Ink Review: Vinta Inks Salimbay

In my quest for perwinkle inks, I thought Vinta Inks Salimbay (30mL for $15.00) from the Fairy Tale Collection looked promising, and I wasn’t wrong!

It may be a bit bard to tell from my camera, but Salimbay is a lovely bright purple ink with deeper blue undertones and a pretty pink shimmer. It’s got that perfect twilight feel with almost a pearlized finish that makes it seem magical.

The ink is fairly light in smaller nibs (this one shades and sheens a bit), but still remains readable in print. Interestingly enough, the large droplets on this one don’t give off the sheen – they’re just purply blue, rimmed with darker edges.

In terms of other inks in my collection the closest in hue and intensity is probably Stipula Deep Blue. Dominant Industry Periwinkle Twinkle is much darker and blue leaning, and even Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire and Pilot Iroshizuku Ajisai are still very blue. I think Salimbay really gets at my desire for something a little purple and even a little pink on top of blue. It’s a complex color and I really love it – I just bought a sample, but I might need a bottle!

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  1. Hi, I can’t seem to get the purple shimmery sheen.. I only got light blue with this ink, any idea what could have gone wrong?

    1. The shimmer particles settle to the bottom of the bottle so if you did not shake the ink before putting it into your pen or converter, you may not have actually gotten any shimmer particles. Also, if the ink is in your pen, those particles will settle so we recommend placing your pen on the table and rolling it back and forth to redistribute the particles on a regular basis. This will also keep the particles from clogging the feed. Always store fountain pens horizontal as well to keep the particles along the length of the converter rather than settling to one end.

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