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.
Build your colors gradually, and layer them. Apply a light undertone, and build darker colors slowly on top. Crayons can actually be more difficult to layer with due to the high wax content. Don't confuse them with colored pencils! If you want the "look" colored pencil, just use that instead.