More lightfastness test

I have a lot of colored pencils that I for different reasons wanted to put to a lightfastness test. Some just because they lack a lightfastness rating in CPSA or the company them self (in this case Derwent) had given their own pencil a lower rating then CPSA had.

They have been in a window facing south for a year. The samples are made on paper from Stonehenge and Fabriano.

So here are the results:

Faber-Castell

Faber Castell: Paynes Grey                
I don´t se any changes in this color.


Derwent colorsoft

Derwent colorsoft Red C120
I can see a small change. It has become ever so slightly lighter, but it is just barely visible.

Derwent colorsoft Soft Pink C170
This color has lost both in hue as well as in value. It has gone from a light pink to a very light yellow tone.

Derwent colorsoft Cloud Blue C360
This color has changed more in hue then in value. It went from a bluer gray to a greener gray.

Derwent colorsoft Ultramarine C290
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.

Lyra

Lyra Silver Grey warm
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.

Lyra Light Grey Warm
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.

Lyra Medium Grey Warm
There is a small change in value. It has become lighter.

Lyra Dark Grey Warm
There is a small change in value. It has become lighter.

Lyra Black Hard
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.

Lyra Black Soft
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.

Lyra Light Flesh
This color has change a lot. It is much lighter after a year in facing south.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
126 Persian Orange
This color has change a lot. It is much lighter after a year in facing south.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
131 French Pink
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
170 Pyrrole Red
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
177 Lilac Violet
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
178 Reddish Violet
This color has become slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
179 Bluish Violet
This color has become slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
180 Lavender Violet Dark
This color has become slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
181 Windsor Violet
This color has become slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
182 Dark Violet
This color has become slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
207 Burnt Sienna
This color has become slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
212 Caput Mortuum
This color has become slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
214 Earth Brown Dark
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
350 Medium Flesh
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
351 Reddish Flesh
This color has become slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
352 Blush Pink
This color has change a lot. It is much lighter after a year in facing south.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
354 Pink Orange
This color has change a lot. It is barely visible anymore.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
355 Peach Orange
This color has change a lot. It is barely visible anymore.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
401 Cool Grey 1
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
403 Cool Grey 3
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
405 Cool Grey 5
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
406 Cool Grey 6
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
408 Cool Grey 8
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
409 Cool Grey 9
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
451 Warm Grey 1
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
452 Warm Grey 2
This color has become slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
453 Warm Grey 3
This color has become slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
455 Warm Grey 5
This color has become slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
456 Warm Grey 6
This color has become slightly lighter.

Koh-I-Noor Polycolor
458 Warm Grey 8
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter.

Prismacolor

Prismacolor Mediterranean Blue1022
Prismacolor Moss Green 1097
Prismacolor China Blue 1100
Prismacolor Green Ochre 1091
Prismacolor Eggshell 140
Prismacolor Sap Green Light 120
Prismacolor Permanent Red 122
Prismacolor Cobalt Blue Hue133
Prismacolor Pomegranate 195
Prismacolor Cadmium Orange hue 118
Prismacolor Dioxazine Purple hue 132
Prismacolor Indanthrone blue 208
Prismacolor Cerulean Blue 103
Prismacolor Cobalt turquoise 105
Prismacolor Grey Green Light 289
Prismacolor Prussian Green 109
Prismacolor Carmine Red 126

All Prismacolor looked the same except for Moss Green that has lost some of the original yellow tone and now look dark grey instead.
When I compare the result to CPSA, I could not find two of the pencils I have. Maybe they are too new (or too old?).  There is a “Thio Violet LF195” (now discontinued) that might have been the precursor to my Pomegranate 195, but my “Green Ochre” is not included on CPSA (workbook 7) list.  When I compare my result (keep in mind, I am of course an amateur that use my window for lightfast tests) to CPSA most conclusions are the same but two pencils deviated from their result, one did better and the other did much worse. I think that Prismacolor has been around for so long and seems to change all the time so my pencils might not have the same pigment as the one’s tested by CPSA. Maybe? 


Holbein´s luminous color (from the 100 set):

Holbein Opera
This color has change a lot. It is a bit lighter and has lost the luminosity. It has also changed in hue. 

Holbein Orange
This color has change. It is lighter after a year in facing south.

Holbein Green
This color has become slightly lighter.

Holbein Lemon
This color has become slightly lighter.


Holbein´s metallic colors (from the 100 set):

Holbein Silver
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Copper
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Gold
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Pale Gold
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.


Holbein´s grey colors (from the 100 set):


Holbein Cool Grey 5
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Cool Grey 3
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Warm Grey 5
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Warm Grey 3
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.


Holbein´s colors (from the 100 set):

Holbein Chartreuse Green
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Lemon
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Holly Green
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Malachite
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Emerald Green
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Surf Green
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Sap Green
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Leaf Green
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.  Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Fresh Green
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Apple Green
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Misty Green
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Olive Yellow
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Lettuce Green
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Opal Green
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Willow Green
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Forest Green
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Fit Green
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.  Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Viridian
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Jasper Green
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter and a slight hue change. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Olive Green
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Moss Green
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Cobalt Green
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Ice Green
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Peacock Blue
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Porcelain Blue
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Horizon Blue
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Sky Mist
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Aqua
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Turquoise Blue
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Sky Blue
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Saxe Blue
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Smoke Blue
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Cerulean Blue
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Royal Blue
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Ultra blue
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Cobalt Blue
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Prussian Blue
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Indigo
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Lavender Blue
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Violet
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Smalt Blue
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them one star.

