I like Prismacolor very much, although I can't figure out how to layer 'em without getting the burnished look. I know I must be using too much pressure, but I can't figure out how to stop.
I'm going to try Verithins soon and see if I can't get some of the shine out of the picture.
Also tried Polychromos and liked them okay -- not as much as Prismacolor though.
As far as paper goes, Stonehenge is still No. 1 with me.
I'm looking for some pre-cut pads, because I haven't graduated to the big monster sized pics yet.
Good luck! You came to the right place for advice! This forum is wonderful.