imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails Review

Hi everyone,

Recently Influenster sent me a two sets of press on nails to try out for free. I’ve been wearing them for a few days now and thought I’d share my thoughts on them.

imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in Evil Queen

On my nails: imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in Evil Queen

According to Broadway Nails: “imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails is the revolutionary way to achieve a flawless manicure in seconds. Just peel off, press on, and you’re done – NO glue needed! More flexible than other artificial nails, imPRESS provides a comfortable fit and durable, lasting wear – twice as long as other press on nails. High-shine colours, trendy designs and glam glitter nails that last up to a week! Colours available for $8.99 and patterns for $10.99 at Walmart, Target, London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Katz, Loblaws, and more. For more information, visit imPRESSmanicure.com

imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in  Shout and Evil Queen

imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in Shout and Evil Queen

I got a pink and black patterned set in Shout, and a green/teal/purple duochrome in Evil Queen. Of the two, I liked Evil Queen a lot more, and since I just broke a nail the other day, I figured it’d be a good time to test a set out.

Each box includes a nail polish bottle shaped container, a prep pad, and mini file.

Each box includes a nail polish bottle shaped container, a prep pad, and mini file.

Each little box comes with everything you need to do your nails with. I like that the nails come in 12 different sizes so you’re bound to find one to fit your nails..

Opening the container is just like opening any bottle of nail polish - just twist it open!

Opening the container is just like opening any bottle of nail polish – just twist it open!

Applying the nails is super easy and you could totally do it while in a rush just before you headed out for an event since there’s no dry time, or while you were on the bus (or even in class?).

Step 1

Step 1: Find the correct size for each nail and lay out all 10 nails in finger order

Step 1: Find the correct size for each nail and lay out all 10 nails in finger order

Step 1 is to find the correct size for each nail. The package suggests to use smaller sizes for best results if you’re in between sizes. Personally I found that my nail beds are a lot more curved than the nails in the kit, so I found that by using a bigger size and bending them to add more curve I got the pressons to fit my nails much more accurately.

Step 2.5: Roll nails gently between fingers to curve them more to natural nail shape

Optional: roll nails gently between fingers to curve them more to natural nail shape

Step 2

Step 2: Cleanse natural nails with enclosed prep pad

Step 2: Cleanse natural nails with enclosed prep pad

The next step is to wash your hands with soap, dry thoroughly, and use the enclosed prep pad. The prep pad smelled pretty strongly of alcohol, and I think the purpose is to remove any oil/impurities on your nails so the sticky side of the presson adheres better to your natural nail.

Step 3

Step 4: Peel off and firmly press on

Step 3: Peel off the tab and firmly press on

The last step is to peel off the tab at the cuticle and firmly press the nail onto your natural nail, down the middle and then down each side of the nail. They suggest applying the thumbs last (probably so you don’t screw it up) although I forgot about this and did them first. Doesn’t matter as long as you’re careful.

…and that’s it! 2 minute mani complete.

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Ta da! Gel worthy nails in minutes.

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Oooh duochrome… The colour “Evil Queen” is supposed to represent the evil queen in Snow White. Other colours in the Disney Villain series by Broadway include Maleficient and Cruella.

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Thought I’d add some extra bling. The colour reminds me a bit of mother of pearl so I thought little accent pearls would be fitting.

Overall I think these presson nails are a huge improvement over the fake nails I used to buy from the drugstore in highschool since you don’t have to deal with messy glue. These ones are way more convenient, just peel and press. It’s a subtle thing but I also really like that the cuticle end is tapered as well so it’s not so bulky and looks more natural. There’s a pretty wide variety of colours and patterns as well, although personally if I were to ever buy them I’d probably opt for a hard-to-recreate pattern. The colour I used, Evil Queen, while pretty, isn’t all that unique (dupes include Knackered by Butter or Wicked Game by Deborah Lippmann off the top of my head). Still, I got a ton of compliments on them, even from strangers, and everyone was surprised when I told them they were fake because the length looks so natural. At $10.99 they’re not cheap, but certainly cheaper than getting a gel mani at a salon. They claim to last up to a week, but after five days one nail came loose. There are 24 nails in each kit though, so it’d be easy to quickly put another one on if you wanted to keep your mani.

