These Gioconda Soft Pastel Pencils are made of premium quality materials and are highly pigmented with a buttery smooth feel, and have excellent blending and toning characteristics on dark or light surfaces. These pastel pencils are excellent for details, outlines, toning, colouring and various shading techniques. They are highly blend able. You can use them on smooth or rough paper. They offer the smooth finish of conventional pastels without the mess. All colours are lightfast and fade resistant. Gioconda Pastel Pencils also feature cedar wood casings for crisp and accurate sharpening with minimal waste. 24 colours in single pencils, and sets of 24 and 48.