Nail Fail

We all have had bad hair days.

We have all had “fat” days.

We all have had bad make-up days.


Well, ever had a bad nail day?

Let’s talk about mine.

I am knee deep in the designed nails trend.

No, make that waist-deep.

I have even shared a few of my nail experiments with you here and here.


During one of my latest field trips to the drugstore I came across these…

They are imPRESS press on manicure by Broadway Nails.

I was instantly intrigued, having had great results with the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips.

So I scooped up a fun pattern and took them home to give them a try.


Here was the process…

The kit includes 24 press-on nails ranging in sizes.

And they are supposed to last up to a week…

The instructions are simple.

All you have to do is find the right sizes, peel off the back clear strip and press on to your clean nail.

My first issue was the feel of the nails.  These are NOT nail polish strips.  They are full blown press-ons, circa 1986, albeit, slightly thinner and less bulky looking.

The sizes didn’t quite work for me, but I have small hands.  Even some of the smaller sizes were too wide for my nail beds.

I lined up the sizes and got to work…

Tip…always go a little smaller than you think you should.

Peel the clear backing off and press gently on your nail. Repeat with all your nails.

I could tell as I was putting them on that I wasn’t going to be happy.

I didn’t like the shape of the nails and they were a bit longer than my actual nail.

Here’s the finished product…

They look ok from a distance.

But close up, not so much…I don’t know if you can tell from this picture but the tips of the nails are starting to curl upwards.

I had literally had them on for a few hours when I took this picture.  It seems that they were trying to make the nails thinner and more natural looking, but in the process they are so flexible that they don’t stand up to life.

My main problem was this…

There is a clear gap between my nail and the press on…

Not a good look.


So here’s my opinion.  These are good if you are in a pinch, you have no time to let your nails dry and you are going somewhere dark.

But most certainly not to keep on your nails for a week.

Mine didn’t last longer than a a full day, because I try not to look completely trashy in public.


One good thing about them, is they come off rather easily.

So save your $8 and use regular polish.


That’s my opinion.  Saving the world, one bad manicure at a time.

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  1. 1
    Monica says:

    Me and my sister purchased these nails around Christmas time, with a $1 off coupon (go Walgreens!) And she totally agrees with you, she is a nail wearer, I am not!! She has them done, does them herself, even uses the fake o’ toe nails, still a mystery to me how they stay on!!!! She texted and said “nails look awesome”, I hadn’t used mine yet, then she texted back in an hour “they all popped off!!”
    I used the dark pink ones, and wore them on my once a year trip to the casino!! And after all that button pushing and what not they stayed on and I thought they fit perfectly and worked for just the purpose that I looked glam, not cheap. I only wore them for 2 days over the holidays but did go back and buy some more for another special occasion….Different Strokes for Different folks, I guess!! 

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    Hayley says:

    “Mine didn’t last longer than a a full day, because I try not to look completely trashy in public.”

    BEST SELLING POINT EVER. I’m glad I didn’t fall sucker to these at the grocery store yesterday! My nail painting days are coming to an end since I have the drying-time patience of a sugar-riddled 12 year old.

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      Shelley says:

      You just perfectly described why I can’t paint my nails, I just can’t stay still that long! Although seche vite top coat really, truly does help them dry much quicker!

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    Amanda says:

    Have you tried Nicole DryingDrops? I got it at target last week and they are amazing! The nails are dry to the touch in 60 seconds and really dry in about 7 min! That is all great but what I love is that is leaves the nail polish coat super smooth and flat/even and it makes the manicure far more chip resistant that anything else I have tried! well worth the $7, dare i say best nail product I have found to date! Keep the awesome posts coming!! <3 from NOLA

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    Joycelyn says:

    Here is the problem with theses nails…the glue is already on the back which makes them bulkier. If you are still up for trying press on nails try the kiss brand. I had a little affair with them for about six months and tried out many different kinds. (think what you will, a girls got to get her nails did cheap sometimes). Just don’t buy the kind with the adhesive already on the nails. However I had to break up with the press on nails as I felt like they were damaging my real nails. Now I am totally obsessed with paints and different styles of painting my nails. OBSESSED I tell ya!

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    Kristina says:

    I ran out of time to have real nails to put on for prom. I was, and still am, a chronic biter. I pulled them off during dinner. They didn’t even last until the dance….

    I’m with you, a little polish will do.

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    Amelia says:

    Oh, wow. These are SO Lee Press-On Nails. Blast from the past. Thanks ;).

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    Kristin says:

    You put them on the wrong way! That’s why there was the gap. The round pard that you have on top is supposed to be the bottom part, if that makes sense?

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    Ashton says:

    I used these for the first time yesterday, and I love them! Now, I used red, I would never pick up something so ugly as what you have above. But just to let you know, you put them on upside down. That’s why they don’t look good. That’s also why your top is so flimsy and your bottom is gaping. Try them again, but this time read the directions. They tell you which way to put them on.

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