Colorverse Red Shift Ink Bottle

Colorverse Red Shift Ink Review & Giveaway

Colorverse Ink Company has produced a number of different series and special edition colors of inks. Each one is unique and come with the Colorverse’s exclusive bottle design. Colorverse Season 2 inks have an overall theme of Astrophysics, containing a total of 8 ink colors.

The color Red Shift is just one of the many colors in the Astrophysics series. Not being astrophysicists here at Pen Chalet, we wont begin to pretend we understand what the scientific term redshift really means. However, as a Google inspired hint, it’s a term used within the scope of gravitational fields in space. Regardless whether or not we know exactly what redshift means scientifically, we do know that Colorverse’s Astrophysics series of inks, contain fantastic colors including the more popular Supernova, Gravity Wave, Dark Energy and Black Hole. Each of these colors will inspire the ink connoisseur to investigate a bit and become slightly more informed in science and our marvelous universe than before you purchased this ink.

Colorverse Red Shift ink, the 19th ink in the company’s collection is a nice dark shade of red with lighter pinkish undertones that can show depending on the style of writing you use. The red color is bright and vibrant but we could not classify it as a fire engine red. At some points of our review we even got a fuchsia color from the ink. Colorverse Red Shift ink shows up well on paper and has medium saturation.

Continuing reading for a chance to win the bottle of Colorverse Red Shift ink we used for this review.

Colorverse Red Shift Ink Review

Colorverse Red Shift Ink Review

We found the following traits during our review of Colorverse Red Shift ink that you may find useful when picking your next ink color and brand:

Testing Factors

For our review of Colorverse Red Shift ink we used Rhodia dot pad paper with a J. Herbin glass dip pen, both manufactured in France. The glass dip pen has a tip that is equivalent to a fine-medium fountain pen nib.

Bottle Sizes

Colorverse Red Shift ink comes in two sizes of the unique and very distinctive Colorverse ink bottle. Each box contains one large 65 ml. bottle of Colorverse Red Shift ink and a matching smaller 15 ml. bottle. The bottles are round with a protruding nub out the left side. The bottles come in a very well wrapped box with built in protective features and even contain some Colorverse “swag”.


Colorverse Red Shift ink retails for $36.00 in the USA for this two pack of Colorverse ink. The price point is on the high side, but the uniqueness, fantastic colors, each bottle being imported from Korea and the fact that you get two bottles of ink with each purchase, makes the price more reasonable.

Dry Time

During our review of Colorverse Red Shift ink we experienced a very quick dry time of approximately 3-5 seconds. This quick dry time makes Colorverse Red Shift ink an ink that can be used in just about any situation. Please note that different paper, nibs and writing style may produce a different result.

Bleed Through

We found zero bleeding or color show through during our review of Colorverse Red Shift ink using Rhodia dot pad paper.


During our review of Colorverse Red Shift ink we found no feathering at all during normal use on Rhodia paper. Even during our water test, there was only a slight bit of feathering that was produced, as the lines remained pretty clear and distinct.

Water Test

During our water test, where we ran a wet cotton swab over an ink sample that had dried for about 3 minutes, we noticed some slight feathering, but quite a bit of color smearing. Colorverse Red Shift ink is not a water-proof ink.


Colorverse Red Shift ink has the ability to produce nice shading with the right hand and pen nib. The dark wet lines are a dark red but the lighter dryer lines can produce a soft fushia or dark pink color. The combination is quite striking.

Conclusions about Colorverse Red Shift ink

Colorverse Red Shift ink is a dark red that shows up darker during normal use than under the cotton swab test, where more pink hues come out. Colorverse inks in general are interesting and may spark an intellectual curiosity. The Colorverse bottle is unique and you get two different sized bottles with each order. The dry time is super quick and has a nice saturation, which makes it show up very well during normal writing. We are a proud supporter of Colorverse inks, which we import directly from Korea, and carry all Colorverse series and special edition inks that we can. Happy writing from Korea!

