Are press-on nails a game changer or just hype?

Is it just me, or are press-on nails staging a triumphant return? And it’s easy to see why, as contemporary designs offer a blend of convenience, style, and affordability that’s hard to resist.

The beauty world once ditched press-on nails for acrylics and never glanced back. But now, as we all chase the thrill of a fresh look for every post, event, and day, those nail salon visits for a new gel set have turned into a real hassle and hit to the wallet. There’s something to be said for the ease of changing up our nails on the fly. I adore a fabulous set, yet the thought of spending so much time and cash on gel nails has always bugged me. Turns out, I’m far from alone in feeling this way.

Pink Friday Nails via Instagram

Trailblazing rap superstar Nicki Minaj is on the pulse of the press-on nails revival. She just unveiled her own line of press-on nails, Pink Friday Nails. The line features diverse designs, from edgy patterns to glamorous embellishments, all crafted to reflect Nicki’s larger-than-life persona. With the Queen of Rap endorsing press-on nails, I am affirmed in my belief that press-ons are having a new moment under the sun.

Rave Nails via Instagram


The Nails Brand via Instagram

As someone who loves scouting for gems from brands like Confetti Beauty, Rave Nailz, and The Nails brand, I’ve become a firm believer that a well-done set of press-on nails can hold its own against salon acrylics in both looks and quality, all while being kinder to your wallet and schedule.

The game has changed, with press-ons now offering a range of styles for every vibe, occasion, and budget. Whether you’re channelling your inner diva with chic, long stiletto nails or embracing the fun with playful and detailed designs, revamped press-ons are all about stepping up the detail game.

3 things to consider when getting press-on nails:

Nail it right

Nothing is more crucial with press-on nails than the application process, which requires patience and steady hands. To secure a long-lasting bond between the press-on and your natural nail, you should set aside some personal time that coincides with watching your favourite show or listening to our SheTalks podcast. Then, follow the detailed instructions unique to each press-on kit. With plenty of tutorials online, even beginners can achieve professional-looking results from the comfort of their homes.

Image via Pinterest

Customisation and personalization

Press-on nails offer unparalleled flexibility when it comes to customisation. From intricate designs to simple, solid colours, the results are impressive. For the girlies who prefer simplicity with radiant nail polish, clear press-ons are your go-to. Some kits include multiple designs or accent nails, allowing you to dress your nails to your taste, effortlessly merging creativity and personal style.

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Durability and maintenance

While press-ons aren’t built to last for extended periods, investing in quality sets from brands like Confetti Beauty and the Nail Brand and following proper care guidelines can significantly extend the lifespan of a fresh set of press-on nails. With simple precautions, such as avoiding prolonged exposure to water and opting for shorter lengths, you can enjoy your press-on manicure for weeks on end.

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Whether you’re a die-hard nail enthusiast or looking to add glamour to your everyday routine, press-on nails are the accessible and convenient counterpart to the good, old acrylic. They achieve just the same effect as beautifully manicured and stylish nails.


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