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?