Ink Review #567: Diamine Maureen


There have been a ton of super sheeny inks lately, and Diamine recently released Maureen, which they call an “Iridescink.” I purchased my bottle of ink from Cult Pens.


The color:

Maureen is a medium bright blue with a ton of dark pinkish/red sheen.



In large swabs you can see the bright sheen.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: High

Bleeding: Low

Other properties: no shading, monster sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen was visible in all nib sizes on all three papers.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in every nib size, so it’s not an ink I would recommend for cheap paper. I did not see any sheen on this cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:


Maureen is very similar in color to Diamine Skull and Roses (another super sheeny limited edition) and Organics Studio Nitrogen. Maureen is better behaved than Nitrogen. Click here to see the Diamine Inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Lamy Safari Petrol with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. Similar to other monster sheening inks, the flow feels a bit sticky (I don’t know any other word to describe it), it just feels a bit sticky as you write. When it was freshly inked it wrote great, but over the next few days it started to feel rather dry. I was able to smear the writing after it had dried a few days, but it wasn’t as smeary as Organics Studio Nitrogen is.

Overall, it’s a very pretty ink, but I wish the flow was a bit wetter. Out of the monster sheeny blues, it’s one of the better behaved ones.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.