Noodler’s La Couleur Royale – Ink Review

Noodler's La Couleur Royale - Ink Review

The third in this batch of ink reviews is for Noodler’s La Couleur Royale, which unsurprisingly is a deeply saturated royal blue, leaning towards violet.

The label depicts the early demise of a French aristocrat. Although I could find the same image online through Google, at the time of writing this review the original page was unavailable – so I don’t know if the unfortunate aristo is identified on that page, and if he was, in fact, a royal.

This was an Ebay purchase from the US for a 3oz bottle, so the price was in my view moderate. Box and bottle held no surprises. The test pen on this occasion was a Pilot Metropolitan Violet Leopard with a medium nib – a perfect match.

Water resistance was minimal. Cleaning was easy enough. Drying time was very long at over 2 minutes – meaning that the ink smudged easily for a long time after writing.

Rhodia Dot Pad No 16

Noodler's La Couleur Royale - Ink Review - Rhodia Dot Pad
This is a lovely ink to write with. The only drawback is the extended drying time, leading to inadvertent smudging. I really like the colour, which overrides the drying problem. The fact that flow was moderate didn’t detract from the writing experience, and is something I will come back to later.

Ryman Memo Block 9cm x 9cm

Noodler's La Couleur Royale - Ink Review - Ryman Memo
The flow felt a little more free on this paper, and overall the experience was good, despite my fumbled writing.

Yellow Post-It

Noodler's La Couleur Royale - Ink Review - Post It
Another good experience, just a slight problem with smudging.

Field Note – Pitch Black

Noodler's La Couleur Royale - Ink Review - Field Notes
Not too bad overall.

Mnemosyne Word Card

Noodler's La Couleur Royale - Ink Review - Word Card
This swab shows more of a purple tint in reality compared to the writing samples, but it doesn’t really come over in this image, which leans more to blue.


This is a really attractive ink, with only the drying time as a drawback. The moderate flow tempted me to use this in my Pilot Capless Fountain Pen which has very free flow. The two together are a good combination and I can see the ink staying in that pen for a while.

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