Diamine Night Sky: Ink Review

Hey there ink lovers!

Madigan here, reviewing the fabulous Diamine Night Sky ink, one of the many sparkling inks from the Shimmertastic collection. Margaret used this ink in her Monday Matchup a couple weeks ago and I was able to snag a sample to try out. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with this ink- I usually go for brighter shades like oranges or burgundies (see my Ink Sample Package Set if you don’t believe me!). However, while this ink is black, it has extra special silver sparkles. This made the ink so much more exciting to me! Read on to find out more.

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Long– This ink had a really long dry time. After 30 seconds it was still very noticeably smearing making it less than ideal for fast writing sessions. If you’re taking notes, you may want to go with an ink that is a bit more dry.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low– This ink turned into a huge mess when water was applied. The lines disappeared, but the pigment stayed behind making weird swirls. Could be good for art and ink washes, but not ideal if you’re looking for your writing to stick around. 


  • Medium-This ink has a dark hue, but there was still a difference between the first and second swab. I think you would have seen more, but the sheen overpowers the pigment.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Medium– Despite the shimmer particles, this ink was relatively easy to clean out of the pen. The dark hue makes a few more flushes necessary, but all in all, not too bad.


  • Low– While this ink is sparkles beautifully, it is not a shader.


  • Medium– Despite the long dry time, this ink doesn’t gush from the pen. It does have a steady flow and is pleasant to write with.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • 50ml glass bottle with 2ml ink samples also available. 
  • A taller, skinny bottle with a medium size opening. Could be difficult to get the very last drops from the bottom. Nice label! 
  •  Comes in a matching box. Nice opening experience.

This ink is awesome. Subtle, almost graphite shimmer when laid on thick, a nice smoky black when the shimmer isn’t coming through as strong. It’s literally the only ink on the market that combines silver flakes with black ink. The result is an ink that is serious, but also seriously fun. I can see this being a great work ink (probably not if you work in a law office, but in a more creative place, it should go over well). It has enough personality to make it stand out without being over the top. Say yes to this one- you won’t be disappointed.

Diamine Night Sky is available at Gouletpens.com in a 50ml bottle for $20 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.50.

Do you have a favorite black ink? Why do you like it? 

Write on,

2017-10-11T14:37:55+00:00 February 4th, 2016|Ink Reviews|5 Comments
  • Tom Johnson

    Funny about black inks. Back in the 50’s when we used fountain pens in school it was always blue ink. I remember Sheaffer cartridges and blue ink on my hands but have no other memory of using fountain pens. When copy machines became popular in offices, many would not copy blue ink, and you had to use black ink. Forms stated “Black Ink Only”. I used black ink in my Parker ball point all through high school and college and on until 1997 when I started using fountain pens at work. I always used a “permanent” black ink, Sheaffer or Parker Quink, but once at a water fountain, drops splashed my “permanent ink” and it all ran!! From then until January 2001 I never used fountain pens for anything important.

    When I discovered Noodler’s bulletproof black and began using it. I tested it against ball point and gel pens and it was the least affected by running water after sitting overnight. I was sold. Performed wonderfully, never gave any problems. Super black, flows beautifully, glistening from the nib. Wonderful on cheap paper with less bleedthrough than any other fountain pen ink I had tried. Still is about the best. Later I bought a bottle of Bad Black Moccasin, it was almost the same, maybe a little faster drying, a tiny more bleedthrough. I also tried Heart of Darkness, and it seems the fastest drying of all three. I love them all. Next I tried Platinum Carbon Black pigment ink. Wow, so smooth. Different, totally waterproof. I love it too. Those are my four black inks, all favorites. Highly saturated.

    Carbon Black is the most unusual as it dries on the surface, after the water in it has wicked into the paper. Under a lighted eye loupe it looks like a solidified trail of graphite! Has graphite’s metallic sheen. Platinum Carbon Black will wet plastic, glass, and smooth metal. Takes a long time to dry on these surfaces, maybe up to an hour depending on humidity. But once dry it has some staying power. You can scratch it off with a fingernail but not light rubbing. Write on your mirror, watch crystal. Amazing.

    I love these reviews, and I have a sample of Night Sky, which I like a lot. I ended up getting Brandy Dazzle, but Night Sky is a wonderful ink, just as Madigan shows here. These Shimmertastic inks performed quite well in the several pens I used them in, and I used Brandy Dazzle in my Christmas Cards. Thanks Madigan for a great review.

    • Hey Tom! I’m glad that you enjoyed this so much. I really was surprised by this ink- I love the sparkle with the black. There really is nothing else like it. I love Noodler’s Heart of Darkness as well. Have you tried De Atrementis Document Ink Black? That’s another really good one!

  • Carla

    Great review Madigan! Between this and the handwritten invoice note in Brandy Dazzle, I was sold! I just got my Diamine Shimmertastic sample today and I was wondering about pen maintenance with these inks. Would you keep it at the regular 3-4 weeks schedule, or more like the twice-a-week ink schedule like the pigmented inks? Purple Pazzazz might become my new everyday ink. Thanks so much!

    • Hey Carla! These don’t seem to be a lot easier maintenance than the similar J. Herbin inks. I think you could be fine with the 3-4 week schedule, but more cleaning never hurts! It also depends on the pen you are putting them in. What pen do you put your Purple Pazzazz in? My Noodler’s pens tend to dry out quickly, which is basically the worst case cleaning scenario for any ink. Speaking of which, I should really get on cleaning my collection… 🙂

      • Carla

        Thanks Madigan! I ended up leaving a question under the ink too so it can be of benefit to others and Brian said the same thing re: cleaning it more often wouldn’t hurt. 🙂 For everyday Purple Pizzazz, I plan on using the Twisbi Mini with F nib, but will also plan to use the Jinhao X750 M nib (#5) to test out some of the other colors.