Bright and Strong
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June. 24, 2013
This review is for: Radiant Colours Tattoo Pigment
These are actually a relatively new ink for me. I started using them about a year or so ago. I was kind of cautious about using them at first, because I normally buy what I like, and use what I like. However, I got a sample pack once with an order, and figured I'd give them a try. I actually had run out of Red, and was waiting for a new order. That's was when I first used them, and I was pleasantly surprised. Radiant Colours come with an expiration date, and lot number on the label, and have pure uncut pigment dispersion. They also come in a sealed sterile packaging.
As far as the label is concerned it's pretty minimal, but much better than some of the other inks I've seen. It has the brand name with a sort of radiant type of background, the website, colour, ingredients, and warnings. Each ink contained distilled water, isopropanol, and clyverin. After that is is varying cosmetic ingredients depending on the colour: Ci 77891, Ci11741 for Lemon Yellow for example. Below that is important information: Keep in a cool dry place, dispose of unused ink, sterile, etc. On the other side is your allergy warning.
The colours themselves are fantastic. I have used the red, yellow, green, white, and blue many times. I have yet to use the brown (as I prefer Alla Prima), or black (as I use Intenze Zuper Black, and Kuro Sumi). However, with the colours I have used I have absolutely no complains. The colours go in smooth, easily, and stay vibrant. They aren't called Radiant Colours for nothing apparently. The only con I could say would be that they are thing. This isn't even something I can really complain about. I'm just used to using thicker inks like Alla Prima, or Eternal, but if you put in their Scarlet Red into the skin what you see is what you get. It heals perfectly.
The bottles are really nice as well. They aren't flimsy, or malleable. I prefer their 0.5oz bottles over the Eternal bottles. In my current set of Radiant Colours I have sterile bearings to help with mixing (these inks are thin so they aren't really necessary), and the bearings do not affect the ink flow from the bottles. I found with the 0.5oz Eternal bottles that was the case. The bearing that comes default inside the bottle would block the flow of the ink at certain angles. However, I don't like the red capped bottles they use. I find they pop off poorly, and can cause messes. Each bottle has what seems like an ink cap under the screw off cap of the bottle. This will need to be removed prior to using the inks.
Radiant Colours. Fantastic inks for a modest price. They work well, go in easily, and heal very nicely. These inks aren't very well known, but they do a very great job. I gave them a 4 out of 5 because of the red capped bottle, and they just aren't as thick as I'd like them to be. They also aren't the greatest inks, but they aren't the worst. Definitely in my top three! I recommend people should try them out at least once.