I love painted nails. However, painted nails don’t like me. I guess I am too rough on my hands or something, but they never last more than one or two days. Even if I get them done at a nail salon, they only last maybe one or two more days. It feels like a waste of money and time even though I do it anyway. I have never been one to go for acrylic or fake nails because my own nails are pretty good. They are strong and they grow nicely so I figure why not just paint what I’ve got? Well, that never works. I end up removing the polish and repainting them every couple of days. I just don’t have the time or energy for that anymore. I started looking into other options. I really didn’t want to spend the money to get them done all the time. I kept seeing people talk about imPress Nails online. They were saying how great they are and that they are way more affordable than getting acrylic nails. My first thought was of the Lee Press on Nails from the 80’s and thought there was no way they would last. I kept seeing them online, though, so I figured I had nothing to lose. I decided to give them a try. I went to Target and easily found them in the cosmetic area. Make sure you get the ones that say imPress Nails, not the ones that say Kiss. They look similar, but they are not the same. They had several different shades to choose from, and they even come with accent nails if that is something you like. So far my favorite shades have been Kiss & Tell, Night Fever, Bright as a Feather (not available online), and So Unexpected. There are more shades online, and they seem to have different shades at different stores. I saw some holiday ones online at Walmart that were pretty cute. Some of the nails have oval tips, but most of them are the typical square tips. I did get one of each, but I did not like the oval tip ones on me. They just looked weird to me. Yes, these are press on nails, but there is no glue or adhesive that you have to apply. The adhesive is already built into the nail. All you have to do is figure out which size you need for each nail (there are multiple size options), use the enclosed prep pad to clean your nails, peel the backing off, and then stick them to your nail. They key is to firmly press them down across the whole nail. Pretty simple, right? Again, I was thinking that there is no way that they would last, but I was going to give it a solid effort. It turns out that I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did they look great, but they also lasted over a week. They would have lasted a few more days, but one of them was starting to come loose so I took them all off. If I could have fixed that one, I think they would have likely lasted for 2 full weeks because all of the other nails were still firmly attached. They lasted through hair washing, dish washing, folding laundry, typing, and all my normal activities with no problems. I was very impressed. Since that first time, I have had them last about 2 weeks each time.
Now, my other concern with using these nails was what kind of damage they would do to my own nails. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised again. My nails were perfectly fine when I took the imPress ones off. Some of them were still stuck on pretty good, and I had to tug hard to get a few of them off. I was worried that it might tear my nails because I was pulling so hard, but it didn’t. They do recommend using a little nail polish remover around the edges if they are hard to get off, but I did not use any. I didn’t feel like it was really necessary. I have not had any issues with my own nails since I started using the imPress Nails, which has been great. I have now used them more than once and have been very happy with them. I do give my nails a break in between pairs just to ensure that my natural nails stay healthy. I don’t know if that is really necessary, but it makes me feel better.
Bright as a Feather
One drawback for me initially was that the nails are a little longer than I typically wear my natural nails. That took some getting used to. They do say that you can file them after you have applied them, but I found them hard to file. After a day or two, though, the length didn’t really bother me, and I had no issue with them. Now I love the length. Another thing that was a little annoying was that the adhesive covers the span of the nail. Since these are longer than my natural nail, the back of the tips was still sticky from the adhesive. Things like dirt and hair would get stuck to it. After reading some reviews, I learned to use clear nail polish over the adhesive that was exposed, and that worked like a charm. Overall, I am in love with these nails. They look great, work great, and are more affordable than getting a manicure. I really like them and will continue to use them. I highly recommend them for you to try. Let me know what you think.
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