The Faber Castell statement on their website pretty much says it all…
The name POLYCHROMOS®, meaning “many colors” was born in 1908 and became known across several continents. Today, the name still stands for best of class quality including: unsurpassed lightfast pigments, 120 vibrant colors, break resistant tips, waterproof, non-smudge, and color matched to all other Faber-Castell color lines.
The Polychromos pencils are a pleasure to use. They hold a sharp point for quite a while which means you are not constantly having to sharpen them. The sharp point also means that you can get fine details very easily. The Polychromos pencils also match the Albrecht Durer watercolor pencil line. This means that you have the best of both worlds in the same color range. Both the Polychromos Pencils and the Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils are known as very high quality pencils.
Albrecht Durer 120
Besides the price which is a little more expensive than the Prismacolors, I don’t believe I have heard anyone say anything bad about these pencils so far. The Polychromos pencils are oil based rather than wax based so they do not succumb to “wax bloom” however they can still get a shiny look to them and you can see the pencil marks in the shiny spots when burnishing.
Overall they blend beautifully by layering, they lay down wonderfully filling in all the little paper grooves due to their sharp points, and they are a full rich pigment pencil.
Using the Prismacolors and the Polychromos pencils together gives you the best of both worlds. If you can afford both sets, I highly recommend getting them both.
PS Both the Polychromos and the Albrecht Durer can be purchased in that gorgeous box at the top of the screen 🙂
Please feel free to leave your own opinion about the Faber Castell Polychromos pencils below in the comments. I would love to hear what you all think of them also.