A review of the LAMY Vibrant Pink plus comparisons
The reveal of LAMY’s special edition AL-star colour of the year is highly anticipated every year by pen enthusiasts and collectors. This year’s special edition colour is the Vibrant Pink, a dynamic fuchsia that will add a pop of colour to any stationery collection — and page! In this LAMY AL-star Vibrant pink review, we take a closer look at the LAMY AL-star Vibrant Pink.
Just like past special edition inks, such as Dark Lilac and Petrol, this year’s special edition LAMY AL-star Vibrant Pink ink leaves a metallic sheen on certain paper surfaces. You can actually see the metallic particles sink to the bottom of the ink pot when you first take it out from its box, so be sure to give it a good shake with every use.
Review: LAMY AL-star Vibrant Pink ink
It’s always fun to take a new ink on a test drive, trying it out on different papers and also comparing to other similar colours on the spectrum.
Lamy AL-star Vibrant Pink — Tomoe River
Lamy AL-star Vibrant Pink — Rhodia Pad #18
The LAMY AL-star Vibrant Pink is a really stunning fuchsia. The gold sheen is actually quite subtle when used for writing as it really only shows up when there are large pools of ink and we can imagine it’d be more evident with a broader nib. The metallic sheen is also more noticeable when the ink is still wet. As it dries, it does lose a bit of its shimmer.
The ink writes most smoothly on the Tomoe River fountain pen pad, but it also has the most visible show-through, due to Tomoe River’s very low 52gsm paper. It’s still an excellent fountain pen friendly paper if you don’t mind a bit of show-through.
If show-through is an issue, then a Rhodia pad is highly recommended as they come in 80gsm. Its smooth satin finish helps the pen glide over the paper, making it a dream to write on.
The LAMY AL-star Vibrant Pink ink takes approx. 10 seconds to dry, drying fastest on the Rhodia pad. With that said, ink drying times can vary depending on nib size, temperature and humidity, and also writing pressure as writers who press harder tend to draw more ink out.
Comparing the LAMY AL-star Vibrant Pink to other similar shades
Pilot’s Iroshizuku in Tsutsuji on Tomoe River
Pilot’s Iroshizuku in Tsutsuji on Rhodia Pad #18
If you’re after a colour similar to the LAMY AL-star Vibrant Pink ink but don’t want the metallic sheen, the closest colour match would be Tsutsuji in Pilot’s Iroshizuku range. It has a slightly bluer hue, making the ink lean a little towards the purple spectrum, but it’s still a close match.
The ink takes 10 seconds to dry, drying quickest on the Rhodia and again shows-through the most on the Tomoe River.
LAMY’s T52 Bottled Fountain Pen Ink in Red on Tomoe River
LAMY’s T52 Bottled Fountain Pen Ink in Red on Rhodia Pad #18
It’s a little difficult to tell on these photos but this LAMY T52 red ink colour is actually more of a coral colour than red, which was a nice surprise. Unlike the LAMY AL-star Vibrant Pink, there’s very little change in shade where the ink pools together on paper, giving it the ink an overall neutral shade when used.
Similar to the other inks, the LAMY T52 ink in Red also takes 10 seconds to dry, drying quickest on the Rhodia pad.
A closer comparison of the LAMY AL-star Vibrant Pink and the LAMY red.
J. Herbin in Rouge Opéra on Tomoe River
J. Herbin in Rouge Opéra on Rhodia Pad #18
The J. Herbin Rouge Opéra ink leans towards the burgundy and plum variety. The colour is rich and luscious, a definite favourite for those who want a fun ink colour that’s still a bit work-appropriate.
An oilier ink, the J. Herbin Rouge Opéra ink takes longer than 10 seconds to dry on both pads, but factors such as room temperature, humidity and writing pressure can contribute to drying delays. The colour appears richest on the Rhodia pad as its extra white paper makes the ink colour shine.
J. Herbin in Rose Cyclamen on Tomoe River
J. Herbin in Rose Cyclamen on Rhodia Pad #18
The J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen ink is actually more purple than it is pink. It is a vivid purple that makes your words dance on the page. Its colour and name come from the purple varieties of the Cyclamen flower.
This ink took 7 seconds to dry on the Rhodia pad, the fastest drying out of all the inks, but took 10 seconds to dry on the Tomoe River pad.
Which ink is your favourite? Tell us in the comments!