Sunday, May 19, 2013

Review: Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure

Hey, friends! Today I'd like to give a more in-depth review on the press-on nails I received in my Influenster VoxBox earlier this week: the Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure set.

I had never tried fake nails prior to receiving these, and although I'm not a huge fan of fake nails (in appearance or application), I tested these out because I got them for free and I might as well give them a good, fair try.

The box gives very good instructions for applying the nails, so even a press-on-nail-novice like me could do it. However, I quickly learned not to place the fake nails too close to your cuticles. I started with my left pinky. They tell you to press it on with force, so I did just that, not realizing I had trapped my pinky cuticles under the nail. Ouch! I thought maybe the pain would go away, so I did the rest of the nails on my left hand (hey, I didn't say I was thinking clearly), and the pain only grew so I decided to take on the mission of removing it. And these nails are not the easiest things to take off, but after some effort and a little acetone nail polish remover, I got it off. I suppose it's good that they don't come off easily, since you don't want them just falling off, but it was really difficult! I want to say at least at least a minute or two, just devoted to taking the nail off. I had to do a mix of dabbing whatever underside of the nail I could reach with nail polish remover while wiggling and jiggling the fake nail to loosen the glue. Eventually I got it off, and replaced it with a new one after a few minutes of nail-recovery-time (the pinky nail in this picture is the new one, not choking my cuticles). That was quite a bit of trouble to say the least.

Side note: Be sure not to put them on the wrong way. There is a more curved side that goes down by your cuticles, and the straighter side that sticks outward. Otherwise, you get this mess. I'll give you a hint: it sticks up and won't press down since it's not curved enough. :( (Also my camera decided not to focus on it, so just read between the pixels). 

Another problem I experienced was that the nails didn't exactly fit my real nails. Perhaps my fingers are a little wider than most people's -- I have no idea -- but they nails were always just too narrow for my finger nails. Maybe my natural nails fan out wider than most people's? I have no idea. All I know is that they didn't fit and didn't look so hot. I was able to tell before I put them on, but I wanted to give them a full test run so I decided just to go with it. 

These nails would be great for people with small fingernails. I had to use the biggest size (probably meant for the thumbs) on my pointer/middle/ring fingers (as seen in the picture above, which fits) , meaning that my thumbs were basically screwed. I wish the nails came in more sizes. I had plenty of extras left in the bottle, but at one point I dropped one of the biggest size (which you only get two of, by the way) and I was crawling on the floor for five minutes to find it because I knew that if I didn't have it, I'd be screwed since the other sizes were way too small. This picture does not show the ill-fitting sides, but at least it looks good from the top. I made sure not to  put it too close to my cuticles this time (which by the way, are looking a little thirsty in this picture, huh?)

Overall, I would recommend these nails...to someone else. The application process was easy and the design was cute, but I am incapable of applying false nails apparently, and Broadway Nails does not make fake nails in my nail size (nails have sizes?), at least not to my knowledge. If you have small fingers (or just fingernails in general), I would recommend this brand to you wholeheartedly. They claim to stay on for a full week, and to be honest, I didn't like the feeling of the nails on top of mine so I removed them after about 6-7 hours since I couldn't take it anymore. But they do feel very secure and stable (and mine weren't even fitted to my nails). If they fit your nails, they should stay at least a few days without a problem.

You can find Broadway Nails imPress Press-On Manicures at CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Read, KMart, Walgreens, Walmart, or any other drugstore near you ($5.99 for colors, $7.99 for patterns). Iif these are sized right to your nails, you'll probably have two full sets of nails. They can be find at any drugstore near you, such as CVS, and come in a variety of fun colors and designs.

Have you ever tried press-on nails? What did you think of them?

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