Mid_range pencils from brands like Staedtler or Faber Castel offer softer application, which allows you to get more color into the paper. This can produce a more vibrant color and reduces the chance of white flecks of paper showing through. Softer wax pencils are also better for shading and blending.
Stay sharp! Good quality pencils will allow the lead to be sharpened regularly. Needle sharp tips on your pencils are perfect for applying detail and getting the precision required to color intricate areas of a design. Thinner points will give you more control over the color produced, big fat rounded ends on your pencils make it difficult to get the brightest colors.