“ Manufacturer: Paperchase / Type: Highlighters „
The Christmas before last, in my little bundle of presents from my Mum was this little pack of highlighters from Paperchase. At the time I was still a student, so I suppose she thought this would be a useful gift to help with my studies.
These highlighters are miniature highlighters - each one is around 2 inches in height. They are made from black plastic in a rectangular shape. The lid of each highlighter is about half the length of the body and is also made from black plastic. The lids are shaped at the top to look like cats ears, with a little plastic point at either side of the lid. Each highlighter has a white design printed onto the lid - these are little cat faces, each with a different expression.
There are 5 highlighters in this pack, one of each of the following colours: pink, orange, yellow, green and blue. You can easily identify which highlighter is which as there is a little rim of coloured plastic corresponding to the colour of the highlighter between the lid and the body of the highlighter. The highlighters come in a clear plastic resealable pouch which is handy to store these in and keep them all together.
When you remove the lid of the highlighter you will see the tip inside. The tip of these highlighters is smaller than a normal highlighter due to the fact that these are miniature highlighter pens. The tip is slanted to allow for easier highlighting. There is a good amount of ink on the tip of each pen - there is nothing worse than a dried up highlighter!
When I use these highlighters, I find that the ink goes smoothly onto the page. It comes out evenly and dries quickly with no smudging. I do find that due to the small size of these highlighters they aren't comfortable to hold for any length of time - for this reason I only use them for when I want to highlight small amounts. If there is a large amount of highlighting to be done I prefer to use a standard sized highlighter pen.
I have tried all of the highlighter pens in my pack - my favourite colours to use are the pink and yellow. The orange is fine as well, but I find that the green and blue colours are slightly too dark for my liking as I prefer my words to be highlighted in a bright and bold colour. Despite using the pink and yellow pens quite often, there is still no sign of them running out, which I think is quite impressive for such a small highlighter, and indicates that they are good quality.
As these pens were purchased as a gift for me I am not sure of the exact price, but a quick search on the internet tells me they probably cost around the £2.50 mark. At 50p a highlighter I think this is a reasonable price, especially for such cute little pens and the fact that they come in a handy pouch. There is also a panda variety of the pens if any of you are not cat fans.
Thanks for reading/rating and I hope you enjoyed my review.
Product: 5 Cat Highlighters
I'm a stationary fanatic very much to my partner's amusement. I could spend all day browsing in the Stationary departments, especially Paperchase which is my idea of Stationary heaven. I'm a sucker for all things stationary related.
I bought the above 5 Cat Highlighters whilst on one of my many trips to Paperchase. The highlighters quickly appealed to me and catched my eye instantly; fun cute and something a little different from your normal standard highlighters.
I paid £3.00 for the pack of 5 Cat Highlighters, which I thought is a reasonable price, especially for the likes of Paperchase which is normally a little higher priced than any other stationary store. This works out at just 50p for each highlighter.
The highlighters come packaged in a clear plastic wallet, the wallet is see-through which enables you to see the design and size of the highlighters. The highlighters are rectangular in shape with a black plastic body and head, the lid of the highlighter is the cats head with each highlighter having a different cats facial expression.
Each of the highlighters are different colours; yellow, green, pink, orange and blue. The highlighters have great pigmentation, glides smoothly onto the paper and doesn't at all smudge. These are perfect and the best quality highlighters I've used in a long time.
All in all these are a great product, cute design and fantastic quality. Once these run out I will definitely be re-purchasing.
A well deserved 10/10 rating.
~Retail Therapy? No thanks~
Some time back in 2010 or 2011 I had a significant and tragic loss from my life; I lost my will to shop. I looked at my life and all the stuff I already had and realised that I wasn't actually much interested in having more possessions. My sister says I need to get out more - go to more shops - and then I'd get my shopping mojo back but with the exception of still buying far too many books, I can't work up too much enthusiasm for retail therapy. There is however one shop that never fails to put something in front of me that I will want to buy and that shop is Paperchase. It is almost guaranteed that the moment I step over the threshold of a Paperchase store, it's only a matter of time until I'm at the till opening up my wallet. It's not that they have things I really 'NEED' - but they have lots of cute stuff, priced at a level where it seems churlish and impolite to leave that item in the shop when it could go home with me. One such item is this set of highlighter pens with cats on the caps.
