11 Sleek Press-On Nails for When You Need a Drive-Through Mani

11 Sleek Press-On Nails for When You Need a Drive-Through Mani
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My beauty routine is equal parts bougie and cheap; a little department store and a little drugstore. Open up my gym bag, and you’ll find a pack of Neutrogena makeup remover wipes under my $64 pumpkin seed brightening serum. The point I’m trying to make is that variety is the spice of my beauty life, and I make no apologies for it. One of my biggest gripes with beauty elitists is the assumption that press-on nails are somehow a step down from acrylics or a gel manicure.

I’m not sure how we came to that conclusion, but press-ons don’t deserve the bad wrap. For one, they save you time. Why sit in a salon chair for one to two hours when you can pop those babies on and walk out the door in minutes or less? They’re also a fraction of the price and pre-painted so you don’t have to worry about dry time and chipping. In fact, one of the most enduring red-carpet beauty secrets is the use of press-ons instead of full-on manis when a celeb wants to protect her nail beds or be able to switch her polish without the lag time.

So whether you’re low on cash, low on time, or simply want to take press-ons for a test-drive, we’ve curated a list that includes plenty of sleek designs, from minimal to the most extra. But before that, here are three quick tips for application:

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Apply a base coat. Before gluing or sticking on your press-on nails, protect your nail beds by painting them with a strengthening clear base coat.

Remove moisture. We love our cuticle oils as much as the next person, but residue from oils, lotions, or creams can weaken the strength of nail adhesive. Before applying your press-ons, make sure your nail beds are dry and clean by wiping them with a nail polish remover (even if there isn’t polish there).

Remove them carefully. Whenever you decide it’s time to remove the press-ons, instead of pulling them off and potentially damaging your natural nails, soak them in warm water first to loosen the adhesive or apply an oil along the cuticles to more easily slide them off.

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STYLECASTER | Best Press-On Nails | Lime Crime

Lime Crime

Lime Crime Pop On Nails

Chromatic tips for channeling your inner unicorn.

$5 at Lime Crime

STYLECASTER | Best Press-On Nails | Static Nails

Static Nails

Static Nails All-in-One Pop-On Manicure Kit

A pop of floral for your springtime mani-grams.

$16 at Urban Outfitters

STYLECASTER | Best Press-On Nails | E.S. Zakka

E.S. Zakka

E.S. Zakka Pink Luxury Kawaii Nails 

We have a feeling Cardi B, the queen of blinged-out manis, would love this set of stilettos.

$21.36+ at Etsy

STYLECASTER | Best Press-On Nails | By Mimi Nails

By Mimi Nails

By Mimi Nails Versace-Inspired Press-On Nails

There are countless shops dedicated to the underrated art of press-on nails. Who can resist these designer digits?

$25 at Etsy

STYLECASTER | Best Press-On Nails | imPRESS Nails

imPRESS Nails

imPRESS Press-On Manicure 

Geometric shapes are always in style.

$5.99 at Target

STYLECASTER | Best Press-On Nails | House of Holland

House of Holland

House of Holland ‘Ruby Tuesday’ Stiletto Nails

Red-hot nails for a red-hot night out.

$24 at ASOS

STYLECASTER | Best Press-On Nails | iikohn Nails


iikonn Rose Gold Metallic Nails

Why use a mirror when you can look at yourself through these reflective press-ons?

$15.99 at iikonn

STYLECASTER | Best Press-On Nails | Dashing Diva

Dashing Diva

Dashing Diva Virtual Round Nails

Sometimes, simple is best.

$10 at Dashing Diva

STYLECASTER | Best Press-On Nails | Bella Nails

Bella Nails

Bella Nails Navy Matte Press-On Nails

There’s just something so high-fashion about a matte finish.

$7.79 at Sally Beauty

STYLECASTER | Best Press-On Nails | Christian Siriano x KISS Nails

Kiss Nails

Christian Siriano X imPRESS Press-On Marbled Manicure

Nail art, elevated.

$7.99 at KISS

STYLECASTER | Best Press-On Nails | Christian Siriano x KISS Nails

Kiss Nails

Christian Siriano X imPRESS Press-On ‘People Are People’ Manicure

A mani with a message.

$7.99 at KISS

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