Tombow vs Artist Loft Brush Pens: Dupe or Dud?

In the makeup world we often seek advice on whether it is “worth it” to spend that kind of money on face cream or eyeshadow.  In similar ways we wonder in the planner, lettering, and stationery world if there are such things as affordable supplies.  Before you spend the money, I’m comparing two comparable brush pens – the infamous Tombow Dual Brush and the Michael’s brand Artist’s Loft.  With Tombow pens at $3.19 a pop and this set of 20 for $30, it was worth doing a review. See how they compare in lettering and blending!


What’s your experience with these pens? Do you have a preference? What should I compare next?



14 thoughts on “Tombow vs Artist Loft Brush Pens: Dupe or Dud?

      1. Not yet. I have to budget my purchases and want to get a journal and my first fountain pen first. In a couple of months, I will.


  1. Jessica, thank you so much for this helpful side-by-side review. I have the Tombow markers, but as a lettering novice they are too flexible for me to control. Based on your comparison I bought the Artist Loft set. You are right that the brush is much stiffer. It is so much easier for me to use! The colors in the set are not as pretty as the Tombow markers, but that’s okay. One day I will master the Tombow dual brush markers, but for now this is a great, affordable tool for learning.


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