Review: Pros and Cons of the Pastel Tombow Dual Brush Pens

If you don’t know already the Tombow pens are extremely popular in the bullet journal community. I did not really know what the hype was all about until I bought some of my own. I have now had the pastel colour Tombow Dual Brush Pens for a couple of months now. They are surprisingly heavy for a pen, and if you want to fit them in a pencil case you may have to get a bigger one because they are long in length too.

There is a range of colours in the pastel colour pack which are purple, blue, yellow, pink and green. This gives you lots of choice as to what you could use these pens for. Personally, I wanted the brush pen part of this pen to practise calligraphy writing for my bullet journal. I read some people’s responses to the Tombow Duo Brush Pens and though that I would have a go with them too.

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Pros and cons of the Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Pros of Tombow Pens

1.      On one side of the Tombow pen there is a brush pen and on the other a felt tip pen, this is so useful because you can do fancy calligraphy writing with one end and small, finer details with the other.

2.      The colours are beautiful and they are subtle which allows you to write over them, which is perfect for including colour in you bullet journal in a minimalistic way. I also have used the techniques where you write underneath your main writing with the Tombow pens, which looks really cool.

3.      It doesn’t shine through the other side of the bullet journal, which is great because then you can use the other side. If you don’t like ghosting in your bullet journal then, in my opinion, I think these pens will be a good addition to your stationery set.

Cons of Tombow Pens

1.      I find the brush pen side to be quite delicate, when you are trying to write a little thicker I feel like I could damage the brush pen if I do press too hard. I haven’t yet broken a brush, so they must be sturdier than I think but I still will not press too hard even so.

2.      The pastel colours are too light I feel and you can’t really see what they word says unless you put a darker outline around the writing. I think if I bought the primary Tombow set then they may have shown up better.

3.      When I tried highlighting a title in my bullet journal, it did smudge the writing. Maybe this was because the writing was wet and I didn’t wait long enough, but I always find that annoying with any pens.

In My Opinion,

Tombow pens are a good addition for my bullet journal because they do not leak through too much which really would be a deal breaker for me. So thankfully, this is not the case and I have enjoyed using them to practise calligraphy. They are so lovely to use as they just glide along the paper and provide a subtle burst of colour throughout my bullet journal. I am a minimalist in my bullet journal so this is perfect to add bursts of colour but because the colours are so subtle it doesn’t ever become overwhelming with too much boldness. The only thing that I really don’t like is that I can’t fit them in my pencil case, what is with that? But because I am stationery obsessed, I let that go with the knowledge that there are two pens in the one, pretty cool, huh… no? Just me then ha! Also, there is also the feeling that it could break, like the hairs of the brush could split on me and they will never go back to their perfect point. But that is probably just my own fear of not having all my stationery in perfect condition….  Anyway… let’s go to the star rating… I give this a 4/5 because there are a few things I would change but overall they are a great pen to have in my stationery collection.


To conclude

I would definitely recommend this product to any person that loves to add colour to their revision sheets, bullet journals and colouring pages. The colours are beautiful and subtle and add a pop of colour on my page spreads. If you haven’t started a bullet journal yet, make sure you check out the post how to start a bullet journal for easy ways to start one of your own, it is so easy I promise.  I post all of my bullet journal pages on my Instagram so make sure you give me a follow on there. 

I would love to know what do you use the Tombow Dual Brush Pens for?

pros and cons of the tombow brush dual pens review

What do you think of these pens?