Monday, June 17, 2013

Influenster Review: Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure

I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

For this product I had two criteria for I was looking for, one from the product claim and one basic use criteria.

The daily use criteria that I was looking for personally was, do the sizes of the nails actually match up to the sizes of my actual nails.

The claim on the front of the product is "lasts up to a week"  *"when applied properly" according to the side of the packaging.  So I will be also be seeing just how long the nails last on top of my nails as a manicure.



Before I cover the claims of the product and go over how it was applied, I want to included the About text from the influenster website (because that was requested as part of a complete review when I checked their form) and I want to include the English text on the packaging because I know it is not the easiest thing to read text on pictures.

About text from the influenster website:

Introducing imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails, the revolutionary way to apply polish! Featuring advanced nail technology, you can get a salon-perfect manicure in seconds – simply peel off, press on, and you're done. There's no drying, a killer shine and a manicure that lasts up to a week! And, imPRESS is so easy to remove, you can change it up to match your mood as often as you want. Check out all colors and patterns, including trendy brights, classic darks and animal prints. With imPRESS, your nails will always be your best accessory.

imPress Manicure retails for $5.99 for colors and $7.99 for patterns, and is available at CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, KMart, Walgreens, Walmart and more. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, visit imPressManicure.com, where you can download an exclusive coupon and virtually try on all the colors and patterns!



imPRESS Press-on Manicure Front of packaging

PRESS-ON MANICURE
Nicole Scherzinger

imPRESS

fast&easy

Lasts up to a week*

24 Nails.



imPRESS Press-on Manicure right hand side of packaging

BROADWAY NAILS

Nicole Scherzinger
SIGNATURE SERIES

impressmanicure.com



imPRESS Press-on Manicure back of packaging

TAB ALIGNS WITH CUTICLE

Find Correct Size

APPLY IN MINUTES
  • Find the correct size for each nail.  (If needed use smaller sizes for best results.)
  • Lay out 10 nails in finger order.
  • Cleanse natural nails with enclosed prep pad.
  • For best adhesion, firmly apply nails, thumb last.

REMOVE IN SECONDS

Gently peel off from sides or apply polish remover around edges, wait 1 minute, peel off.

CAUTION:
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN

PATENTED TECHNOLOGY

Manufactured for
2012 Kiss Products, Inc
Port Washington, NY 11050
All Right Reserved

Hariton House Ltd. Surrey, UK SM2 7AJ



imPRESS Press-on Manicure left hand side of packaging

BROADWAY NAILS

REVOLUTIONARY NAIL TECHNOLOGY

  • Instant Manicure
  • No Drying Time
  • Superior, Lasting Shine
  • Easy Removal

* when applied properly



imPRESS Press-on Manicure bottom of packaging

INGREDIENTS: Nails: ABS Plastic, Acrylates Copolymer; PREP PAD: Isoproply alcohol, Water

Made in China

BIPD09X Sexy Fresh

KL0215



imPRESS Press-on Manicure top of packaging

KL0215

imPRESS Press-on Manicure prep pad packaging




imPRESS Press-on Manicure nail file



Now on with the review:

Before I did anything I decided to measure, in mm, how wide each of my nails actually was and then how wide the press-on nails are, this is harder than you would think.  I tried very hard to measure these at the widest points, but as you will notice, three of the nails have two numbers, that is because I measured everything twice and with those I got two different results because I probably didn't measure in the same spot twice.



Top row, left to right: (in mm)

9 to 10, 10, 14, 13, 16 to 17

Bottom row, left to right: (in mm)

12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 15, 17 to 18

Nails are also about 17 mm long, which is important to keep in mind if you keep your natural nails longer than this.

You will notice that on the largest orange nail there is only one.  That is because I think there was only one in the packaging.  Part of the reason this review has taken so long to get started is I have spent the past two weeks searching the living room where I initially opened the packaging trying to find the stray nail anywhere I could think that it may have fallen.  I think it just never made it in the packaging, but fortunately I didn't need that one although someone else might have.  I know when you have lots of little pieces, occasionally one is going to go missing during manufacturing, it is a hard thing to avoid so while I am noting it, I am not going to hold it too heavily against them unless this is something I later find happens often with their nails.



