Diamine Poppy Red is a bright bright red that reminds me of a teacher's red pen. I wonder if this is the ink all fountain pen loving teachers use. It dries to a slightly darker, more matte shade than the colour it is when it first goes down onto the page. I enjoy the bright colour it has but I wouldn't have much use for such a colour in my day-to-day writing. There is a very subtle shading visble only with my 1.1 stub nib.