Kiss imPRESS Press-On Manicure Review

Have press-on nails still been around after all these years?? The last time I remember wearing press-on nails, I was in elementary school and they were horrible! I begged my mom for them because I just had to have french manicure nails that I could tap on my desk. She finally gave in, but I never kept them on for more than 48 hours. Based on that experience, I was super skeptical about trying them again. The Kiss Impress nails had really good reviews and I couldn’t help but to see how this manicure concept has improved.

The Kiss Impress nails are supposed to be a press-on gel type of nail, so they’re a little bit softer and more flexible than the original plastic design. Their new Ultra-Fit line is specifically what I was interested in because they claim for those designs to be slimmer and stronger for a more natural looking, comfortable fit.

The first style that I picked up is called Yeah Boy. I’ve been obsessed with the marble nail design ever since I first saw it, but I never go to get my nails done at a salon so this was the perfect solution. Each set comes with 30 nails total, so you can essentially get three uses out of every kit. They typically retail around $8 (I’ve even found them cheaper at Target and Walmart), which would make each manicure less than $3!!
One of the first things you’ll notice about this line is that they all come with some type of accent nail. I haven’t seen them offer any styles that are all one color. They have a plastic cover on the bottom of the nail with a number to reference for sizing. If you have multiple numbers that could fit a nail, it’s recommend to always choose the smaller option.

Application is super easy! After choosing the correct size for each nail, you use the included prep pad to clean the nail bed, then peel off the plastic cover and press them on. It’s important to make sure the nail is aligned straight and to press firmly for about 30 seconds for a stronger adhesion. It’s also recommended that you apply the thumbs last for easier application.
Once applied, you can take the provided nail file to shorten and shape them. I actually don’t do much to the nails because I like the square shape that they have and they’re not very long to begin with. I keep my natural nails short because I can’t stand working around long nails, or the feeling of the under part of the nail getting dirty, so I’m very happy to see the wearable length that these come in.

The photo above was taken immediately after application. The photo below is what they looked like seven days later. They pretty much look the exact same because these things wear extremely well!! I did have a little lifting from days 5-7, as you can see below, which was annoying because it’d pull at my hair. I also noticed the nails had a little bit of movement to them. That concerned me at first, but I realized when I tried removing them how strong the adhesion actually was.
After trying the marble design, I really wanted to find one with a french manicure. Not only would that allow me to test this line more thoroughly, but the clear design would allow me to see what’s really going on underneath the nail throughout the week. This style is called Queen B and I definitely felt more comfortable wearing them the second time after seeing how well they lasted.
This had more of a natural color rather than a pink for the french manicure design. However, I can’t say if I really have a preference for one or the other. This design was great for testing purposes, but I would definitely feel more confident wearing the marble design. This see-through color made it really obvious to tell that these were press-on nails. You could see little pockets of air in the middle of the nail and where the adhesive stopped.

After seven days, these still held up very well as far as how secure they were on the nail. However, they did look more rough than the marble set. I did file these down more and I wasn’t as careful with them throughout the week because I wasn’t worried about them popping off. I’m not exactly sure what caused it, but the edges were deteriorating quite a bit. Along with the nails lifting, I also lost the largest rhinestone accent on both hands.
To remove them, just trying to peel them off didn’t work for me. I put some acetone in the cap of the bottle, soaked each nail for a few seconds, and used a wooden cuticle pusher to slowly work the adhesive off of my nail. Thankfully, I was very happy to see that there was absolutely no damage to my natural nails at all. It took a few hours for them to feel completely normal after having all that pressure on them for a week, but they weren’t brittle or thin at all like when I’ve had acrylics or a gel manicure from a salon.

I am so impressed with these press-on nails, I can’t believe it! Through my weeks of testing, I was worried that they’d pop off or the adhesion would loosen with every hand-washing, but that wasn’t the case. They were still completely in tact after seven days. Between they’re extended wear time, the adorable designs, the length, and the price, I don’t think there’s anything better. If you’ve been curious about these or just want to switch up your manicure routine, I highly recommend picking up a set from the Kiss Impress line!

