The best oil pastels in 2024

best oil pastels - three types of pastel box on a pink background
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Oil pastels are an under-rated medium and in my opinion, should be much more popular. They are instantly useable and versatile, have brilliant colour ranges and can be great used with mixed media. On this page, I've gathered a representative range of oil pastels on the market based on my experience with the products – I tested them using a range of styles and techniques. 

In my tests, I evaluated the oil pastels below in terms of hardness, ease of blending and application and lightfastness, considering how they compare with each other. If you need further pointers, see the questions section at the bottom of this guide. And if you want more art supplies, see these guides to the best easels and best pastel pencils. But for now, these are the wax-based oil pastels I recommend as the best available today.  

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Richard Rees