Half "pastel" colors, half "desaturated" colors
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Maybe I'm just a color nitpicker, but I don't consider gray to be pastel. Half of this set is some shade of gray or a desaturated color, and that seems kinda... lame. And very disappointing.
Now if this were listed as a pastel/urban/nature tone set then I'd be all for it. Or if the two conflicting color series were split and sold separately, then sure. However, it feels redundant to have half of this set be unusable colors for a pastel theme. Imagine going to a pastel-themed party and half the decorations were gray and brown. That's what this set feels like.
And even if this is an argument of semantics and that the desaturated tones actually do count as pastel, the colors aren't really that nice to look at in terms of the cute/calming aesthetic pastels are known for. My picture are a bit inaccurate to the true colors (in person, two of the pinks colors look very much like highlighters), but even in person these desaturated colors aren't very cute or useful for shading the actual pastel colors here. I can't recall the last time I've used green gray as a means of adding shadows to a bright green color; probably because I've never done so and the results are just as ugly as one would expect them to be.
That aside, the markers behave as expected: the tips don't fray, they blend nicely, and it really is a set of 48 individual colors and not "47 colors +1 blender" as some marker companies tend to do. I'll give Ohuhu some kudos for still being honest about their color listing.
As a complimentary set to whatever markers you already own, or if you just like collecting markers, then the problems I listed can be ignored at your own discretion.
If you're looking for a pastel set of markers because your current marker collection is in desperate need of some, then perhaps the desaturated browns and grays won't bother you as much as it does to me.
If you don't fit in either categories then open stock markers is still a good option.