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~Mani Monday~
After wearing the french manicure last week and white before that, I was craving some color. I was inspired with yesterday’s Easter fun to go with a pastel purple. This one is by Sinful Colors called Candy Coated. It’s been one of my favorite pastel purple formulas for years. It has the tiniest hint of a blue undertone that makes it more unique and flattering on the nails.
What’s on your nails this week?

XO ♥ Christina ♥

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  1. I use the Kiss nail glue with them and they stay intact for more than 2-3 months :D

    1. That's impressive! I don't know how you do it, I get bored of the same nails after just a week! Do you remove the adhesive that's already on the press-ons or use it in combination with the glue?


  2. Pro-tip: buff up your nail bed with a file, the one included works fine, then press your cuticle back, use alcohol to clean the oils off your nail, then peel and stick. Try to place the nail as close to your cuticles as you can. I prefer to do my nails before bed allowing the impress nail to fully adhere to my nail. Following this regime I can make my nails last almost 2 weeks. Buffing, more like scratching, the nail bed, not a lot but just enough to give the stick'm on the impress nail something to really grab onto. When you press your cuticle back and lay the impress nail as close as possible over the next 24-48 hours the cuticles will lift and provide a more seamless attachment which helps postpone the hair catch under the nail on or around day 5 to about day 8. Then by sleeping on them I give them the best adherence possible. I have been using these things since 2013-ish and I absolutely love them. My real nails, even though I file the nail bed before application, remain strong and healthy. I do 2 sets or about a month with them on, then allow my nails atleast 2 weeks to recover. During this time I use olive oil to restore the shine to my nail and heal and repair any angry cuticles that may have gotten damaged or peeled during the 2 month impress nail sets. If I need my nails to look pretty for a night out I opt to apply a basic polish and remove the polish asap. After removing my polish I poor a teeny bit of vitamin E oil, coconut oil or tea tree oil into a nitrile glove that I also poor an equal amount of olive oil into. I'll wear the gloves for about an hour then wash with soap and water. Once dry I use a cotton pad dipped in olive oil and rub it on my nails and cuticles just for a bit of added shine and ofcourse to heal and repair. Olive oil is the key. It also works well to remove the impress nails without damaging nails. An eye dropper, some time to allow a slow removal! Buff out the scratches with a 4 sided/graded filing block and whalla! Perfect nails that scream healthy and well cared for at an actual fraction of the cost! Cheers!

    1. I just recently tried these again a few weeks ago and pushing the cuticles back further definitely helped with hair catching! One of my favorite things about the Impress nails, besides how well they last, is that they left absolutely no damage to my natural nails. That's something I always hated about getting a salon manicure or even using glue-ons at home.

      Olive oil is so underrated in beauty routines, especially when it comes to nails! Of all the cuticle oils I've tried, nothing has ever come close to the nourishment that olive oil provides. I'll have to try using it to remove the Impress nails. I've always had good luck using acetone and a metal cuticle pusher, but olive oil sounds like a much smoother experience. Do you use all 30 nails provided in each kit? I was only able to find 20 that fit my nails. But either way, $8 is much more affordable than what a salon would charge for two manicures!

  3. I have the impress on for 2 days. They look beautiful. I've worn salon acrylic or gel polish for years. Actually am a nail tech, retired. We all know what they do to your natural nail. Anyway after 5 hours one of the impress lifted.(had not been exposed to water). I found applying pressure with help of heat from blow dryer helped re adhere. But, that only lasted for short time. I can still press it down on day 3 .My other con is the occasional movement and not feeling tight security you have with acrylics. Have not decided if I will glue this one nail or just keep pressing. Read somewhere to apply clear polish and wait a few seconds and then once again apply pressure vs glue. I may first try that. Will keep you posted. Of course its now holiday time so I haven't really put them to any test so to speak.

    1. Using a blow dryer to heat the adhesive is a great idea! I can usually only wear these for about 5-7 days before the lifting around the cuticles drives me crazy with all the hair pulling. I definitely know what you mean about the movement, though. That made me feel very nervous the first time I wore these press-ons, but when I removed them I realized how strong the adhesive actually is. Now that I know they won't pop off, I think of the movement as "wiggle room" that the more sturdy glue doesn't usually allow. Every time I use glue, at least one nail always pops off, but I've never experienced that with the press-on adhesive!


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