Holbein Iris
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them one star.

Holbein Azalea
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Magenta
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Strawberry
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Carnation
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Wine Red
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Carmine
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.  Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Signal Red
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Scarlet
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Vermilion
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Orange
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Marigold
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Light Red
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.  Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Crimson
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Mahogany
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Dandelion
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Canary Yellow
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Yellow Ochre
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Khaki
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Mustard
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Lilac
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them one star.

Holbein Mauve
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Sea Fog
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Cosmos
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them one star.

Holbein Pink
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Rose Pink
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them one star.

Holbein Cream
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Salmon Pink
The color has lost the yellowish tone and has become lighter. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them one star.

Holbein Naples Yellow
It has become slightly lighter. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Jaune Brilliant
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Ash Rose
I can barely see the change, but it has become ever so slightly lighter. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Cherry Blossom
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Sand
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Beige
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Cork
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them two stars.

Holbein Cinnamon
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.  Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Burnt Sienna
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.  Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Brown
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.  Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Raw Umber
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.  Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Raisin
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.  Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Chocolate
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Burnt Umber
I cannot see any changes at all in this color. Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Sepia
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.  Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Lamp Black
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.  Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

Holbein Black
I cannot see any changes at all in this color.  Holbein own lightfastness rating gives them three stars.

I am so impressed with the result of my Holbein test, almost so much that I wonder if there is something wrong with the testing. Except for the luminous colors there is only one color that I would avoid (Salmon pink). Very few had any changes and those that had were just barely visible.











Master Marker


  • New for 2016
  • Have a chisel nib and a brush nib
  • only availably in sets
  • 157 colors


This new marker from the US is called the, not to impressive name, Master Marker. I normally associated that kind of name with something very cheap. And the markers are very cheap indeed. Even with expensive shipping to Sweden they still are among the cheapest marker I ever had. There are some things were the price is reflected but with that said these markers also pleasantly surprised me!
Master Marker

I own the whole collection of Master marker, mainly because the shipping to Sweden, where I live, was ridicules expensive and the difference between buying a 24 set and all of them was very small. It is interesting to have a full collection and see how the color collection actually looks. 

The chisel nib

The brush nib

































The reason I wanted these pens were because they offer a brush nib on one side and a chisel nib on the other. That is my favorite combination. I also like that they have a unique barrel. They are much longer than the average marker.

Master Marker case





















The set
At the moment (spring 2017) you can only buy Master Markers in either 24 sets (there are four sets available, that overlap each other) or in an 80 set. There are also sets of three but only for black and colorless blender (and you get either of them). The 80 sets come in two different 80 set. The primary set (A) and the secondary set (B). They have however distributed all the colors so that the two sets are very evenly in kind of colors. You get approximately as many greens, blues, red and so one in both sets. If you want all colors, you buy both set A and B. The full set is 157 unique colors and three duplicates: Black, blender and Slate (314). The 80 set comes in a nice plastic case. 

Set A and B












A couple of things that reflects the price
A typical cheap marker sign is that there are two different blue colors that bear the same name: sky blue. One is a lighter blue and they have different numbers (144 and 76). It just feels sloppy.
The brush nib is not the worst I have used by no means, but it is certainly not the best brush nib either. It is quite hard but becomes flimsy after some use. I can tell that they might not hold their whole lifetime if you only use the brush side.  The chisel nib is very good though.

The colors
A full set of 157 colors is more than most brands offer. Therefore, there are also a very good variety of colors. Since I live in Sweden, a set of good Caucasian skin colors is always appreciated, and surprisingly rare among a lot of brands. Master Markers have a lot of different tints and shades that are perfect for all kind of skin colors. They are a bit heavy on the green side in my opinion, and it is among the greens I found most colors that just look too much alike. I think that some of the greens could have been exchanged to some more blues. Most collections have a good variety of blues (mainly I think, because blues comes in so many hues) but Master Marker is lacking somewhat on that front considering the vast range of colors they have. With that said I feel that you will get a good set of colors.

Master Marker color chart on paper from Letraset
Master Marker color chart on paper from X-press it 
The Grays
All in all, Master marker have 17 different grays. 8 warm grays, 7 cool greys and one green gray (with the number 5 which feels a bit random since it is the only green gray) and one blue gray (with the number 1). One of the things I always look for in grays is how the value scale looks. They should have the same hue and only change in value, but that is rarely the case. Master markers do have almost a perfect value scale for their warm and cool grays. There is a slight hue change in the warm grey 3, but I think I am being picky to bring that up!
In every sets of gray that I have owned, there have always been a couple of grays that are so close in hue and value that you really don´t need both of them. Master marker is no exception. Warm gray number 5 and 6 is very close and the green gray looks almost identically to cool gray 7. But utter than that I am very pleased with the grays.

The ink
Nothing is more important than the ink, to me at least. The ink isn´t as good as some more expensive markers, but it isn’t bad either. They blend well enough and depending on the paper they have almost no graininess. I have made two different color charts. One on thin layout marker paper (from Letraset), and one on thicker paper from (X-press it blending card). On Letraset’s marker paper the colors look really great, maybe not as vibrant as other more expensive brands, but still very good. On the X-press it blending card the colors became a bit grainy but I have seen much worse.

Color separation  
One color behaved a bit strange (but I have seen it before in other brands and in the exact same color). From a violet color called lavender (145) a pink separates itself and creates a ring around the color sample.
Note the pink ring around the sample

Conclusion
Even though, there are some smaller things that I didn’t love about Master Markers, I don´t think you can get a better marker for the price. You really get much for your money.