Ink Review: Robert Oster Dusty Pink

Review by Laura Cameron

I returned from the Chicago Pen Show last week with tons of new items to review. Let’s kickstart that today with a sample of one of the new colors from Robert Oster this season, Dusky Pink (50mL for $17.00).

Ed. Note: Silly me… I spent the whole review thinking it was Dusty Pink… as you were.

Dusky Pink is a delicate dusty pink, that leans a bit toward the purple/burgundy end of the spectrum.

In darker applications Dusky Pink is very wine colored, but in lighter applications (with smaller nibs) it’s pinker and paler, though still readable. The ink looks like it shades, but I don’t see any of the Robert Oster singature sheen in this one.

In terms of color comparisons, I was surprised that it is VERY similar to my Platinum Classic Lavender Black and Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Bordeaux. Dusky Pink appears to be the lightest in normal writing, but the shading looks pretty darn close to me!

Since I thought the color was Dusty Pink (oops!), I went looking for quotes about dust and found this one from Pablo Picasso that I quite like.

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

In general, Dusky Pink is kind of a plummy, muted pinky purple and I quite like the color, but having a full bottle of Platinum Lavender Black in my desk drawer, I don’t know that this is one I’ll add more of to my collection!


DISCLAIMER: Some of the items included in this review were provided to us free of charge by Vanness Pen Shop for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

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