Tuesday, 19 June 2012

The Press-On Manicure

I've steered clear of DIY fake nails since a set destroyed my natural nails a few summers ago. As much as I love the way they look, they are just too much hassle to remove, and to be honest, my natural nails are OK anyway so I'm not in desperate need of wearing false ones.

I was a little intrigued by the new Impress press-on manicure line though. They've had quite a lot of attention since their launch, especially since they've got Nicole Scherzinger on board for their advertising campaign.
These nails are much thinner and not necessarily longer than your natural nail (I ended up filing them down slightly to match my natural nail length perfectly). They take just a few minutes to apply and there's no waiting around for them to dry. The main selling-point for me was that there is no nail glue involved, they have adhesive already applied to the back of the nail so you just pop them on.
I was a little sceptical about this method, as I've tried something like this way back when I was about 12 and the first one fell off after just a few hours, but I thought that they must have improved them since then so decided to give them a whirl...
I totally fell in love with this pattern 'Lovestruck', despite being a little uncertain about whether or not it was a little tacky for my taste, I decided to go for it and give them a try!
After application I have to say I quite like them. I'm not 100% sure I would wear them regularly. To me they do look a little too fake, but if you're looking for a cute, fun pattern for summer time, I really like the set I chose.

I'd estimate max wear time for these would be about a week, with a few replacements here and there. I decided to take mine off after 4 1/2 days. Surprisingly, not one fell off of it's own accord. Even if it did, they give you lots of spares so if you lose one you can simply pop another on!

When it came to taking them off (the part I was dreading!) they were actually a dream to remove. I didn't even have to soak them in nail polish for a few seconds as the packet suggested. I simply peeled them off. They didn't appear to leave my natural nails damaged in the slightest (especially when compare to glue-on falsies!)

They aren't cheap at £7.99 for the plain designs and £8.99 for the patterns, but they are certainly fun for a holiday treat, or if you are short on time. I will definitely be trying these again. You can pick them up in Boots, or online here.

What do you think? Have any of you tried these press-on nails?
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  1. I've seen these in Boots for a while and have always wanted to try them out, may purchase some next time I take a trip there. Love that they were thinner than usual fake nails and that they're easy to remove. Great post Fleur! x

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  2. I have never worn fake nails but love nail art despite being rubbish are doing it so this might be an option. Lovely post - thank you x

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  3. These sound really good. I too was a little skeptical after seeing them advertised, because I remember the ones which were around in the 90's when I was a kid that always fell off, almost instantly! It's good to hear that these have some lasting power! I really like the design, good choice :) xo

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  4. Great review! I'm going to a party at the weekend and was undecided if I wanted to spend 7.99 on the nails but after reading this I'll defo be giving them a go! :) xxx

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  5. love this design! perfect for summer! so tempted to try these out!xo
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  6. Oh wow, these look amazing! The pattern looks so nice and summery and from the pics- they don't look false at all!

    They wouldn't be something I'd normally pick up, but after seeing yours, I may have to consider!
    xo

    iamlaurenpotts.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I love the pattern, the colours are so summery! I'm not a huge fan of fake nails, I'm sure a printed nail wrap would give a similar effect though :)

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  8. I wonder what they are like in the swimming pool or on the beach!? Great review...

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  9. I saw you wearing these in one of your videos! I couldn't even tell that they were the fake nails! I may just pick up a pair to test them out! :)

    fauxguru.blogspot.com

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  10. I might need to try them again! I was sent a package for free to try and they fell off the first day I had them! like in a few hours! and I wasn't even doing anything crazy with my hands. Maybe I just had a bad pack! I'll need to try them again!

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  11. These look really nice, such a pretty pattern! I saw them advertised but thought they would be like the ones I tried when I was younger, but I rthink I might try these now :) Becky x

    http://rosee-petals.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. I love the pattern of these! We have a few similar products available in Australia, but none of the patterns are as adorable as this! These would definitely be perfect for summer! :)

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  13. These are so cute! I would probably be too scared to wear all of them at once - would love to try them on my ring finger with the rest of my nails a different color :)

    http://alittlebitofthis04.blogspot.com

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  14. Really cute :) I have another pattern on my nails but I have not used them yet, but I will soon.
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  15. They look great, beautiful pattern

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  16. These are such a good alternative to false nails. I also used to get acrylics but they completely wrecked my nails. If these cause no damage at all I think I might be tempted, especially for the summer! :) xx

    jensbrightandbeautiful.blogspot.com

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  17. I think they're awful. I applied mine and in the course of washing up and washing my hair most flicked off and the remaining that were left, that design started to peal off.

