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Idyllic Blue - Caran D'ache Chromatics


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When I got sick few years ago (virus called pens and inks), I started picking different inks. I was amazed by Caran d'Ache Color of the Earth inks.


The thing is the inks were discontinued before I had a chance to try all of them. I was disappointed to hear Colors of the earth were replaced by Chromatics.


OK, the bottle is cool, colors seem nice, so what's the problem?

One - no more Amazon and Grand Canyon! I can get over Amazon, with time I started to prefer murkier greens, but Grand Canyon was in my top 5 of browns.

Two - the price. OK, Chromatics bottles are 50 ml compared to Colors of the Earth 30 ml bottles yet the price per ml increased by 25,7 % (I compare prices in Poland : 55 PLN / 30 ml vs 115 PLN / 50 ml).

Are they really worth it? Well, I like the way Caran d'Ache market their products, I like the bottle and the brand. If I'll be able to try all of these inks, I'll review them here. It will take time though. At the moment I have only sample of Organic Brown and Ultraviolet bottle. Some time ago I've reviewed Infinite grey which was cool.

  1. Cosmic Black
  2. Delicate Green
  3. Divine Pink
  4. Electric Orange
  5. Hypnotic Turquoise
  6. Idyllic Blue
  7. Infinite - Grey
  8. Infra Red
  9. Magnetic Blue
  10. Organic Brown
  11. Ultra Violet
  12. Vibrant Green

Idyllic Blue is quite vibrant when the line is fresh and wet. However after minutes it becomes pale. The color is rather nice and it flows smoothly, however it really doesn't offer anything exceptional that would justify the price. Basically if you want premium ink in amazingly cool bottle and can afford it, Idyllic Blue won't disappoint you. If however you don't care about the bottle and marketing doesn't do much for you, you'll find easily inks that are cheaper and better in every aspect.



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Oxford Recycled ( 90g, satined paper ), Kaweco Sport Classic, B nib




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TeNeues, Hero 5028, stub 1,1



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Very nice review, as always! I really like the flow of the Caran d'Ache inks, but they are expensive! The colors are nice, but not compelling.

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The Caran d'Ache bottle is nice


In my use of this ink I find it to be almost impossible to distinguish from Waterman Serenity Blue (and for me Waterman blue is 1/4 the cost of the Caran d'Ache version).

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Thank you for the great review.

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Great review! Well, its not my kind of blue. I have the Blue Sky from the Colors of the Earth series and this seems very similar to that one, same get ready to school type of blue.

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What is the likelihood that someone would like this over Iroshizuku Asa-gao? I tried that one, and thought it was going to be THE blue ink for me, but eh. It was okay. I do like that this seems to shade more, and I have Sunset (discontinued) so I have a reference for how CdA inks behave. Thanks for the review; I might give this a go.

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