20 painless yet stunning temporary tattoos + our honest review of the new Inkbox semi-permanent tattoos and freehand ink

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Between companies like Inkbox which provide semi-permanent temporary tattoos that can last up to two weeks and companies like Momentary Ink which provide higher quality versions of the stick on tattoos we loved as kids in a plethora of realistic designs, there are SO MANY options in the temporary tattoo lane these days!

Whether it’s to get an idea of ​​what it would be like to actually be inked or just a whim to add a pretty aspect to a look for a special occasion; temporary tattoos have you covered.

Inkbox is probably a better option to make you feel like you have tattoo for a week or two, as this option tints your skin temporarily (so it won’t come off easily), whereas an adhesive tattoo will only last 2 to 5 days and may peel off unevenly.

We decided to try Inkbox Tattoos and got mixed reviews. Although I am slightly obsessed. Here is the one I tried once it was fully grown (it takes 24-36 hours to fully develop after application):

While I absolutely LOVED this tattoo, I feel like I have to talk about the few downsides (although there were only a few).

Firstly, it takes longer to set up compared to other temporary tattoos. It takes 15 MINUTES of pressure against 30 seconds for adhesive tattoos AND then you have to wait 5 minutes without letting it touch anything and then wash it gently. It’s kind of a pain (but obviously much less painful than a real tattoo).


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Secondly, it hurts a bit when you peel off the application adhesive. OKAY. Fine. It hurt a bit. My husband took it off for me because of the awkward placement and he commented that “it seemed to hurt more than his REAL tattoo”.

However, I didn’t shave like you’re supposed to because I assumed this step was for men, but then I winced as I pulled out my delicate little hairs on my arms. Everyone has body hair, so grow taller and shave the area – don’t get me wrong!

Well, it didn’t last as long as I had hoped. I purposely didn’t wash the inside of my arm while I had the tattoo AND applied a thin layer of lotion in the hopes of making it last longer and it was still solid for only about 6 to 8 days. However, I am convinced that he passed out quickly because of where I placed him (inside my left arm). I sleep with this arm against my chest and I think my skin is flaking off faster.

After 8 days it looked like this:

I would always recommend an Inkbox tattoo despite the pain and disappointment of the duration (I think it’s a “thing for me”). I have another one ready to go for next month.


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We also asked one of our other editors to try the Freehand Inkbox ink – which is the same ink they use in their patches, but instead you can “freehand” a design. custom of your choice.

Granted, getting a freehand tattoo requires a certain set of artistic skills, but given that her husband is a professional artist, she figured she had that in the bag.

Unfortunately, it was not as easy as it seemed. We looked at probably 10 tutorials on YouTube trying to find the right design and learn all the tricks, but when it comes to sitting down and drawing with a tube, you have to squeeze a line of ink out of it, all of our artistic skills came out the window. Not only did it take forever to apply and set the tattoo (probably 15-20 minutes to apply, then an hour of sitting completely still), we always came out with bubbles and uneven lines, and it looked pretty much that we draw on ourselves. with a sharpie marker 24 hours later.

Not to mention trying to draw meticulous lines on people moving – she says she wouldn’t recommend giving a show of hands on your kids. She learned the hard way when she had to clean the ink from the bed pole just 5 minutes after she applied it to her son.

As with everything, freely using your own semi-permanent ink takes practice. But at the end of the day, if you are looking for a temporary tattoo, it is because you want to try something fun on your body without worrying that you will regret it forever – if you want art on your skin, it can. be wise to hire a professional tattoo artist.


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But so far, we’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite temporary tattoos from all over the web for you to consider when you’re ready to try something new. And who knows? Maybe you’ll end up getting one of these tattoos permanently on the road.


1. Unicorn temporary tattoo

Unicorns are so present right now. Add a feminine touch to this delicate unicorn with this temporary ink.


2.Watercolor butterfly temporary tattoo

These cascading butterflies go from orange to pink to purple in a gorgeous watercolor design. This one would probably be better on the shoulder.


3. Realistic butterfly temporary tattoo

This light blue and light green butterfly with a realistic body is a lovely and delicate temporary tattoo that will look great in all kinds of places.


4.Floral arm temporary tattoo

These peonies in black and blue are gorgeous yet simple.


5. Pink flamingo temporary tattoo

This flamingo surrounded by flowers and polka dots is a feminine version of a unique bird tattoo.


6. Vintage floral temporary tattoo

This colorful bouquet is lifelike and would look fantastic almost anywhere.


7. Mermaid scales temporary tattoo

This mermaid inspired temporary tattoo is a great way to get in the mood for your next beach trip this summer!


8. “Painted” floral temporary tattoo

This temporary tattoo appears to have been painted in fluorescent paint with dots for detail. It is a unique and fun style to wear for summer festivals.


9. Watercolor compass temporary tattoo

This black compass with watercolor background is fun to put on the upper back to “get you where you need to go” this summer.


10. Abstract floral temporary tattoo

This floral temp tat plays with color so that the flowers almost look like a dream.


11. Words of encouragement temporary tattoo

This tattoo is reminiscent of “stop and smell the roses” and is surrounded by small, delicate and simple roses.


12. Watercolor Hummingbird Temporary Tattoo

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Looks like it was painted with watercolor paints, this hummingbird is gorgeous shades of blue and purple and will look happy on your shoulder.


13. Simple semi-permanent black lotus flower tattoo

This tattoo is brought to us by Inkbox (someone on Pinterest used their freehand ink to draw it) and is a simple lotus flower with dots for detail.


14. Flower dream catcher temporary tattoo

This floral dream catcher with popping feathers adds a feminine and mystical look to your back (or chest).


15. Glitter Heart Temporary Tattoo

Super simple, but feminine and pretty; this simple pink heart with sparkles is sure to be a real eye-catcher in the sun this summer.


16. Semi-permanent vine tattoo with flowers

This elaborate temporary tattoo looks great on the leg and is a fascinating array of flowers and shapes.


17. “Let It Be” Temporary Tattoo

Sometimes we all need a reminder to let go of negativity and embrace the positive things in life and go with the flow. It’s the perfect tattoo to keep things in perspective for you. With the words “Let it be” seeming to wave your foot, you are sure to be able to put things in perspective (at least for the 2-5 days this tattoo decorates your foot).


18. Simple pink flower temporary tattoo

For anyone looking to try a smaller flower tattoo, this is a great choice. It looks great on the inside of your arm and adds a feminine touch to any look.


19. Temporary flower tattoo on arm

This vintage collection of colorful flowers adds beauty to the chaos and would look great in multiple places (personally I would feel in the tear cage).


20. Dandy semi-permanent tattoo

Another Inkbox tattoo, this simple black flower is called “dandy” and looks great in several places. Plus, it’s only $ 16 on their website.


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Nicole Bradley-Bernard is a writer who needs coffee more than anyone’s approval. She enjoys putting bright colors in her curly brown hair, spending time outdoors in the cooler weather, and being with her life partner, Eric, whom she considers a lifelong inspiration.


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