Diamine Shimmertastic – 2 Ink Review – Shimmering Sands, Sparkling Shadows

Hello again friends! More visual reviews of 2 more Diamine Shimmertastic Inks!

These are the last 2 of the 10 Shimmertastic inks I’ve reviewed, below are the links to the other review!

Brandy Dazzle, Purple Pazzazz
Blue Lighting, Shimmering Seas, Blue Pearl
Red Luster, Magical Forest, Night Sky

Diamine has released 10(!) new inks with shimmer! I’m a shimmery ink fan, so I’m excited for these. I understand these inks will not be for everyone, and that is totally okay! If you like some shimmer in your writing, please enjoy!

Quick note: Particles in inks mean more maintenance if you use these in fountain pens! (Goulet Pens has a video on inks that require more maintenence on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nO3pREn4wro)

Personally, I prefer to use flexible dip pens with shimmery type inks.

Shimmering Sands (gold with gold particles)


Sparkling Shadows (dark grey with gold particles)


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The names of inks above are linked to where you can purchase them!

Have you bought any of these inks? Which one(s) are your favorite?

Thanks for looking/reading!

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  • Images scanned in with minimal level adjustment and photos taken with Samsung NX mini (with and without flash).
  • I had to shake up the samples pretty regularly to keep the shimmer writing.
  • As with any ink scans and/or photos I try to be consistent in color. What you see on your monitor might not be the actual color, but it should be a fairly close representation.
  • I received these ink samples from The Goulet Pen Company for the purposes of review. All opinions in this review are mine, and are not bias based on how I received these samples.
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  • ChristyMcD

    I came here from Goulet Pens’ blog post.I’m thinking about buying some samples of these inks, but I’ve not had much success in the past with getting dip pens to really register the shimmering aspect of such inks. Admittedly, I’ve only tried one. I write with a dip pen all the time and am interested to know how it worked for you.

  • Welcome ChristyMcD!
    These inks do really well with a dip pen! I would recommend a dip pen with flex to it. The dip pen nib I used above is the Tachikawa Comic nib G (available at jetpens.com). Using a good paper will help as well, Tomoe river paper seems to be the one that most have said really bring out the sheen and shimmer in these inks, above I use the SN2 dot ruling pad, and I’m sure Rhodia will suffice as well. Also, with inks that have shimmer, the particles will settle, shaking the sample vial (or bottle) will get those sparkles to be in the ink when you dip. There is a lot of shimmer in these inks (more than I’ve seen before), so I’m sure you’ll be successful in getting these inks to shine with a dip pen! :) I hope all of this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

  • Aquaria

    My Pilot Parallel pens do a great job with these inks. They’re now my testers.

    I wouldn’t max out a reservoir of a normal fountain pen with this ink, though. I’ve had more problems with the Diamine shimmering inks than even the J Herbin series. They clog up like crazy, and they don’t rinse out. I’d use only enough to get through the day, and not one drop more.