These pastels are harder, but still vibrant. I usually use these for more precise details.
These pencils have a very soft core, much like Stabilo. They are smooth and easy to use!
Caran d'Ache pastels are probably the hardest of all the pastel pencils. They are also larger in diameter than the others, so you'll need a wider sharpener.
White Charcoal Pencils
This is my favorite white pencil to use. I use it for the final, sharpest and brightest details.
These are compressed pastel chalk. I use them for blocking in background areas, much like paintings.
I love these soft pastels. They are smooth, vibrant, and seem to have less dust than other brands. They are also MUCH less expensive than other brands.
These soft pastels are great for beginner because they are lower in price but still have a smooth application and vibrant colors.
While this paper is pricey, it is my favorite pastel paper. It has texture, but it's not too gritty.
Pastel Tools & More
Here are various tools I like to use, such as sponges, blending stumps, sandpaper, and brushes as well as other pastel products.
To protect soft pastel drawings and seal them to the support, use this resin-based and alcohol-based solution, specially formulated by Sennelier for use with soft pastels. Sennelier Latour Spray Fixative for Pastels leaves the subtle hues of pastel colors unaltered.