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Friday, December 31, 2021

Friday, December 24, 2021

Review: Kutsuwa Culicule Coloured Pencil


There's a lot of nostalgia inducing stationery these days, 
I would say the Kutsuwa Culicule coloured pencil is one of them.

The Culicule coloured pencil comes in sets of 3, each set has a theme/name. 
There are currently 6 sets, I picked up 2, lalala aurora and royal moon. 

Why do I say the Culicule is nostalgic? 
The pencil is a thick piece of lead in a plastic holder, to retract it, you twist the white end of the holder until the pencil lead comes out. 
To store it, just twist the white end in the opposite direction. 

I remember stationery like that from my childhood and to me that's nostalgic. 

The packaging for the pencil sets are so pretty. 
They've been well thought out and incorporate colours from the pencils. 

Also, why coloured pencils? 
Well, they don't bleed like pens so are great for journaling. 

I decided to test the pencils to see how they would do over different media like pens, permanent marker and a brush pen. 

Both sets had different results. While the media worked with lalala aurora, royal moon was more opaque and appeared to cancel the media so I would say put down the coloured pencil before writing. 

There are examples on the back too. 
The shading looks good but I didn't feel confident so I'll give it a try another time. 

By the way, if you buy 2 sets, both will fit in one of the plastic sleeves. 
The plastic sleeves have a zipper so it's useful for long term storage. 

Finally, I tried it over some printed test and the result was similar to the ink media. 

Overall, I think these coloured pencils are fun. A bit expensive for a set of 3 but the colours are pretty.
I'd be interested to see what other sets will come out in the future. 

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Friday, December 17, 2021

Review : BIC Intensity Aqueous Dual Tip Marker


I'm always interested in trying new brush pens so when DAISO started carrying these, I knew I had to buy them ^^

BIC Intensity Aqueous Dual Tip Marker

There are 12 colors in all [according to the website] and I picked 3 of them up to try!
Reminiscent of the tombow dual tip markets, one end has a brush nib and the other is a 0.7mm felt tip pen.
Swatches for BLACK, BROWN and PEACH

Since the brand promises vivid intense color, I've decided to match it up against some of my go-to brush pens. 
To be fair, only the black ink pens will be compared.
As you can see from the swatches above, the BIC intensity marker is indeed one of the darkest black inks. (Surpassed only by the Copic Multiliner Brush Pen)

Not only is the color vivid, it writes just as smoothly as the more costly brush pens. I highly recommend trying these out if you find them!
What do you think? Have you tried them out?

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Friday, December 10, 2021

Review: Sharpie S-note Highlighter


It's another highlighter review! 
I'm a bit fan of highlighters so when I saw the Sharpie S-note , I had to pick them up. 

Sharpie as a brand sells great markers so I had high hopes for these. 

Each highlighter is in a sharpie signature marker case. 

It has 1 end but in usual highlighter fashion, the nib is flat angled which means you can use it to highlight test or turn it to the pointy end and underline text. 

I tried it on a travelers notebook insert and it didn't bleed. 

It worked well with written text too but remember to let the ink dry before highlighting. 

Here's a comparison with mildliner highlighters. 
The sharpie colour is deeper and not as bright as the mildliner, which I think is really nice. 

and finally, I tested it on printed text.

I have to say, I like the colours of this highlighter, especially the yellow. 
The highlighters glide over text easily too and the colour is consistent. 

If I had a complaint, it would be that the cap doesn't close with a satisfying click.
but that's just being nitpicky. 

I would also like to see more colours added to the highlighter range. 

Have you tried this highlighter? what are your thoughts? 

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Review : Pentel Lightwrite Ball point pen

I'm always keen to add something unique to my pen lineup so when I chanced upon this, I thought I buy it to try ^^

ZEBRA: Lightwrite Ball point pen

How it looks out of the packaging

The pen has a 0.7mm nib but I did not think it was as smooth to write as 0.7mm nib pens from other brands like Pentel or Bic.

So what makes this pen so unique? 
Well here is the answer:
Yes it lights up! 
And when you do not turn the light on [by clicking the pen twice], the nib actually glows in the dark as well making it easy to find.

Needless to say, there are many instances whereby one can use a light in the dark when writing. So though the pen is not as smooth to write as many others, it is still a good addition to one's pencil case or travel pouch!
What do you think? Would you buy a pen that lights up?

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