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Liv Crayola 3-in-1 Pen


On a recent trip to a major box retailer I happened upon the Liv Crayola line languishing on a clearance bin endcap and decided to check them out.

The 3-in-1 pen is like the Sharbo X for the tween set, boasting, “silver glitter, blue ink, and mechanical pencil modes…” and is the kind of writing instrument that tells middle school teachers and unrequited crushes you mean business!

If this ever changing world makes you give in and cry say, Crayola Liv 3-in-1 pen….

As with most multipurpose instruments, the Liv Crayola 3-in-1 doesn’t perform any of its functions particularly well. The blue ink is as engaging as any found in your garden variety novelty pen. The glitter ink is serviceable, but naturally not visible on the kind of paper used by grown ups! And the pencil chewed through my fine Moleskine day-at-a-glance desktop calendar.

The pen is designed with customization in mind. And for a few more bucks you can purchase an array of sleeves and skins to trick out your pen or coordinate with other products in the Liv series.

The Bottom Line:

– Clever marketing and wonderful packaging. Customization is very appealing to throngs of tweens in matching outfits who think of themselves as “unique”.

– sparkly grey ink lays down a gorgeous consistent line reminiscent of a Gelly Roll gel pen.

– blue ink is the kind often used to fill uninspired pens boasting the names of drugs you don’t need to treat conditions the companies invented.

– Clearance pricing at Target means it’s possible these might become extinct. Regular price is a door-busting $2.99/USD.

cute video of Crayola Liv “ambassador”

I’ll be reviewing the rest of the line in later blog posts!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. 09/14/2010 3:22 am

    I always get excited about combo pens — even knowing that they’re going to break my heart. I do like the idea of a mechanical pencil with a chunkier barrel, though.

  2. 09/14/2010 4:16 am

    You looked pretty excited using the mechanical pencil. It’s a nice pencil for the price and if I were 12 I’d be all over the customization options.

  3. 09/15/2010 2:01 pm

    It’s really a fun pen to use. I agree with you about the generic blue ink, but the silver was smooth and sparkly. And the pencil wasn’t bad — loading it with a softer lead could take care of the page ripping problem.

  4. evmaroon permalink
    09/18/2010 11:35 pm

    Yes, there’s always that moment of “oh damn!” when the mechanism inside breaks. I don’t have tears for that anymore.


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