Fake nails, for me, tend to conjure up images that should be in a sitcom – you know the sort of thing: a woman on a date or something, trying to look her best – fake nail pings off into her dates’ soup/cheesecake/wine/hair/lap…. comedy ensues whilst she tries to get the stray nail back without the date noticing.
Press on falsies haven’t been something I have played with in a while, not since I was a teen I think, as my other main memory of them is that they just don’t last. I would press them on and be a couple of nails down before I reached my destination. So after a few failed attempts I gave up with press on falsies – forgoing them in favour of salon acrylic nails for a while. Which I loved – they always looked perfectly manicured and were pretty easy to maintain, but the downside came when I removed them after about a year and I was left with tissue thin nails.
Enough of my nail history, back to the nails in question – I have been sent a few sets of Kiss Nails to try out and the ones I reached for first were the ‘Everlasting French Petite’. Designed for small nails and not talon-long, they were more my sort of thing. So on Saturday morning I decided to give these a go rather than bother with painting my nails. So I went through the little pot, picking out nails to fit mine, this was made easier by the tabs which each had a number relating to their size.
I then applied the glue to the back of each falsie and a drop on each of my nails (one at a time rather than having a hand covered in glue) and put each nail on. The tabs on each nail again came in handy as it helps to push the nail on without getting glue everywhere.
All in all the application took about 10mins, maybe less. Far quicker than it ever takes to paint them and once the glue is dry they are set in place for the duration.
This is where the Kiss Nails have really impressed me – they really stick on and felt just as secure as salon done acrylics. Where every other time I have tried press on falsies they have barely lasted a night, these nails were still going strong till Monday evening when I managed to pop one off when putting something in my bag. I managed to locate the stray nail with no sit-com-esque scenes and later stuck it back on.
I think the nails look almost as good as professionally applied ones, only now (Tuesday) have they started to show slight wear – with air bubbles showing up underneath where the glue doesn’t cover the surface. Eagle-eyed readers out there may notice in the picture that I chose one nail that was a little too long and you can see the white line of my nail underneath.
But genuinely, I think these nails are fantastic quality – when I showed them to some friends on Saturday night I had them inspecting my hands for the ‘join’ or any gaps where they could see they weren’t real. Granted it was fairly dark lighting, but I was happy my falsies came off as the real thing.
So after being all positive I have been trying to think of some negatives for these nails and so far can only really think of one: they have made me really want to get acrylics done again. I will try and fend off the urge by using more of these nails, but I have a feeling that it’s just a matter of time before I succumb.
What did I like?
- They look naturally perfect
- They feel really secure
- They last for days not hours
- They make a great tapping noise when drumming fingers on a desk
What didn’t I like?
- They have made me want to get acrylic nails applied again
- After a while the air bubbles don’t look great (this is at four days of wear)
I’d love to hear some of your nail horror/comedy stories!
Kiss Nails are available in Boots and Superdrug across the UK and online at boots.com
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The nails were sent for free for review purposes. Opinions are honest and my own as usual.