Whenever we see a glitter tattoo station when we’re out and about, Florence and Jimmy flock to it. I don’t generally mind paying for them to have one as they seem to last an incredibly long time, often to the point of me having to remove them with baby oil, and usually I think they’re quite good value for around £3 each. My children would always choose a glitter tattoo over face painting at fetes and parties because not only does it take seconds for them to be done but then they don’t have to take it off before they go to bed and they see that as an absolute bonus!
Recently, when we were visiting Cromer for the day whilst staying with my Mum in Norfolk, we saw a lady offering tattoos in the town centre and Florence and Jimmy naturally wanted to have one. This particular lady however, was charging £6 and I remember saying to the children that we could probably buy all the stuff we needed to do our own for not much more than that! I mean come on, £12 for two tattoos… That was a day when I absoltely didn’t say yes but I did agree to follow up my statement and see if we could buy our own kit for around that price.
As it turns out, Interplay sell a kit within their fablab range and at £9.99 it’s considerably cheaper than the stand in Cromer. We were asked if we’d like to review it for the blog so we jumped at the chance!
Six colours of glitter in fairly small pots but believe me, it goes a very long way. You use hardly any of it for each tattoo and there is ample for the amount of stencils. There are 54 stencil templates which have a sticky back you peel away to stick down the the area you want to apply the tattoo and they come in 25 designs – so you pretty much get two of everything.
To go with the glotter and stencils the kit also includes the pot of clue in a bottle with a brish much like a nail varnish, two brushes (one for application and one for dusting excess away) and the instruction booklet with lots of hints and tips on how to get the best results.
We got going straight away and the thing Florence liked the most was that she could easily do it herself on other people. Jimmy was just happy to get a tattoo on his arm and typically, chose a lion, he’s such a boy!
The thing we found about the kit is that although the stencils have been used, there’s no reason not to just place them back on the backing to re-use another day. As long as the sticky bit stays sticky then why not? This makes the kit even better value for money. We also found a way of using the inside bits of the stickers to create a different effect and of couse, mean even more tattoos.
All in all this is a pretty fab kit which would be great being used at a children’s party. I always think paying for a professional face painter is a bit too much for my budget and do the face painting myself but at the end of the day, I’m not brilliant at it. It’s fine now while they’re so tiny and don’t care too much but as they get older they will probably want something to look really great too. If we used a kit like this at parties then not only would the children get something that looked good but they would all get done super quickly! I’m absolutely swapping the face paints for the glitter tattoo kit in my party bag from now on!
The only slight down side to these tattoos as opposed to others we have had put on by professionals is that these ones do seem to wash off in water. Really and truly that’s no big deal though and we’re very impressed. The whole lot fit into a relatively small tupperware box (not included) as well which makes the kit easy to store away although it won’t be away for long in this house I feel!
We were sent the kit in return for an honest review.