Colorverse is a newcomer from South Korea to the fountain pen ink market, as far as I know, but has quickly captured the attention of many for its complex shades, interesting presentation and ink names, as well as lots of sheen and color shifting! Some of the small 15ml companion bottles are "glistening" and contain micro shimmer particles.
As soon as I saw "Dark Energy" samples, I ordered a 4ml vial to try out, and then a full bottle set quickly followed. I know I will be trying more of these inks, but gradually--they are not at all cheap. $33-$36 per set in the US market for the total of 65ml + 15ml in two bottles. It is true that price per milliliter is not so bad (comes out to about $22.50 for the equivalent of a 50ml bottle), however many of us rarely or never finish full ink bottles, and 80ml of ink is a lot to go through--especially for the kits where both bottles are the same color. So that would be the biggest negative in my book: the single-color sets, such as "Dark Energy", are a bit too expensive, while the dual color sets are relatively more reasonable. I suppose Colorverse may have had ink trading in mind for the 15ml bottles of the single-color sets, and part of the expense are all the (arguably unnecessary) extras, such as stickers, paper bookmark, booklets, and fancy cardboard box.
On to the ink!
It is a rich brownish maroon kind of hue with a color shift and sheen in the olive green range. This ink has a stronger sheen than my beloved Sailor Tokiwa Matsu, in that it glitters metallic olive green more strongly when the light hits the ink right. In terms of overall complexity on the page, I think it's similar to Sailor's Rikyu-Cha and Tokiwa-Matsu: sometimes it's more brown, sometimes it's more maroon, and the shift to olive green makes it ambiguous. The sheen easily comes through on Rhodia and Tomoe River paper.
Saturation is very high and flow is good, similar in feel to the Sailor inks I've used. I wouldn't have been surprised if someone told me that "Dark Energy" is made by Sailor.
Water resistance is good even on Tomoe River: while the darker brown hues wash off, a clearly legible and defined line remains. On Tomoe River, more of the dark components wash off, and the remaining line is pinkish red. Just dab liquid away with a tissue, and there's not too much smearing left behind.
For those who will be using this ink with juicy nibs on poorly absorbent paper, keep in mind that drying time can be VERY long with such a combination: up to 2 minutes on Tomoe River! However if you use a narrow line pen and don't let the ink pool up (in other words normal writing with something like a fine nib of a Lamy Safari), it dries very quickly--an interesting dichotomy.
Water rest on Tomoe River:
Edited by Intensity, 05 May 2018 - 15:25.