Jacques Herbin Vert Réséda: Ink Review

Ink splatter and handwriting J. Herbin Vert Réséda with a LAMY fountain pen.

Jacques Herbin Vert Réséda is a sweet shade of minty green that's fresh and perfect for spring. If you are looking to freshen up your writing this season, J. Herbin Vert Réséda will do the trick. Let's get down to it!

Handwritten ink review of J. Herbin Vert Réséda including dry time, drip test, and swabs.

J. Herbin Vert Réséda ink written on Moleskine paper and Tomoé River Paper demonstrating their differences.

J. Herbin Vert Réséda close up of swab on Tomoé River Paper.

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Long-This ink took longer than 30 seconds to dry. If you are quickly flipping pages or a lefty who tends to smear, this might not be the ink for you.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low– Nope. Not an ink to use around water. It disappeared almost completely when water was applied. Look elsewhere if you are going for longevity or plan on writing in the rain.


  • High– This sucker has serious saturation, folks! Not a hint of difference between the three swabs.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy– No water resistance means it easily washes out of your pen!


  • Medium– A gentle, lovely, amount of shading. The shading in this ink is definitely pen related.


  • Medium– Great flow! When partnered with the long dry time, you could almost say wet.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • 30ml glass bottle with 2ml ink samples also available.
  • Pretty little bottle with a square shape that fits nicely into a beautiful box.
  • The opening on the bottle is fairly small- could make it difficult to fill your pen once the supply gets low.
Herbin Vert Réséda Bottle and Ink swab

Inks similar in color:

Monteverde Green fountain pen ink
De Atramentis Mint Turquoise
Pelikan Edelstein Jade fountain pen ink swab


J. Herbin Vert Réséda ink splatter and artistic depiction of Richmond, VA.

If you are into minty green colored ink, this is a great ink to try! Although it is a light color, it's easy to read off the page. It is more of a light-hearted, playful ink, not ideally suited to an office.