10 Best Press On Nails For Custom, Lasting, Luxury Nails (2022)

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Best Custom Press-on Nails Kit For Short, Medium, & Long Nails

Press-on nails, tinsel hair, claw clips, once viral in the early 2000s, are making a return to the beauty world thanks to the Y2K aesthetic.

If best nail designs were somehow limited to short French, flowery, or square styles in the past, modern press-on nail technology brings a plethora of styles.

Thanks to press-up nail kits, anyone can access affordable, stylish, instant manicures.

Available in a myriad of affordable, premium designs and press-on nails, you’ll keep updated with the latest nail trends.




So what is a press-on nail set, and what does it contain?

“Press-on nails are artificial nails made from acrylic. Very easy to apply, these ‘already made’ nails are hassle-free and quick to apply.”

explains Betina Goldstein, Chanel nail artist and celebrity nail designer in Los Angeles.

“Most false nails packs contain a prep pad, alcohol wipes, and additional nail accessories required to affix the nails. If going to a nail salon isn’t your thing, press-on nails are a fantastic alternative.”

Moreover, as the nail glue quality has improved significantly in the last five years, modern fake nail applications tend to last even longer than jobs done by professional nail artists in dedicated nail saloons.

In a wide range of shapes, forms, color combinations, widths, and thicknesses to play around with, press-on nails are an excellent alternative to pricey salon gel manicures.

Without further ado, these are the 10 best press-on nail sets you’ll love to wear in 2022:


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KISS

Best Press-on Nails Overall
from $6.99

Kiss press-on nails

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“Best press-on nails kits for those looking to replicate the manicure salon experience, but without blowing the whole month’s wages in one go.”

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One pack of Kiss press-on nails comes with either 24 or 28 nails is the fastest and cheapest way to replicate the quality of a pro salon manicure.

Kiss’s offering lets you pick from all different lengths and shapes, as well as polish shades and even nail art.

The brand’s high-quality press-on nails kits can be applied either with the included adhesive tabs or glue.

It is not just me; many online reviewers comment on how long these faux nails last, in some cases up to three weeks.





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GLAMNETIC 

Best Custom Press On Nails Kit
from $19.99

Glamnetic Press On Nails

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“Glamnetic’s popular press-on nail range comes in beautiful designs you can apply right from the comfort of your own home.”

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If you always wanted a unique nail art but find nail saloons too expensive or unable to create what you had in mind, Glamnetic has a solution for you.

Create and apply the nail design you wish, right from them from the comfort of your own home with the help of Glamnetic’s Press-On Nails.

Glamnetic is a beauty brand known for its excellent collection of magnetic false lashes.

But, the brand’s latest line of press-on nail sets come in a variety of fun and trendy patterns, shapes, and sizes.

Each set of Glamnetic’s press-on nails comes with 24 faux nails in 12 different sizes.

There’s also a cuticle stick, a manicure stick, a nail file, glue, and an alcohol pad for pre-application prep.





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OLIVE & JUNE

Best Long Lasting Press On Nails
from $10

OLIVE & JUNE press on nails

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“Believers that anyone can create a flawless manicure Olive & June is set to change the at-home press-on nail application experience.”

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A press-on manicure is a manicure, regardless of how you want to call it – therefore, it should be treated as such.

So, if you want to elevate your entire experience, grab Olive & June’s Press-On System, containing everything you need in one (adorable) carry-on pouch.

Priced at $54, the nail kit comes with a 42-count set of nails from Olive & June’s dedicated collection.

Pay $80 and upgrade the press-on nail kit to four sets for new faux nail styles and a wider color assortment.

The set comes with all the tools you need for easy application and removal – nail clipper, file, buffer, cuticle pusher, nail strengthener, cuticle serum, and fast removal kit.





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DASHING DIVA

Best Short Press On Nails
from $9

DASHING DIVA MAGIC PRESS

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“With Dashing Diva’s collections of unique press-on nail designs in various lengths and finishes, you can be your nail artist at home.”

