Momentary Ink Review

There’s no way I could ever get a real tattoo. I mean, I’ve never really been a big tattoo person to begin with. At least not permanently anyway. Give me a few fake tattoos, though, and I’ll have lots of fun for a few days. I just recently collabed with Momentary Ink on Instagram and after testing the rest of the tattoos, I figured I’d create a post showing you all the styles I picked out to try and share more of my experiences with them.

I believe Momentary Ink tattoos are only available for purchase on their website. They ship the orders out very quickly (next business day) and offer free shipping on orders over $20. They are a little pricey, in my opinion, so it won’t be hard to reach the $20 mark. They have a ton of different styles to choose from that are created by various artists, but they also have a feature where you can create your own design. If you’re considering getting a real tattoo, I think that’s such a priceless feature for them to offer.

The first style that I already shared is called Refuse to Sink. I got it in a size small, so it was 3” x 1” and $12. Living around the coast almost my entire life, this is one of the first styles I knew I had to try. I’ve always loved anchors and I thought the little rope around it was so cute. It was a little bigger than I was expecting, but still a perfect fit around the ankle.  

With that being said, I would like to mention that I noticed Momentary Ink using my photos without permission. So you will see this photo on their website, although I did not approve of them doing so, nor did they credit where the photo came from. That alone makes me a little hesitant to recommend purchasing from this brand.
Moving on, I ended up choosing a bunch of different symbols, so I knew I needed to add at least one phrase tattoo into the mix. This one says Be you, bravely. Again, I got a size small but the dimensions are a little different on this one. A small in this style is 3” x 3” and cost $12. I must just be really bad at determining sizes because this was also bigger than what I was expecting. It ended up looking fine on the inner part of my arm, though.

This one looks a little red and greasy because I thought this would be the best design to trick my mom with. Like a crazy person, I slapped my arm to make it red and added Aquaphor on top to make it look like I just got a real tattoo. She totally fell for it for a good 24 hours and it was hilarious!!
I think antlers are cute and I loved the little flower design at the bottom of this Beautiful Mantel style. However, it wasn’t until I got it that I realized it might not be for me. I still think the design is adorable, I just don’t think it matches my personal style or my personality. This is a size medium, which is 5” x 5” and $15. I had no idea where to put it, so it ended up in the middle of my upper back. Even though I couldn’t really see this one, I was anxious to remove it because it just felt out of place. That totally has to do with my preference, though, not the design.
I was definitely the most nervous about this Tracery style. I decided to be brave with this one and got a size large, which is 7” x 7” and the most expensive at $18. Then I had the dilemma of trying to figure out where to put it. After deciding between my upper thigh and the side of my ribs, I ended up with it on my arm. It’s so different for me, but was actually the one I had the most fun with. From never having any tattoos to seeing this every time I passed by a mirror, I almost didn’t even recognize myself. I did really like it while it lasted, though!
Since every design I chose was black, I figured it’d be a good idea to pick something with a little bit of color to compare. This cute little succulent design (The Pair) was 6” x 6” for the medium size and $15. It actually came out a lot better than I thought it would. I don’t know why the colors made me so nervous, but I loved the way it complimented my skin tone and matched some of my favorite coral tops. I wanted to keep this one on longer than I did, but the sticker was really uncomfortable on my stomach so I ended up removing it very quickly.
The last pre-made design I chose ended up getting put on my husband. I got a size medium ($15) in the Paradise One Day style and at 6” x 6” it was kinda too big to go anywhere on my petite body. We put it on the upper right side of his back. He doesn’t have any tattoos either, so it was really strange seeing him with something so large on his back all of a sudden. If you look closely, you can see some cracking in the design. That happened immediately after application to a lot of the tattoos I tried and I think it’s because of the sticker material that Momentary Ink uses, it’s very uncomfortable and sticky.
The last thing I ordered was some of their Temporary Tattoo Ink. I got a small bottle of it and I think it’s the most reasonably priced at $10. I was hoping this was going to be something like a henna tattoo and it is pretty much the same thing. The only thing that’s different is that it’s not as thick and raised up as a henna is to kind of pick off the dried design. The directions say to wash it off after letting it sit, untouched, to dry for one hour. It flaked off into little pieces in the sink and left the design kinda stained into the skin.  

I was very concerned at first because it shows up as a very light tan immediately after removing the ink. As it started to develop more, it became noticeably darker and completely black after about 12 hours. This one has to be my favorite because there’s no sticky residue left behind. The photo shown below was after three days of wear. All the other designs were gone after 48 hours.
Overall, I really enjoyed this experience and getting to see myself in so many different ways. However, I don’t think I’ll be ordering from them again just because the designs were so uncomfortable. I couldn’t touch the tattoos to anything because it would just stick and peel off. That stickiness also made it uncomfortable to move my body and I had to be careful with the clothes that I wore. Some clothes would just rub the stickers right off.

What is supposed to set Momentary Ink apart from the rest is their Real Teal solution that you put on the tattoos after application. That solution mattifies the sticker so it’s not obvious and shiny, which actually did make the tattoos look completely real. I mean, with photos, I had no problem tricking my gullible family members!

They suggest baby oil or rubbing alcohol to remove the tattoos. Baby oil doesn’t do anything and neither did the coconut oil that I tried. Rubbing alcohol removes it within a few swipes, but it makes a complete mess. Putting the tattoos on only took a few seconds, but removing each one took about 15-20 minutes to get the skin completely clean again.

I’m a little torn on whether I would suggest these tattoos or not. If you plan on getting a real tattoo, I think this would be a great option to see what the design would look like first before making such a permanent decision. However, if you’re just looking to play around with temporary tattoos for fun, I don’t think you’ll enjoy how sticky these feel. The only thing I would suggest in that instance is the ink to draw your own design. Otherwise, I’d try to find something a little bit more comfortable.

~Mani Monday~
This might sound silly, but I actually let one of my dogs choose my nail polish this week. I let him do it once before and he cooperated very well, so I thought it’d be fun to do it again. I laid out three polishes and he chose Ulta’s Bam-Blue-Zled. I wasn’t sure about this color when I first got it, but I think I’m liking it more every time I wear it. This shade is great for a Summer to Fall transition!
What’s on your nails this week?

~Christina~

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