This post is both a review and a correction. Back in this post, I said that Rouge Opera and Larmes de Cassis looked like almost the same color. Well, the reason is that I think I somehow got a weird bottle of Rouge Opera! The color is actually a lovely deep red and not like Larmes de Cassis.
The Color: It’s a lovely deep cranberry red. It’s a great match for a vintage carmine Sheaffer Balance.
Consistency/On Paper: It’s of average wetness and consistency, not too wet or too dry. The pen I’m using has a tiny amount of flex, so that allows for a little more wetness and some nice shading. No feathering that I noticed.
Overall: A very pretty color and a reliable ink. I was looking hard to find a match for a carmine-colored pen, and Rouge Opera fills that role more effectively than any of the other inks I was considering. I’m very happy with it and it has earned a place in my regular rotation.
Purchasing and Pricing: A 30mL bottle runs between $7-12 depending on the retailer and is available at most online retailers catering to fountain pen and ink users.
The first photo below if from my previous review of the outlier Rouge Opera bottle. The second photo is of the new and TRUE Rouge Opera, along with some box and bottle shots. Click on the thumbnails for larger versions.