I’ve raved about my favorite planner pens – the Frixion erasable pens – in far too many blog posts. So when my sister was ordering in new stock for her shop, she didn’t even have to ask if I wanted the Frixion erasable highlighters – she just went ahead and ordered them for me 🙂 They’re a little pricey so I thought I’d do a review on whether or not they’re worth the cost.
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Review of the Frixion Erasable Highlighters
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They come in pastel and bold colors (the pastel ones come in light pink, yellow and light blue), the bold colors come in pink, orange, yellow, green, purple and blue.
I don’t recommend the pastel ones. The colors are so washed out they’re hard to see and the ink gets even lighter over time as the ink dries out.
Pros of the Frixion Erasable Highlighters
- The highlighters have a thin tip (about half the width of a line) – this can be a pro and a con for some people. I personally like thinner tip highlighters as I have small handwriting
- They come in pastel and bold colors (the pastel ones come in light pink, yellow and light blue), the bold colors come in pink, orange, yellow, green, purple and blue (which seem to be the standard colors that highlighters come in). Sidenote: if you’re thinking about color coding your planner, I recommend choosing one of these 6 colors, not a color such as red which you can easily buy pens in that color for, but it’s not as easy to find red highlighters (this is the case in Australia, it may be differnet in the USA – they seem to have all the cute stationery supplies!)
- No bleed/see through on the other side of the page
- Thin and easy to write with – there are some highlighters that are really fat which are ok for planning at your desk but I prefer pen-like planners to take up less room when on the go
If you live in the USA, Jet pens stock the Frixion highlighters
Cons of the Frixion erasable Highlighters
- Because they use heat to erase – if it’s super hot and you leave your planner in your car, it can erase the highlighter (just like with the Frixion pens)
- Expensive – they’re around $2.50 each per highlighter
- Not readily available. I live in Australia and have only seen selected colors at Target and Officeworks. You can get them off eBay
- Don’t write onto fresh pen ink, wait until the pen ink has dried before you start highlighting
- If you’re using crappy pens or gel pens then use a highlighter, note that pen ink can smudge
- Don’t use these highlighters with the Frixion erasable pens as it will erase both the highlighter and the pen ink
No bleed through
Are they worth it?
I like the highlighters but since I’m not studying anymore and only use highlighters for color coding, they are a bit pricey just for everyday use. I wish I had them back when I was studying as it would drive me nuts when I accidentally used the wrong color when color coding my study notes (I shared more about how I color coded and organized my study notes in this post). So if you’re concerned with keeping your planner neat then yes, I do think they’re worth the cost.
Update: The pastel highlighters lasted about a year before drying out. The bights lasted about 18 months.
I found the pens that worked the best with these highlighters were ballpoint (less inky than gel pens and the ink dries faster too). One of my favorites are the PaperMate Inkjoy ballpoint.
If you like erasable highlighters, there’s also Frixion erasable pens.
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