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.
There's also a kind of colored pencils that's called water_coloured pencils. The way of application is just the same as colored pencils. However, with this media you can achieve a watercolor effect by dipping a brush in water and brushing along the colored areas with it. It's actually a fun media to try especially if you want to use a watercolor but find the mixing with water hard. It's easy to use as well.