I had a a scrap of pastelmat left over from a big sheet that I cut up. I decided to try it out with some Lyra Polycolor pastels that I've been finding hard to get to grips with.
Even on this textured paper they were still too hard and gritty and quite difficult to blend. The texture of the pastels was quite rough and didn't seem to work into the paper as well as I'd expected. I
They seemed to create far more dust than I'd experienced with soft pastels.
Unfortunately as a medium they don't really suit my style.