How Long Do Press-On Nails Last?

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If it’s been a while since you’ve tried wearing press-on nails, then you may be in for a big surprise! Gone are the days when press-on nails looked like cheap and tacky add-ons to a Halloween costume. It’s a new world!

So you’ll be pleased to hear that these days, some press-on nails can even hold their own when standing next to some acrylic manicures. And you’d be hard-pressed to see the difference between the two. So the next thing you may be wondering is just how long do press-on nails last?

Well, read on to find out.

Are Press-On Nails As Good As Acrylics?

Press On Nails

If you’re a big fan of acrylics, then you’ll know that with beauty also comes pain. Because the constant filing down of your natural nail bed can leave you with a host of problems, including seriously damaged nails.

And that’s not to mention the glue and other harsh chemicals used in the process that can leave your fingertips dreaming of better days.

This is where press-on nails can help you to keep your nails looking fabulous without causing them any further damage.

And luckily the modern brands and styles of this type of fake nail have come a long way in recent years. Press-on nails can be fun to use, and they will last as long as your usual acrylic manicures.

Press-on nails are actually made from an acrylic resin, and these days they can look just as good as an acrylic manicure from your favorite nail technician.

Yes, really!

The even better thing about press-on nails is that they are very cost-effective.

Most sets of press-on nails start at around $10 per box and usually include enough fake nails for two sets. Meanwhile, the more intricate designs of press-on nails won’t set you back more than about double that.

And best of all, you can reuse them over and over again.

Modern press-on nails aren’t fiddly like they were in the ‘80s. Back then, they came in a few shapes that didn’t match most nail beds, so they always looked cheap and tacky and would fall off within hours.

But just like fake tan has progressed over the years, so have fake nails.

These days they’re much easier to modify to the shape of your unique nail beds. This means that they are also easier to apply — as well as easier to remove without fuss, leaving your nails in a much healthier state than if you had an acrylic manicure.

You’ll also save a lot of time from having to visit the nail salon every couple of weeks and more stress to your natural nails from the filling-in process.

How Long Do Press-On Nails Last?

Kiss imPRESS nails

In general, you can count on your press-on nails lasting for about two weeks at a time. That said, this will depend on the quality of the fake nail used and the type of adhesive used during the application process.

Glue will last longer than self-stick, double-sided adhesives, for example, if your hands are constantly in water.

You can also make your press-on nails last for longer by properly preparing your nail beds before you apply them.

Preparing your natural nails for your press-ons to stay on for up to two weeks is easily done in a few simple steps:

  • Use rubbing alcohol to clean your nail beds of any natural oils or residue.
  • Apply strong glue to both your nail bed and to the back of the press-on nail.
  • Put the press-on nail in its place and hold for no less than 30 seconds to secure it properly.

Keep your hands away from water for at least two hours. So that means no baths, showers, washing dishes or even getting caught in the rain. Tip: if you apply your press-on nails before you go to bed, then your hands will be out of the water while you sleep, and you won’t have any anxiety about accidentally getting your hands wet.

You can use a topcoat on your press-on nails, which will help them to stick better and make them more durable so that they’ll last longer.

Oh, and another great thing about press-on nails is that you can reuse them again and again.

So, as long as you follow the steps above, you’ll be able to reuse your press-on nails whenever you want.

Kiss imPRESS press-on nails  are a best seller in this market. Their colors are always on-trend and more custom designs include glitter, crystals, and intricate art motifs that you won’t have to spend hours in the nail salon getting done.

In fact, you will have an amazing manicure in under 10 minutes with Kiss imPRESS press-on nails.

Kiss Glamm Fantasy

They don’t require glue, so can be a fun alternative to nail polish, as they also don’t need drying time. The easy application results in a professional look at home without the heavy chemical fumes of hanging out at a nail salon. They can also be trimmed or shortened with nail scissors and don’t chip, so will keep your manicure looking better for longer than nail polish would.

Are your toes feeling left out of the press-on nail party? Well, guess what? You can also have a press-on pedicure and Kiss imPRESS has you covered again.

The brand’s pedicure press-on nails  offer the same hassle-free application as their manicures do, and they will help you have your toes twinkling in minutes.

So now that you know how long press on nails last, you can enjoy (and reuse) unique designs while keeping your natural nails in the healthiest shape possible.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).