Press & Go Press-on Manicure is the Australian name for the imPress Press-on manicure that has recently become popular in the US and UK. It’s a modernised version of the old-fashioned stick-on manicure. It’s available in a range of 12 styles ranging from a classic french manicure to some pretty out-there nail art.
I was sent 3 styles for review:
For the purposes of this review, I trialled Rock It. I’m saving the other 2 sets for few special events coming up in the near future.
The shaping of the nails at the edges means they blend quite cleanly into my natural nail. The finish is definitely not natural, but it is comparable to a set of well applied gel nail enhancements.
Ease of application:
These couldn’t have been easier to apply. I began by filing my nails, wiping them down with a nail cleaner and sanitiser. I didn’t read the instructions, and didn’t realise there was a wipe in the pack to do this, so I used my own. I then peeled the plastic off the back of each nail (thumbs LAST) and pressed them firmly onto my own natural nail. I think this is key to getting a really great bond – the pressure when applying them should be uncomfortably firm.
I didn’t have high hopes for the longevity of this manicure. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’ve worn many a set of press-on nails, and they rarely last more than an hour for me. Let me just say I was pleasantly surprised.
I applied these nails on a Monday morning at around 10am. They stayed on perfectly until the Friday (mind you, I cleaned the house including giving the bathroom a good scrub), when the index finger of my right hand lifted off. I simply cleaned the nail and pressed a new one on.
It wasn’t until the Saturday that I started having any real problems with these nails. At lunchtime I could feel that my left index finger and my right middle finger were starting to lift. I put up with it for a few hours, but I was itching to play with a new nail polish anyway, so I pulled them all off. There’s every possibility that I could have just replaced the lifting nails and they would have kept going strong.
What they say:
- No drying time–The imPRESS Press-On Manicure delivers an instant salon-perfect manicure without the drying time of polish or nail glue.
- Superior, lasting shine—An indestructible top coat that rivals the best salon gel polish.
- Easy removal—Gently peel from sides or apply polish remover around the edges, wait 1 minute, then peel off.
- Lasts up to a week—When applied properly, imPress Press-On Manicure lasts up to a week while keeping nails protected. What polish can say that!
Priceline and selected pharmacies.