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Raise your un-manicured hand if social distancing has you searching for the best press-on nails you can find. Yeah, same here. Although most states have reopened hair and nail salons, lots of us are still doing our best to avoid in-person appointments by going the DIY route. Of course, frequent handwashing puts our beloved nail art and polish at risk—which is why press-on nails are a great, long-lasting alternative.  

Not only do press-on nails make a manicure—or pedicure!—seamless and easy, they also allow you to reap the benefits of stylish nail art without having to do a ton of work. Unlike a regular pro mani-pedi, you won’t have to waste time waiting for your nails to dry, or worry about ruining your look with an unexpected polish chip. Many are even reusable, which means you’ll really get your money’s worth when it comes to longevity.

While there are many to choose from, here we’ve rounded up 17 of the best press-on nail styles, from brands like Static Nails and Chillhouse, to help you narrow down your search. Once you’ve ordered, be sure to read up on tips for using press-on nails and making your press-on manis last longer.


Kiss Rolls Out Items and Lands in Ulta Beauty

Kiss Products has been a catalyst in the growth of artificial lashes and artificial nails, two categories bucking the soft sales picture in mass market beauty.

According to recent IRI data, false lashes and adhesive sales soared almost 29 percent while artificial nails were up 6.6 percent at a time when overall nail-care sales plummeted 9.5 percent. Conversely, facial, mascara and lipstick volume dipped 4 percent. In lashes, Kiss is producing 50 percent gains. Kiss has produced double-digit sales growth in the artificial nail segment for the past three years.

That eye-opening growth caught the attention of Ulta Beauty, which will add Kiss lashes starting next month. “We will offer a wide assortment of sku’s, in a dedicated brand fixture designed to facilitate product selection and enhance shopability,” said Annette DeVita-Goldstein, senior vice president of global marketing for Kiss Products Inc. Plans call for the fixture to also house the Lash Wardrobe app that allows women to virtually try on any lashes before buying.

Also on the front burner at Kiss are launches in both nails and lashes for 2018. In lashes, Kiss’ fastest-growing segment, the direction is expanding the offer for different looks. One is Blowout Lash, a wispy look created with a process where each lash undergoes a specialized washing, drying and treatment process that causes the cuticle to expand from the inside out creating an effect similar to “back-teasing” hair. Another launch is Lash Couture Triple Push Up, a three-lash design in one inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s famous double-layered lashes.

It features a triple design technology combining three different lash patterns, multiple levels of thickness and a variety of curls. At the premium end, Kiss is introducing Lash Couture the 5th Avenue Collection, lashes made from high-quality silk.

DeVita-Goldstein explained the booming interest in artificial lashes. “It is an instant gratification beauty accessory that makes such a difference on your look that more and more women are adding lashes to their beauty routine,” she said. Retailers added artificial lashes are an economical alternative to professional lash lengthening.

In nails, Kiss is also unleashing three new artificial nail items — Glam Fantasy, Jewel Fantasy and a Special FX imPRESS Press On Manicure. Glam Fantasy features matte, glitter, metallic, chrome, glass and holographic styles. Jewel Fantasy adds bling with real crystals stones. Under its imPRESS logo, the Special FX Press On Manicure is a one-step manicure in minutes with improved hold capabilities along with a technology that broadens the scope of designs.

In the pipeline, Kiss plans to keep introducing products to match with consumer demand for highly stylized, customized nail looks. “What we have been able to achieve in these nails would either be impossible or impractical even at a salon. We are featuring holographic, chrome, shattered glass, new glitter effects and more,” DeVita-Goldstein said. “We will offer these finishes and effects across imPRESS Press On Manicure and our Gel Fantasy brands. The company also is using in-store promotional displays and special limited-edition collections to build artificial nail product sales throughout the year.

Kiss Nails adorned the talons of Chrissy Teigen at this week’s Grammy Awards, while Kiss lashes were worn by Cardi B on the red carpet. Next up Kiss nails will be worn during Christian Siriano and Naeem Khan shows during New York Fashion Week.

