Guys, Zebra Mildliner Brush Pens! I feel like all my prayers and wishes have just been answered! I just got my hand on a few packs (gotta love living in China), so here is my review and first impressions. Also, for those of you with no easy access to Taobao, I’ll be sure to link it here as soon as they become available on Amazon.
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The Zebra Mildliners are my favorite thing among all the stationery! As you can see in most of my YouTube videos, I use them for almost everything. To be honest, I’m just madly in love with their color palette. It’s so unique and it just makes me super happy.
How many of you are also Mildliner fans? Let me know in the comments!
Of course, when Zebra announced that they were releasing a brush pen collection, it was like they announced Christmas was coming early and I was getting a present delivered by Jeffrey Dean Morgan riding a unicorn. Oh man… JDM… he is so hot…
ANYWAYS! This happily married woman kept waiting for them to appear here in China and this week the miracle finally happened. I am now the owner of three amazing sets of brush pens. Yes, I got them all, like Pokemon.
In this review, I’ll go through general specifications, how they compare to other brush pens and to the highlighters line. As a final touch, I’ll be doing a mega swatch! There is also a review video at the end of the post, so feel free to jump right there if you prefer.
They come in the same shape as the highlighters, so it’s a comfortable and familiar feel to hold them, at least for those of us who already have been using Zebra Mildliners. The only difference is that they’re a little bit longer.
They also have dual tips – a brush and a fine tip, similar to Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Unlike Tombow though, they aren’t that long, so they’ll fit perfectly in any usual pencil case.
The cover for the brush tip is transparent vs a solid white cover of the highlighters. However, the brush pens cover has an extra little element inside, so better be careful how you close it, otherwise you could feather the brush tip.
Time to start comparing, don’t you think? First, let’s talk about the brush tip. Below see the comparison of a Mildliner brush pen and some others I have in my collection: Tombow Dual Brush, Sakura Koi, Kuretake Brushables, Kuretake Fudebiyori.
From all of these, the Zebra brush tip feels more like Tombow one.
The brush tip feels pretty easy to use, I’d say more on the soft side. You can get a variety of thickness from it, as you can see from the image below.
Extra Fine Tip
Another side of the brush pen is the extra fine tip. I was a bit hesitant about it since we already have a fine tip on the highlighters, so what’s the point of having one more here?
However, when I did a pen test, I realized that the thin tip is much finer on the brush pen. Again the fine tip reminds me a lot of the fine tip on Tombow brush pens, just maybe a bit softer.
The three sets are warm, cool and neon. Of course, crazy Masha had to get all of them, because of course (which I had to explain to my confused hubby), so I’ll be able to provide you with details on each color!
SWAAAAATCH TIIIIMEEE! Let me know if you want me to scream that in my next video. Let’s see how the colors look and how they differ from the highlighter line.
It really feels like the brush pens have almost identical colors to the Zebra Mildliner Highlighters. If you want to see the brush pen in action, check out my videos review below, and be on a lookout for my latest Instagram posts, I’ll be using the heck out of my new babies!
In case you haven’t realized it yet after reading this marriage proposal to the Zebra brush pens, disguised as a review – I’m absolutely madly in love with them.
First of all, because I’m so happy to see my favorite colors now being available in this form. Coloring and doodling with brush pens is so much better sometimes!
Second – they seem to have that perfect brush tip you need when you’re trying to learn how to letter and improve like I’ve been doing lately.
Finally, they gave me a perfect incentive to play around more with lettering in my Bullet Journal, since I really just want to use them like ALL THE TIME!!!!
In two words – these are solid pens, suitable for any level, easy to use and they come in very much beloved colors. If you’re looking for brush pens with an extensive palette, these won’t be for you. But if you just want to have more options for your favorite colors from Mildliner highlighter collection – these brush pens are DEFINITELY for you!
Extra little perk – they are of a very portable size.
What do you think? Are you getting excited of the chance to get your hands on some of those? Let me know in the comment below if you’re also a part of Zebra Mildliner Cult!
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