Here’s me stating the obvious: I’m obsessed with highlighters. I have more than one person could possibly ever need; because of this I often get asked about which highlighters are my favourite and which are the best.
Today we’re breaking down (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself) everything about three of the most popular highlighter brands on Instagram and Tumblr at the moment – The Zebra Mildliners, The Pilot Frixion Pastel Highlighters, and The Uni Propus Window Highlighters.
Zebra Mildliners are cult classics in the study community. I’ve written a post about them, stating my opinion and honestly, nothing much about it has changed. While they’re nice and the colour selection is amazing, they are a little overrated.
- Colours are amazing!
- They are double sided, perfect for highlighting, writing or underlining.
- They’re relatively easy to find and buy online.
- The darker colours are pretty smudge/smear proof with most gel pens and ballpoint pens (except for the Muji gel pens. Everything smudges with the Muji gel pens).
- The tip on the fine side wears down really easily.
- They dry out relatively fast – I’ve had mine for a semester and a half and had to replace most of them.
- The light colours smudge all gel pens – pro tip: leave the gel pen ink to dry for a minute or two to prevent this from happening.
- They feel a little cheap. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve ever used the Uni Propus Highlighters and compared to two.
I am a massive fan of pastel highlighters, mostly because I’m guilty of over highlighting and using pastel colours is easier on the eyes but also because they’re just so darn pretty. While I like the Pilot Frixion Highlighters, they aren’t my favourite. I mostly use them in my textbooks and keep them in my pencil case for quick, scribbled class notes.
- Pretty easily accessible – If you’re in Australia, Officeworks sells them! If not, you can also find them on Amazon!
- The colours are so pretty!
- They’re nice and inky!
- They’re erasable!
- The purple isn’t very purple (A bit pedantic, I know, but it would have made a difference if I knew before buying)
- They’re not very bright. Obviously, they’re pastels but these are super, super pale.
- They smudge with every and all gel pens. There is nothing you can do about it, trust me, I’ve tried.
- They only have a chiseled highlighter tip, unlike the other two brands that have a fine tip as well.
These are my favourite from the bunch. They’re brighter than the Pilot Frixion Highlighters without being in your face like normal highlighters but they also feel nicer and last longer than the Zebra Mildliners.
- They’re super nice quality.
- Nice and inky – don’t feel dry or drag along the paper.
- They have a nice little window in the tip, so you can see what you’re highlighting.
- Nice colours – fewer options than the Mildliners but the colours of the Uni Propus highlighters are really nice.
- Hard to find – I’ve only found them on Jetpens.com (sidenote: I just found out that you can buy them on Amazon!)
- Limited colour choices.
- They smudge a little, but it’s probably the least out of all of them.
- Again, they’re a little expensive.
In the end, all of these highlighters are good but if I had to choose, the Uni Propus Window Highlighters would be my number one. If you’re into cool and funky colours, you can’t pass up the Zebra Mildliners but I’m not gonna lie, the hype around them isn’t entirely warranted and the Pilot Frixion Highlighters are nice if you’re into super pale pastel colours, if not, I’d give them a miss.
Do you have a favourite highlighter brand? Let me know in the comments so I can go and buy them (the addiction is real.)
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