Review by Laura Cameron
As I said, I thought I ought to give coral a chance this year. So when I placed my last ink order, I went ahead and added J. Herbin Corail des Tropiques (10ml for $5.50) to my cart.
The photos I’ve taken really don’t seem to do Corail des Tropiques justice. While Diamine’s Coral is a bright hit of orange, Corail des Tropiques is more subtle and shaded, and looks almost dustier. There are no bright oranges in this one, just peachy coral goodness; the kind that reminds you of the southwest or the beach.
I think the distinction is hard to make in the ink comparison swatches (thanks camera!), but a bit easier to see in my writing pages.
I didn’t see any sheen in this ink, just tons of beautiful shades of coral.
I was pleasantly surprised that the Corail des Tropiques was soft at times and yet still had good coverage. Some of the J. Herbin inks are very light and faint in writing, but this was very readable. I have to say, I think I like Corail de Tropiques even better than the Diamine Coral!
- Papers: Maruman Mnemosyne N182A Inspiration Notebook A5 ($10.50) and Crossfield Journal ($24.00)
- Pen: Delike Glass Signature Pen ($37.80)
- Swatches: Col-o-Ring Ink Testing Book ($10) and Col-o-Dex Rotary Cards ($15)
- Inks: J. Herbin Corail des Tropiques (10ml for $5.50)
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