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!
- 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):
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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:
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.
What’s your favorite mint colored ink?