I love getting my nails done. It’s been one of the splurges we’ve budgeted for for a couple of years now. I get dip polish on it and it lasts 4-5 weeks.
But doing them means finding the time to go to the salon and sit there and let them do my nails. In some weeks it is difficult to plan the time for this.
It was recently five weeks since I had my nails done and I really had to have them redone. They were very grown and the dip varnish was starting to peel off.
However, we had a lot to do that week and I just couldn’t find an hour to leave two little ones at home. It occurred to me that my sister was talking about how much she loves the Impress Nails.
She used to paint her nails with dip lacquer and had told me that she had switched to the Impress Nails and had become a real fan.
So Jesse had to run an errand and I asked him if he would stop by Target to get a box of the Impress Nails for me to try out.
What are impress nails?
Impress Nails are salon-like nails that you can apply yourself in a few minutes. You simply peel off the back of the nail to expose the glue and then press it onto your nail and press it over the surface of the nail for 20-30 seconds.
How much do they cost?
The box of Impress Nails we got was $ 7 + tax at Target. Amazon has them for $ 6.99 / box. This includes 30 nails – enough for 3 full applications. I heard they can be found cheaper at TJMaxx, but I didn’t look there.
How long do they last?
I checked on Instagram and the majority of people said they usually last up to 10 days. There were a few people who said they only lasted a few days. But most people have said that if you roughen your nails a little (this makes the glue stick well to the back of the pressure nail) and they don’t get wet for a few hours after applying, they will last for 10-14 days.
A couple of mine fell off during the 10 days I wore them, but I found it really easy to either put in a replacement nail or put the nail back on with nail glue.
How do you use them?
The Impress Nails are very easy to apply. Just open the box, make sure your nails are clean and dry and a little bit napped (use the small cloth and nail file that came in the box to wipe and roughen your nails), then pull the back of the nail and press it down. Kaitlynn and I applied them together, and we found that holding them in place with the nail and pushing all over for about 30 seconds worked best.
The biggest tip people have given me over and over again is not to get them wet for a couple of hours. They said this will give the glue time to dry. They also strongly recommended applying them just before bed to allow the glue to dry completely all night. People who said they were staying 10-14 days all told me they did.
Are They Hard To Take Off?
I was wondering if it would be hard to take them off. It was not. I only put them on a little at the end of the 10 days and could easily take them off. I know some people talked about watering theirs. I didn’t need that. But mine also started peeling off after 10 days.
- You look great! Since I usually get my nails done, it wasn’t that weird shift towards really amazing looking nails. I don’t think they look really wrong.
- They are very easy to install. You can literally use them in the car on the way to an event (well, as long as you’re not the driver!). It took me about five minutes to apply them.
- They are very cheap for what you get. A pack of Impress Nails contains 30 nails – enough for three full applications (if you don’t need to replace any during the application period of 10-14 days). And it only costs $ 7 at Target !! That’s $ 7 for what you could (pretty easily) hold for almost a month! It’s a lot cheaper than going to a salon!
- They are not as thick / strong as dip paint. I found them a little thinner and took a few days to get used to. If you have longer nails, you shouldn’t have this problem.
- They only stay on for a maximum of 10-14 days. Unlike Dip Polish, mine only lasted 10 days, despite following all of people’s suggestions online on how to apply them. During this time some of them fell off and I just glued them back on with nail glue.
- There aren’t that many color options in the business. At Target, there were only about 8 different color options in the store. Amazon has a lot more color options. But if you want something in business that day, you just have to go with what they have.
- They are a little difficult to shape. Although I was pretty happy with its shape, I wanted to file a few nails off and found it wasn’t that easy (maybe there was a trick I just hadn’t thought of?)
All in all, I was satisfied with the Impress Nails and would definitely use them again – especially if I wanted beautiful nails for an event or occasion and didn’t have the time. Plus, they were an affordable alternative to salon-style nails!
Have you tried Impress Nails before? If so, I would love to hear your honest thoughts!