Purple ink splatter in Lamy Dark Lilac ink written with a Lamy fountain pen.

Hello, everybody! Madigan here, bringing you an ink review of the insanely beautiful Lamy Dark Lilac ink. I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this ink, but as soon as I saw Whitney’s Monday Matchup, I couldn’t wait to get it in my pen. It is a deep, dark purple with just a hint of sheen. From the second the nib of my Lamy fountain pen hit paper, I fell into deep, dark purple love. This ink exceeded every expectation I had! This is one that I will absolutely be adding to my ink collection because, not only is it a gorgeous color, it’s limited edition and won’t last long. Read on to find out why I’m so in love with this ink.

Handwritten ink review of Lamy Dark Lilac ink showing a smear test, drip test, and swabs.
Close up of Lamy Dark Lilac ink, written on Tomoe River paper with a fountain pen.
Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Medium– Pretty standard dry time here. Under 30 seconds, so it should be good for notebook writing. If you are a lefty though, this might not be a good ink for you.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low– This is not a water resistant ink, so keep it out of the way of sudden storms or spilled beverages. That being said, when water is applied, it goes from deep purple to a pretty pink. It would be great to use in ink washes!


  • Medium-I gave this a medium in saturation because the sheen didn’t show up until the second swab. If you are basing it on the purple color alone, I’d give it a high rating.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy– This ink washes quickly and easily out of your pen!


  • Medium-You can definitely see some shading, especially in flex or stub nibs.


  • Medium– Perfect flow. Not to wet, not to dry, the nib glides effortlessly across the page.

Unique Characteristics:

  • Sheen– You read that right! This is a purple ink with some sheen. Like other sheening inks, you’ll want to lay out a lot of ink to see that extra glimmer. TomoĆ© River paper and flex or stub nibs will give you the best chance of seeing it. Watch Brian’s video on his Top Sheening inks for more tips.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • 50ml glass bottle with 2ml ink samples also available.
  • Well designed, pleasingly round bottle with blotting paper in the base
  • Large round opening making it easy to fill your pen.

Inks similar in color:


If you are a purple ink fan, I highly recommend purchasing Lamy Dark Lilac. I’ve reviewed several purple inks, and I can safely say I’ve never seen anything like it! And while it is breath taking in art, it’s also dark enough to work in a work or school setting. It would be great for notes, journal writing, or letter writing. Still not sure about it? It’s also incredibly affordable! Seriously, this ink wins on every level for me. I usually stick to ink samples, but I’m purchasing a full bottle of this spectacular ink for my collection.

You can find Lamy Dark Lilac ink at Gouletpens.com in a 50ml glass bottle for $10.50, a pack of cartridges for $4.50, or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

Will you be getting a bottle of Lamy Dark Lilac? What’s your favorite purple ink? Let me know in the comments below!

Write on,