J. Herbin Vert Réséda: Ink Review

Ink splatter and handwriting J. Herbin Vert Réséda with a Lamy fountain pen.

Hello, fellow ink fiends! It’s Madigan here reviewing a marvelous minty ink. Margaret recently used J. Herbin Vert Réséda in a Monday Matchup and I immediately fell in love. This sweet shade of minty green is fresh and perfect for spring. It reminds me of robin’s eggs and Easter dresses. I couldn’t wait to give it a try and was not disappointed. If you are looking to freshen up your writing this season, J. Herbin Vert Réséda will do the trick. Let’s get down to it!

Handwritten ink review of J. Herbin Vert Réséda including dry time, drip test, and swabs.
J. Herbin Vert Réséda ink written on Moleskine paper and Tomoé River Paper demonstrating their differences.
J. Herbin Vert Réséda close up of swab on Tomoé River Paper.
Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Long-This ink took longer than 30 seconds to dry. I bet it was under a minute though, as it was almost dry by then. That being said, if you are quickly flipping pages or a lefty who tends to smear, this might not be the ink for you.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low– Nope. Not an ink to use around water. It disappeared almost completely when water was applied. Look elsewhere if you are going for longevity or plan on writing in the rain.

Saturation:

  • High– This sucker has serious saturation, folks! Not a hint of difference between the three swabs.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy– No water resistance means it easily washes out of your pen!

Shading:

  • Medium– A gentle, lovely, amount of shading. The shading in this ink is definitely pen related. I didn’t see as much when I was using the Medium nib on the Lamy, but with the broad or the flex nib Margaret used, you see a lot!

Flow:

  • Medium– Great flow! When partnered with the long dry time, you could almost say wet. 

 Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • 30ml glass bottle with 2ml ink samples also available.  
  • Pretty little bottle with a square shape that fits nicely into a beautiful box.
  • The opening on the bottle is fairly small- could make it difficult to fill your pen once the supply gets low. 

Inks similar in color: 

J. Herbin Vert Réséda ink splatter and artistic depiction of Richmond, VA.

Summary:
If you are into minty green colored ink, this is a great ink to try! Although it is a light color, it’s easy to read off the page. It is more of a light-hearted, playful ink, not ideally suited to an office. I’d save it for letters, journaling, or art. From experience, I can also tell you that it looks incredible in ink washes.

You can find J. Herbin Vert Réséda at Gouletpens.com in a 30ml ink bottle for $11 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.40.

What’s your favorite mint colored ink?

Write on,
Madigan

2017-10-11T14:37:53+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Ink Reviews|8 Comments
  • Kathy

    Madigan, great review of one of my favorite inks. While it is rather light, I find it very easy to read, and use it a lot. Thanks for discussing this ink; it seems to be overlooked a lot.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      What do you enjoy using your Vert Réséda for most, Kathy? It is a truly beautiful ink. I could see it being fun for a multitude of tasks.

  • Nicole

    This ink is not only my favorite color, but my favorite writing ink. It’s a little on the wetter side, so I tend to use it in finer nibs. I bought the bottle on a whim and fell in love.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      I’d say that was a pretty lucky purchase, Nicole! I’m glad you love it! -Lydia

  • JuaSaysHi

    I’ve always loved the look of J. Herbin bottles. Though I rarely use it, I really appreciate how cool it is that the bottles have a built-in pen-rest.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      The bottles are very nice to look at. I definitely agree. Clean lines and nice shape.

  • Richard

    Hi Lydia, is there an easy way to find all of Madigan’s ink reviews? Something similar to the nib nook on the Goulet website would be really useful.

  • Melinda Smith

    I grabbed a sample of this when I recently purchased the Lamy Al-Star BlueGreen. It’s a great matchup.