Ink Review: Pennonia Balaton-kék

Today I’m sharing the final ink sample that I purchased when looking for inks that matched Pantone’s Very Peri color of 2022. This once is a little tricksy.

I purchased Pennonia Balaton-kék (4mL sample for $2.90) because the swatch card was perfect over at Vanness Pens. When I pulled it out to swatch, I was confused. It looked almost tealy-blue and I wondered what I had been thinking. And then the sheen hit.

Balaton-kék is a “pastel cotton candy blue” with what looks like pink shading, giving me a bit of that periwinkle I so longed for. In truth, though I love the way this one shades, I don’t think it’s practical for regular use because it comes out so light in the nib. The dark dots are gorgeous and almost that slate/periwinkle I was craving, but much of my text ended up unreadable.

I did compare it to my other 3 contenders that I’ve already reviewed. I have to say that I think my favorite of the batch is Vinta Fairy Tale in Salimbay. That one just has the bluish-pink I was looking for. Which one ended up being your favorite?

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