Kiss Nails – My First Attempt

I’ve never used press on false nails before. They’ve never really appealed to me and the ones I’ve seen in the past have always been badly sized and look far too faux! However, the false nail industry has evolved and there are dozens of varieties on the market, all differing in quality. I’ve had a couple of packets of Kiss Nails lying around, waiting to be tested for an absolute age now and finally decided to bite the bullet and apply them this evening.
Now when suddenly presented with long nails that are not my own, I find it extremely difficult to function and lose the capability of using my hands for everyday tasks, so I opted for the Kiss Everlasting French set which which have a square shape, are quite short with white tips and includes 24 nails in 12 different sizes.
Many of the blog reviews I’ve read have cited how easy Kiss Nails have been to apply. For a novice, like me I genuinely can’t say I found the task of applying them stress-free.
Matching the different sized nails to suit my own was simple enough, but the instructions didn’t specify exactly how much glue I should apply to each nail – resulting in me applying too little and then too much. In the instances where I applied too much glue, when I pressed the nail down on my nail bed, the glue oozed a little at the sides and I ended up sticking my fingers together, which resulted in me freaking the hell out and almost ripping my skin off. Fun times.
I managed to botch up almost every nail and I could visibly see where the glue has bubbled underneath – not a good look. When I had finished applying them, a quick Google revealed that air bubbles are caused when not enough glue is applied, so that’s something to consider if you’re a novice like me applying these for the first time.
I’m not a fan of the white tips, they’re far too WAGtastic for me and I’ll be painting over them in a polish of my choice before I go to bed this evening. Tips aside, the colour of the actual nail looks natural and isn’t superficially too pink. These will certainly take a bit of getting used to, and if truth be told I’d be quite happy to continue using these somebody would be so kind to apply them bubble-free for me. I’m not so sure I have the patience to perfect the application technique.
I wiped my nails down with rubbing alcohol afterwards in an attempt to tidy them up a bit and then slathered my nails in cuticle oil which made them more presentable. Within an hour the appearance of the bubbled glue under the nails had improved too. A nail ‘pinged’ off 10 mins after application, but that was down to me not using enough glue.
I’ll do an update post when it’s time to taken them off documenting how easy/difficult I find removal. It’s advised that the nails aren’t worn for longer than seven days.

Kiss Nails can be found in Boots and cost £8.49 per pack.

Those of you who’ve tried these, were they a piece of cake or did you struggle a little as I did?

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11 Comments

  1. 4th August 2010 / 8:18 pm

    i love these!

  2. 4th August 2010 / 8:28 pm

    i was involved in an online conferece call (dont ask-i dont know how either? lol) and they went step by step of how to put them on. the lady stressed that you should use lots of glue, so i did, and mind the weirdo freaky dry finger tips mine looked okay.

    oh and fyi i had to put quite a few coats of my lilac shade to over the white tip, make sure you use a rich colour xxx

  3. 4th August 2010 / 8:35 pm

    @Tara – Glad you like them.

    @City Girls Fashion Box – Ahh the webchat. Yeah, no could do in the middle of the office!! LOL Sounds like it was really useful. Thanks for the tips!!

  4. 4th August 2010 / 8:36 pm

    I've just got my hands on some and am totally obsessed. It wasn't until I took off the nails after a week that I realised how nice it was to have perfect nails. You will get used to the application, my first round was tricky but it gets easier and easier! xx

  5. 4th August 2010 / 9:24 pm

    I think it's so hard to get nice fake nails which look natural on us WOCs. These don't look fake at all and I can't tell that you ballsed them up.

    I applied ONE last Friday and was hanging about by a wooden bookshelf, the phone rang and I slammed my hand down on the bookshelf and the nail pinged off.

    I still haven't found it.

  6. 4th August 2010 / 9:30 pm

    I actually found it easy, but I buy the brush on glue from superdrug which is much easier to apply than the one…you know..without a brush lol! x

  7. 5th August 2010 / 2:24 am

    I had the same bubble problem…couldn;t get it right even now…Mine came off all by themselves in 4 5 days…

  8. 5th August 2010 / 3:33 pm

    wow those look very cute and natural! xo

  9. 5th August 2010 / 10:32 pm

    I remember the first time I used false nails jeez, I stuck fingers together, fingers from my other hand onto my nail too – was a mess.

    I then started to hate wearing them & actually haven't worn acrylics since 2006, I think they are good when you want to try something new & once in a while is okay IMO.

    But I've been through the same experiences as you did & they look nice on you.

  10. 6th August 2010 / 11:16 pm

    How funny! I tried these a few weeks ago out of desperation. I didnt have time to get a manicure before leaving to go out of town. I grabbed these suckers slapped them on and immediately transformed my claws to delicate womanly hands. They saved my life! LOL

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  11. 22nd August 2010 / 6:16 pm

    agree. they look a bit wag-tastic to me, but one of the best short nails i've ever seen out there. i love the white tip but maybe they need to somes with a more natural white tip? x

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