Color My Life: YAY or NAY Thoughts on NEW VERSION of Faber Castell 24 Classic Colour Pencils

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Hi guys, I have been using the cheap Faber Castell 24 Classic Colour Pencils for 3 years now and they are wearing out. I can barely get a grip on some of them because they are too short!! So I went to my local supermarket and bought another box of FC classic colour pencils. And I noticed a huge difference on the packaging and also the color pencils itself. I have been recommending it to people and telling them how much I love this colour pencils, its smooth, its cheap, its easily available. Thus, I feel responsible if anyone bought a box of 24 FC classic colour pencils and wonder why it didn't worked out for them. So I am just saying, the box of color pencils I am using is the older version of it. Today, I am going to make some comparison between the new and old one and also my thoughts on it. Let's go!!

PART 1: PACKAGING & DESCRIPTIONS


Packaging is obviously different. The new version have a slightly larger box and is labeled "safe for children". The old version have the logo "EcoPencil".

The descriptions is different as well.

Older version: Manufactured using only high quality pigments for rich colour lay down.

Inner tray to prevent colour pencils from rolling, easier for color selection and storage. Wonder what happened to the high quality pigments?

Made from WOOD FROM WELL-MANAGED FOREST. WOOD FROM CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY. MADE IN INDONESIA. 

So I guess the newer version is NOT made from sustainable forestry? NOT ECOPENCILS? 
There used to have number codes for each colours. 
PART 2: SWATCHES AND REVIEWS


Colour comparision.


Colour comparision. I did not swatch ALL the colours because there are some changes in the colour selections and also some of my old ones got missing.


New one exhibit more chalkiness and harder to create smooth lines. Fine clumps present after swatches.

New one is just chalky and feel rougher on the paper.

 My final thoughts: (2/5) NAY, good for budget but not a long-term art companion.
I would give the older version of this (3.5/5)

I have been raving about the older version one, but the newer version turns me down a little. I do feel the colour choices in the newer version seemed more vibrant but the formula doesn't impress me much as the old one. Some of the pigments just goes on pretty chalky and with fine unflattering lumps despite blending. The streaks are more obvious in most of the new FC colour pencils too. They even stop to include the Classic Gold colour!! Its good that you can still find older version of this in the marketplace. I still prefer my old FC classic color pencils more. That's why I decide to switch to Prismacolor colour pencils to have a try. 

Signing off with love. Have a good day.

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