Diamine Shimmertastic Moon Dust
We were lucky enough to get samples of the 10 new Shimmertastic inks, and with Halloween around the corner, I thought Moon Dust was appropriate to review first.
Diamine Shimmertastic inks come in 50ml glass bottles and have a metal caps that match the shimmer in the ink. This review was done with an Edison Beaumont M, Lamy Safari B, and on Rhodia No. 18 blank paper.
Moon Dust is a nice true grey that has silver shimmer particles suspended in the ink. The ink flows well in both a fine and broad nib, and the shimmer is well distributed when using either nib. The ink shades fairly well in a fine nib and excellently in a broader nib. In the broad nib I especially like the juxtaposition between the high shading and the silver shimmer. The base ink appears to be very similar, if not identical to, the Sparkling Shadows, with the only difference being silver vs gold particles.
Overall the ink behaved beautifully. There was no feathering or bleedthrough, and the flow was good. Saturation was moderate and the dry times were good at 20-30 seconds. Words were still legible after the water test, but I wouldn’t consider Moon Dust water resistant. With any shimmer ink, clean up is going to be more intensive. While the ink flushed well from the converter, I still found it necessary to remove the nib and feed and clean them individually to remove all of the shimmer particles.
I’ve never been one to go for the shimmering inks, but Moon Dust was subtle enough with the silver on grey that I’ve found myself using it quite often. It’s no surprise that Diamine produces a great ink and I look forward to reviewing the other new Shimmertastic colors.
As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the color for you.
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