Impress Nails

Date Sat, October 10 2015

It’s been something like 10 years since I’ve worn press-on nails. My natural nails have been pretty good at growth lately, and I frequently polish them. I’ve been experiencing some breakage lately, so the chance to try Impress press-on nails was pretty timely, especially considering an upcoming wedding reception.

Impress Press-On Manicures

Impress Press-On Manicures

I received two sets in the mail. Symphony, which is a set of pink nails with sparkly gold accents, and Casting Call, a dark reddish-purple-chocolate with two individual charms to apply as accent nails. I applied Casting Call first because I really liked the color.

It was amazed at how quick it was. I haven’t had a manicure that quick in, perhaps, ever! Simply wipe your nails with the included alcohol wipe (I imagine nail polish remover would also do), find the right size nails, peel of the sticky back, and stick them to your nails!

They’re so sticky, in fact, that you’ll want to make sure you line them up before touching them to your nail. I had a few nails a bit crooked, so I filed them to fix them. Overall, however, it was quick and easy. There’s no drying time. Once they’re on, I didn’t even feel them unless they were pushed upward, toward my cuticles.

Impress nails also make it easy to add a big of art to your nails. I generally stick to all-over color because I don’t have a steady hand. My press-on nails came with the base nails in their gorgeous purply hue (it was more chocolate in low light and more red in brighter light), but also with two little gems to stick on accent nails. I decided to wear a gem on each of my ring fingers.

Application was pretty simple. You stick a piece of adhesive to the nail, then remove the backing with a pair of tweezers. Press the crown-shaped gem into place, and you’re good to go. I was surprised as just how 3D the gems are. They really stick up. Within a few hours, both have gotten snagged on something and fallen off. You can certainly reuse them, and there are 6 adhesive dots that come with the manicure, but I would have preferred if they could stay on longer because they were cute. Fortunately, I was able to keep the gems, so I can try to reuse them.

The nails themselves have fared better. It’s been five days since my initial application of the press-on nails. Only four of the original nails are still in place; although, they’re pretty securely in place. These have stayed in place through daily showers, cleaning and doing dishes, typing and otherwise living my life.

Last night, a few were loosening, so I took them off. Although you can use nail polish remover around the edges, I just pulled them off. They came off cleanly and without any damage to the nail.

I have one fake nail still in place that was a replacement. Over the past five days, I’ve replaced several of the nails. My first nail had come off within 24 hours, and one nail I replaced and had to replace again in the same day! And while the nails are waterproof, they seem to come off most commonly after I get out of the shower. One snagged on my towel and pulled right off!

However, I lost a couple without realizing it because you don’t feel them when they’re on. I would look down, and there would be no nail on my finger! I replaced one or two nails for about 4 days, until I ran out of replacement sizes that fit. My fingers aren’t necessarily slim, and there were a number of thinner nails that I just had no use for. I often picked wider one because of how much my natural nails curved, and I found myself sometimes picking a too-wide nail. However, there were nails the right size for all of mine.

My middle and ring fingers seem especially tricky, perhaps because they’re more round than my other fingers. It seems like the nails pull most on my ring fingers, so perhaps I should have filed those a bit shorter. One of the big complaints about these nails is that they are a little long. While I was able to do everything I needed to do, they could have been a little longer.

Impress Manicure

Impress Manicure

The press-on nails seemed a little bulky to me for a couple reasons. They’re certainly longer than my natural nails at this point. They’re also thicker. Because they sit on top of my natural nails, this makes them seem a big larger. They also seem to become wider toward the straight edges. I tend to round my natural nails off, so this makes a difference. It was especially noticeable on my pinkies, so I trimmed some of the nail from the sides at the ends.

I’m not sure I would want these to last a full week. Over the days, the natural finish became dull. Edges became a little rough, and the flexible material, which is good for getting the right fit, became dented. This isn’t unlike what happens to a regular polish manicure, and it’s probably not even as noticeable, but I did notice.

My right thumb in particular seemed to get snagged. Somehow, a chunk was taken out of the side, which caused it to catch on lace and delicate fabrics. I filed it down so it’s manageable, but these nails don’t file as well as natural nails. They’re a bit harder to clip, too. I would have liked them to file just a bit more easily so you could shape them the way you like. These shapes just aren’t going to work well for everyone.

After my initial experience, I’m still excited to try the other color nails. Although, the pink and gold motif of “Symphony” is less my style. I plan to wear it for a wedding reception, and I will likely take off my nails after the event to prevent them from falling off.

I think the Impress manicures are best for limited times. A week is a stretch. A single event or weekend, however, would be great.

2 Responses

  1. Jenn October 10 2015 @ 8:09 pm

    I really like Impress Nails, and have been able to make them last for four or five days by applying a base coat first, then sticking on Impress Nails when the base coat is tacky but not yet dry.

    But, like you found out, they are a bit on the long side… I’ve actually trimmed them down in order to be able to continue typing comfortably!

  2. Cole October 12 2015 @ 1:11 am

    I never use a base coat. If it’s a decent polish, it doesn’t need one. Most polishes.. are not. haha

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