Polychromos come in 12, 24, 36, 60, and 120 tin sets, while Premiers come in 12, 24, 36, 48, 72, 132, and 150 tin sets. The 60 set of Polychromos have a really good variation of colour choice. Multiple shades of every colour, and even a skin tone shade. I've only ever bought the 36 set of Prismacolor Premiers and then added here and there, however my friend purchased the 48 set, and there wasn't even a gray, let alone a skin tone available. Here are the colours you get in the 60 set of polychromos and here are the Premiers I have on hand.
And just as a side note, Polychromos smell AMAZING when you open the tin! LOL
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Layering with Polychromos and Premiers
Lead Breakage and Sharpening
With that said, here are two Premier pencils that I have had for the same length of time, however the one pencil kept breaking due to a broken inner core. It was almost comical how many times the lead kept falling out of my brand new peacock green.
Overview and Overall Opinion...
Pros- point lasts long, strong pigment, easy to sharpen, effortless to blend and layer, smooth application, wood bonded core, no breakage
Cons- expensive ($100 for 60 pencils)
Pros- rich, velvety pigmentation, extensive colour range
Cons- layer layer layer (takes time to blend), brittle core, easy to break, point does not last, sharpening ends in turmoil LOL
All in all, Polychromos takes the cake in this battle. While they are super expensive, and while some may not think it's worth it because they aren't "artists" and don't need the highest quality pencil to "just colour", it most definitely is worth it. Even if you buy a few open stock of your favorite colours. They are a treat to colour with, and give such great end results. While it IS all about the artist behind the pencil, sometimes...in THIS case, the pencil does help ;)
Reviewed by Kourtney Ann Ferro