Should I Try Kiss Press-On Nails?

Updated 04/03/19
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Kiss Nails are a good way to give your nails an instant makeover. However, if you're a mom of younger children, you're going to find they're not practical to wear all the time. There are just too many hands-on activities you have to do with your kids. For other women, Kiss Nails is a better solution, as long as you only want to wear them for the recommended seven days before putting on a new set. This is my experience spending a week trying Kiss Nails.

Pros of Kiss Nails

  • Salon-looking nails in about 15 minutes
  • Easy to apply
  • 28 nails included so you can find the right fit for your fingernail
  • A variety of designs

Cons of Kiss Nails

  • Can only be worn seven days
  • Nails that get popped off during use might cause lifting of your natural nail
  • Lifting can weaken your natural nail

Women wreak havoc on their fingernails, especially moms. Pushing kids on the swings. Lugging a stroller in and out of the car. Playing ball in the backyard. Gather a bunch of moms together, and most of us will have boy-short nails. Kiss Nails transform those broken, chipped nubs into elegant, ladylike fingernails in just a few minutes. Over the years, and for this review, I've used Kiss Nails several times now for special occasions. This time, for the purposes of this review, I wore the nails from the "Kiss Nails Real Short Everlasting French Square Nails Kit" for the 7 days the package recommends, putting them through the test of normal day-to-day functions as a mom.

The kit includes 28 nails, Pink gel glue, a manicure stick and a mini file. Target has the kits for about $5. Walgreens has the kits for close to $7. Obviously, this is significantly less than the $30-plus you'll pay to have your nails done at a salon, and it's something you can easily do for yourself at home, even with kids around. Plus, you don't have to keep going back to the salon every six weeks to have your nails refilled, which costs up to $45. That's not exactly an option for moms looking to save money.

Applying fake nails is simple, and Kiss Nails are no exception. When you're ready to glue the nail in place, cover the back of the artificial nail and your natural nail with glue. Be sure you cover each surface completely with glue, or you'll be able to see air pockets through the nails after you've applied them. Hold the artificial nail on top of your nail for 5 seconds and it's glued. Twist off the numbered tab from the artificial nail, and file the nail to the shape you want. The total time to find your nail size, apply glue, and then glue the nails in place takes about 10-15 minutes total for both hands.

My routine is fairly simple. However, several nails did pop off during the week:

  • Day 1 - No nails popped off.
  • Day 2 - Ring fingernail on my left hand popped off during a diaper change.
  • Day 3 - Middle fingernail on my left hand popped off while folding the laundry.
  • Day 4 - Pinkie nail popped off getting ice out of the ice maker.
  • Day 5 - No nails popped off.
  • Day 6 - Middle fingernail on right hand popped off while buckling my baby's car seat.
  • Day 7 - Left index fingernail popped off somewhere in Target where I happened to be buying another set of Kiss Nails.

With the exception of the one lost at Target, I was able to glue the nails that had popped off back on in just a few seconds. It's a good idea to carry the glue with you, in case you're away from home when your nail pops off. When each nail popped off it didn't hurt, but I knew I had lost one of my nails. After removing the nails, I discovered that the nails that had popped off over the last week had suffered slight lifting on them, as if the force of them getting popped off my finger also took the top layer of my natural nail with them. Unfortunately, you can see where the lifting occurred on my natural nail. Those nails feel significantly weaker because that top layer of the nail is gone. My normally-strong nails are chipped and broken where the Kiss Nails popped off during my week of wearing them.

To take your nails off, the Kiss Nails "All or One Artificial Nail Remover" (purchased separately from their kits) is recommended. You can just dip your fingernails into acetone nail polish remover, but it does take longer to get the nails off this way. After trying both methods, the All or One Artificial Nail Remover was quicker removing the nail as well as the glue that's left on your natural nail. 

Despite some minor setbacks, using these nails has many advantages. They're temporary. They remove easily. They're affordable. They're beautiful. Wearing Kiss Nails not only transforms the look of your nails, it provides a confidence boost to know that your nails always look good. I caught myself looking at my hands a lot during the week.

Kiss Nails are a good product that have redefined press-on nails. Still, most people who work with their hands often will find they're not ideal for 24/7 when you're hanging out with your kids every day. Still, they're a perfect solution for a date night, or other special occasions to give your nails an instant and much-needed manicure.

This product was purchased from a local retail store for review. Cost before tax was $4.89.

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