Derwent Drawing Pencils Inktense Review

If you’ve spent any deal of time sorting through different sets of watercolor pencils while trying to find the perfect match for you, it can be easy to come to the conclusion that there are two options available to you – sets made for kids to take to school and sets made for adults to use in more complex drawings. As you’re about to see; however, this is not always the case. Sometimes, a manufacturer will mix and match different features belonging to each of the above categories of colored pencil sets, producing a low-cost alternative which sacrifices some features of more advanced sets, while still allowing many artists to get the job done seamlessly.

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This set of twelve watercolor pencils by Derwent is one of the more unique sets on the market, in that it offers customers some of the benefits of artist-grade pencil sets without having them pay through the nose. Of coarse, when paying such a low price (in this case, under thirty dollars) for such high quality colored pencils, you can expect to make a few compromises here and there so as to bring the price down in the first place. Let’s take a look at what makes this set great, as well as its potential drawbacks. This might just be the product you’ve been looking for.


With only twelve pencils, the set covers both ends of the color spectrum and much in between without putting a whole lot of focus on shades. The colors may also be blended together, allowing you to further increase the variety of colors and shades available at your disposal. Lastly, dried colors are completely waterproof, allowing you to use the pencils in conjunction with other art tools, such as paint.


  1. At under thirty dollars, the set has a well above average cost-to-quality ratio.
  2. The pencils are easy to blend, allowing you to use a wide variety of colors.
  3. Colors dry quickly and can be used in conjunction with nearly any art tool or media.


  1. At twelve different colors, you may feel somewhat limited.
  2. Despite being labeled as “permanent,” they may not work well on fabrics.
  3. Even when blending colors, you may not get the exact shades you were looking for.

User Feedback

The user feedback on this product is very exceptional; it’s rare to see a product rated so highly on such a consistent basis. The general opinion of past customers is that the product works. While this might seem like a standard expectation in all products, it can be somewhat surprising when a set as cheap as this is able to take on a wide variety of different artwork without any real issue. Everyone tends to be quite happy with the set’s overall value, giving it a five out of five star rating every time.

The Verdict

If you’re looking for the most frugal (not “cheap”) alternative to large, artist-grade colored pencils, look no further. The cost-to-quality ratio found in this set more than meets expectations and is sure to impress every customer, every time.

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