Sunday, June 8, 2014

Broadway - imPress Press-on Manicure Nail Review

Hello hello! As you may know, I have settled into my new place for the summer. Work hasn't been too busy, and I have been shopping way too much for my own good. When the days are slow, I browse different clothing websites. I buy more than I can use, but regardless, I still buy more and just hoard it in my room. Eventually, I will become a hoarder. A crazy cat lady AND a hoarder. 

Well anyway, I signed up with this community called influenster. It's a website where a variety of people post their reviews and experiences on different products. Every time you write a post, you build up points towards not only your social media presence, but also particular badges you can unlock on your profile. The more reviews you write, the higher your influence will be. 
I was lucky enough to be eligible for the imPress Manicures by Broadway. They sent me two of their products to review.

The imPress Manicures boast:
  • No drying time
  • Superior lasting shine
  • Easy removal
  • Lasts up to a week
  • Salon results
Let's see if they do just that! 

The two styles I was sent to try:

Left: D030 Holla, Right: D050 Hottie

For my review, I tested out D030 Holla! It's not a design I would usually reach for, but hey, different is good. Heads up, this post will be very picture heavy.

I think the packaging is really innovative and different. Many other fake nail packaging just show all the nails. The container looks like a nail polish bottle, as the press on manicure offers a lot of what typical nail polishes do: Lasting shine, no chipping, salon results, etc
Also, you can hold the remainder of the nails in the bottle like container. Unscrew the top and the bottle opens up for easy access to the nails. 

There are 24 individual nails of various sizes. My nails are on the small side, so I was worried I wouldn't be able to find any to fit- but alas I did! So even those with the smallest fingernails can find a size for them! 
As you can see above, the side of the nail with the sticker tab sticking out, is placed towards the cuticle. 

On the back, you can see the adhesive. Once you find the right size, you apply pressure on top of your nail for a couple of seconds.

And voila! A manicure in seconds.  
What I like about these nails, is that they are not a hard plastic. They are very flexible and you can roll them up into a tube or even flatten the fake nails. A few times the tabs were difficult to remove, and the nail ended up bending its shape. It also made it easier for the nail to shape with your own when you press it on. 


The overall look isn't too bad. Let's go over the list again:
  • Instant manicure - definitely! The only time consuming part was finding nails that matched the size of your own. But application wise, it was really quick. 
  • No drying time - Well no glue was needed so yes!
  • Superior lasting shine - Yes again! No chipping either! 
Now, even though imPress nails does what it advertises, I still ran into a few problems-especially with the shape of the nails and the adhesive. 

Now, the adhesive is strong. When you apply pressure on your nail, it sticks. And it won't come off unless you're rough with your nails, like biting your nails or opening a can...
The biggest problem I ran into was the shape of the nails. My index finger. My nail is curved at the tip. so when I put on the nail, I had a large space between my nail and the fake one (see in the photo above). Because of that, when I washed my hands, water got onto the adhesive and it would lose its stickiness almost immediately. From then on, the nail would begin to fall off. 
My index nail did not last more than an hour after I had washed my hands. 

The instructions do not mention whether you can remove them daily and reuse them. I first garnered interest towards these nails from watching grav3yardgirl a youtuber boast about these nails. She mentioned she would remove them at the end of the day and wear them again the next day. Since where I work does not allow for such nails as these, I just removed them after an hour of wear and reapplied them. 
Naturally, the adhesive was not as sticky. It still stuck onto my nail well, but it just wasn't the same. I couldn't do the same activities as before. I can only imagine how much worse they become later on in the week. They say, 'lasts up to a week' but the longevity definitely is not as advertised.  

Secondly, my nails felt incredibly brittle after I removed them. I don't know if it's because the adhesive removed the enamel off the top of my nail, but my nails were and are have been very thin ever since I removed them from my nails. 

From afar the nails look pretty good, But up close, you can tell they're press ons. So I wouldn't say they're, 'salon results'.

Final thoughts
I like them, but I don't love them. I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase these regularly. For me, they are not worth the price of paying $9.99+ when they would likely just last the day-if even. Since my index fingers don't fit into the shape of the nails that well, and I can't bend them that way to make them stay put, there's no way I can wear the imPress nails for longer than a day.
Not to mention, that even though the package comes in 24 nails, the other 14 are wasted, because I can't use them, since they're not of my nail sizes.

Overall, they're a good idea and convenient when you're pressed for time, but don't expect them to be long lasting.
It would also be a good idea to put on some clear polish before application, just in case the adhesive removes any nail enamel.

I may purchase one every once in a while, but it doesn't last long enough for me to want to spend more than $10 regularly. I do want to try the french tip style, but I have the patience to grow out my nails and paint over them myself.

imPress nails range from $7.99-$9.99+ depending on the drugstore.

Have you tried the imPress press on manicures? Thoughts? Have you thought about wanting to try them?

This product was provided for me for review purposes. This was sponsored by Influenster and I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

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