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The best press-on nails to try now

Press-on nails have come a long way since the '80s and '90s.

We all remember the press-on nails that would look cheap and pop off way too easily. But the newer versions are made with higher-quality plastic and adhesives that last much longer.

“I call them Cinderella nails,” Adeline Sarino, national director of nails at The Red Door Salon & Spa, told TODAY Style. “They are perfect for an event or if you (can't) visit the nail salon.”

Like many at-home beauty hacks, you need to follow the directions and affix them correctly. And if you do, Sarino says they can last for as long as a week. Plus, there are tons of options from which to choose.

“In the drugstore nail section, you will see a variety of full-coverage, press-on nails that are cute and trendy mixed with classic styles and also made with nail art on them. You can even find full-coverage nails that you can glue and decorate yourself,” she said.

And for those who have a particular nail shape they love, there are plenty of choices, too.

“I love that they come in a variety of shapes — from square, round and stiletto — to suit what you're looking for. The press-on nails often come in a kit with sticky tape, glue, nail file and easy-to-follow directions. I love that some of the kits come with a glue that is tinted pink for the French looks. It really gives the nail a natural look when the tips are on,” Sarino said.

What are press-on nails?

“Press-on nails are basically the (same) fake nails we use when doing nail extensions; the only difference is these are molded to cover the whole nail bed," celebrity manicurist Erica Marton said. “We use only half of a press-on nail (in the salon) then, the other half, we use gel or acrylic to fill that space in, which is much more durable on the nail.”

How do press-on nails work?

It’s actually pretty straightforward and user-friendly.

Choose a style you love and shape or file your nails to prepare them. Open the box and match up a nail to each of your fingers (if some fake nails are too big for your nail bed, file them until they fit). Clean your nail beds with acetone or alcohol and apply the nails according to the box instructions. Whichever kind you use (glue or tape backing), put the adhesive directly onto the nail and apply the false nail to it. Hold and press down in place for about 10 seconds, and you're done!

Can press-on nails damage your actual nails?

They shouldn’t damage your natural nails if you are careful. Most of the damage, if any, could occur if you are too rough in the removal process.

“Repeated use of press-on nails may be damaging depending on the type of glue or adhesive used and the chemical composition of the glue,” said Dave Crisalli, founder and CEO of Prose, a nail boutique. “A common method to remove press-ons is to soak the nail in pure acetone for up to 10 mins. Extended exposure to acetone can be very drying to nails and cuticles. We recommend using an intensive hand moisturizer and cuticle serum to counter the drying effects.”

And try to save press-on nails for special occasions, Dr. Debra Jaliman, a New York City-based dermatologist, suggested.

“Let your real nails breathe. Don’t have them covered with artificial nails and wraps too often,” Jaliman said. “The glue used and the process of removing the artificial nails or wraps can weaken your own nails (over time).”

How long do press-on nails stay on?

This can vary depending on if you are using glue or adhesive. But, according to Marton, glue can be expected to stay on for about five to seven days and adhesive backing around three to five days.

What are press-on nails made of?

Generally, they are made of plastic. If it says “gel” or “acrylic” on the packaging, that means it is on top of the plastic nail, Marton said. The difference between glue or adhesive is in the backing. Press-on nails with glue tend to last longer (depending on how rough you are with your nails).

How do you remove press-on nails?

Be gentle when removing fake nails, meaning don’t rip them off (that's the most common way to cause damage!).

If you used “self-stick” nails, you can simply soak your fingertips in warm, soapy water for about five to 10 minutes then gently start lifting the artificial nails. For glue, however, you will likely need acetone to break it down, according to Marton. She recommends adding a drop of oil or rich cream onto your hands to regain moisture immediately after using acetone.

“Again, these nails were not designed to last long, so they should come off fairly easy — just be gentle in your process,” Marton said.

