12.20.2011

Beauty Rhi-flection: imPRESS Press-on Manicure


I was actually working on a video version of this post but I literally cannot get enough quiet in this house to do the voice over with the photos so I'm skipping it in favor of a very detailed post instead. I hope you'll find it informational and leave a comment if you have questions. XO -- Rhi

My first experience with press-on style nails was back in 1989. It was also my last until these babies came along. Back then you put double sided sticker-tape things on the nail then pressed the nails on or something like that. Being 10 at the time, I just didn't have the skills to make them sit right and my nails are VERY flat. (My manicurist actually said she doesn't think acrylics would work on my nails because of that). The press-ons back in the day were advertised on TV so much that—like the born consumer I am—I had to have them. lol So my stepsister and I begged my new stepmother for them when we were in the drugstore. Why she caved I'll never know. I just remember the stickers they went on with and the barfy peach color they were. Wow, I had bad taste back then... some would debate that hasn't changed but I digress... the point is two decades have passed since that first taste of fake nails. The product has to have evolved since then right? It sure has!

They're so flat I was skeptical imPRESS Manicure would work.

As y'all saw in my video unboxing of my Holiday 2011 VoxBox from Influenster I received an imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails. I got the funky zebra print style called Dancing Queen but there are 35 other great prints and colors too. You can see them all at the imPRESS Manicure site.

The nails come in a cool 'bottle' that actually clicks open once you twist the top off. There are 24 nails in each bottle. Two of each in 12 sizes. Not sure how to tell which are which? At the tip of each nail, on the back side, there is a teeny tiny number.

They're not talon-long which was the first thing I liked about them. I prefer a certain length beyond the fingertip and to my shock these are the exact length I like. Girly without being trashy, flirty but practical for a mom who works with her hands every day. Unfortunately I did have to cut my thumbnail down to the quick for the thumbnails because they weren't as long as I wish they'd been but I have long thumbs so others may or may not have the same experience.

The length is just right
& the size #'s are here.

Mix leftovers from multiple
sets for a whole new look! 
Finding the right size for each nail was pretty tricky. My ring, middle, and index finger nails are the same width though they have a different curve so I didn't get a flawless fit on each but did my best and they weren't noticeably ill-fitted to anyone but my perfectionist self. Make sure if you're using them that you size them with the sticker down at the cuticle. For some reason I read it the wrong way and had to redo my sizes.


 

The nails were so easy to apply. Use the included prep pad to wipe each nail. It's basically an alcohol wipe so if you lose it or need another a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad will work fine. This removes the natural oils from the surface of the nail so the glue on the fake nail sticks well. My manicurist does the same thing before she puts on my base coat. After that it's as simple as peeling off the clear sticker backing on each nail, lining it up, pressing down firmly and holding for a few seconds. I recommend starting from the pinkie and working your way in through the middle then switching hands and doing the same on the other. Save the index and thumbs for last as it's easier to peel the stickers with those fingers.

If you flub it up the nails actually peel off very easily but cannot be re-applied. I accidentally put my middle nail onto my index finger and peeled it immediately off from the side (as instructed) and it came off easy with no damage to my nail.
 

Fabulous in under 20 minutes!
While I didn't like the Dancing Queen print—it's just not very me and the hubs thought it was ugly—I would love to try these again. I gave mine the most hardcore testing I could so you would know just how durable they were. Mine survived peeling oranges, scratching my husband's back, prying price tags off gifts for wrapping, opening a DVD, me picking my cuticles (my worst bad habit), showers and shampooing my hair, playing with my hand-mauling German Shepard, and scraping at a bit of food stuck on a pan after the dishwasher. In the end it was the edge by the cuticle catching in my hair as I ran my hand through it on Day 3 that killed it.

Day 3 - before removal, still looks good
but you can see the chipped edges if you
look closely at the tips.
Through the testing there were only a few cons I noticed. A) the glue smell is horrible but only noticeable if you're putting your hand near your nose. B) the underside of the tips can get really gunky if your natural nail is almost as long as the fake, stuff gets stuck between them so make sure you use a gentle nail brush to keep them from getting gross. C) in the case of my set the tips took a hammering which chipped the print at the ends off. It's subtle but I think if they'd lasted more than 36 hours they might have gotten worse.

Overall I liked these so much I went looking for them locally but haven't found them in stock anywhere yet. (We're often behind everyone out here in Montana). While I wouldn't wear these regularly I would LOVE to buy a few sets to keep in my nail bag for date-nights and special occasions. The lack of a drying time made these perfect for me since I rarely have time when my hands aren't working, typing, using a touch screen, diapering, cooking, flipping pages... I'm just too busy for a drying time but I want to feel pretty and polished too.

Looking for a last minute stocking stuffer? imPRESS in Tweetheart, a cheery red solid, would be awesome. She can dig them out of her stocking and have them on in time for breakfast. Or save them for New Year's Eve. I personally think TGIF, a metallic on dark print, or Text Appeal, a black solid, would be perfect for a New Year's party.

If this were a true review I would rate these 4 stars - I liked it. They weren't without a flaw or two but I would definitely buy these. With solids running around $5.99 and prints at $7.99 they beat my manicurist's price by more than half and I can get glam all by myself without an appointment.


imPress Manicure retails for $5.99 for colors and $7.99 for patterns, and is available at CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, KMart, Walgreens, Walmart and more. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, visit
imPressManicure.com, where you can download an exclusive coupon and virtually try on all the colors and patterns!
Learn more about this cool product through their YouTube videos or connect with them on Twitter and Facebook.




Notes: I received this product complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program. It did not influence my opinion on this product.

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