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  18. I bought a few of these sets at my work's sample sale for mega cheap. I think they're great to pop on for the odd event but for me, the shape didn't fit flush to my nail, so it started gathering dirt beneath the stuck on nail and mine, like falsies do, and they felt a bit icky. Easy to take off though, I agree.

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  19. They look great! I was put off by the fact that I thought they would ruin my nails but after reading your review I definitely want to try these now! xx
    Beauty by Emma

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  20. I am shocked they didn't come off. I used to own something similar when I was younger and I remember losing the first one a few minutes after the application:)

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  21. I see what you mean about the pattern going either way but I think these look cute and fun for summer. After having a useless experience with most DIY nail wraps, I might give these a go as they seem slightly thicker.

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  22. I haven't try it but I think I am going to try it after this. Looks interesting! :D

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  23. Haven't tried them yet but they sound really good! xxx

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  24. Gorgeous pattern, I've seen a floral design in Boots of the nails that I really want to try out :) lovely post xxx


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  25. I gave these a try when they first came out and I didn't have any luck with them at all, mine fell off on their own within an hour. I also found my own nails were longer then the fake ones and I don't even have long nails, personally if I'm going to wear false nails I would like them to be longer then my own nails are but these are good for those who like short nails, I guess. Maybe I just did something wrong and they're not as bad as I have made them out to be, especially seeing they worked for you, did you do anything special well applying them? That design is quite cute though, but I think I'd rather just get acrylic nails then try these again, they were too child like and cheap in my opinion to be advertised for adults.

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  26. I love the pattern of these! I got a pack with a beauty box a while ago but wasnt too impressed, i had a couple fall of within the first few hours and they did look a bit fake too! x

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  27. these look so awesome! love it!

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  28. Oh, those are super cute!

    My friend and I just started up our own youtube channel :) http://www.youtube.com/user/TheJasmineTara

    We are from Australia and it would be great if you could check it out! xo

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  29. I've been wanting to try these for ages, i think i might get a set for a special occasion because there a tad expensive otherwise! xo

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  30. I really liked some of the patterns for these but unfortunately I found that they are too short for my nails. For almost the same price, I think nail strips are a better bet for me if I want patterns.

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  31. I tried them around Christmas time this past year, and they did last a whole week for me, which was awesome! And the removal for me was the same, no pain, no harm done.

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  32. Hi Fleur, little award for you http://imeowthis.blogspot.ro/2012/06/awards-tag.html :)

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  33. I've never tried press-on nails before, but the ones you chose are really sweet :)
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  34. I think you may have tempted me to try these out, the idea of proper fake nails have never appealed to me as my nails are pretty dry as it is. I've just started a beauty blog of my own, if you get a chance I would love it if you could check it out!

    http://totallynavi.blogspot.co.uk/

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  35. i've never tried acriylic nails because of the whole damaging-nail thing, but i think i'll buy one or two pairs of these for my holiday so i dont have to take nail polish with me!
    http://cloudsandcuticleoil.blogspot.co.uk/
    xx

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  36. I'm dying to try these and I don't know why! Look great!
    xo,
    http://missmelissafashionandbeautyblog.blogspot.com/

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  37. OMG They look amazing!!!
    I definitely have to try them:D
    Thanks for the post<3
    If you have a sec, stop by my blog?? x
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  38. ooh these sound really good! I really want to try them xxx

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  39. The design is really amazing!! When I was wacthing your youtube channel I was wondering how you got your nails like that!
    -Hayley

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  40. I really want to try these but I just feel they will drop off after an hour!! Next on my need to try list!
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  41. I saw you wear these nails in one of your recent videos and thought that you had them done! I love the design as well.

    ariarhapsody.blogspot.com

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  42. When I saw these advertised I wasn't keen but seeing your post and nails in your recent videos I must say I have changed my mind. I might buy some for my holiday in Turkey, does anyone know how they fair in the swimming pool

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  43. I saw these advertised and also in boots. I'm a big nail fanatic but not a fan of falsies, eager to give these a try though!

