Polychromos, oil based, Prismacolor Premier, wax based and the Caran d'Ache Pablo, oil based..........I have had an opportunity to work with the finest products manufactured today. In all honesty, for me, these are the best. They feel lighter to my hand, comfortable to hold and manipulate, and slimmer than all the others. They hold their point longer than my Polychromos. The cores are generous. The same as Polychromos, or Luminance. The quality of the Cedar casing is excellent, the cores are centered and they do not split. They have excellent light fastness. I got these after watching a review on Owing's Art on Youtube. That's my go to when deciding on such a purchase. My set was made in Germany and I bought it on Amazon. The day they arrived I ordered 2 additional sets even though I will be waiting 2 months to receive them. That's how good these pencils are and how amazing the price. If you compare this price with Dick Blick, you'll see what I mean. When I bought the additional sets here, the DB price was $109.....Lyra is an old and trusted German brand. As more people who use colored pencils try these the price will go up considerably. There have already been 2 increases in price since I ordered my sets in January. If you are interested, I wouldn't wait. These really are my go to pencil. I am selling my Caran d'ache. I do use an Alvin hand held 3 hole sharpener to properly sharpen all my CP. Using an electric sharpener can damage and will eat up good quality pencil. Everyone has a brand that works for them. Other brands fill in the blanks color wise. This is my choice. I really enjoy working with them.5Scratchy, impossible to blend with little color lay downThese and Koh-I-Noors are my least favorite colored pencils. I've worked with the cheapest of the cheap(dollar store colored pencils) to some of the most expensive/highest rated (Caran D'ache) and these are the worst--even worse than Crazy Art and dollar store pencils. They are super scratchy, with little color lay down, they are impossible to blend. Such a waste of money. I'd suggest a pack of Prismacolors which can be found pretty inexpensive on Amazon as well $27-ish for 48....much more worth the money then these pieces of crud......(excuse my language)....I would not purchase again and I definitely would not recommend to anyone!1
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Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Colored Pencils, Set of 24, Assorted Colors (2001240)