Originally created by Sennelier for Edgar Degas, these soft pastels live up to Sennelier's sterling reputation. This is an affordable set of professional grade pastels by a world renowned manufacturer of artist's materials. These soft, smooth and creamy pastels deliver instant gratification on your paper, providing superb blending and layering for a beautiful, painterly feeling. They are very soft, and should not be handled roughly to get luscious color on your paper. You will really be able to tell the difference between these and other brands of pastels. The selected colors are bright and very highly pigmented. One of the big advantages of Sonnelier pastel pigments is that they make truly dark darks, something that seems to be hard to find in the pastel world. And when you want bright and pure color, they can't be beat. Sennelier blues are particularly well regarded. With 120 pigments in this set, you'll get plenty of use from this set.