Ink Review #295: Diamine Lilac Satin


Today's ink is Diamine Lilac Satin, from the 2016 Shimmertastic Collection. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens.


The color:

Lilac Satin is a beautiful light purple. When wet it looks more red-violet, but dries more of a blue-violet. It's a great spring color.



There's just a little bit of gold sheen on the edges. The sheen is not visible in writing.


Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: low shadingtiny sheen, and silver shimmer

On 20 pound copy paper the ink performed well, no issues that I noticed.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): J. Herbin 1798 Amethyste de L'Oural, Diamine Lilac Satin, and Diamine Frosted Orchid. Click here to see the Diamine inks together.


Longer writing: 

I used a medium Pelikan M605 White Transparent on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow. I really liked this pen/ink combo. I didn't have any flow issues, the shimmer does drop out of suspension after a few lines, but doesn't disappear completely. Just rotate the pen a few times to keep it in suspension.


Overall, I love the color of this ink. It's pretty well behaved for a shimmer ink, and has a decent dry time. I'm putting a bottle on my wish list. 

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.