Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Press-On Manicure

I've steered clear of DIY fake nails since a set destroyed my natural nails a few summers ago. As much as I love the way they look, they are just too much hassle to remove, and to be honest, my natural nails are OK anyway so I'm not in desperate need of wearing false ones.

I was a little intrigued by the new Impress press-on manicure line though. They've had quite a lot of attention since their launch, especially since they've got Nicole Scherzinger on board for their advertising campaign.
These nails are much thinner and not necessarily longer than your natural nail (I ended up filing them down slightly to match my natural nail length perfectly). They take just a few minutes to apply and there's no waiting around for them to dry. The main selling-point for me was that there is no nail glue involved, they have adhesive already applied to the back of the nail so you just pop them on.
I was a little sceptical about this method, as I've tried something like this way back when I was about 12 and the first one fell off after just a few hours, but I thought that they must have improved them since then so decided to give them a whirl...
I totally fell in love with this pattern 'Lovestruck', despite being a little uncertain about whether or not it was a little tacky for my taste, I decided to go for it and give them a try!
After application I have to say I quite like them. I'm not 100% sure I would wear them regularly. To me they do look a little too fake, but if you're looking for a cute, fun pattern for summer time, I really like the set I chose.

I'd estimate max wear time for these would be about a week, with a few replacements here and there. I decided to take mine off after 4 1/2 days. Surprisingly, not one fell off of it's own accord. Even if it did, they give you lots of spares so if you lose one you can simply pop another on!

When it came to taking them off (the part I was dreading!) they were actually a dream to remove. I didn't even have to soak them in nail polish for a few seconds as the packet suggested. I simply peeled them off. They didn't appear to leave my natural nails damaged in the slightest (especially when compare to glue-on falsies!)

They aren't cheap at £7.99 for the plain designs and £8.99 for the patterns, but they are certainly fun for a holiday treat, or if you are short on time. I will definitely be trying these again. You can pick them up in Boots, or online here.

What do you think? Have any of you tried these press-on nails?

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