I've wanted to try pastels for years. My sweet husband gave me a gift certificate for Christmas from Dick Blick (!!!) and so I've purchased a landscape set of Pan Pastels to try. I absolutely love them! SOOOO different than watercolors. These are creamy and I can mix the colors right on the paper, using these very cool tools that come with the Pan Pastels.
I've never used regular soft stick pastels, but I didn't want to because of the dust mess. These- dust free!! That is what sold me on them in the first place- these are the closest thing to wet paint painting with out the mess or the smell. I am quite smitten with these Pan Pastels!