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Aaron McVicker
4 years ago

That red is spectacular!

Bob Kallotte
4 years ago
Reply to  Aaron McVicker

Yes, spectacular is a great description ! I am very partial to reds in general.

Joanie Jenniges
4 years ago

I LOVE this color! It’s gorgeous!

Mike Smukula
4 years ago

I really dig this ColorVerse ink system……Especially the part that gives a rundown of all the specifics of the ink in the Bottle

S. Park
4 years ago

I’d like to see a review of a shimmering ink that works as a holiday ink.

Joanie Jenniges
4 years ago

I LOVE this ink color! It’s gorgeous!
(If this is a duplicate post, I apologize…first post didn’t appear on my end)

4 years ago

I have observed a lot of reds that go very far into a browned ‘blood’ color, but this one looks more like a pleasant “cherry-wine” to me. I like the pink tint that is revealed when less pressure is applied too. If I had it in my hands, I would be tempted to mix it with other inks (though, I wonder if that would erode its charm). Overall, a very appealing ink that takes a moment to fully appreciate. I would really like to see more reviews for green and green-based inks with similar characteristics to this one.

4 years ago

Gorgeous color! ❤️❣️

4 years ago

Interesting ink. Thanks for another cool giveaway!

matthew fitzgerald
4 years ago

Not a bad red. Worried about the fuschia undertones, which is not something I would normally want in a red.

4 years ago

Have you talked to Private Reserve now that they’re under new management?
How are they changing their ink formulations? What colors are retired or new?

4 years ago


4 years ago

A very thorough review and a nice red. I’d like to see some reviews of 3 Oysters ink. Thanks.

Toby Hayes
4 years ago

I love most of the Colorverse line and would love to have them all. It’s not just the colors, but the extras that they include with the inks!

Odette Bragg
4 years ago

What an interesting combination of red and pink!

4 years ago

I love the colour! And the design of the bottle. <3

Ron Parish
4 years ago

As always, I would love to see you do reviews of some of the old standby inks from Waterman and Sheaffer.

Andrew Mulnix
4 years ago

I’ve been happy with all of my Colorverse inks!

John Stein
4 years ago

As a BS in astronomy, I approve of this ink!

Ethan Ball
4 years ago

My favorite ink is Diamine Syrah

Dan t clague
4 years ago

Man, that red!! Just in time for Xmas cards, too

4 years ago

Great red!

Gentleman Reviewer
4 years ago

Great review, I would love to get my hands on it so I can try it out as well!

Tejashree Kulkarni
4 years ago

Fantastic colour! Also love the bottle shape. It’s so cute!

Ged Alangui
4 years ago

I haven’t tried Colorverse inks yet. This red is gorgeous. My current favorite ink is a J. Herbin black.

Rachael Maresh
4 years ago

What a cool color. Nice sheen.

4 years ago

I would love to see the different series of monteverde inks reviewed. Particularly the noir set!

Nya Hue
4 years ago

I adore these bottles!

4 years ago

I love this color. I used to like pink ink, but i’ve started shifting towards red. I really enjoy the richness of this particular ink

Desmond O'Neill
4 years ago

I am curious about the Taccia line of inks, particularly the Ebi Purple Red. Thanks and love the blog!

Beth Fralix
4 years ago

Lovely Colour!! God Bless & the Love of Christ to you all!!

Michael Simon
4 years ago

I would like to read reviews of the new Taccia inks.

4 years ago

Love red 🙂

4 years ago

This ink is outside of the normal spectrum of colors I like to use, but I recently tried a sample and I ended up liking it a lot more than I’d expected. That seems to happen to me a lot with Colorverse inks 🙂

Joshua Williams
4 years ago

So far my favorite ink brand is Diamine, it would be neat to see some of their more obscure colors.

S Woods
4 years ago

I never think about reds as they normally aren’t my favorite color, but they do add that extra punch when doing some creative writing.

4 years ago

Spectacular color

heather burke
4 years ago

That colour is amazing