The best press-on nails:

A good way to think of press-on nails is to compare them to at-home eyelashes. You can have them professionally done with eyelash extensions and know they will last longer or you can do them at home and know they will last only so long. If you choose the at-home route, Marton recommended the following three press-on nails.

1. Impress Press-On Manicure

“They have great styles and designs and sizes, but I do like the adhesive backing — makes it super easy to apply,” Marton said.

2. Kiss Products 100 Full-Cover Nails in Active Oval

“Kiss is just good all the way around, from sizing to designs and all the different shapes they offer. They even bring in real nail artists to design their products, which I think is amazing,” Marton said.

3. Icing French Manicure Square Faux Nail Set

“They have great designs, but I (especially) like the sizing of their fake nails; they always fit great!” Marton said.

This story was originally published Feb. 21, 2019.

Aly Walansky is a New York City-based food and lifestyle writer with nearly two decades of writing experience for various digital publications. She's focused on the latest in dining trends and budget meal-planning tips. 


My nails haven't been naked since the age of 12, so I know damage. I've tried gel manicures, dip powder, acrylics, Aprés X extensions, and every lacquer formula under the sun. My digits have taken a beating, and in the past few months, they have been weaker than ever, with yellowing, scratches, and white scuff marks. They were so thin and brittle, I could barely grow them a couple millimeters. Desperate for healthier nails, I decided to wean myself off of manicures with a month-long polish break. And in that time away from brush-on paint, I've fallen hard for press-on nails. This is especially relevant amidst 2020–the year in-salon visits declined and DIY beauty has risen.

Press-ons have come a long way since Lee Press-Ons from the '80s—today, faux nails are made with real gel polish and look so realistic, I've even fooled manicurists. I've fielded dozens of compliments from friends and strangers alike and have had countless people ask me, "Where do you get your nails done?" It shocks them every time.

My go-to brand, Dashing Diva, makes such a wide range of lengths and designs, from plain solid colors to elaborate rhinestone-bedazzled talons, so it can suit all tastes. Plus, they have a co-sign from Dana Stern, MD, a dermatologist who specializes in the treatment of nails. "Positives include ease of application, do-it-yourself, speed and efficiency, longer lasting/less chipping, and potentially less nail damage than soak-off gel," she says.

Here are five more reasons I love them.


They come ready to apply and take five minutes.

Once, before I jetted off on a weekend trip, I did a whole set in the back of a moving car on the way to the airport. The kit comes with a prep pad, mini cuticle pusher, and tiny file to help the press-ons fit your natural nail bed. There is no separate glue required because the press-ons I use have acrylate-based adhesive tabs already attached on the back to pop on. The more pressure you apply, the longer they stick on.

"The advantage here is that the acrylate is theoretically only coming into contact with the nail and not the surrounding skin," Dr. Stern says. While an allergic reaction to acrylate is possible if it has to be cured with a UV light, "these stickers are low-risk because they don’t require curing. And because they are pressed against the nail, not the skin."

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They last for a full work week.

I have had press-on toenails (yes, toenails) last for 10 days. I use my hands much more often for everything from styling my hair to opening packages, so they get a lot more wear and tear. That being said, I've held on to a set for up to five days. I could apply them Sunday night, wear them until Friday night, then switch it up again for the next week.

They help promote the health of my nails

This is the biggest draw for me. After one month of wearing press-ons, my nails look much healthier, thicker, and stronger than before. I suspect that's because the removal process is really gentle—I typically wait for the faux nail to start lifting naturally from wear and then gently peel them off. Dashing Diva advises using some cuticle oil around the side and gently lifting off the press-on with a wooden stick.

"If the product can be easily removed without acetone, that is a big advantage," Dr. Stern says, although she does note that one risk of using press-ons is peeling off some superficial layers of nail cells when you're taking them off. The marks are called keratin granulation.