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  47. keep seeing these in your videos! they're lovely. probably will give them a go myself!

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  48. I don't really need to wear false nails but I really want to try these after seeing them on a few bloggers/ youtubers. This design is my favourite but I can't find it anywhere!

    Frances xx

    http://francescassandra.blogspot.co.uk

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  49. Wow, that design is amazing. Not usually a fan of press ons but I do have a Boots just down the road...

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  50. These are sooo pretty! I wish we had Boots in the US!

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  51. Love the pattern on them!

    thebeautymist.blogspot.com

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  52. I've never tried fake nails, and never really wanted to! But there's no way I could recreate this using nail art so could definitely be an alternative :)

    Thank you for the review! Hope you're having fun in LA!

    Love, Elizabeth xx

    http://butterflyboo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  53. They look really pretty and simple x
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  54. I'm really tempted to buy these!xx

    http://lockedupinfashion.blogspot.co.uk/

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  55. I'd really like to try these, as false nails for me = glue EVERYWHERE! x

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  56. 4 and a half days?! Wow I'm amazed they lasted 4 and a half hours. Will definitely try for a night out
    nourishedbysarah.blogspot.com

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  57. I really want to try these nails! may have to by them ❤

    http://www.aliceinbeautyland94.blogspot.co.uk/

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  58. I think these look lovely! Love how bright they are, great for holiday x

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  59. Looks amaaaaaaazing, Fleur!

    http://katvanilla.blogspot.com

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  60. These actually look like they might work - is a fun way to get intricate designs easily! Thanks for the review, may have to give them a spin myself! x

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  61. These look lovely on, I actually really like the pattern!
    Carissa xx

    Vanilla Crush Blog

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  62. I love this pattern, I think I'll be getting some myself. I too was a bit skeptical of these after having man failed attempts when I was younger, but I think I'll give these a go as they're so pretty!
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk/

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  63. I tried these in the regular french tip version. I really hated them. They really did look too fake and some of them didn't adhere to my nail at the very tip of it. There was a separation there. I literally took them off after a day :/

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  64. Looks amazing <3

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  65. Great review - I've been looking for a durable alternative, and those are really pretty, which is a bonus!

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  66. oh my good..the nails looks so cute :)

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  67. This look is Amazing!!!!!

    :DD

    Nadia

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  69. Honestly... I think the pattern does border a little on tacky and cute like you said, but only because they look very plastic-y... :P


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  70. I don't usually like fake nail, but this one looks good! the pattern is a bit tacky and cute but I like it :)
    xx-B
    http://thegreyclover.blogspot.co.uk/

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  72. I think the pattern is cute for summer... plus you did a great job applying them!
    Claire xx
    http://xstylishbeautyx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  73. they look really good. i was thinking of purchasing them but was unsure so this really helped thank you.
    are these the ones you bought when you went shopping with sprinkleofglitter x :)

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  74. I saw you wearing these in a couple of your videos and definitely thought that they were your real nails :)

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  75. I saw the ad for these and immeadiately fell in love! My main concern about false nails is taking them off so I might give these a try, although I wish they had more design options x

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  76. do they have these press ons in america? does anyone know? i haven't seen a design this cute ever!!

    check out our new nail designs! http://savingoversplurging.blogspot.com/2012/06/notd-rocker-chic-microbeads.html

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  77. looks pretty neat !

    xoxo
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  78. I've been wondering whether to try these or not, some of the designs are so nice! Thanks for the review, I think I will give them a shot. :)

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  79. I love the design on these nails - so cute! where can they be brought from is it only at boots/

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  80. so desperate to have these in my life! I have never worn false nails as I'm lucky to have quite long nails anyway but the pattern of these ones are adorable! xx

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  81. I've been wanting to try these due to all of the advertising with Nicole in, but was worried that they may fall off after a short while, however I am now going to buy some! Love this design! :)

    Fiona x

    http://fionaandfashion.blogspot.co.uk/

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  82. I love these to!

    Please go check out my blog!

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  83. I love these nails, In Holland we only have some boring ones or with a animal print on them nothing joyfull. We only have 10 available. Would love to have these.

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