Faking It: The Best Press-On Nails for An Instant Home Manicure
Posted on May 11 2020
Feeling a bit incomplete without your picture-perfect claws? There's just something about perfectly manicured nails that make you feel extra pulled together. But with with many of us still in lockdown, we're having to take on the role of nail technician ourselves at home. Queue a genius alternative: press-on nails!
Gone are the cheapy looking French manicure press-ons that would pop off with every knock. Today's press-on nails are much more robust and come in a range of shapes and creative designs. Plus, you'd be surprised how authentic a good quality set can look - we have a feeling some of you won't look back!
We've scoured the Gram and rounded up 8 of the best press-on nails available to buy online, so you can keep up your self-care routine and stay groomed during lockdown.
Celebrity nail artist Cristy Sanchez owns her own line of DIY mani products. She handmakes every purchase using gel polish and genuine Swarovski crystals, transporting all the glamour of a real salon job to your home. Extras such as glue, prep kits and even fruity cuticle oil pens can be added separately. Cristy also creates decals (transfer stickers) so you can customise your look without press-ons. Custom orders can be additionally arranged through the Nailed By Christy website.
From holographic glitter sparkles to multicoloured nail art - Très She has a range of creative nail designs to suit your mood. Each order comes with 24 multi-sized (and spare) acrylic nails which can be filed or trimmed to fit your fingertips, which the Australian business packs up in a cute pink box. The brand regularly launches limited-edition sets that sell out quickly, so do yourself a favour and cop a pack now.
These handcrafted falsies guarantee high-quality celeb shimmer (and that’s not just the genuine Swarovski embellishments) without the expense or hassle of a salon appointment. Iridescent Nailz do sometimes halt deliveries temporarily when their order limit has reached a max, but you can be certain that precision and luxury is applied to every order.
The Nail Shop by SB's press-ons are seriously funky! Think cow prints, ombré tones and matte-finish basics to brighten up a simple mani. Forward-thinking customer service means you can request a sizing kit to determine your measurements beforehand, ensuring a stress-free shopping experience. If you don’t fit their standard sizes, just select the custom option when adding to your basket. They also provide a custom service to personalise your look further.
Look no further for shiny, seriously unique nail art - Marmalade Nails has you covered! The company offers all of your favourite shapes (stiletto, round, coffin, square) in a range of finishes, including matte silk, chrome and iridescent. Their selection of press-on nails are just up your street if you're looking for statement talons without an appointment.
From high-end grandeur to affordable glam, there’s something for everyone’s taste at The Nailest. Trust us - we've spent hours browsing their collections. Each standard set comes with 10 false nails available in four sizes. When ordering, you can choose your shape and leave a custom size note for each nail (thumb, index, middle, ring, pinkie). Or opt for a pack of 20 which comes with two sizes for each nail. Make sure to check out beauty vlogger Jackie Aina’s faves for some inspo.
Pressd's glamorous press-on nails are durable for up to two weeks and can be reapplied up to 3-5 times. Designed by nail artist & instructor Lanni Jade, each pack contains nail application instructions, glue and a manicure kit. Lanni’s ethos is impressive too as she specifically caters to professional women who need a convenient and temporary manicure for special occasions. Drop her a text or email for custom designs.
Keratin Jewels is an Etsy based boutique that specialises in dazzling nail art designs. Full sets come with 24 press-on nails in standard sizes plus nail glue/nail tabs, mini nail file, cuticle stick and prep cleanser pad. This small mother-and-daughter business even have a few glow in the dark designs, at a very affordable price. You've stumbled upon quite the gem here.
Words by Beatrice Gregson