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New Ink Review: Diamine Cocoa Shimmer (Shimmer 2016)



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I've heard that the release date for these new inks is 4th November; Fountain Pen Day, so I'm posting separate reviews for them on here. I assume they will come in the same type of bottles as the previous set of shimmer inks, but I haven't seen the retail bottles yet.

  • Currently I only have samples that Diamine very kindly sent me to test, and to review 'if I wanted to', but I've noticed that my samples don't need much shaking to mix the particles in, and the pens need very little shaking once they are filled.
  • Generally speaking, I found all 12 of these new shimmer inks to be wetter than all of the other shimmer inks I have used.
  • I have had these inks in these pens for over 2 weeks now. Every pen/ink combination has started straight away without a problem, and I have experienced no stopping or skipping.
  • Some take longer to dry than others, and a couple just soaked into the paper straight away. The most saturated inks will show through and bleed through on cheap paper.
  • None of them are waterproof inks.

Diamine Shimmer 'Cocoa Shimmer' is a cocoa brown ink that is less red than Diamine Rustic Brown. It's a reasonably well saturated ink with gold shimmer. The gold shimmer shows up easily. I used a Libelle that has a M nib and I had no trouble seeing the gold effect. This one dries more quickly than some of the others.

The first picture is a scanned review form, and the second is a photo. These have been adjusted with Photoshop to get the colour you see to look as close as possible to the actual ink colour.
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Old thread, sorry!

Can the sparkles be removed from the ink by decanting the bottle, or are they more or less evenly spread through out the ink itself?

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Old thread, sorry!

Can the sparkles be removed from the ink by decanting the bottle, or are they more or less evenly spread through out the ink itself?[/quote

 

Theyre spread throughout the ink itself. If you dont shake the bottle before filling your pen, you will get less, but still some, shimmer. I find the shimmer in this one is very well behaved.

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Theyre spread throughout the ink itself. If you dont shake the bottle before filling your pen, you will get less, but still some, shimmer. I find the shimmer in this one is very well behaved.

Thank you!

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