I tried three temporary tattoo brands to see which were worth the $$
With summer coming to a close, it’s easy to start feeling a little bummed. But do you know what helps you not feel bummed? Temporary tattoos.
As a young girl, I loved temporary tattoos, but the choices I had available to me were not great. Basically, it was either Hannah Montana or Hello Kitty. But now that I’m older, I realized there were a lot more options.
So I researched three companies online and tried their temporary tats out to find out which ones ruled and which ones drooled.
1. Ink Box
Ink Box is a company that specializes in making a semi-permanent tattoos. Basically, they’ve developed a patented formula which sinks into the upper layer of the dermis, making the tattoo last longer. Which is great. Plus the formula is made of all natural ingredients.
After careful consideration, I ordered the Botanica 82, for $21. The design was a rose with a dotted square around the flower, which looked chic af.
When I received the parcel, I immediately opened it and got to work. Inside the sleek little box were the tattoo and the “secret formula” to apply the tattoo with.
And honestly, applying the tattoo was a difficult process! I had to get my sister AND my mother to ensure it was applied correctly. There seemed to be so many steps which were extremely time-consuming. For instance, one step instructs you to have someone hold the cloth with the secret formula on it over the tattoo for 15 minutes. Who has time for that?
After finally finishing the process, I gave the tattoo a couple of days to develop. Slowly, the ink darkened on my skin, and I have to say it looked fantastic! Many of my friends thought I had gotten a real tattoo, and were so jelly! Unfortunately, after the first couple days, the tattoo started to fade quickly and barely lasted the entire two weeks.
Final Verdict: Ink Box has a great selection of tattoos that look absolutely phenomenal while they last, but it’s kind of high maintenance and doesn’t last that long. Still, I’d buy from them again.
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2. Momentary Ink
Momentary Ink is another temporary tattoo company with a “secret formula” to make their tattoos look real. Theirs is called the “Real Teal” matting solution. K!
The tattoos range in size from extra small to extra large with prices from $9-$21. I decided on the Lepidoptera, a medium-sized butterfly that cost $15.
The Momentary Ink box arrived with the tattoo, their proprietary solution “Real Teal” and a skin protector cloth to apply the solution. The application process was quick and easy.
The tattoo was very dark at first and looked amazing on, but began to peel off very quickly, after only two days!
Final Verdict: Momentary Ink has great prices, a good selection, and their tattoos are easy af to apply. But they don’t last for very long, so if you’re looking for something that’ll stick around for longer than a weekend, maybe this isn’t what you’re looking for.
Tattify has such a big selection!!!! They had everything ranging from colored tats to flash tats to holographic designs. And with a price point of five dollars and up, it’s easy on the purse strings.
I decided to mix things up and create my own tattoo of a short quote.
Using only a warm compress, Tattify tats are applied like regular temporary tattoos. Quick and easy!
The quote looked super cute on my side but after only one day I could already see it fading. Talk about your summer bummer.
Final Verdict: Tattify has a great selection of tattoos at affordable prices but fades before you can show it off….
So to sum it all up:
Temporary tats are all very temporary, so don’t get your hopes up. Ink Box tattoos will last the longest, but they’re also super involved to put on. Momentary Ink tattoos are way easier to put on, but they’ll only last you for a couple days. And Tattify tattoos…well, they’ll look great on the gram, but that’s about it.
It all depends on what you’re looking for.