Quality Matters. Not all colored pencils are the same. Cheap colored pencils tend to have harder wax leads and less pigment which mean they produce less vibrant colors and have a tendency to leave some white spaces uncovered in the grain of the paper. Because the lead is hard, cheaper pencil leads often have a tendency break and if the lead breaks throughout the length of the pencil you can be left with something that is unusable.
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.