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!
- Lamy Al-Star with medium steel nib (also EF and B nib)
- Rhodia No. 16 dotpad, 80g white paper
- Tomoé River white paper
- Moleskine notebook
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