Maybe I should be edgier than some of these reviews and dare say they need more DARK skin tones
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I'm actually appalled at the number of reviews requesting for pale skin tones and actually downgrading the product saying it's more for DARK skin tones.
This set seems to be in the middle ranges for skin tones and there were more PALER workable tones than DARK ones.
This company even released pale skin tones due to the negative reviews, which is actually rather sad compared to how quickly they reacted than say Crayola who has been doing this longer. Anyone who actually understands color would be able to work pretty well with many ranges of skin tones with the ones provided, though like I said a few darker colors wouldn't hurt. It's completely workable for all ranges. I find a majority of these complaints silly, not that it isn't bad to release more colors to work with but actually downgrading the product when they even display their range - so you know what you're in for.
Let's get to the actual markers themselves. This was the first set I purchased and they're beautiful. While many have covered the fact they work as well as Copics (which they do) and the cons of no refills and having to buy them as a set these are minor in terms of customer relation and the bang for the buck.
This set also comes in a case like the other sets they sell and includes a colorless blender.
I'm going through each marker to make sure they all work but overall I'm satisfied. As a long time Tria (anyone remembers those) and Copic user (which I have an even harder time looking for skin tone colors to work with and often have to mix media to get the look I want). While everyone does have a right to rate a product how they want as a customer, it is strange that this gets lower ratings compared to Copic's skin tone pack of 6...SIX Markers at a much higher price per marker.
So that being said, if anything, a more muted palette would be great from this company as a lot of the colors have a high saturation or lean towards more reddish hues. I did a rough color sketch to show, and found the colors on the warm side.
These are probably your best bang for your buck in terms of skin tone sets, and just keep some colored pencils around for light layering to get more of the look you want.
I'll definitely be looking for more sets from this company, as I'm happy with the product so far.