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.
Soft Pastels are interesting media to work with. It can also be fun for you can use your own fingers to apply the color or you can use a brush or cotton balls.Just outline the drawing with your chosen color and smudge it with your finger, brush or cotton. You can achieve a soft, hazy look with this just like the one in the picture. Plus, you can actually erase smudges using eraser.