ImPress with an Easy Manicure for Under $10

I am a Julep Maven but I am not big on nail art. I like fun nail colors. However, I haven't really gotten into all of the artistic flair that most manicures sport today. I was introduced to a quick and easy manicure that features nail art and nail accents. The manicure lasts through a heavy workweek and costs under $10 in drugstores. Sounds too good to be true, huh? Let's just say, I was pretty imPRESSed.

About imPRESS Manicure

ImPRESS Manicure is a press-on manicure set that is geared towards the lifestyle of busy women. Whether you are a busy mom, the athletic type, or a busy freelancer like myself, these press-on manicure can stand up to days of wear and tear by you. Sure, we can give ourselves a standard manicure or go to the salon to get one done. Unfortunately, if you use your hands a lot during the day, you'd be lucky if that manicure lasted two days without a nick, chip, or scratch on it.

ImPRESS Press-On Manicure is the easy way to get a manicure that can stand up to your lifestyle. It really is simple:

  1. Clean dirt and oil from nails.
  2. Select nails that best fit your natural nail shape.
  3. Peel off the plastic backing of the nail.
  4. Press onto nail and hold (for 30 seconds).
  5. Periodically press nails into place over the next 30 minutes. I do a 10 second press and hold every ten minutes.

Five steps that give you a manicure that can last up to a week. I haven’t even got into the good part; it costs under $10 in drugstores.

My Experience with imPRESS Manicure

When I got the opportunity to test out imPRESS Press-On Manicure, I was thrilled. It has been about 15 years since I've worn fake nails. I never did care for the glue because they would wreck my natural nails. Press-on nails would barely last a day with me. However, imPRESS Manicure claimed  to last longer than other press-on nails, up to a week.

I received two imPRESS Manicure sets: Accent Manicure in Boogie Down and Manicure Short in Casting Call. Both sets fit my lifestyle perfectly. No chipped polish, no cracked nails, and each set lasted at least four days without loosening.

ImPRESS Accent Manicure - Boogie Down

The Boogie Down set is a part of the ImPRESS Manicure Accent line. The Accent line features accent nails that have some form of sparkle or glitter to them. Boogie Down is a nude matte set with silver glitter accent nails.

This is a pretty set. Unfortunately, for me, nude matte does not look very good on me. The glitter accent nails did look good. I kept the set on for four days until I felt the glue hold weakening on a couple of nails and I removed the set. I probably could have gotten a few more days out of the set. Like I said, the color did not suit my skin tone well so I kind of was looking for a good reason to remove them. I shared the rest of the set with my mother and the color looks fabulous against her cocoa brown complexion.

ImPRESS Manicure Short - Casting Call

Casting Call is from the short manicure line with short nails that really fit well with my life as a freelance writer. The color is perfect for this fall season, a deep burgundy shade with appliquè pieces that are also pressed onto the nail. This was my favorite of the two sets. People who've seen it on me loved it as well.

The Casting Call manicure lasted six days before the backs of the nails become too loose. While I did like the appliquè pieces, they snagged my hair quite often. When I wear this manicure again, I know to save the pretty press-on appliquè pieces for the end of the manicure to prevent damage to my hair.

Final Thoughts about imPRESS Manicure

Overall, I am impressed with imPRESS Press-On Manicure. They are convenient, affordable, and can handle hours of typing without ruining the manicure. In addition, the shine on the glossy nails does not fade like nail polish can. My hair products contain oils and butters in them that tend to eat away at nail polish and dull its shine. These nails handled my hair products like a pro.

You can buy imPRESS Press-On Manicure sets at most national drugstores like Walgreens, CVS, and Rite-Aid as well as Walmart and few other places online. I truly do not recommend buying these from Amazon because I feel the sets are overpriced there. Each store is going to have a different selection of imPRESS Manicure sets so you may need to look around to find a place that carries the set you want.

Have you ever worn press-on nails? How long did they last?

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