New Gel Ink Pens: Pilot Juice, Uni-ball Signo UM-120 & UM-153

Hi! I recently went on a crazy gel ink pen buying spree on JetPens and I thought I’d show you all what I got and what I think about each of the products!


Pilot Juice Pens – Pastel – 6-Colour Set (0.5mm)

I’ve been dying to try Pilot Juice pens for the looooongest time now since I only hear good things about them. Since I already have a ton of gel ink pens, I decided to go for the pastel collection. These pastel pens are great for writing on darker paper kraft paper because they really pop against the background.

DSC_2374 copy copy

They are very pigmented but they definitely won’t show up well on white paper so just keep that in mind before planning to purchase. The purple is probably the only dark-ish pen of the bunch and it’s definitely my favourite. To me, it’s the second best shade of purple (you will see the first in just a second!)

DSC_2379 copy copy

Anyhow, I totally get the hype around these pens. They are consistent and smooth writers with excellent ink quality. They are also very lightweight, comfortable to hold, and have a super convenient clipping mechanism on the pen body. One of my friends told me that she likes to clip her hair with her pen when she can’t find a hairpin around. Hey, you might look a little bit weirdl but at least your hair is out of your face, right?


Uni-ball Signo Angelic UM-120AC Gel Ink Pen – Green & Purple (0.7 mm)

DSC_2373 copy copy

Next up is the Uni Signo! The iconic Uni Signo pens have done it again! I am super impressed with these pens. The colours are vibrant and the tip is very nice and soft. This shade of purple is my favourite out of all the purple pens I have used thus far.

DSC_2381 copy copy

I only bought two pens because their prices were a little bit steeper than most with $2 a pen and no sets available. I also just wanted to try them out so I only purchased my two favourite colours. I can say I will for sure be purchasing the rest of the colours the next time I order from JetPens. The ink is very pigmented and thick, thus it takes a little longer to dry than usual, which is the only flaw of this pen. I also do wish there were finer tips available but I’m an all tip-size type of gal so I’m not complaining.


Uni-ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Ink Pen – White Ink

DSC_2377 copy copy

Last but definitely not the least and perhaps even the best is the Uni Signo UM 153 in white ink. I bought this pen because I wanted to do some mix media with watercolour and I heard it was the best white ink pen around. This is possibly the most opaque white gel ink pen I’ve ever tried and it shows up fully opaque even on black paper. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any black paper around to test these pens with, but I did draw some hearts on the back of one of my notebooks for fun lol.

DSC_2383 copy copy

As you can see above, the Uni-ball Signo pens really do go above and beyond compared the Pilot Juice pens in terms of opaqueness on white paper. Of course, it’s a given that the Pilot Juice pens might not have been designed for this purpose.

Uni Signo UM-151 Gel Ink Pen

DSC_2303 copyI recently purchased my first Uni Signo UM-151 (aka Uni Signo DX) gel ink pens along with my Pilot Coleto that I wrote about previously. The last time I used these pens was when I was very young and didn’t know the difference between one pen and another other than the colour so I guess you could say this is my first time actually trying a Uni Signo. I purchased these from eBay and I just love how they write. Surprisingly, I actually don’t have a set of coloured gel ink pens yet so these are my one and only so far! I just wanted to show you the colours I got and hopefully I can do a thorough review on them in the future as I use them more and more!

DSC_2323 copy

Super sorry for the terrible handwriting. The pen writes much better than how it looks above. I think its a combination of my shakiness and the paper being thinner and not as white.DSC_2305 copyI absolutely love the photos I took of these pens. They are just so colourful and look so pretty on camera all together!

Favourite: Uni Shift Pipelock Drafting Pencil

DSC_2269 copy

Isn’t the photo above just beautiful? This mechanical pencil is one of my very favourites and one of the reason being that it is just gorgeous!

The one I have is the 0.5mm black body with smoke accent. I originally had a white body one but it got stolen so I got a new one. Even though this pencil is a bit on the pricey side, it is completely worth it in my opinion if you’re looking for a good pencil that you can use daily.

I’m no artist or design student but I do find myself writing quite a bit and comfort+function is always on the top of my list. The weight of the pencil is focused more on the bottom which makes writing very easy on the hands. I also love love love the metal grip because it adds so much weight to the pencil and just makes it feel more expensive. The shift pipe lock is a plus for me but not really a necessity since I tend to forget to lock it when I’m done using it.

I got my first one from StationeryArt but literally everything and anything good on that website is sold out and it feels like they never come back in stock lol. I got this black one from amazon.

DSC_2267 copy

Review: Uni Propus Window Highlighters

DSC_2260 copy

Today, we have the Uni Propus Window highlighters for review! I got these highlighters sometime ago because I read some great reviews on them. Now that I’ve used them for a good amount of time, I’ve got a pretty good idea of how I feel about them. I got mine for what I would say a decent price on amazon.


DSC_2262 copy DSC_2263 copy

^I really don’t know why I didn’t just take a picture of the whole highlighter lol

First off, I got the soft color double-sided ones. The cute pastel colour scheme is what made me want them in the first place. On one side is a broad 4.0mm tip and on the other side is a 0.6 mm fine tip. This proves to be very useful if you want to highlight slightly smaller than usual writing or if you just want to underline something.

The ink flow is very consistent and there is no bleeding on the paper I use (24lbs). If you’re only using them to highlight textbooks or printed text, there is no problem with smudging and such. They do, however, smudge quite a bit when used on gel ink pens. Personally, I like to highlight my own notes and my go to pens for notes are mostly gel ink ones. As a result, I haven’t been able to use these to highlight my own notes because they actually smudge a lot. I did find that they don’t smudge on the Le Pen from Marvy or any of my ball point pens.

DSC_2265 copy

Pros

  • Double sided tip
  • No bleed through
  • Consistent flow
  • Has a little window for you to see where you’re highlighting
  • Super pretty colours

Cons

  • Will smudge with certain types of pens

All in all, I really like these highlighters but since they smudge on my notes, I’ll probably have to just save these for other occasions. If you know any highlighters with this type of colour scheme that doesn’t smudge on gel ink, then please suggest them to me! I’m thinking of trying the Zebra Midliners next 🙂

DSC_2261 copy