Girault pastels are an exceptionally soft pastel with a slightly firmer consistency than other brands. They are soft yet very smooth and dense. Girault pastels are great for detail work but versatile enough to effectively cover large areas. They can be used early in the painting or throughout as they layer very well, and will not crumble. Looking at these pastels, your first impressions are...they must be hard like Nupastels because they look so uniform and precise like a machine made stick. But once you try them...Wow! You will be delighted to find these pastels incredibly soft, yet firm and do not crack or crumble. Girault pastels are one of our most popular pastel lines. They offer a tremendous range of portrait tones and in fact, have been endorsed by well known pastelists, Daniel Greene. When a pastel artist visits our shop for the first time, if they mention that they are portraiture artists we immediately open the drawers to the Girault pastels and they literally gasp with excitement. Landscape artists will be pleased to find that Girault pastels are endorsed by Elizabeth Mowry, well known artist and author of "The Poetic Landscape" and "The Pastelists Year". With 300 colors to choose from, landscape and seascape artists alike will be pleased with Girault's palette. This set offers all 300 colors in packed in foam lined cardboard boxes. The Girault Pastel factory began making pastels in 1780. The skills acquired by the early pastelmakers have been handed down, generation to generation. This companies dedication to consistency and quality means that today's artists can benefit from Girault's reputation earned over the last 200 years. You will not be disappointed with these soft pastels. Seasoned pastelists may recall these pastels under their former name Quentin de la Tour. We carried them years ago, when they were packaged with a clear plastic sleeve and imported into the US by Winsor & Newton. Many pastelists were saddened by their 5 year disappearance. We are happy to report they are back and here to stay.