imPRESS Press-On Manicure Review, Influenster Box!

Impress Press-Ons from Inluenster

Impress Press-Ons from Influenster

My very first Influentser box! I’ve never received a product for the purpose of review before. I haven’t used press on nails in years, and my memories of them aren’t all good. I remember one popping off while I was at work in a restaurant, and panicking until I found it (it was in the cutlery roll ups!) I gave them up after that, disliking the upkeep and unpredictability.

Impress Press-Ons

Impress Press-Ons

The side and back of the outer packaging has the easy step by step instructions.

Impress Press-Ons from Inluenster Instructions

Impress Press-Ons from Influenster Instructions

Impress Press-Ons, Inside Package

Impress Press-Ons, Inside Package

These imPRESS Press-On Manicure nails are by Broadway Nails. They don’t need nail glue, as they have glue already applied to the back which is exposed after you pull off the sticker backing. Application already sounds easier than what I was accustomed too. After a quick read over the instructions I laid them out for a look. The pink and purple with leopard spots is called “Over the Moon” and the zebra print is called “Dancing Queen”, according to the package. There may have been a rename/redesign as on their website, the one labeled “Dancing Queen” is a multi-coloured nail instead. For the purpose of this test/review, I will be calling the zebra print Dancing Queen as that’s how the package it came in was labeled. Lots of sizes to choose from, here’s what they look like laid out!

Impress Press-Ons, Over the Moon

Impress Press-Ons, Over the Moon

Impress Press-Ons, Zebra Print (Dancing Queen?)

Impress Press-Ons, Zebra Print (Dancing Queen?)

I went about selecting the right ones for my nails. I found ones that looked like a reasonable match for the index and ring finger, a mostly passable one for my thumb, but my pinky was more of a challenge. It seems my nails are too long for the press-ons, and I don’t mean the whole nail itself. I mean just the nail bed, from cuticle to end of my finger. I would have to clip off my nail right down the area where its attached by the tip of my finger to make this nail fit. My nail beds are just too long and thin for these nails. The next size up was far too wide. Pictures to demonstrate, showing the smallest nails included in the set of “Over the Moon”. The nail above as next size up from smallest showing itself as too wide, the smallest one as too short.

Impress Press-Ons, pinky

Impress Press-Ons, pinky

I tried to match the nails again with the “Dancing Queen” set, and fared a little better. It seems these were just a tiny bit longer, making the difference in fit. Example below. Excuse the nail discoloration, I like my polishes dramatic and they do stain.

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Impress Press-On Pinky Comparison

Impress Press-On Pinky Comparison

Encouraged, I decided to go for it and try some on. I used the alcohol prep pad included in the kit to make sure my nails had no residue to keep them from sticking properly, removed the sticker backing to expose the glue and pressed them on. They went on easily and the glue felt secure. They didn’t feel like they were going to pop off any time soon, and were comfortable enough to not interfere with typing. From the top they looked pretty good, but from the side and bottom you can see they don’t fit my nails properly. My nails are wider at the tip, so you can see some natural nail exposed along the sides. Also, my nails have a more pronounced curve width wise making the nails not stick as well as they were flatter than my own.

Impress Press-Ons

Impress Press-Ons Top View

Impress Press-Ons

Impress Press-Ons Top View

Impress Press-Ons Side View Showing Natural Nail

Impress Press-Ons Side View Showing Natural Nail

Impress Press-Ons Underside showing nail curve difference

Impress Press-Ons Underside showing nail curve difference

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These wore well through some cooking and dish washing (no gloves) and still felt like they would stick for quite a while despite not fitting perfectly. When the time came to remove them, they came off easily with a little prying from the sides, no polish remover required. I was worried about them damaging my natural nail, but they came off cleanly, with a small amount of glue residue that easy wiped off. While removing I could tell these were a lot more flexible than what I had experienced with any brand of fake nails before. If these nails would come out past your nail tips that could be a really important feature wear wise.

Although the exotic and colourful Over the Moon nails didn’t fit as well, I wanted to try them on anyway for fun 🙂

Impress Press-ons, Over the Moon

Impress Press-Ons, Over the Moon

Impress Press-Ons, Over the Moon

Impress Press-Ons, Over the Moon

Although these didn’t fit me as perfectly as I’d have liked, I think they would be great for someone else. If you have flatter, wider, or shorter nail beds (or all the above), these will likely fit you a lot better then myself. The glue wore well and the length wasn’t unwieldy so I think most people would find these to be comfortable enough. I would definitely have more faith in these than the press on nails of my past. These would also be good for a costume as a quick look on their website showed 36 styles and patterns to choose from, something for everyone!

Comparing stripes with Porky kitty!

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  You can learn more about these imPRESS nails at http://impressmanicure.com/!

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