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Liv Crayola™ Metallic Markers

10/15/2010

Razzle Dazzle them and they'll beg you for more...

I have gotten burned on the whole metallic marker racket before, most recently with a set made by RoseArt. The markers’ ad copy sparkled more than the markers ever did and since that unfortunate experience, I’ve stayed the heck away from any product advertised as self bedazzling. And in the days of yore, there were those horribly smelly metallic markers that you had to shake until you dislocated your shoulder before they would give up the sparkle. That was after the stained everything you owned, made the room smell like you were up to no good and streaked loudly across the page. Long story short: metallic markers have never really been what I’d call a friendly writing instrument.

So Liv Crayola™ Metallic Markers had a lot to “Liv” up to – pardon the pun. The first thing I found curious was the lack of color options. My set came with a blue metallic marker and a gold metallic marker. And blue and gold would have been fabulous if my goal was to help UCLA bling and bedazzle its way into some kind of sporting championship. But truth be told; I’m a Blue Devil – about the only thing I took when I left North Carolina – so these color choices weren’t exactly thrilling me.Like other products in the Liv Crayola™ line one of the major selling points is the ability to customize this unremarkable metallic marker. Now, I’m the first to admit that writing instrument aesthetics tend to be far more important me than actual writing performance, but at some point even I have to draw the line.

With all this pent up misdirected hostility, it came as quite a shock when I actually put this pen to paper: it wrote beautifully. There was no wonky, meth lab smell. No weird ink feathering or streaking that makes you think either your eyesight’s going or you’re on drugs. Nothing, but a respectable amount of sparklemotion and enough razzle dazzle to probably keep a tween busy writing a crush’s name on their Chucks or whatever kids do with sparkly markers now.

The Bottom Line

  • lays down a fine line of respectable sparklemotion
  • Limited color selection keeps these bad boys from being a real crowd pleaser
  • even on clearance at $1.50 seems a tad too pricey for what you’re getting.
  • not especially long lasting. Skips with extended use
  • doesn’t dry fast; smears when wet
  • Customization options are similar to other products in the Liv Crayola™ line, but the product itself is nothing special.
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 10/18/2010 5:26 pm

    The “decorate it yourself” stuff — pens, mugs, whathaveyou — never seem to live up to the promise in terms of fun or satisfaction. You end up with a sub-par product that combines the worst characteristics of home-made cheesiness and prefab shoddiness, all for a premium price. It’s like the all-you-can-eat salad bar of merchandising.

  2. 10/19/2010 3:24 pm

    You end up with a sub-par product that combines the worst characteristics of home-made cheesiness and prefab shoddiness, all for a premium price. It’s like the all-you-can-eat salad bar of merchandising.

    HAHAH, you should write ad copy. I’d buy a product that stated that outright on the package.

  3. 10/22/2010 8:57 pm

    I will never doubt your commitment to sparklemotion.

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