First off, I was able to try these nails because I am a member of Influenster.com and received one of their complementary Holiday VoxBoxes. If you haven't seen it, details on what Influenster is and what I got in my VoxBox can be seen in this video. Essentially, Influenster is a website where you can go, set up an account (for free), earn badges by taking surveys about various interest you have (for free), and become eligible for "VoxBoxes", or boxes full of items for you to try based on your interest/lifestyle, FOR FREE. Do it.
Now, on to the nails. I'll admit, I was skeptical about using these. Last I remember using press-on nails, I had to go through quite the process of applying the adhesive, then nail, then replacing nails that had already fallen off, etc. When I saw that these already had adhesive applied, imPress got a big gold star in my book.
As you can see, there is a flap for you to pull the adhesive-covering plastic off.
As I'm sure you could guess, the application was a breeze. First, I swabbed my nails down with nail polish remover to take off any natural oils on my nails and give the adhesive some extra staying power. An alcohol pad is included with the nails, but I had to remove nail polish anyway. Then, I just removed the adhesive, pressed them on with the flap side facing the cuticle, and was good to go in less than 10 minutes!
Aside from the wear time, which I will get to later, and how natural they look, I was very impressed by how well they contoured to fit my nail. They are rigid, but not so rigid that there was an uncomfortable "fake nail" feeling.
Now onto the wear time. I put these nails on last Saturday and it's now Thursday. Every single one has lasted through hand washing, mitten wearing, shampooing, conditioning, can opening, and general life-living and still has some oomph left. The packaging, and the website, say that they will last up to a week, but I see them lasting longer. And, seeing as how the solid colored nails retail for $5.99 ( and patterned nails for $7.99), I get far more bang for my buck with these puppies than I ever could with a $25 manicure that will chip in 3-4 days.
Now lastly, and most importantly, they don't look at all like fake nails. Because of their natural, shorter length, they look like well-groomed, healthy nails rather than fake claws.
If you go to their website (www.impressmanicure.com) you can browse all of the colors and designs as well as find a retailer. I had luck at my local Walgreens, but others have spotted them at Walmart and CVS as well, so they are very accessible (I got a red set and french manicure!). Now go get you some because they are definitely worth trying!