*I received this free for testing and reviewing purposes. All opinions are 100% my own*
Sometimes I like the look of a fancy manicure without all the work that goes into it. I've tried various nail wraps before but I hadn't tried actual press on nails since I was a wee child 100 years ago. The nice people from imPRESS manicure sent me two different sets to try out and tell people know what I thought of them. Let's slap these babies on shall we?
I received a shiny red with little heart charm set and a matte nude with a silver glitter accent nail set. They both have enough to get 2 full manicures out of them, which is pretty nice. These retail for about $6.99, so you're looking at around $3.50 a manicure. Obviously doing a manicure at home with your own polish is cheaper but if you don't have the time or skills these are a really affordable option. For today's demonstration I chose the matte set, I just love how neutral but fancy they look. And I've never seen matte false nails before, so bonus point for these. And everything you need to put them on is included in the package, like a little file, a prep pad, and glue dots for any charms you may have.
Step one is obviously to set out the nails that fit you in order. You don't want to be digging through the package every single time your ready for the next nail. See those clear tabs sticking out of the end? That's the cover for the glue dots, you'll peel them off in a bit. But the tabbed end is the end that goes against your cuticle, in case that isn't obvious from the picture.
The instructions suggest washing your hands first and then using this prep pad to clean the tops of your nails. I'm pretty sure this is just an alcohol swab, but by removing oils from your nails the glue will bond better. I also recommend cutting your nails short during the prep step, you don't want any real nail peeking out from behind your fake nails.
And now you remove that clear tab, place the falsie onto your real nail, and press firmly. That's it. No heat required (looking at you Jamberry). Repeat with all your other nails and your done. The instructions recommend not getting them wet, cutting, or filing them for at least an hour to allow the glue to bond, but your free to whatever you normally do. I typed this post up after putting them on and did not feel any wiggle from them.
That's a classy manicure right there, these particular ones would be great for a wedding or something you wanted to look nice but not showy for. The red ones I'll be saving for another time (Valentine's day maybe? And they really did apply quickly, I think I was done in just a few minutes,
I actually really like these, the only real issues with them were my own fault. Like not trimming my nails short enough on a few on my finger or not being careful when I peeled the tab off. The packaging claims these are waterproof, I haven't tested that out yet, not do I know how long they'll stay one. I'll update you guys during Thursday Thoughts, but if I get a full week out of them I'll be super impressed for sure. Aesthetics wise I love the look and color but not the shape. The square tipped manicure trend just isn't my thing so I may file them a bit to a more rounded shape. I do really like that these are on the shorter side, made them a lot nicer to wear while typing. And they're pretty comfortable for the most part. I can feel them but they don't hurt or hinder me at all so far.
The imPRESS nails are available at a wide variety of stores like Walgreens, RiteAid, and Wal-Mart, as well as online. And at $6.99 these are super affordable. I'll have to check and see if my local Walgreens has any in stock, I saw a few patterns I really want to pick up for my own personal use.