J. Herbin Poussière de Lune: Ink Review

Sarah chose J. Herbin Poussière de Lune to feature in this week’s Monday Matchup. It is a delightfully deep purple that works well as an ink wash as well as in writing. I really enjoyed working with this ink and found its hue calming and pleasant. I can definitely see it being a great ink to journal, write letters, or take notes with. I hope you enjoy the review!

 Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Slow– this is a slow drying ink! Put it aside and wait 30+ seconds to avoid smearing
  • This ink is on the wetter side! If you are working with less than stellar paper, go for a Fine or Extra-Fine nib

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Medium– This ink is fantastic when using it in art, but if you are looking for a permanent purple, look elsewhere. While you can still see the lines, it does blur a fair amount when water is added.


  • Medium– while this ink has a dark hue, it isn’t quite as pigmented as some of the other inks I’ve done reviews on. You can definitely see a difference between the first swab line and the third. 

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Medium– the darker shade makes it a bit more difficult to get off, but you won’t need to scrub.


  • Medium– you can definitely see some differentiation in up and down strokes, but it isn’t as prominent as other inks.


  • Medium-This is a wet ink, so plan your paper and nib use accordingly! Fine or Extra-Fine nibs unless you are using fountain pen friendly paper.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • 30ml bottle with a tastefully designed bottle
  • Comes in a nice box with the bottle inside
  • The bottle has a smaller opening, but still plenty of room to fit your pen in

Inks similar in color:

This a really beautiful smoky purple. I love the name (it translates to moon dust) which makes it seem so much more romantic. Sarah really showed it off with her art, but I also really enjoyed writing with it for the review. All in all, I would highly recommend this ink to artists, writers, and journalers!
You can find 30ml bottles of J. Herbin Poussière de Lune at Gouletpens.com for $11 or 2ml ink samples for $1.25. What do you think of this ink? Have you used it in your writing before?
Write on,


2017-10-11T14:38:00+00:00 August 12th, 2015|Ink Reviews|13 Comments
  • Freddy

    An excellent review of my favorite purple ink.

    • Madigan

      Hi Freddy! It is definitely a contender for my favorite purple as well. 🙂

  • FraijoManda

    Still one of my favs! A dreamy color for sure.

    • Madigan

      I know! I’m totally in love with it. 🙂

  • Giovanni’s Roomba

    I think this is the first Herbin I ever bought (after getting a sample), and definitely the dustiest purple ink I know of. Just beautiful.

    • Madigan

      Hi Giovanni! A dusty purple is a great description of this gorgeous ink. Glad to hear you are a fan! 🙂

  • Christine

    This was one of my first ink purchases when I got into fountain pens and remains one of my favorite inks! So much goodness going on between the alluring shade, the consistency of its writing, and the depth of shading. Thanks for your review!

    • Madigan

      Hi Christine! It was a really fun ink to get to work with. Doing these reviews has been such a pleasure! Really getting to know an ink and looking at its properties just makes me love each of them more. 🙂

  • Kathy

    A thorough, interesting review of a nuanced ink. It’s lovely! Thanks!

    • Madigan

      Hi Kathy! Yeah, this is a really beautiful purple ink. If you haven’t tried it, definitely give it a try. 🙂

  • Mel

    Love the colour. It's as you described smoky and calming. Will give this one a try (for art more than everyday writing), the slow dry time would drive me nuts!

  • I S

    Lovely moon art!

    This is hands down one of my favourite inks – I just love the subtlety to it. Now, what I really want is a Lamy Safari to match it, and a Hobonichi cover in the same shade. I don’t get why it’s so hard to find purple stationery goods other than inks!

  • Gerd

    this is my signature ink 🙂 As a psychologist I use my fountainpen(s) every day. tried a lot of other inks (also a lot of purples) and Poussière de lune is the best!