Uh, yes. Definitely.
At least that is what I thought until a couple weeks ago when I actually tried them.
Now I'm kind of hoping that they look okay. Because they are solving a multitude of nail problems.
Okay, maybe the glittery chevron nail is a little tacky, but hey, you can't blame me for wanting to have a little fun, right?
These pictures were taken before I trimmed them down a little.
I have always had weak nails -- splitting, peeling, tearing. When I was working, I did them every week, and since I had an office job, they stayed in fairly good shape. But when I had children, it was catch as catch can, sometimes polish, sometimes not. If I kept them short and wore gloves when I did housework (which I still do), they were generally okay.
But in the past few years I've developed a split down the middle of one of my thumb nails that doesn't seem to want to heal. I've tried keeping it cut really short, but it amazes me how often it gets bumped or hit, and then that split deepens.
I work with my hands a lot these days, and I don't have the patience to put polish on and be careful, careful all the time so it doesn't chip. I've tried gluing the split together, taking biotin, moisturizing my hands more frequently, etc. I have gone to get gel nails at the salon. They look beautiful, but it's expensive, toxic, and time-consuming. Plus, it further damages your nails.
What to do? I could keep them super-super short and unpolished. But sometimes, you just want to have pretty nails, you know?
So all this is a build up to why I thought about trying the press-on nails. You can buy nails that you attach using glue, but that sounded like too much work and potentially more damaging to my nails.
|"it's all fun and games until someone breaks a nail"|
So the first set I tried stayed on a week. One of the index finger nails started lifting on the seventh day. I could have glued that one on and gone several more days, but I just took them all off. You can just peel them off, but I wanted to be careful, so I ran a Q-tip soaked in polish remover around the edges of the nails, and then lifted them off.
No damage to the nails at all, unlike when I've had gel nails removed. I think it's probably a good idea to let nails "breathe" a little, so I didn't put another set on for a few days.
It's literally peel and stick. You are supposed to press on them occasionally for the first half hour after you apply them, and avoid washing your hands for an hour after you've put them on.
I found them to be too long and squarish, so I cut them down a little the morning after I applied them and then used an emery board to round the edges somewhat.
|Note to self: use moisturizer before taking pictures of hands!|
I got these imPRESS brand nails at Meijer's, a Midwest chain store, for $6.29 for 30 nails, or three manicures (or two if you don't want to use any accent nails. Some colors do come without accent nails, but you only get 24 nails.) I've seen them at CVS; in fact, I think you can find them all over. Amazon also carries them at $9.50 a package, but they have a wider selection than what I've seen in the stores.
These nails are easy to put on and easy to take off and they're
cheap inexpensive. They will definitely protect my real nails from splitting further. You don't need to inhale any toxic chemicals when using them, either. And I think if you don't use the accent nails and if you cut them down a little, they don't look so "fake."
So what do you think? Tacky? Or no?