Colorverse Multiverse Season 3 includes “sets” of inks, with one 65ml bottle of one ink and a 15ml bottle of another ink. This set includes a 65ml bottle of Photon and a 15ml bottle of Gluon, a glistening ink. Samples of these sets can be very hard to come by since the bottles are different sizes. I purchased my sample of Photon from Vanness Pens, and my sample of Gluon from Ink Journal.
Photon is a teal green and Gluon is a sickly green color. It reminds me of the color of stomach acid. Photon looks more green on the Col-o-ring paper than it does on other papers.
Photon is an interesting teal green, with some shading but no sheen.
In ink drops Gluon has some interesting shimmer, but no sheen. I like seeing shimmer inks that have shimmer other than silver and gold. Gluon has copper shimmer, similar to De Atramentis Pearlescent Copper inks.
Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.
Dry time: 40/60 seconds
Water resistance: Low
Show through: Medium
On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was some feathering, and some bleeding in the larger nib sizes.
Overall, they are both pretty well behaved, but do have longer than average dry times. I like Photon but I think there are a lot of teals out there with a similar color. I don’t love the color of Gluon (even though it shades really well).
Disclaimer: I purchased these inks myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.