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imPress Press-On Manicure Review

Posted on October 6, 2014

Thanks for Influenster, I get to try out these Impress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in two designs, with 24 press-on nails in each package. At $6.99-$8.99 a pop in stores, getting two professional applications is not bad for the price!

I’ve never been a fan of fake nails because I know that once you start, you can’t stop and it costs a lot of money to keep it up. Plus, I find giving myself a manicure to be very relaxing and fun. Another way to let my creative juices flow!

So the benefits of the imPress Press-On nails listed on their website is:

  • No drying time
  • Superior, lasting shine
  • Easy removal
  • Lasts up to a week

I noticed it didn’t list, “easy application” on their list, but for salon quality look at home, I’m intrigued.

After trying the imPress Press-On nails, I wasn’t impressed. I knew it was too good to be true! I loved the vibrant colour of the orange, and the unique design of the bronze ones – both I probably wouldn’t be able to get otherwise. And I received a lot of compliments on them! They looked real and my friends thought they were real!

But for the following reasons, I wouldn’t purchase these myself:

  1. They didn’t fit the curve of my nail. While they are flexible, they are shaped in a usual curved shape for the top of your nail, but I had a few fingers that were too curved, and they didn’t reach the top of the fake nail, leaving a gap of space. This allowed air and water in, which is not good!
  2. Most fingers didn’t last very long. I had one come off the next day, which I replaced, and two come off two days later, which I replaced again. This kept happening until I gave up on replacing them and painted the missing fingers with a Tiffany blue coloured nail polish to clash against the orange. It was the same few fingers that kept fall off – index and middle fingers because they are used the most, and didn’t fit the fake nail shape (see reason #1). But when the nail did fit, they stayed on for at least a week. This was my pinky and ring fingers.
  3. I had to be careful with my fingers. With fake nails on that could fall off at any time – I felt that I couldn’t scratch myself, wash my hair, or do anything too rigorous with my fingers or I’d lose another.
  4. You could lose one at any time. Following up on the previous reason, I didn’t want to do anything too rigorous because if you’re out at a party and a nail falls off, one unpainted nail with a set of all pretty nails looks really dumb. And you can’t paint them before you stick on the fake nails as a backup either – or the adhesive won’t stick as well. At least that’s what the instructions says, I didn’t test this myself.
  5. They got caught in my hair or other items. Because of reason #1, they left gaps between my real nail and fake nail that when I ran my fingers through my hair, a strand of hair always got caught in the nail, risking yanking off the nail.
  6. The nail wasn’t very long. The first time I put them on, I left my nail length at my usual length, I figured that if my nail was longer, it would provide more support for the fake nail. So that it wouldn’t bend when I used the tip of the fake nail. However, once they were on, I realized the fake nail doesn’t lie flat on my real nail (reason #1) and some of my nails were almost longer than the fake ones already! I should’ve cut them short. I like the look of long nails, and imPress didn’t provide this.
  7. The nails aren’t numbered. imPress provides 7 different nail sizes for each hand (12 nails per set) so you can find a better fit on your five fingers. But the first time I used these, I ended up using a smaller size on my middle finger on my left hand, and a slightly larger size on my right hand accidentally! The back of the fake nail should be numbered so I know I grabbed the same one for each finger for both hands. It would make it easier to remember for the next time I use imPress too, instead of trying it on for size each time.

I wanted to love these, but I’m sad I didn’t. Oh well, back to giving myself manicures! Thanks for letting me try these Influenster and Broadway Nails!

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