So, with that out of the way, allow me to introduce you to imPress Press On Manicure, marketed as an easy and inexpensive way to keep up with the latest nail trends. The packaging on these is great; a clear plastic replica of a nail polish bottle. I will admit that I struggled with opening it for the first
imPress kits start at €7.99 for block colours and go up to €9.99 for patterned and French manicure styles. There is a choice of 11 colours and patterns that will, apparently, last up to a week on your fingers. Each pack contains 24 false nails in 12 sizes and a cleansing wipe to remove any excess oil or grime from your natural nails before application.
If you're lucky, you could get two applications out of each packet, assuming the nail sizes suit you. I suppose this would be an appropriate point to voice my first gripe. The nails are relatively short. I have short nail beds and short nails but, even still, I had to file some of my nails down so that they didn't poke over the top of the falsies (I toyed with leaving a gap at the cuticle but, it just looked ridiculous!). Anyone blessed with long nail beds or long talons will struggle to use these neatly without a drastic cut and file!
Application is a doddle and these could well be the answer for those of us who struggle with nail art and applying nail wraps. The nails are glue-free which gets a big thumbs up from me. Instead they have a tab on the back which you peel off to reveal a tacky gum. Once you size up all 10 nails, pull the tab off and press down for a few seconds. Simples.
I'll hold my hands up at this point and say that they do look awesome once applied. I used the nails in Space Cadet, a kind of dalmation-esque print with a multi-coloured glitter topcoat. As someone who is really particular about looking neat and tidy and uniform, I love how all the nails look the same. Turning my hands over though, a little bit of my disdain creeps back as these are, very clearly, plastic nails. It's just not a look that I favour but, because I love the front view so much, I can overlook it for the first time ever.
Because they are nail enhancements, albeit a new breed, they feel like all others I have tried once they are pressed into place. My nails feel almost heavy and the bond must be quite strong as my nail beds feel tight. Plus side is that these won't be flicking off when you try and open a can of Coke. Downside is that they take some getting used to in order to complete everyday tasks. For example, I now have to type with the pads of my fingers as opposed to the tips and I'm not half as quick on my iPhone as I usually am.
Removal of falsies is usually where nails get mangled but, a swipe of nail polish remover around the edges of these will have them lift off easily and with no damage done to the natural nail underneath.
Easy to apply
Easy to remove
No glue, no damage
Good wear time (I've had mine on for three days now and they aren't budging!)
Won't be long enough for everyone
Take some getting used to
So, overall, it's a Space Cadet-clad thumbs up from me. I wouldn't be wearing these all the time and, definitely not to work where I type a lot but, for Christmas parties, special occasions or just a quick pick-me-up, imPress nails are a winner. Oh, and Nicole Scherzinger is a fan if that influences you at all?!