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 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,