My penultimate shimmer ink from Diamine – Arctic blue and WOW!. Paint manufacturers describe this colour as a light breezy bay blue with a twilight blue undertone - whatever that means. I suspect the colour is simply because the blue is similar to the blue of the arctic.
I’m nearly at the end of trying all of my mad purchase of shimmer inks from Diamine. Todays is dragons blood which reminds me of cocoa shimmer in that’s its quite soft / muted for a shimmer ink and therefore quite useable.
I went slightly mad and bought a lot of different shimmer inks from Diamine, Some I have already reviewed now I am finally using the remaining inks, starting with Spearmint Diva.
Diamine steel blue is the first teal ink I bought and one I was never without, unfortunately with the number of new inks constantly being released it has been awhile since I have filled a pen with it, when I do I am reminded as to why I like it.
Diamine oxblood is one of the inks that always seems to crop up in lists people make of the X number inks everyone should have. Others that frequently appear in the lists are Watermans serenity blue, Pilots kon-peki and Noodlers black and Apache sunset.
Cocoa shimmer is the second shimmer ink I ever purchased. It is much more muted than many of the other shimmer inks, the gold shimmer with a brown ink is quite subtle even in bright light. Diamine inks are ubiquitous however I am going to recommend you buy directly from Diamine if you are interested. Obviously, they carry the whole range, I bought 5 shimmer inks, paid the UK price which is less than I would pay in New Zealand and only five pounds for postage (NZD$10, USD$6.25).
Another Diamine exclusive from Seitz-Kreuznach in Germany. They carry a number of Diamine German exclusive inks of which many are available elsewhere such as the guitar inks. They have however, two inks exclusive to them Bloody Absinth and this, Bloody Brexit.
Quick note – Seitz-Kreuznach carry many inks including their own brand and any purchase over 25euro = free international shipping.
This is the first Diamine shimmer ink I bought, I was disappointed with it as the blue was darker than expected and I didn’t think it shimmered enough. Having said that I bought this colour because it was my first shimmer ink and it I didn't want something 'too out there'. I ended up hardly using it but then again I am not a big fan of blue inks. Doing this review I have a new respect for it.
Smoke on the water is a Diamine German exclusive and a very famous Deep Purple track. Calling this ink exclusive is a misnomer. The German Diamine inks were commissioned by SC Lucht the German distributor, they are exclusive to this company but any German retailer they supply can sell the inks anywhere they like. Hence many have purchased the the ‘German exclusive’ inks from German online retailers as I did.
I like shimmer inks – some people think they are not practical, but I use them everywhere even at work though there I tend to keep to more muted shimmer inks such as dark blues with subtle shimmer. This shimmer ink appealed because all the pictures I saw it just popped.