Nemosine Blue Snowball Nebula TwINKle: Guest Ink Review by Mountain of Ink

Hi there! My name is Kelli, and I’m on a mission to review every available fountain pen ink. Today I’m excited to review Nemosine Blue Snowball Nebula TwINKle for the Goulet Pens blog.

So far there are two Nemosine Twinkle inks, and they aren’t talked about very often. Let’s have a look at Blue Snowball and see how it performs. Goulet Pens sent me a bottle of ink for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own.



The bottle: 35ml, made in Slovenia. The back of the bottle says, “Shake well. Performs best with a Medium nib or larger. Do not use with a fixed bladder. Wash pen after use. Not for use in vintage pens.” The packaging is very subtle and classy. You can see that the shimmer has settled to the bottom of the bottle.










The color: Blue Snowball is a lovely blue grey with silver shimmer.








I love the color of this ink-such an icy blue with a little bit of pink sheen around the edge.

The ink drops are mostly shimmer with a tiny bit of pink sheen around the edges. Let’s take a look at how the ink performs on fountain pen friendly paper: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 45 seconds

Water resistance: Medium-some of the ink washed away, but you could probably still tell what was written.

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Low shading, a tiny bit of pink sheen in large swabs that doesn’t show up in writing, and silver shimmer.

On 20 pound copy paper the ink behaved rather well-just a little bit of feathering.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right: Robert Oster Evening Sapphire, Nemosine Blue Snowball Nebula Twinkle, and Diamine Arabian Nights. Click here to see the Nemosine inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together. Blue Snowball is more of a blue grey than either of the other two inks.






Longer writing:
I used a Pelikan M400 White Tortoise with a vintage 400N nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.






I love this ink/pen/paper combo. The shimmer is very consistent, more consistent than any of the other shimmer inks I have tried so far. The shimmer is everywhere instead of spurts of heavy shimmer and then spots without any. Even when I picked up the pen and wrote without rotating the pen, the shimmer started up right away.

Overall, I love the color of this ink-it’s a perfect icy blue for winter. The shimmer is very consistent which I appreciate. I’m glad I have a full bottle of this ink, because it’s my favorite shimmer ink so far.

There is a 35ml bottle of Nemosine Blue Snowball Nebula TwINKle at Goulet Pens for $9.99 (Currently out of stock). Or try a 2ml sample for $1.50.

Kelli is the author behind Mountain of Ink. You can find her at @mountainofink on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

2018-01-18T11:41:31+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Ink Reviews|9 Comments
  • Inkantadora

    Great post! Love Mountain of inks’s reviews and this is such an amazing ink!

  • Great post, great ink! Thank you for review.

  • Tom Johnson

    Welcome to the Goulet Blog Kelli, and this is a really great review. Wonderful photographs, and the ink was put through a wonderful evaluation – lots of papers, notebooks. I’m looking forward to more from you. I know it is not that common among fountain pen users, but I’ve found that artists’ vellum paper really shows off an ink’s sheen more than Tomoe River. Probably because the paper is water resistant and inks take a long time to dry. Well done.

  • Lacey

    This is one of my very favorite shimmering inks! I thoroughly enjoyed this review too, with all the pretty pictures! I think I’m going to have to ink a pen up with this soon… 😀

  • Kathy

    Kelli, this is a great review of a beautiful ink. I love than you tried it on different papers. I was not familiar with Mountain of Ink, but you have a new fan, now! Thanks so much for sharing this with Goulet Nation!

  • Uniotter

    Welcome, Kelli, and thanks for providing a great review! I’m totally going to pick up this ink, it looks awesome.

  • Melinda Smith

    I picked up a sample and was so impressed that I had to buy a bottle. I really like shimmers and this one was so consistent.

  • Urban Barista

    I purchased Noodler’s Ink (54th Massachusetts) because it was recommended by couple of sites (this one included) as a good a gift for a left-handed person because of its fast drying qualities which should prevent smudges. Rather than prevent smudges, it clogged every fountain pen in our household. We ran a few tests because the gift was a brand new pen (Conklin) and at first we thought the problem could be the pen itself. Wrong! A couple of our pens now have been damaged permanently because the ink will not dissolve in water, which is what all manufacturers recommend: soaking in water only, no solvents or other harsh products as to not damage the nib. So, I can’t get my pens back and getting what I paid for the ink will not even come close to the damage and the grief this has caused. All I can do is try to help people so the same won’t happen to them. Whatever you do, never, ever buy Noodler’s!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Hi there! I’m sorry that 54th Massachusetts caused you so many issues. I happen to love that ink and have never had any issues with it. I would recommend that you pick up some pen flush and try soaking your pens in that. Here is a tutorial we did about it that you may find helpful.