Last updated on March 24, 2022
Yep, it’s another adaptation from YouTube; is anyone surprised? Honestly, the YouTube makeup world has some great year-end round-up ideas. This one comes from Angelica Nyqvist‘s video 10 Palettes I ALMOST Bought Recently (but then DIDN’T). But, back to this post. The idea is pretty self-explanatory.
So, what pens did I almost buy, and what kept me from purchasing them?
Aurora 88 Mount Fuji
When I saw this pen on Instagram, I had a moment of NEED!!!! But then I saw the price. That really put the brakes on for me. I made myself take some time to evaluate the purchase, figuring it would take some time for such an expensive pen to sell out.
I think a day or two later, I saw a comment on the original post about how the Fuji was sold out. While I had a moment of “oh, ok,” I wasn’t particularly disappointed. And that told me that it wasn’t something I would love to own. Turns out, it wasn’t sold out, but I’m glad I decided against it.
This line caught my eye starting with the Blu. I went back and stared at the Blu several times on Instagram. In person, though the blue and purple weren’t a perfect match for me. I think I wanted to like it more than I actually liked it.
When the Gialla came out, it was, again, very pretty on Instagram, but it didn’t do it for me in person. The red seemed splotchy on the yellow.
Then the Verde came out. It’s stunning online and in person. But — big but — the color is so pale and translucent that the nib housing and piston mechanism are visible. Definitely not something I like.
The new Bianca really calls to me, but it looks as though it will have the same “visible innards” issue the Verde has.
I very seriously considered getting a green Internazionale. It’s a gorgeous pen. I managed to talk myself out of it, then a blue one showed up on Virtual Pen Show for $625. It was a little harder to talk myself out of that one, but I managed.
Iron Feather Creative Inlaid Hummingbird
This one was at the DC Pen Show. The only reason I didn’t get it is that I picked up the Art Deco Nibs. I came very close to buying both but held myself back.
Visconti Dual Touch
I actually started planning how I could pay for this pen — the Cognac version. It’s beautiful and unique, two things I look for in additions to my collection. But it’s expensive, and the more I’ve looked at it, the more I feel like I don’t need it.
I still want this pen, I really do. What stops me is that, for the same price — possibly less — I can get an ARTUS pen. It’s hard to justify spending so much for the Ember given the amazing pens I could get for the same amount of money. I know I shouldn’t compare, but to me, the ARTUS pens are so much more spectacular.
Visconti Homo Sapiens Lava Color Inferno
The red one — the Inferno — attracted me from the moment it was announced. But I noticed that the color looked different in every photo, everything from bright red to a brownish, mahogany-ish color. When I finally saw it in person, I was underwhelmed. It wasn’t the bright red I’d hoped for.
What pens have you almost bought recently? What stopped you? Let me know in the comments, maybe your reasons will help me not buy pens.
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