Trying Press-on Nails

I don't know about the rest of you, but not being able to go to a nail salon these past six months has not been fun. I love having my nails done because I firmly believe that I look 10x more presentable when my nails are freshly painted. I could be wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt, but if my nails are done, I feel put together.

Even though nail salons are open now in Minnesota, I still am staying away from them. If it is not a necessity, almost contactless, or highly regulated, I won't do it. So I thought after too many months of my nails being naked, I would try press-on nails.

I will admit I haven't used press-on or glue-on nails since I was in middle school, but now more than ever is a perfect time to give them another go.

The nail brands I found at my local target were: Kiss Jelly Fantasy, imPress, Ardell, and Kiss Gel Fantasy. I wanted to get a variety of brands to see which one was the easiest to apply and which one lasted the longest.

Kiss Jelly Fantasy

This particular kind of Kiss fake nails lasted for two days before popping off. Since they are on the longer side, the nails are better for an event, but not everyday use. However, these nails were pretty easy to apply so that helps their rating go up slightly.

Rating: 7/10

Price: $7.99

Cat Approved!


Easiest application ever! The sticky glue sheet is already attached to the nail so all you have to do is peel and apply. The short length was great for me and made it an everyday use nail. The nails also lasted for four days. These were the winner and I would repurchase them.

Rating: 9/10

Price: $5.99


The Ardell brand is a glue application fake nail, which in my opinion is the hardest to to by yourself. On the other hand though, they last the longest. This particular nail lasted for seven days before I needed to add more glue. They are what we would call a win/lose nail option.

Rating: 8/10

Price: $7.99

Kiss Gel Fantasy

Same application as Kiss Jelly Fantasy, but for some reason they only lasted about 12 hours before a few popped off.  I love the design, but not the best option for quality.

Rating: 5.5/10

Price: $7.99

After trying all these brands of self-apply fake nails, I do have to admit that they are great in a pinch or for a cheaper alternative to going and getting them done. They don't last as long, but they also cost around 85% less than the salon prices so I can't really complain.

Overall, I would buy press on fake nails again to feel a little more put together!

1 comment

  1. I like all the nails,but would were the short ones first !! Pretty colors .