This afternoon I got the chance to try out freehand glitter tattoos. These tattoos are similar in concept to the white henna that I did last time, but use a luer lock bottle applicator and pouf bottles of glitter. Since this is basically glue with a powder covering just like the white mica ones I did in my last post, I wanted to see the differences. Would the glitter stick better to the glue? How well do the luer lock tips work to create intricate designs and are they simple enough to clean and use. I also wanted to see the general appeal of the look; is this the sort of thing people will like?
I found that I was pleasantly surprised with the outcomes in general. I liked the effect of colourful glitter as a more striking look than the muted tones of the mica powder and the low viscosity of this body glue allowed the design to be more flush with the skin. I’m hoping that this will make the design last longer as it won’t be pulled at as much as the thicker prosaid that I used in a cone for the white henna. Using this thinner glue wouldn’t have been very easy if it were in a cone, so I’m glad it came in the bottle with the needle-like tips. That said, I did find this thin glue to be significantly different from a thick henna paste or even the prosaid glue so that I’m sure it would take some practice before designs were easy. The bottle frequently put bubbles in the glue, which an adjustment of the tip helped, but didn’t eliminate. There was also a small amount of splattering that I’m not sure how or why it occurred and, while it didn’t ruin any of the designs, it certainly posed its challenges for a clean application.
One thing I really loved about this kind of temporary tattoo was the simple fact that glitter is sturdier than mica powder and the pouf bottles meant I could apply the “finishing touch” sooner than I would have been able to do with the very delicate mica powder. A few short minutes after completing the design in glue I was able to add puffs of glitter and it stood up to the brushing that cleared away the excess glitter well enough right away too.
In the right hand design of the above picture I used white glitter. The next time I use the white glitter, I think I’ll make it stand out more either on it’s own entirely or with just a tiny bit of blue. Blue and white winter themes would be so cute!
The above design displayed the pink tones much better because it was sandwiched between the darker tones of blue and purple, rather than alongside the white glitter.
I did find that the lighter shades like pink and white didn’t provide as much of a stark and noticeable colour as the blue and purple did, which made the designs somewhat hard to see in those areas on the first design where I mostly only applied the pink and white glitter. My girls (4 and 6) loved this fun glittery tattoo style and tolerated its application far better because it was so much speedier to complete than the prosaid and white mica I used for the white henna look. My kids also loved how the glitter feels soft, like felt which reminded me that I’d thought it was going to feel crunchy and I think it’s worth mentioning that it does not.
This product makes a fantastic temporary tattoo for kids that, should you be willing to tolerate the natural tendency for glitter to get on things in the process, would be an awesome option for birthday parties and kid friendly functions!
I’ll update this post in a few days once we’re done with the designs so that you can find out how long they lasted and why they came off. I’m hoping that they just come off cleanly with wear and tear in a day or two, but we shall see.