Friends-- have any of you used Prismacolor Verithin pencils? They are artist grade but formulated with a harder core that’s less likely to break and retains a sharp point longer. Colored pencil artists use them for fine details and areas of light value.
Prismacolor Premier are the industry standard for CP artists because of their soft core which is easy to burnish/blend. But it’s a common frustration for them to break easily, and I know when doing hair I’m sharpening every few strokes. The brand in general has top quality pigment and the best color selection.
There are some others out there that are really good as well, some with an oil base rather than wax. I’ve used Faber Castell Polychromos (oil) for lips and nail beds and got a really nice translucent effect.
This is a nice overview of the top brands: