**received complimentary for testing purposes
When I saw this in my box, I wasn't sure about it since growing up I was not allowed to use anything on my nails except for actual polish. But a long time has passed since then, and I'm sure that the adhesive used to hold on the Broadway nails has come a long way from the press-ons of the past. I was willing to open my mind and give this an honest test.
cute, reusable packaging!From Influenster's site:
ABOUT THIS PRODUCTMy thoughts:
Introducing imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails, the revolutionary way to apply polish! Featuring advanced nail technology, you can get a salon-perfect manicure in seconds – simply peel off, press on, and you're done. There's no drying, a killer shine and a manicure that lasts up to a week! And, imPRESS is so easy to remove, you can change it up to match your mood as often as you want. Check out all colors and patterns, including trendy brights, classic darks and animal prints. With imPRESS, your nails will always be your best accessory.
imPress Manicure retails for $5.99 for colors and $7.99 for patterns, and is available at CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, KMart, Walgreens, Walmart and more. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, visit imPressManicure.com, where you can download an exclusive coupon and virtually try on all the colors and patterns!
Once I figured out which 10 nails would fit fairly well, it was actually pretty easy to apply them - until I got to when I just had my thumbs left. Then I felt like I was "all thumbs" trying to get hold of the little tab you had to pull on to remove the lining. Make sure to clean your natural nails really well before applying - included is 1 prep pad (which I believe is just an alcohol pad).
top, all lined up and ready to go
bottom, all done
Fit-wise, I did have some issues finding the right size so I had to settle for "pretty close." Also, I had just filed my natural nails down so basically all of the imPRESS nails were longer than my real nails. On most of my nails I felt that I had a line of glue that hung out over my free edge. These also did not truly fit the curve of my nail, which instantly had me worried about how sanitary they would be.
As far as wear time goes, I found that 8 out of 10 nails stayed on for 9 days, but around day 5 or 6 a strand of hair was able to get caught between the edges and the natural nail when I would run my fingers through my hair so the edges do loosen first but the center stays glued on pretty well. During those 9 days, I had lots of showers - including 2 hair washing days, hand-washing dishes multiple times, heavy gardening, lots of skincare (using some pretty potent stuff) and some light cooking.
A couple issues I noticed during my wear test:
- on some of the nails after 2-3 days the design was starting to flake off from the free edge
- after about 5 days I noticed that the free edges weren't as clean-cut as they were when I first put them on - it was as if the press-on was softening over time
- I felt like for some tasks I had a harder time picking things up
During my wear test, I got quite a few compliments on the design of these. I'm always happy when I receive compliments when I'm trying something new so Yay! Speaking of design, I did really enjoy the design of the ones I received - I've never been brave enough to try a water marble effect but I do like the way it looks. I do feel like the plain ones would look better longer, but there's lots of cute designs available.
As far as removal, the package says "remove in seconds." Umm, no. I only had one nail come off quickly and that was before the wear test was done. As far as the rest of the nails, ouch. I was definitely aware of the fact I was pulling these off. Maybe using pure acetone along the edges would have helped (I used Zoya's Remove + and didn't notice it really helping)... It took me a good 20 minutes to get these all off. Maybe I was extra conscious of the removal process since my fingertips were all sore from lots of yardwork just an hour before... I only noticed one area where I had a little bit of damage so on that front, it was good. Other than that one little spot, my nails all felt and looked healthy.
Will I purchase this product? Most likely. I would consider keeping a set around for a quick fix if I get a bad break or tear in my nail and don't have the time to do a full patch...or for vacation.
To see the full line of Broadway Nails Impress Press-On Manicure products, click here
**"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."
**my opinions are my own