I wasn't going to buy them. It was really easy to have self control when no one in the area sold them. But now Curry's is carrying Pan Pastels and I really do love pastels. I love the way they blend so I did it. I purchased a five pack. I think I can live without buying ALL the colors but I will NEED to get a few more colors. I think I need to buy some more of the tools as well. The tools really do help to blend the pastels nicely.