I have a full size and a mini Chrome Yellow bought a few months apart. Both are just a bit lighter than Tim Holtz Mustard Seed Distress Ink, although they have an obvious batch difference between them. They aren't a light yellow, but they're nowhere near orange. You probably just got a bad batch. If you email Ranger's customer service with photos of the ink pad back label and a stamped image, they'll replace it if it's defective.