I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but press-on nails have become super popular, so I’m bringing you an in-depth imPRESS Nails review.
I tried out Kiss imPRESS press-on nails last year, and you guys, I was shook—the addiction is real.
I am legit obsessed!
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Since I last used them in middle school, press-on nails have come a long way. So I’m sharing a full imPRESS Nails review, with all the deets on where I buy them and tips for how I get them to last up to two weeks.
I’ve never had great nails—no matter how much collagen I consume, my nails always break, and I’m not a big fan of nail salons (unpopular opinion, I know).
Doing my own nails at home with an imPRESS manicure is my fav because the press-on nails are affordable and super cute.
Each set includes 30 nails, so I can get two full manicures from one box, which comes out to be just a few dollars per manicure!
The process is also quick and easy, and it takes me only about 10 minutes to apply my imPRESS Nails set.
Ok, let’s get to it—here’s my imPRESS Nails review and tips for how I make my press-on nails last!
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Tips and Tricks
Once you’ve settled on an imPRESS Nails set (you can never go wrong with the bestselling Ladies’ Code color), it’s time to apply them.
These are my top tips and tricks to get the most out of your imPRESS Nails and make them last.
1. Follow the Directions
Use an orangewood stick to push back your cuticles (each set comes with one, but I have my own that I like to use), and then trim your cuticles.
I recommend this cuticle trimmer—I like it better than plier-shaped styles because I find it easier to use with my left hand.
2. Choose Your Nails
Next, go through the set and decide which nails you want on each finger.
If you’re doing a mani with a solid color, like Pick Me Pink, you’re just looking at sizing—if you have a set with different designs, see what looks good to you.
Sometimes I like to do an accent nail on my ring fingers, so I love that you can play around and see what looks good.
If you’re choosing between a nail that’s too small or too big, go with the smaller option since a nail that’s too big for your finger and overlapping on your skin will fall off quickly.
The nails also have unique sizing numbers underneath them, so you can easily find the right size going forward.
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3. File the Press-On Nails
I do a quick file for my nails because they usually have a tiny plastic bump on the ends, and smoothing that out takes just a couple of seconds.
I usually do a little extra filling because I like them to be on the shorter side.
4. Do Your Mani Right Before Bed
I like to do my mani at night before I go to bed because it gives the press-on set all night to stick to my natural nails.
As you sleep, you don’t have to worry about damaging your nails doing daily errands like computer work, grocery shopping, and dishes.
Speaking of, I always wear gloves when I’m doing dishes if I have press-on nails applied.
5. Keep Extra Nails On-Hand
After getting into imPRESS Nails, I got this cute little pill case to carry a few extra nails in so that if one gets snagged on something and pops off, I can easily replace it.
Since there’s already an adhesive on the nails and no glue is required for application, it’s easy to reapply these press-on nails with no mess.
6. Buy Extra Nail Glue
I know I just said there’s no glue required for imPRESS Nails (which is true), but one trick I’ve been doing lately to extend the life of my manicures is using nail glue when they pop off.
This nail glue is $2 on Amazon and works great—I’ve also started using nail glue right off the bat when I apply my imPRESS nails in addition to the built-in adhesive to help my mani last longer.
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7. Check Out New Collections
imPRESS comes out with new collections regularly, so I recommend checking the website regularly to stay up-to-date on all the trendiest styles.
Sometimes, popular designs like For the Night can sell out FAST.
I’ve noticed imPRESS’s older nail designs chip easier while the new versions from more recent collections last a lot longer.
8. Opt for the Short Nail Styles
Unless you’re used to having super long couture nails, I’d recommend going with the short-length imPRESS nails.
The medium ones are just too long for me to wear every day, but even the “short” ones have plenty of length.
9. Try Different Nail Shapes
imPress Nails come in a couple of different shape options like oval, square, and coffin.
While I love the oval and coffin shapes and think they look so elegant and chic, I find it hard af to type on my laptop and phone with them.
Since I’m an efficiency freak, this drives me crazy, so I usually opt for their square-shaped nails because they still look really chic.
If I’m going on vacation and won’t be in work mode for a few days, I’ll switch things up with an oval or coffin shape—these Vanilla Glazed nails are at the top of my wishlist!
That wraps up my imPRESS Nails review and tips for how I make my press-on manicure last!
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imPRESS Nails can last up to two weeks when applied correctly.
I’ve noticed that taking off my press-on nails does make my nails a little thinner, but they do less damage than shellac, dip, or gel nails.
You can buy imPRESS Nails on their website, Amazon, or online or in stores at Target, Ulta, or Walmart.
Elise Armitage is an entrepreneur and founder of What The Fab, a travel + lifestyle blog based in California. At the beginning of 2019, Elise left her corporate job at Google to chase her dreams: being an entrepreneur and helping women find fabulous in the everyday. Since then, she’s launched her SEO course Six-Figure SEO, where she teaches bloggers how to create a passive revenue stream from their website using SEO. Featured in publications like Forbes, Elle, HerMoney, and Real Simple, Elise is a firm believer that you can be of both substance and style.