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Dashing Diva’s Magic press-on nails are one of my favorite faux nails packs right now, not just because they’re just so darn easy to use, but the styles are stunning.

No nail glue is needed to apply them; peel off the plastic covering the adhesive, press the fake nail over your natural nail (after prep), and you’re good to go.

Each press-on kit comes with 30 nails in 12 different sizes, so you’re sure to find your perfect fit for each finger.

Moreover, each pack has an extra nail in case of manicure errors or mistakes.

Dashing Diva has a few fake nail colors, shapes, and patterns to choose from.

I love the brand’s Zero Gravity sets of soft lavender and silver glitter shades that I can mix and match with ease.





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PAINTLAB

Most Fun Press On Nails Kit
from $14.99

paintlab press on nails

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“Urban Outfitters’ nail beauty packs – from french tip press-on gel nail sets to reusable faux mink lashes – are super stylish, easy to apply, and accessible for every pocket.”

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When it comes to nail art, the French tip is an absolute style classic.

The nails’ quality is excellent, and once applied, it is hard to know if you’re looking at a false nail or a natural nail.

The PaintLab French Tip press-on gel nail set manages to reinvent the classic french manicure with cool-toned mint accents.

The brand’s French nail kit contains gel polish, the glossy accent nail look, and a quick dry time, chip-free finish that can last for up to two weeks.

Each set comes with 24 press-on nails and a dual-sided nail file and buffer, wooden cuticle stick, nail glue, and adhesive tabs for easy application.





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NAILS OF LA

Best Luxury Press On Nils Kit
from $16

Nails of LA press on nails

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“Nails Of LA runs an exclusive offer; you can get three looks for only 40$. You can use the following code for a discount: Promo Code: NAILSOFLA.”

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Nails of LA offers both press-on and nail stickers outfitted in modern aesthetics and clean lines.

I highly recommend the brand’s press-on kits for all short-nail lovers here, winners of LA’s Best of Beauty Nails competition in 2021.

Each nail set came with 24 nails, a file/buffer duo, a cuticle stick, adhesive tabs, and nail glue for seamless application and extended wear.

The brand’s blue nails in oval shapes and fake coffin nails in risky color combinations are trendy right now.

Who needs regular polish when you have such chic press-on nail kits at your disposal?





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POPSOCKETS NAILS

Best Graphic Press-on Nails
from $10

Popsockets press on nails

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“PopSockets’ famous phone grips are sold in over 230 million units in 75 countries, and now, the company’s growing ecosystem includes matching press-on nails kits.”

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Matching your nails to your outfit, makeup, and accessories is the fastest and easiest way to elevate your look.

PopSockets, launched in 2014 by former philosophy professor David Barnett, is more famous for its empowering, fun, and expressive phone accessories.

PopSockets Nails adds its own take on the latest fake nail trends, designed to complement its PopGrips.

Each set has 30 nails, a nail file, a cuticle pusher, two alcohol prep pads, and the choice of a matching PopGrip.

You even save $8 when you buy a matching PopSocket and PopGrip in the same order.





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MANIME

Best Stick On Gel Nails
from $7.50

Manime Stick On Gel Nails

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“ManiMe’s custom-made press-on nails innovative solution is the best out there right now; scan, choose a design, and have your #hightechmani delivered to your door.”

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If you want faux nails to fit perfectly, ManiMe’s highly personalized options are the best out there right now.

Here’s how it works to get your custom press-on nail kit.

First, take five photos of your hand and send them over to the brand.

The company uses special software – 3D scans and blueprints – to create your press-on that custom fits your nails and your nails only.

You can also choose from various colors and chic nail art options and receive your custom set of gel stick-ons in the mail.

Bonus points for the easy, no-glue needed application and even easier removal; the nails peel right off after a few minutes of soaking in warm water.

I love the brand’s glossy acrylic nails in neon pink shade and acrylic matte press in unique designs you can’t find anywhere else.





