I’m pretty fortunate when it comes to my nails, they are pretty strong and usually quite long but a couple of weeks back a few broke and I was considering acrylic nails.
Now I have never had acrylic nails and I wouldn’t recommend them, they weaken your natural nails a lot but I just really wanted a nice length and shape for the festive season. After sharing my lust for acrylic nails with a few people (naturally they all gasped in disbelief) they all started to recommend Elegant Touch Totally Bare Press on nails. I feel like this is a secret everyone knew but me!
Straight away visions of me with 14 year old girls nails, covered in nail art popped into my head but I thought I’d give it a go especially with so many people recommending them.
I went for the Oval 002 Elegant Touch Totally Bare ones which were very easy to find in Superdrugs and I also bought a glue to go with it, it all came to under £8, such a bargain in comparison to acrylics, especially as a box is enough for two uses! My first go wasn’t overly successful but you learn through trial and error, right? I wanted to keep the length of my nails underneath but this meant the fake nail didn’t sit as well so I had to cut them soon after but other than they were pretty easy to apply. My big worry was them just popping off, this does happen but not as often as I thought, maybe once every two days but typically when I’m at home opening something and it’s really easy to just glue back down in half a minute.
I did have to paint them myself but actually doing so is better, as you can pick the exact colour you want, it makes them look more natural and the polish dies really fast on the plastic nail (and never chips!) I’ve also tried the Stiletto variation which is what I have on currently, they’re nice but not as wearable or as long lasting as the ovals as they’re really quite long and a little curved meaning they get knocked a fair bit. It takes a little while to get use to them depending on what you’re natural nail is like, if you have very short nails it might be worth starting with the square and seeing how you get on with them.
If you’re going to give them a go then I do have a few tips…
Buy brush on glue and be generous when applying it, I’m not suggesting you apply too much but just enough to coat the whole nails.
Cut your own nails nice and short underneath as this will make them last longer.
Before you start applying the fake nails get rid of the huge ones which will never fit your nails as it makes it less confusing when choosing the correct size.
Keep the glue in your bag for emergency application should one come off.
Go for one that’s slightly smaller than your natural nails rather than slightly bigger.
Overall I’m in love with them, they lasts much longer than normal nail polish with minimal up keep. They deliver the exact look I love and super affordable too! I’ve had so many compliments from people who think they’re real and I feel that my nails are always ready for an Instagram photo.
I must admit I still have no idea the proper way to remove them, I simply sit in the bath for a while and then probe around the edges and pull it off. Also interested in trying other brands so would love to hear about your experience with press on nails in the comments
PS. My laptop has gone into repairs but Peexo (amazing fashion blog here) has kindly lent me hers, this does mean that I lost all my photos for this blog post so please excuse the phone photos.