ImPRESS press-on manicure review

If you saw me anywhere during the past weekend, you probably noticed my nails. They were a very, very bright shade of lumo pink (It’s called Ecstatic Cling, if I’m not mistaken) and although the colour was a bit much for me during the daytime, I enjoyed flaunting my super-neat and slightly-longer-than-usual nails in the evenings (and in more dimly lit rooms during daytime).

imPRESS press-on manicure nails
ImPRESS press-on Nails – I had the bright one on the right.

I was test-driving an ImPRESS press-on manicure. It’s quite different from other stick-on falsies I’ve used:

  • It looks and feels like a gel nail. It’s reasonably flexible, and can be moulded to your own nail, ensuring it sticks down nicely.
  • Speaking of sticking – it doesn’t make use of nail glue (hoorray! cue balloons dropping from the ceiling, and streamers from all directions). Instead, there’s a sticky gel-like layer, which is almost like a jelly version of mirror-tape.
  • It doesn’t require soaking off. Get ready for this: You’re ALLOWED to peel them off.

Application really is straight-forward. Select sizes beforehand, line them up, and then peel of the film on the sticky side one by one as you apply them. My first hand went really, painfully slowly, because I was filing the length down a lot – my nails are exceptionally small, which means even a fairly short nail looks talon-like. Then I figured out I can cut them shorter with nail clippers even before I apply them – because they’re gel-like and not plastic, they don’t split or crack. Second hand was done in 5 minutes flat.

ImPRESS nails
ImPRESS nails close-up
ImPRESS nails
ImPRESS nails from a normal distance
ImPRESS nails at night-time
ImPRESS nails at night time, shot without a flash

But the very best part must be the removal. I decided to remove them after 4 days (they were actually still perfect, but I started getting nervous about how thin my nails are going to be, etc), and gently lifted one from all sides as directed. Although it felt sensitive, the nail came off and there was no damage (I usually have white marks, thin spots, and sometimes I can even see shreds of my own nail sticking to the falsie if I pull it off in anger/frustration/impatience/boredom). Curiously, I pulled off two more. No damage there either. I proceeded to remove the others by first applying some nail polish remover around the edges to loosen the glue layer, but just because I didn’t like the feeling of pulling them off. My nails were no thinner than when I first applied them.

I’ll probably become a regular wearer of these now, and I’m keen to see which patterns and colours we have available in store. You can stay up to date by keeping an eye on the local facebook page.

Available from Dis-Chem, Foschini and Clicks stores, priced between R100-R120 per set.

C xx



  1. Oct 11, 2012 / 8:31 PM

    I spotted these at Dis-chem but didn’t give much attention because I thought they were the usual “my nails will never be the same after wearing these”. Good to know they’re easy to take off 🙂 Great review!

    • Oct 15, 2012 / 9:36 AM

      They’re friggin’ amazing, definitely getting them for special occasions from now on.
      PS – Sorry, WP thought you were a spammer somehow – weird, you didn’t even mention Viagra once. You are now most certainly UNspammed 🙂

  2. Gina
    Dec 12, 2015 / 10:55 PM

    I love Impress Nails but please supply more of the larger ones for the thumb and middle finger as I can only use them once and then I have to buy another bottle not great when you are on a budget like me’

    Kind Regard

    • Chantelle Bester
      Dec 14, 2015 / 11:33 AM

      Ah, I have the exact opposite problem – I can do with more of the smaller sizes!

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