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Doodle Dazzles Markers Review: Take Me Back to the 80s

Written by Robert S. Brown / Fact checked by Helen B. Harris

doodle dazzles markers review

DoodleDazzles bring back memories of glitter markers from the past, not just glitter markers but magic markers as well.

Let’s see if they’re similar to the markers that we used to know and how well they perform—all that and more in this Doodle Dazzles markers review.

These markers are absolutely loved by many. They’re versatile, fun and easy to use, even for children. Moreover, like most markers, they release a smell that not everyone is fond of.

DoodleDazzles Markers: What are they?


These are magic markers inspired by 1980s hit glitter markers. They come in two variations, the Shimmer marker and the FlipIt marker.

These are no ordinary tools. The Shimmer marker is a self-outlining metallic marker, while the FilpIt marker is a dual-ended color-changing pen.

The creator’s ultimate goal for making these markers is to bring back the old goodies from her childhood—basically, to let today’s generation have a taste of how these markers made a mark in their parent’s childhood.

DoodleDazzles Marker Types

1. DoodleDazzles Shimmer Marker


This marker features a silver metallic ink that produces its own colored outline. Its barrel is medium-sized, bigger than a pen but smaller than that of a permanent marker.

Similar to a paint pen, inside the barrel is a small ball that enables remixing. It has a rounded bullet tip and a semi-transparent glitter-colored cap.

Like a paint pen, these outline markers must be activated before use. Based on a Doodle Dazzles Shimmer markers review, they emit a smell but are generally non-toxic.

These markers are sold in sets of 8 and unfortunately, you can’t buy them individually. Each set cost $17.95, which means each marker cost $2.24. That is slightly more expensive compared to the Crayola Signature Metallic Outline Paint Markers.

2. DoodleDazzles FlipIt Marker


This magic marker is dual-ended. The barrel is more or less similar to the Shimmer marker and has clear transparent caps.

The tip combination is composed of a chisel tip and a slightly pointed bullet tip. The chisel side is the colored one while the bullet side is clear; you will not see ink coming out from this side, but it magically changes the color of the writings from the chisel side.

The marker is sold in packs of 12, and the same with the Shimmer marker, Flipit markers cannot be bought individually. Each set is sold at $19.95.

DoodleDazzles Marker Colors


These markers do not have much color variation. The DoodleDazzles Shimmer marker set has 8 colors, while the DoodleDazzles FlipIt markers have 12.

If you find the Shimmer marker with more than 8 colors, they might be from the wrong sites or sellers.

The Shimmer marker set includes black, orange, purple, green, yellow, dark blue, light blue, and pink. The main pigment or base of the marker is opaque shimmery silver, and the listed colors refer to the outline you will see once you apply the markers.

Shimmer colors are very vivid. The outline might be thin, but if you press the markers longer, you will get a bigger and bolder outline. They are very juicy and because of that, bleeding is unavoidable.

With that, these Shimmer markers need thicker paper. They can still work on thin papers, but be sure to use a blotter or an extra paper underneath.

As for the FlipIt markers, they come in 12 original colors and are glittery as well. If you write with one tip and color over the ink using the other side, the pigment will change to the following colors.

Chisel Side Color Writing Over The Bullet End Changes The Color to
Yellow Dark Pink
Pink Light Pink
Purple Yellow Green
Orange Yellow
Light Blue Green
Red Yellow
Light Green Red
Brown Red
Green Dark Blue
Blue Light Blue
Dark Purple Green
Black Green

To create different effects, you can also try layering different colors using the chisel side.

What is it used for?

DoodleDazzles markers can be used for different types of designs and self-expression, from simple doodles to journaling or DIY crafting.

Both Shimmer and Flipit markers are good tools for making personalized greeting cards and adding a personal touch to every school project.

They can produce various lettering styles, not only on paper but also on other surfaces like glass, wood, plastics, pottery, metals, stones, and more.

You can use these markers as a gift or to devise fun activities to give your little one or yourself a break from electronic gadgets or social media.

Some also utilize these markers as a stress reliever and find watching the marker unveil its colors simply satisfying.

How Do Doodledazzles Markers Work?


DoodleDazzles Shimmer Marker

DoodleDazzles markers work like a paint pen. As mentioned, these markers have to be primed or activated first before you can start using them.

Activating the DoodleDazzles marker is simple. Just follow the following steps.

  1. Make sure that the cap is tightly closed.
  2. With the cap pointing down, give the marker a good shake.
  3. Remove the cap.
  4. Prepare scratch paper.
  5. Press the tip of the marker onto the paper.
  6. Keep pressing until you get a consistent ink flow.
  7. The marker is now ready to write.
  8. The silver ink could smudge. If you are working on a large area, color it portion by portion and let one area dry first before going to the next.

DoodleDazzles FlipIt Marker

These magic markers are ready to use and do not need to be primed. You can also follow these steps.

  1. Use the chisel side or colored side to doodle, color a pattern, or color the background.
  2. Use the bullet side to write over the colored area or highlight a particular text.
  3. Watch the color change as you go. The color transition is normally from dark to light.

Pros & Cons


  • Cool markers
  • Easy to use
  • Can be used as a stress reliever
  • Can be used on different surfaces
  • Non-toxic
  • Bleeds heavily
  • Limited color options
  • The outline for the Shimmer marker is very thin.
  • Has a strong smell
  • Slightly expensive
  • Sold by set, could not purchase individual magic markers

Frequently Asked Questions 


Are DoodleDazzles markers washable?

No, DoodleDazzles markers are permanent. However, if you happen to get the markers onto your skin, wash them right away with soap and water or other ways here. That should remove the majority of the stains.

What is the best paper for doodle art?

The best paper for doodle art depends on the type of writing tool you are using. If you are using the DoodleDazzles markers, they are expected to bleed, so you would need heavier paper.

The best paper would be cardstock or any paper board. You can also use dark-colored or black paper to create a greater contrast.


Just looking at these markers made me feel so nostalgic, and based on a pool of Doodle Dazzles reviews, they are a whole new level better than what these markers were back in the day.

They are very cool, easy to use, and non-toxic. However, they do have a smell, so better use them in a well-ventilated area, especially when working with kids.

Personally, the price point is a bit expensive, but we also discovered in this Doodle Dazzles markers review that the cost is nothing compared to how much joy these markers can potentially bring to anyone.

5/5 - (2 votes)