One thing I don’t like (but short nailed girls probably would) is the length of the press on nails. I had to file my nails down quite a bit so my natural nails wouldn’t stick out from under the ends of the press on nails, and even at the same length from the underside it looks pretty awkward since the press isn’t flush to my natural nail.. They’re like little shields on top of my natural nails right now. For short nailed girls this wouldn’t be a problem though.

Overall I’d recommend these. Ever glossy never chipping nails that are ready to go in minutes – what’s not to love?

Have you tried imPRESS nails? What did you think?

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I’m back!

For the past two and a half months I went on a whirlwind adventure  starting in Mexico with my family and then making my way through Asia with some friends, to finally come home last week looking every bit the haggard dirty hippie backpacker in my beat up Birkenstocks and elephant print harem pants (I will add in my defense that I think I cleaned up pretty well for my convocation the following morning). After all that travelling, despite having loved my time exploring different cultures and eating my way through numerous cities, I can’t help but feel an immense sense of appreciation for being able to call Vancouver my home.

Maybe I’m a little biased, coming back just as summer is beginning when the city is at its most beautiful, but I can’t help but feel lighter and more relaxed being back. No more touts and sketchy tuk tuk drivers, hooray! Travelling gave me an incredibly deep gratefulness for the wealth and abundance that we enjoy in Vancouver, and Canada as a whole. As cheesy as it sounds, travelling truly does open your eyes and is incredibly transformative. While I don’t think I had any cataclysmic moments that made me want to reassess my life path and renounce all my worldly possessions, the experience certainly helped me better understand myself and my values. I’m planning on sharing pictures and stories from my adventures over the upcoming weeks once I get settled back into life and have some time to sort through the ten million photos I’ve taken, but until then here are some quick thoughts from me as to why I feel so lucky to live in a developed country/the city of Vancouver specifically:

1. The availability of clean drinking water (and other environmental goods). Good heavens, I don’t even want to think about the amount of money I spent on buying bottles of water each day. We are so incredibly lucky to live in a place where clean water is available in abundance straight from the tap. And to have the air quality we do, as well as the mountains, forests, and oceans at our doorstep (jeez I could be a Beautiful BC commercial).

2. Political stability/the ability to trust authorities/democracy. All these ideas sort of go hand in hand. In a few cities I was explicitly warned to stay away from authorities because they couldn’t be trusted to help, and felt somewhat uneasy in several others because of the volatile political situations at hand. I don’t think any country can thrive in the face of corruption and a merry go round of leadership.

3. Female safety. I can’t think of a better phrase for this, but what I mean by this is the freedom I have in Vancouver and North America to wear whatever I want, go wherever I want whenever I want (within reason) and not be stared at or feel that my personal safety is under threat. I hated having to wear long sleeves and pants in 40 degree heat with 95% humidity for fear of being sexually harassed otherwise (and still often was anyways).

4. Infrastructure development. Going to SE Asia around the start of monsoon season meant that I found myself caught in a number of, literally, monsoons. I live in Vancouver; it’s not like I’m not used to the rain. But here, there’s something called drainage so rain will, well, drain from the sidewalks. In Asia oftentimes I found myself walking on dirt clay roads that turned into gushing torrents of muddy clay water. Not fun. Also on the note of infrastructure, as much as Translink can ruin my day I am so grateful for the amazing connectivity Vancouver public transit provides in comparison to many world class cities. And our pothole free roads. Praise pothole free roads.

5. Wealth. This sounds terrible, but it is so true that money can buy happiness to a certain extent (I think research shows it’s around $70k per annum). I feel incredibly fortunate to grow up in a society where childhood education is mandated without regards to gender. Where social mobility is possible, and progressive taxation exists to help. I saw so many painfully young mothers with multiple children, and too many bar girls to count. It made me incredibly sad and thankful at the same time to be born into relative wealth. In developed countries we forget too often amidst our outrage at being the 99%, that in a global context we are truly in the top 1% of the world. Healthcare, sanitation, education, electricity, clean water, food to the point where obesity and lifestyle diseases are becoming ever prevalent… While I certainly will continue to chase my metaphorical cheese in this rat race, it was humbling to recognize how lucky I was to be born into such affluence.

Whoops, didn’t mean to end on such a sober thought. But at the same time, it’s something to reflect on.

Ok, fun stories and pictures next time, promise!

Betty