"These granulations appear as superficial white patches on the nail and can be gently buffed and moisturized to treat," Dr. Stern says. Another more severe risk to be aware of is onycholysis—the separation of the nail plate form the bed—if the press-on is so stuck that it requires aggressive pulling. This sure sounds terrifying, but I have never had this issue with my press-ons.

"Always follow the manufacturer's instructions," Dr. Stern adds. "In general, if it is difficult to remove, then you will likely have more nail damage from the product."

They never, ever chip.

No matter what type of nail art you wear—I once had a fully bedazzled nail with 3D crystals—the press-ons are super durable. They don't chip or peel at all. If one of the nails starts falling off for whatever reason, there are more than enough back-ups in the case to replace it in mere seconds.

They can cost less than $10.

Most brands of press-ons, including Dashing Diva and Kiss Impress, sell full sets for a very affordable $7 to $9. As someone who has paid $200 for a manicure before (and still regrets it), I am here for it. Plus, the low price is more incentive to collect more styles and experiment in ways you may not have if you were getting a standard gel manicure.

Shop The Best Press-On Nails

Kiss Born to Flex imPRESS Press-On Manicure


This collection of flexible press-ons is the most beginner-friendly set, with no glue required. All you have to do is find the best fit for your nail shape, press like a sticker, and voila–a whole manicure in five minutes.

PopSockets Nails Daisies



PopSockets recently launched press-ons to match the designs of their phone attachments. Smart, no? Every mirror selfie you take will have a little colorful surprise.

Dashing Diva Magic Press Go Go Glitter Press-On Gel Nails




As I wrote above, these press-ons are the OG. I'm a big fan of the variety these come in–and the fact that it doesn't require any extras like glue.

Chillhouse Editor-in-Chill Chill Tips False Nail Set


You've got everything you need in this kit for a long-lasting manicure that boasts an abstract, yet neutral design.

Wild Instinct Nailz


Press-ons allow you to experiment with patterns and designs you might've taken hours to get done. Why not go for bold leopard print?

This elegant, colorful take on a French manicure is ideal for the nail art minimalists out there.

Cream Puff




Another upside of press-on nails? A perfect nail shape, everytime. Instead of filing off too much or getting lopsided, long coffin or stiletto nails can be yours in minutes.

Facile Nails French Influence



If you love the French mani look, but don't want to lean too much into the #TBT vibes, go for this more subtle gradient take on the classic mani. These nails can last up to 14 days when applied just right–impressive!

Matte beige will match with any outfit, while an almond shape offers sophistication and elegance.

Press On Honey in Moody



Cow prints are an unexpected, but charming, trend in nail art right now. Don't knock it 'til you try it – especially if you can easily pop off the nails when you're done experimenting.

Kristina RodulfoBeauty DirectorKristina Rodulfo is the Beauty Director of Women's Health—she oversees beauty coverage across print and digital and is an expert in product testing, identifying trends, and exploring the intersections of beauty, wellness, and culture.

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There are a lot of cool things out there that make us wonder — do they really work? In our I Tried It series, we set out to use them in the real world and have determined that, in fact, they really do.

On Trial: KISS imPRESS Press-On Manicure

The Tester: Jennifer Hussein, beauty editor and avid nail-biter

The Brief: Pretty, perfectly polished nails have become a namesake accessory to every stylish girl on Instagram and the streets of NYC over the past few years. While I'm usually very quick to jump on each and every trend that floods the beauty-verse, there's one reason why I just couldn't get on the nails trend: I'm an avid, ravenous nail-biter. I nibble on my nails just as fast as I can grow them (which is actually quite fast), and not even my cuticles are safe from the constant nitpicking. For years I've tried to quit, but to no avail. I always fall back into my old habits, which made me ditch fancy (and expensive) manicures altogether.

But, once I was about to give up on my hopes and dreams of having Insta-worthy nails, I noticed a lot of buzz going around about an old-school product making a major comeback: press-on nails. Particularly, the KISS imPRESS Press-On Manicure was really hyped-up by online reviews and fellow beauty editors alike, so I decided to give them a try — and it's safe to say, these faux nails are my newest addiction.

