Press-on nails have come a long, long way. They’re no longer the flimsy faux manicures you played with during your pre-teen years that would fall off within hours of application. In fact, nowadays, press-on nails actually mimic the look, feel and extended wear time you’d get from in-salon manicures. The latest innovation is my personal favorite: Ready to wear press-on gel manicures that look just as shiny as in-salon manicures. They also last up to two weeks—I’ve been wearing mine for two and a half, for reference. While I love professional gel and powder-dip manicures, going to the salon for touch-ups every couple of weeks can be pricey and inconvenient. I know that some find salon manis and pedicures relaxing, but it’s honestly pretty challenging for me to sit still for an hour. With that being said, however, I love the end result. As hard as I try to re-create the salon-quality manicures at home, they never quite turn out looking as sleek and tend to chip or lift in a day or two.
When I discovered that one-step press on gel nails existed, my mind was blown. All you have to do is find the right size to fit your natural nail bed, gently press to adhere to your nail, and voila. Back in the day, it was nearly impossible to find faux nails that were anything but super-square french manicures or juvenile floral designs. Fast forward, and you can find false press-on in a wide range of shapes (including the coffin, square round—you name it), shades, and chic nail art designs. Below, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite press-on that will fool people into thinking you went to the salon.
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1. Kiss Everlasting French Nail Kit
French manicures are back in style, and you don’t need to go all the way to a salon to get one. These chip-resistant press-on nails are easy to put on. You get a total of 28 nails, so you don’t have to re-up on more immediately.
2. Dashing Diva Magic Press Press-On Gel Manicure
These professional-looking press-on nails are my personal favorite. I’ve worn them without any chips or peeling for longer than two weeks and they have the same shine and chic designs that you’d get from an in-salon gel mani.
3. 3 Boxes (72 Pcs) Matte Coffin Press on Nails
These one-step press-on’s look just like a pricey gel manicure you’d get by a nail tech, and you can choose from a huge assortment of hues.