These were not one of my unpremeditated impulse buys. I am perhaps slightly ashamed to say that I went to the store with the express intention of buying these. The unpremeditated purchase was their sister product - a set of highlighters with pandas on the caps. I gave those to my step-father as a 'just because' present but the cats live in my briefcase. A colleague had a set that her boyfriend gave her and I liked them so much that I actually went out with the express intention of finding a set after deciding not to order them online.
~My life - the highlights~
I'm not actually the type of person who is prone to dependence on highlighter pens and it's fair to say that I've barely used these but I still carry them with me wherever I go for no better reason than they're stupidly cute. I could and possibly should be scribbling on my diary to remind me of important things but that's really not the way I roll - and my computer reminds me of appointments and deadlines.
For the tiny sum of £2.50 you get not one but five highlighter pens, each with a different cat faced cap. I could tell you which cat face goes with each colour but it would be pointless as most likely you'll put the caps back on the wrong pens soon enough. Most of the cat faces are smiley although one appears to be asleep and another looks distinctly surprised in a 'Did you just tread on my tail?' kind of way. The top of each pen cap has moulded cat ears which serve to lift these little pens just a bit further out of the realms of 'ordinary'. The cap sits on the base in such a way that you can identify the colour of the pen from a narrow band of colour around about where the cats' necks would be - if they were cats, obviously, and not highlighter pens.
The highlighters come in a handy plastic resealable pouch which helps keep them together and stops me leaving them in odd places. There are five colours - pink, orange, yellow, green and blue - and each pen is roughly 2/3 the length of a standard highlighter pen. I suspect that if you're a major highlighter user, you'll find they don't last anything like as long as a full sized pen, but I can't actually recall ever having a highlighter run out before I lost it, loaned it, or left it somewhere.
Those people who love to be able to colour code their lives will love having an assortment of colours whereas if I need one, I just pick a colour at random. My life has never achieved that level of self-control.
~Really more kitten sized than cats~
In use the pens can definitely be defined as miniature highlighters. Not only is the body of the pen quite small, the pen tip is also narrower than normal. The small body would make these a little uncomfortable if you were going in for a mammoth highlighting session and you might prefer to opt for bigger pens if that's the case. As I've said, I don't have much of a highlighting habit so the small size is no problem for me. I do approve of the small pen tips which make these great for 'precision highlighting' (I'm almost ashamed of coming up with such a term) but would drive you crazy if you were trying to highlight a large amount of text.
I've not found that the pen tips splay or spread with use and all five of mine remain in original tip condition.
I have found the colours to be bright and vibrant although the orange is perhaps a bit lighter than the others, and all are suitably transparent and give no 'black out' problems on photocopying. I use them mostly on laser printed documents and the tips have not discoloured from ink pick up. For those who yearn for solvent abuse, I have to report that they are disappointingly lacking in any noxious aromas - I haven't been at all tempted by sniffing my pens on a quite 'spreadsheet afternoon'.
~Hate cats? That's no excuse~
You may not realise it but you do actually NEED these highlighters. They will lift you spirits on days when the idea of checking yet another spreadsheet fills you with dread. They will sit on your desk and smile at you. If you're in a bad mood you can turn them face down but that might be cruel. And if you really really hate cats, then you can buy the panda faced ones instead. There is NO escape from the power of Paperchase.
When I originally went looking for these pens online my search for 'cat highlighter pens' led me to an hilarious forum exchange between a woman whose partner had decided to surprise her by decorating her white cat with highlighter pens, and a whole host of people who wanted to hang, draw and quarter the offender. It ended with her telling them something like "I came here for info on how to shampoo my cat, not relationship advice". Don't you just love google?