At first, I was pretty reluctant — aren't press-ons so 2004? Well, you can forget about yesteryear's bulky French Manicure press-ons, because this brand is switching things up with countless nail colors, designs, and lengths to choose from. I wore Bells and Whistles, which is unfortunately discontinued, but Rush Hour is another great pastel blue shade. Each set comes with 30 nails, so finding the right size — and replacing a nail if it pops off, which we'll get more into in a bit — is pretty easy.

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For application, the set comes with an alcohol pad to clean off your nails, a manicure stick to push down cuticles and clean out any gunk under your natural nail, and a file to shape your new claws anyway you'd like. Rather than using your average nail glue, these press-ons use an adhesive backing to stick to your nail.

I put these nails to the test for 2 days. Putting on the nails was a total breeze! Just stick them on and press down firmly for the adhesive to stick, and you're all set. But one thing that did bother me was the fit of the accent nail, which was very bulky and couldn't be fixed with filing. Other than that, the rest of the set surprisingly looked pretty natural. The usual problems I’ve encountered with other types of fake nails (I'm talking about you, acrylics) were not here: no debilitating length, unnatural thickness, or gross texture on my nail beds.

But one letdown I couldn't get over was the adhesive. Although it lasted way longer than I thought it would during an especially hectic work day, one essential part of my night really wore down the nail adhesive: my skincare routine. I'm not sure exactly what ingredient it was (I'm assuming the oils in my skincare), but the minute I applied my first of many nighttime serums, each nail began to slowly slide off of my fingers, one by one falling to my bedroom floor.

Kiss Pink Gel Nail Glue


I wasn't ready to give up, though, and I knew my precious press-on nails needed some reinforcement. So, as an added step, I decided to secure my nails with the KISS Pink Gel Nail Glue, et voilà! I cracked the code to making my nails stick in place without any budge, plus the nail glue made the press-ons adhere to the shape of my natural nails better and fixed the bulkiness of my accent nails.

The results: a more natural-looking finish, a better hold that lasts for 2-3 days, and an impressive amount of compliments from friends and strangers.

Closing Argument: Oh yeah, the KISS imPRESS Press-On Manicure is totally worth it, but I would definitely reinforce them with nail glue. These press-on nails are a great option for anyone who’s trying to quit biting their nails, looking to skip the expensive weekly manicure, or just trying to change up their look.

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Wearing $8 acrylic glue on nails from ULTA for a WEEK- do they last???

1French Wine Square Pop-On Reusable Manicure Set


Want a classic red manicure without the mess? This reusable, no-fuss set from Static Nails is a sophisticated take on the rich hue.

2Full of Roses imPRESS Press-On Manicure


Looking to road test the rainbow manicure trend? These vibrant colors will help you get a jump start.

3Kiss AB Fab Gel Fantasy Nails


A long, matte, perfectly pinky-nude nail that looks salon-worthy in minutes.  

4DaMagic Press Go Go Glitter Press-On Gel Nails


You can’t go wrong with a classic neutral manicure, and this set doesn’t even require glue (just peel and stick). Does it get any easier than that?

5False Nails Pink Ombre


These soft pink ombré nails are subtle, but still make a statement.

6Press-on Nails

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A matte plum color is a chic alternative to basic red or black.

7Stellar Iridescent Jelly Press-on Nails


Stars? Shimmer? We’re sold.

8imPRESS Press-on Manicure


Even if you consider yourself a minimalist, you’ll be inclined to add this metallic silver statement nail to a classic neutral mani.

92 Full Set Silver Chrome Nails


Etsy is an amazing place to discover press-on nails you won't find anywhere else, like this top-rated chrome set.  

