Conte A Paris have been manufacturing some of the finest artists’ materials available for more than 200 years. Many artists and grand masters have used Conte A Paris products because of the selection of pigments, lightfastness, and the exceptional brightness and purity of the colours. The exceptional diameter of the Conte A Paris pastel pencil (5 mm) lead gives genuine freedom of creation and has an unrivalled feel. The pastel is a perfect pencil companion to soft pastel because it’s lead is slightly harder with less pigment. Great for details required in small and medium sized formats. In contrast with soft pastels, pastel pencils should not be added in successive layers of colors, but used as pure colors laid out in patchwork fashion side by side (so as not to dull the shades). It is recommended that the barrel alone should be shapened with a knife and the lead shaped with a scraper or sandpaper. 6 Portrait Colors Set (Includes: Light Blue, Red Lead, Flesh, Cyclamen, Light Orange, Naples yellow.) in a Blister box.