My office at home is where I continue my work that I do in my day job. Because I do work from home quite a bit I have to have all the stationary that goes with it. However, working from home is never fun and neither is standard stationary. Therefore, it is always nice to try and make my office just a little bit more fun with regards to folders, pens, pencils and basically anything else that can add interest to my office!
One store I buy from regularly is Paperchase. I find their products are not only well made but are also fun. They have a variety of ranges which are all colourful and interesting which helps make my office a bit more fun to be in. One item that I use on a daily basis are highlighters they come in incredibly handy and useful. At work I have the office staple Staedtler highlighters but at home I opted for the Cat Highlighters by Paperchase.
The Cat Highlighters by Paperchase are one of their biggest sellers and to be honest I can see why. Paperchase to have other highlighters available such as panda and teddybear themed highlighters but for me I preferred the Cat themed highlighters and for quite a reasonable £3.00 for a pack of 5 you really can't go wrong. They are available to buy either in a Paperchase store or via their website (just have to take into consideration the postage and packaging).
The Cat Highlighters are very plain looking, they are all black with a matching black snap on lid which is complete with two pointy ears. Each highlighter has a white image of a cartoonised cat face and each one is slightly different. A simple design but it is pretty cute and makes a change from your average Staedtler highlighter! The 5 highlighters come in a clear tough plastic little case which is quite nice as it keeps them all in one place. In a pack you get a pink, orange, yellow, blue and green all obviously neon colours but pretty standard so ideal for every day use. You can tell the colour of each one by the thin colour coded band which goes around the highlighter.
The highlighters themselves are 3 inches (L) x 1 inch (W) and although a little smaller than what I was expecting they are easy to hold and to use. I did buy mine on the website as I was buying quite a few other things and they don't have the dimensions on the website but if they had I may not have bought them as when I did first see them I did think they were too small but since I started using them I haven't found them to be a problem at all.
The tip of the highlighters is slanted as you would expect and gives a nice clear and precise line when you are using it to mark something such as text in a book. Another good thing to note is that when highlighting pen it doesn't make the ink run or stain the nib of the highlighter which is great as there have been other highlighters I have used which have been ruined by the ink staining the nib but these cope just fine. The colour from all 5 is vibrant and vivid which is just what I was wanting although the blue can be a little dark but then I find this with all blue highlighters.
I've used these nearly every day for the past few months and I try and swap the colours around so I am not using the same colour each time and I have found that they are still going very strong and don't seem to be running out fast which is obviously great for my needs. My only moan is that the size is a bit on the small size and I am used to using larger highlighters but for home use they are fine especially for the bargain price of £3.00 for 5 highlighters they are very good value.
If you are wanting highlighters with a cute edge then these should definitely be considered. They do the job just as well as other high street brands and come in their own easy to use carry case keeping them safe. For me they are great and I can easily recommend them to anyone wanting or needing highlighters. Due to the size I can award them 4 stars.
~ Useful Information ~
Amount: 5 per pack
Availability: Paperchase stores and their website
Maybe its just me, but I am a sucker for cute pens, pencils and office niceities. Paperchase fits the bill every time.
I'm also a big fan of highlighters. Maybe its because of my university days, when I pored over photocopied paper with a highlighter poised in my hand ready to attack important pieces of copy.
The highlighters in question cost me around £2.50, which would place them in a mid range/higher price bracket. I have bought cheap highlighters in the past but I have found the colours are quite dry and you have to apply alot of pressure to the highlighter to get any ink onto the paper, which means you do not get much life out of them.
These however have great pigmentation which means you need very little effort in putting ink to paper. They come in 5 bright colours, and they are all easily disguinshable. Sometimes the yellow and green in cheaper highlighters look too similar, but you do not have clarity problems with these.
They are smaller than a normal pen and fit snuggly in the hand. The fact that they are quite chunky means they would also be suitable for children with little hands.
I also love the pouch they come in. Most people would throw this away I understand, but I love the fact that my pens are so neat and tidy and in one place.
Cuteness is always a factor, and anything shaped like an animal has to be a winner.
Overall, these are fun, practical and reliable and would be a great addition to any busy desk.