I used to be a huge fan of gel nails and – when the era allowed for it, acrylics – but it has taken years for my own natural nails to regain their strength after using them. Nowadays, I do like a bit of shellac and the less damage they cause our lovely talons, but even with the occasional shellac treat, it’s having long, healthy, natural nails that I really strive for.
So when I got my hands (and nails, I guess!) on one of the latest imPress Nails collections, I was looking forward to seeing just how practical they would be. My nails were never the best at holding on to gels, never mind press-on nails, and the idea of wearing fake nails had never really appealed to me. It was a combination of the awkward application, the unnatural feeling and their unrealistic appearance that had me slightly uncurious.
But these press-on manicure sets from Broadway are already a massive hit stateside, with Nicole Scherzinger being a self-proclaimed fan, so they were obviously doing something right – enough for me to give them a try anyway.
A healthier alternative to fake nails, these nails are quick and easy to apply – with clear instructions and no mess. You just peel off the backing, stick to your nails and you’re done! While it might seem like a lengthy procedure before you start, once you’ve found the right size for each corresponding nail, it’s really quite simple.
Heading on an evening out recently, I didn’t have time to base coat, polish and top coat my own nails – especially factoring in the essential smudge-avoidance time – so I used the opportunity to try one of the limited edition collections from imPress instead. Not only could I pop the nails right on, I also had a bit of fun decorating the nails with nail art stickers too!
Once on, they did last a couple of days and didn’t come off as easy as I expected them to, despite my heavy-handed nature. For more light-handed ladies, they can last up to a week.
They retail at €7.99 for the block colours and €9.99 for the patterned themes and they are widely available in chemists across Ireland, as well as trusty Penneys and Dunnes Stores.
While they aren’t a permanent solution for gorgeous nails, they’re a fun, fast fashion fix and definitely worth picking up!
Tip: Don’t place too close to your cuticles and don’t be afraid of spending a few minutes finding the perfect size for your own nail. It will pay off to have that sorted before you start!
PS. With Halloween arriving mid-working week this year, not many of us can celebrate by dressing up like a naughty witch and hitting the local in fancy dress. But it’s always nice to get into the spirit and imPress nails have a range of Halloween themed nails to vamp up our claws!