My most recent #VoxBox was for imPress-on Manicure by Broadway nails. Now, let me make this very clear to begin with: I'm not a "fake nails" kind of girl. In fact, for most of my life I've had beautiful, strong real nails. However, I had surgery in November 2013, and since then my own nails are pretty blah. They keep breaking and generally driving me batty. This isn't cool, and I'm not a fan.
Moving on! The last time I tried "press-on nails", I was less than impressed, to be quite frank. They don't stay on, they look like crap, they're flimsy and nasty. All of these are things I equated with this type of product. Imagine my utter shock when I realized that I really like the imPress-on nails!
The first thing that struck me? The pattern. I'm a girly girl - I like things to be all pretty and frilly and lacy. I can't help it, people - it's who I am. Having said that, I'm also a bit hard-core; covered in tattoos, swear like a sailor - the whole deal. So when I saw the pattern on these babies, I was thrilled!
Second thing that caught my eye? These aren't your mother's press-on nails. They're made well, they're shaped well, and the quality is much higher than I expected.
Third thing? The nails come with an alcohol prep-pad. Why is this important? When you're using any sort of adhesive on your nails, you want it to be as clean and dry as possible. Alcohol actually removes any oils that might be residing on your nail bed and the surrounding flesh, which means.....*drum roll*.....you guessed it: A much better application.
To say they're simple to put on would be an understatement. The entire process, including the nail prep, took about 7-10 minutes. There are a number of sizes to choose from, so I didn't feel frustrated or like I had to sort through a ton and never be pleased with what I found. Once you find the right size, simply peel off the backing (thin plastic), place, and hold for a few seconds. Then onto the next one!
Best of all? They look great! Check it out!
Overall, I'm really, really thrilled with these. They stayed on for a full week - in fact, I ended up taking them off. Not because they were getting loose or anything, but because I was doing something that required me to go back to my own short nails. When I took them off, I simply peeled them off - no major ordeal there. To make it even better, there was absolutely zero damage to my natural nail. Gels and acrylics can't claim that benefit!
I would absolutely recommend imPress. Fun night out? Check! Weekend getaway? Check! Working from home, typing all day, being a mom? Check! There are loads of fun patterns to choose from, so I have no doubt that you can find something to your liking.
If you've tried them, I'd love to hear about it in the comments!