- Where to buy: Pure Pens [Here]
- Price: £6.99
- Bottle size: 60ml
- Price/ml: £0.12 (2dp)
- Colour: Blue
- Shading: Not much
- Sheening: No
- Recommend?: You’re gonna have to read the review for this.. Damn..
I have six inks to review from the latest Pure Pens batch of inks released in February 2018. The inks all have a Celtic theme to them, which gives the inks an extra level of personality above the colour they lay on the page. You can find reviews to the other inks below and the list will be updated as and when the reviews are published:
Ughhhh. Pure Pens, how you’ve made it difficult for me..! Before reading this review, I would actually recommend reading up on my favourite blue – Robert Oster’s Blue Sea. Because.. Ah damn. These inks are very similar to each other. However, when you consider the cost /ml (£0.12 for this ink compared to £0.29), this ink could actually edge Blue Sea out its spot for my favourite ink, also because while Blue Sea doesn’t sheen too much, this doesn’t sheen at all – which is a factor I love. Blue Sea is slightly darker, and I think this darkness might actually keep it in its position, which does make the decision difficult.. You might see a comparison post between these two inks soon.. Blue’s Top 5 Blues. Apparently I have a thing for “sea blues”.
Pure Pens Celtic Sea is a lighter blue, which can be seen when compared to an ink like Diamine Blue Velvet, but noticeably darker than a turquoise such as Caran d’Ache Hypnotic Turquoise. But as you can see, very similar to Robert Oster Blue Sea.
For a bit more of a comparison, I thought I’d throw in swabs of Diamine Sapphire Blue and Diamine Blue Velvet, to show how this isn’t a ‘rich blue’ ink (such as like Blue Velvet):
The ink even looks amazing on cheaper paper! There is a bit of feathering and showthrough though, which you might want to take into consideration. But sometimes I find inks to become a bit darker when the paper is more absorbent, but this holds its own.
Though, don’t get the ink for its waterproofness, if that’s something that’s important to you.
Celtic Sea is a very beautiful blue ink. It finds itself more towards the lighter shade of blue than it does with others such as Blue Velvet which is another beautiful and saturated blue ink. I will have to seriously consider whether this ink takes its place as my number one blue…….
Disclaimer: This ink was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed are my own.