I have to be honest here, I have not played with my Luminance pencils enough to give a proper opinion. I bought them solely for a specific project I have in mind that I want to last for forever and a day if I ever get good enough to complete it. The lightfast qualities of these pencils is exceptional and the colours are perfect for the project I have in mind.

  • Wax Based, Round, 3.8mm
  • Known as the best of the best quality
  • Very high lightfast ratings on almost all pencils
  • Lots of natural browns and greys
  • http://www.carandache.com/en/colour

I have only used them to create my colour cards and found that some of them were very scratchy. I must admit I wasn’t overly taken with them, BUT I have not used them properly yet and I have noted that others swear by them, they just feel very chalky to me, and that could be a really good thing. I have recently purchase a few spare whites because they are highly recommended for covering darker colours. I will see how those go.

In the meantime, this is what the Caran D’Ache website has to say:

Highly sought after by drawing masters from every creative sector, the subtle velvety effect of the new permanent pencil stems from two years of technical research conducted in complete secrecy at the heart of the Maison’s workshops. Its delicate texture, along with the vibrancy of the many recently developed shades, open up exciting new vistas in the realms of overlaying, mixed techniques and gradation. Its extreme lightfastness is confirmed by the most rigorous tests, earning Luminance 6901 top results and international ASTM D-6901 certification. With Luminance 6901, Caran d’Ache has achieved the feat of creating quite simply the most lightfast colour pencil ever designed.

So we will see whether they live up to their hype in the future 🙂

Caran D'Ache Luminance

Caran D’Ache Luminance


The Luminance pencils are the top of the top. They come in 72 really pretty shades and include lots of natural browns, ochres and greys. If you are looking for the normal bright colours that come with Prismacolor, Polychromos and Pablos, then these might not be for you. They seem to be more muted in their shades, but that doesn’t make them any less appealing. They are beautiful colours.




Please feel free to leave your own opinion about the Caran D’Ache Luminance pencils below in the comments. I would love to hear what you all think of them.