11PopSockets Nails Unicorn Marble Spectrum


Upgrade your #OOTD by matching your manicure to your phone. PopSockets' new press-on nails come in 14 eye-catching graphic designs, such as this chic marble, with, of course, a matching phone grip accessory. 

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9 Press-On Nails for the Easiest DIY Mani Ever

Static Nails

Take your pick from over 60 different packs, available in a wide array of lengths, effects, colors, and coverage. Want a long, almond-shaped chrome mani? They have that. Prefer round, matte, and nude? They’ve got that, too. You get the picture. (The website also makes it easy to filter out and find your favorite choices.) Each set comes with 24 nails in 10 different sizes, plus a non-damaging glue, file, and buffer. Also nice: These can be removed, then reapplied, and even re-shaped and re-painted.


If you want to make sure your faux nails fit absolutely perfectly, this personalized option is choice. First, you take five photos of your hand; the brand uses that 3D scan to create a press-on mani that’s custom fit precisely to your nails and your nails only. You get to choose from a variety of colors and chic nail art options, then receive your custom set of gel stick-ons in the mail. Bonus points for the easy, no-glue needed application and even easier removal; they peel right off after a few minutes of soaking in warm water.

No More Flimsy Nails: These Are the 14 Best Nail Strengtheners

Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails

One pack of these (which comes with either 24 or 28 nails) rings at less than a manicure at the salon. You can also pick from all different lengths and shapes, as well as polish shades and even nail art. They can be applied either with the included adhesive tabs or glue, and happy reviewers repeatedly comment on how long they last, up to two or even three weeks.

12 Nail Glues for Taking Your At-Home Nails to the Next Level

Color Street strips

Those who don’t love the feel of anything on top of their nail will appreciate that these polish strips essentially feel like nothing. Each one has a base, color, and top coat built into it, and is super flexible so that you can stretch it to fit each nail exactly. They make for a manicure that’s an almost exact salon dupe (minus the drying time needed or risk of smears involved) and lasts up to10 days. There’s also a crazy selection of colors and designs to choose from, and pedicure strips, too.

Magic Press Press On in Buffy

Press-on nails may seem more appropriate for those who love nail art than those who heart clean and simple nude nails, but even the latter will appreciate these. The glossy nude shade is universally-flattering and the length customizable, making for the perfect, barely-there mani. There’s also no glue required, so you can pop these in on seconds, literally.

The 13 Best Polishes for Standout Nails

Marmalade press on nails

Sure, you can go with a more standard glossy or matte shades, but this brand earns big points for offering an array of other options. We’re talking sheer jelly colors, multi-dimensional iridescent hues, and high shine chromes. There are also accent nails boasting real Swarovski crystals, and unique nail art picks as well.

imPRESS Press-On Manicure

You know all those times when you’re on your way somewhere and you look down and think, “I really should have gotten a manicure”? That’s when these come up huge. All you have to do is swipe your nails with the included prep pad and press these on—it couldn’t be simpler. They’re admittedly not the longest lasting of the bunch, with a lifespan that lasts just a day or two, but the upshot of that is that they do peel off easily. And with such a wallet-friendly price tag, they’re great to have on-hand as emergency mani back-up.

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True to the name, these sets are all, well, handmade. (Keep in mind you may need to wait a few weeks to get them.) The high-quality option ranges from $20 for a solid color up to $118 for a statement-making, entirely Swarovski-encrusted set; nail art fans will also appreciate the fun design options available. You get to pick from 11 shapes and four sizes—a size chart helps you determine which is the best fit for you—and if you’re careful during the removal process, these can also be reused.

Crowned & Polished

If you’re all about statement-making manis that wow, this is the brand for you. There are both solid colors (in a wide range of shades) as well as a variety of different finishes available, all of which come in nine varying shapes and lengths. This includes plenty of more dramatic options, think a long stiletto shape and extra, extra long square shape. They also come in small, medium, and large sizes, plus a custom size option. All are made using vegan gel polishes and feature recyclable packaging, and can be reused several times.


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