Monday, 13 August 2012

Review: ImPRESS Nails in Vamp It Up

I'm sure most of you will have heard of ImPRESS Nails by now. They've been raved about throughout the blogging world for quite some time now, so I thought I would give them a go and see if they lived up to all the hype.

A few weeks ago I was going to a local music festival and wanted some funky festival nails, so decided this would be the perfect time to try the ImPRESS Nails. There were loads of designs to choose from. From simple block colours to funky animal print. I decided on Vamp It Up, a neon stripy design with graffiti style hearts on.

(Credit to for this photo)

So what did I think of them? The packaging is super cute! They come in a nail polish shaped bottle which I loved! I liked the simplicity of it all. Simply peel the plastic off the self-adhesive nails and press them onto your nails. No fussing about with nail glue and getting your fingers stuck to your nails by accident! I also loved the design! I'm big into nail art and love funky designs, so the choice was pretty awesome in my opinion. They're also super easy to take off, I just peeled mine off.

However, sadly that is where the positives end for me. I felt like there just weren't enough different sizes of nails. I struggled to find ones that fitted perfectly to my nails and often my own nails (which were cut short) were actually longer than the ImPRESS Nails. Due to this I ended up with 3 nails in a row with the same design. I also thought the nails were very chunky, a lot more so than regular false nails. As for the staying power, it wasn't great. I had mine on for 24hours and only one came off, but my friend's all came off within the 24hours at the festival, and it's not like we were doing anything physically demanding on our nails! Also the self-adhesive tends to pick up dirt under the nails, which, let's be honest, isn't very attractive. From afar I think these nails look great, but up close they really don't. They look so obviously fake due to the chunkiness and bad sizing.

(Photo taken at the festival. My hands look weird haha!)

Another slight negative to them is the price, which I believe was around £8 if I remember correctly. For the quality of these nails I really just don't think they're worth the money. I could have created just as funky a design myself for a whole lot cheaper!

I really was hoping to be able to give these nails a good review, as that's all I've read in the blogging world, but I just couldn't, I really was that unimpressed with them. Perhaps they'll work out better for you though, it could have just been down to my own nails that they didn't work for me.

Sorry ImPRESS Nails! :(