Next I selected my nails, as instructed on the back of the packing and cleaned my natural nails with the prep pad, which was a small white rectangle and not something I could easily get a picture of.

Application of the individual nails was completed starting with the smallest and working my way up the hand.  Removing the little tabs on the back does get trickery with each passing nail, and if I had done this again with another set I would have removed both thumb tabs before applying the first thumb nail, because I almost didn't get the second one off the nail.








With all of the nails applied I want to talk a little about the results:

The only nail on each hand that didn't have a little bit of the actual nail exposed, was the pinky.  All of the other nails, had tiny bits of the nature nail exposed either side, although not enough that I thought anyone else would notice.

Even from the tops of the nails, you can see where the tips of the nails were snapped from the plastic mold in manufacturing.  This may not be a big deal to some, but it distracted me considerably and I wasn't sure if I was supposed to use the file included to remove that or not because the file itself was never mentioned in the instructions do I didn't use it because I had already filed my nails before starting.

Looking straight on at the tips of the nails, it seems like there is a rather large gap between the natural nail and the press-on nail.  No matter how hard I tried during application, I could not make this gap go away.  I think this gap was caused because the press-on nails had a greater curve to the plastic than my natural nails.  This is something that I think caused the failure of use for me that I will go over at the end of the review.

The nails themselves appear to be about twice as thick as the natural nail, and because of that, sat a good bit higher than the cuticle level and so did seem slightly odd to me because of that, but again, probably wouldn't be noticed by anyone else looking at my hands.

It also took me a while to get used to the feeling of something attached to my nails, because I think the last time I used press-on nails was in the 8th grade and that was over 20 years ago.

So, how long did they last.  Well, I applied them on Saturday, June 15th, and I am already writing the review on Monday, June 17th. 

On Sunday, after a shower.  The orange nail on the right hand popped off almost as soon as I got out.  I didn't think too badly of it because I did have a problem getting them to flatten completely against my nails and only one popping off didn't seem like the end of the world for the manicure.  I picked a purple polish that seemed to match closely to the purple on the blue/purple nails and covered the exposed nail.

A short while later, after applying my makeup and washing my hands, all of the other nails except for the thumbs, which appear to be cemented on, started dropping off over the course of about five minutes.  I was glad for the purple polish and covered all of the other exposed nails and am now using the thumb press-on nails as an accent nail instead of the solid color polish as an accent nail.

I do believe I applied them as correctly as possible following their instruction, and I imagine someone with more curved nails would find them to adhere just fine, but for some, these will not work.  I will update this once the thumbs nails either fall off or last seven days, but as a complete manicure, I am not sure if these would ever truly stay on my nails seven days.  But the packaging does say "up to" so any number of days is in theory, a success.

Because these are not really meant to be reusable, even if they did last a week, the price would keep me from using them for anything other than special occasions.  Although if used as accent nails a package could be made to last a while, provided the nails stayed on for the whole length of time intended for the manicure.

So does this mean I think these are bad?  No, I think if you check to make sure the sizes provided are likely to cover your natural nails sizes before buying (as I have seen a couple of people who purchased these and only found one nail truly fit) and you are looking for something to last one day, say for some special event like a date, or graduation, maybe a wedding (I would suggest a different design for that) I do think these can be very useful as you don't have to worry about chipping your nail polish or smudges.  I like the concept and I do think they gave a decent range of sizes to try and cover as many people as possible, just know that as all things involving tape go, if you get it wet, it isn't likely to last long and the rigidness of the plastic doesn't help to prevent that.

Update:

I had to remove the thumb nails the next day because it had become impossible to open packaging due to the extra height of the nails.  They did not pop off, but they did make every day things more difficult to complete.