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IMPRESS MANICURE

Best Matte Press On Nails
from $8.99

Impress press on nails

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“Impress Manicure has frequent ‘buy 1, get 1’ press-on nail offers; check the brand’s press-on discounts and sales page.”

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If you’re all about statement-making nails, Impress Manicure is the brand for you.

Impress press-on nail kits come in a wide range of solid colors and several shades, as well as a variety of different finishes and styles, shapes, and lengths.

The label differentiates from other press-on nail brands on this list by including plenty of dramatic options, such as a long stiletto shape or very long, unusual square shapes.

However, the label also has faux-nail kits and packs in the general small, medium, and large sizes, plus a custom size option.

All nails are made using vegan gel polishes and are shipped in recyclable packaging that can be reused several times.





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LUXXI NAILS

Best Long Acrylic Press On Nails
from $16

LUXXI NAILS Long Acrylic Press On Nails

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“Stylish, affordable, and above all very durable, Luxxi Nails are safe for your natural nails and a great alternative to gels and acrylics.”

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Luxxi Nails are for those who want that fun and glamorous look they would get at a professional nail salon, but quicker and cheaper.

Luxxi offer comes with a Bento Box where you can get four sets of nails, cuticle oil, and a bunch of cute rings for $59.

Luxxi Nails has a ton of styles, and some of the nude/clear nails might let the glue become visible under the nail in a messy kind of way.





Press-on Nails FAQs

How Long Do Press On Nails Last?

One of the most asked questions we get here at The VOU is, “How long do press-on nails stay on?”

Well, it depends on how you apply them, either with glue or adhesive.

In general, nail glue lasts for about five to seven days per wear, while nail adhesives have a slightly shorter life, lasting for a maximum of five days.

If you want longer-lasting results, apply the glue nail stick adhesive or adhesive sticker as close to the cuticle area as possible.

Are Press On Nails Bad For Your Nails?

No, using press-on nails over your natural nails won’t damage your natural nails.

Modern press-on faux nails a much healthier safer than acrylic nails.

Even more, some press-on nail brands are looking into using sustainable materials and infusing them with ingredients that feed and support your natural nails in the process.

Do Press On Nails Just Fall Off?

No, if properly applied, there’s no reason for the press-on nails to fall off.
Also, depending on the glue used to affix them, some faux nails might last longer than others.

Are Press On Nails Better Than Acrylic?

Yes, press-on nails are better for your natural nails than acrylics.

Better because they are cheaper, last much longer, and are safer for your natural nails.

Moreover, high-end and luxury press-on nails look even better than acrylic nails.

Can I Shower Or Wash Dishes With Press-on Nails?

It is generally safe to shower, go swimming, or wash dishes with your press-on nails.

However, it depends on the type of glue used to apply them, so make sure you check with the brand or read the instructions first.




Conclusion

I think that press-on nails are way better than any other manicure right now.

I used to wear a lot of fake nails, and trust me; nothing hurts more (fingers and wallet) entirely as a fake nail manicure done at a professional salon.

The worst part is the acrylic removal process, making my nails feel very sensitive and brittle for weeks.

On the other hand, press on nails is cheaper, easier, and faster to apply.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love a pro salon ‘mani’ treatment from time to time – with my girls, as part of our catch-up, touch-base routine.

However, press-on nails are the way to go whenever I need a manicure that lasts for weeks without chipping or flaking.

If you’re looking for a non-committal option and easy removal, a glue-less nail that comes with an adhesive back is a great option.

If you go the glue nail route, you should understand that the removal process can damage your nails, similar to the acrylics, dip, and gel you get at the salon.

Style-wise, there are press-on nail sets for anything you have in mind: coffin nails, stiletto nails, short nails, long nails, clutch nails, classic nails, cherry nails, and so on.

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Rebecca Hunt
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  1. One of the best articles on press-on nails right now, thanks for the direct links to the brands and excellent discount offers tips. Bookmarked!

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