Diamine Shimmertastic Tropical Glow
We’re back with another of the new Diamine Shimmertastic inks
that’ll be sure to warm you up – Tropical Glow.
The 10 new Shimmertastic inks will soon be available in the US market and we’re taking a closer look at the beautiful teal-turquoise of Tropical Glow. Diamine Shimmertastic inks come in 50ml glass bottles and have metal caps that match the shimmer in the ink. This review was done with a Pilot Metropolitan F, Lamy Safari B, and on Rhodia No. 18 blank paper.
Tropical Glow is a teal/turquoise with silver particles that give it a beautiful metalic shimmer. With a fine nib, there wasn’t a whole lot of shading, but the shimmer particles were evenly distributed. A broader nib brought out more shading that added an additional juxtaposition between the ink and the shimmer. In both nibs, the ink color remained pretty consistent: the ink is a darker turquoise that shades to a rich teal. The silver shimmer gives the effect of looking over a tropical ocean with the sun reflecting off the water.
Like the other Shimmertastic inks Tropical Glow performed very well. The ink had good flow with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. The ink dried quickly at around 15-25 seconds, with moderate to high shading. Like any shimmer ink, clean up is going to be more intensive, but the ink did not effect the overall performance in the pens in which it was used.
I think Tropical Glow will be one of the more popular choices for the new Shimmertastic inks. It is right between two popular inks – Emerald of Chivor and Yama-Dori. Tropical Glow is bluer than Yama-Dori, but not as teal as Emerald of Chivor; a nice middle ground.
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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