Press On Nails That Are Better Than A Manicure

By Rogan Smith |
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A light skinned black woman shows off her blue press on nails

Ok, it’s official. I’m over manicures. I’m over having to beg for last minute appointments, sitting through an hour of painting and, even worse, drying just to get red carpet worthy nails.

These days, I’ve found a new love – press on nails. The relationship is new, so I’m taking it one day at a time. So far, it’s treating me right.

I kinda fell in love by accident. I spotted these nails while shopping in Target. If you read this blog often, you know how much I love that store. I was looking for nail polish when some pink gel nails caught my eye.

I tried to walk away several times, but they kept calling me. I’m feeling like Chris Rock in New Jack City already. As I examined the packaging I ran through every possible scenario I could think of as to how these nails would embarrass me. Most of those thoughts involved a toilet bowl.

Anyway, I knew that the brand I chose would make all the difference. I have history with KISS products. I love their makeup, which works extremely well and is super affordable. So, I figured that would extend to its nail products. And it did.

This Bahamian Gyal blogger, Rogan Smith shows off her KISS press on nails.
This Bahamian Gyal blogger, Rogan Smith shows off her KISS press on nails.

The Benefits Of Press On Nails

There are so many perks to wearing press on nails. First of all, there’s the cost. KISS nails retail for under $10. In fact, I bought mine for $8.99. Compare that with the price of a manicure, which could cost $20 upwards. And that’s just a basic mani. Gel manicures cost more and acrylics can be even more expensive.

Secondly, there’s no need to wait for your nails to dry. As soon as the glue dries – if that’s how you choose to apply them – you’re good to go.

There’s also no fading or chipping like with a mani. These nails are resilient. I have washed dishes, done manual labour and not been careful with these nails and they are still on.

Press on nails also come in a variety of lengths and shapes, like square, oval and coffin to name a few. Now, if that ain’t variety.

Removal is also a cinch. All you need is a nail file and acetone. The nails slide right off.

This Bahamian Gyal blogger, Rogan Smith shows off her KISS press on nails.
Rogan is ready for her close up with her KISS press on nails.

And if you think press ons are for us mere mortals, think again. Several years ago, Beyonce admitted that she wears press ons from time to time. If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me.

I get compliments on a daily basis every time I wear my nails. What gets me is people’s excitement every time I admit that my nails are press ons. They never believe it.

The ultimate benefit for me at this time is that I don’t have to put my health at risk by going to a salon. I can have manicure-style hands at home in less than 10 minutes.

You ain’t said nothing but a word.


This Bahamian Gyal

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