Welcome to my very first product review – I will be doing more of these from time to time, so let me know if there’s anything in particular you would like to see reviewed.
PanPastel is a highly renowned artist quality pastel product. There are a total of 86 colours in the range including metallic colours!
There are a lot of features that make this product unique, the most obvious being the format it comes in. Each colour is in the form of a cake-like pan. This means it is much easier to apply and use than traditional pastels.
The colours are processed to include the highest amount of pigment possible, so the colours that are produced are amazingly vivid and so easily blendable, it almost feels like a dry paint! This also means that this product is very low in chalk/dust – an issue for some people with traditional soft pastels.
PanPastel also comes with tools, called Sofft tools. These are designed to assist with application of the PanPastel. The Sofft tools include different art sponges, in sizes from large to slightly smaller than a pencil tip, and in different shapes such as oval, rectangle, triangles etc.
I received six colours and a variety of tools to review for you. The colours I received are Black, Burnt Sienna Shade, Diarylide Yellow, Permanent Red, Bronze and Metallic Gold along with a range of Sofft tools.
My first thought was, wow these are amazingly vibrant! Each colour was easy pick up using the tools, easily blended with each other, remarkably vibrant and very low dust.
The Metallic colours were the most translucent, but after layering a few times, they became more opaque, making them very versatile!
In the image below, I layered Diarylide Yellow with Metallic Gold. Using the different tools, it was easy to apply the PanPastel without covering the image. The few mistakes I did make were completely erasable!
My experience with soft pastels in general has not been positive. I have tried several times, but the texture and application evokes a negative sensory reaction and results in severe anxiety. I had resigned myself to not being able to use pastels, until these showed up! These are a fantastic solution to those who may have sensory issues, or those who struggle to apply the standard pastels available!
Please keep in mind that PanPastel are an artist quality product, so they are on the pricey side. The quality, pigment and ease of use make them worth it though!
I was given these products in exchange for an honest review.
I have found the cheapest source is from Amazon US – even for us Aussies! They are available via this link in a huge variety of sets and colours!