After the wonderful success with my trial with the Wink of Stella pens, I knew I had to try ZIG Kuretake's other lines. One of the most affordable being the Fudebiyori Pocket Colors! They're super convenient pocket brush pens that are so much fun to use. Read on for the full review!
There are two sub-lines for the Fudebiyori: the Pocket Colors and Metallic. The Pocket Colors are straightforward colors without any special finish while the Metallic ones are, well, metallic. Haha! Above is the Pocket Color brush pens I own. Unfortunately the exact color isn't printed anywhere on the body. They cost 65PHP a piece!
The packaging for the Metallic line is slightly fancier with the shiny gold branding. (110PHP each)
The performance of both lines are completely the same. I love how they are so easy to use and you can definitely create super fine 0.2mm lines to 4mm lines. I think these are one of the easiest to use brush pens ever! Perfect for both beginners and hobbyists.
On white paper, the metallic red one does not exhibit any metallic luster at all, but the metallic green manages to give a little bit of shine. This was quite disappointing for me since I rarely use black paper so I really wanted them to work well even on white paper like the Wink of Stella.
My advice for these pens to last is not to press the nib too hard when using. Remember that the resistance of the nib is your friend! I made this mistake with my metallic green Fudebiyori and it's now crazy frayed and can only make nice medium to thick lines.
The Fudebiyori has a medium sized brush nib compared to the other brush pens. Perfect size for spontaneous doodling and lettering!
On photos, the luster is barely visible and looks almost like chalk. Haha! I was surprised by the difference in performance of the two pens. The green only took one swipe and was beautifully opaque with a noticeable glimmer while the red came out chalky and almost devoid of shine. It needed a lot of swipes as well before it came out on paper. Definitely a big hit and miss with this one which is sad because these cost about 110php each.
The Pocket Colors, however, work like a dream! I find myself gravitating towards them lately whenever I feel like lettering on a whim. This was quoted from Chasing The Sun by Sara Bareilles.
Another sample using both Metallic and Pocket Color lines! (The metallic red is again barely metallic.)
You can check this out at Craft Carrot or at Scribe stores in SM Aura, Glorietta 5, and Eastwood! :D