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wearing light blue impress nails

Want hassle-free frugal nails that look cute, too?!

My favorite one-step manicure may surprise you! You see, I photograph or videotape my hands all day long as a food and craft blogger, so I consider having nice nails as a part of the gig. 🤗 Here’s why I specifically love Impress nails!

holding a coffee cup with red Impress Nails on

Regular gel nails are time-consuming and expensive.

Though I loved how they looked, I used to spend lots of time and money getting SNS powder gel nails. My nails were getting damaged though, and it became hard finding the time to spend at the salon. I was also spending over $60 a nail salon visit.

Some of my sidekicks here at Hip2Save.com were saying that they really loved Impress Nails, and I had to check them out!

3 boxes of impress nails

My experience with Impress Nails

I’ve been wearing Impress Nails for about the last 6 months and am totally hooked!   

Impress nails are glue-free press on nails! I know… stay with me… these are not like your mom’s press-on nails from the ’80s, promise! LOL!

nails with Impress nail manicure in black

I personally love the modern short, square shape and the fact that they look more natural to me compared to other longer glue-on nails.

They stay on for about 5-7 days for me, and I love how they look and how easy it is to apply! It’s worth noting if you want to skip the accent-colored nail designs, there are enough nails to keep them all the same color.

There’s no hassle of nail polish or messy glue – woohoo!

applying press on nails to each finger

Impress Nails Hip Tips for Application:

  • When picking a nail for each finger, pick a size that’s the exact width of your nail or slightly smaller. They will stay on longer if not touching your skin on the side of the nail.

  • Make sure to use the alcohol wipe that comes with the packet to clean nails before applying Impress Nails.

  • To get the most natural look, take the tab off, and press it right up to and under your cuticle.

  • For best adhesion, spend a few minutes just pressing the nails to your nails, going along each finger and pressing. I will sometimes apply mine while watching TV, and just keep pressing for awhile.

  • File the ends a bit if there are rough spots after application. There’s a small nail file that comes in the kit, but it’s good to have a bigger size on hand.

  • Be careful with your nails. I still take a hot bath every night and do lots of dishes, but I’m careful not to use my nails to open things.

  • If a nail pops off, keep some nail glue on hand, and apply a couple of drops to put it back on.

  • Removal is actually pretty easy. Peel them off starting at the sides, and the glue comes off pretty easily. I never use acetone or anything.

Impress Nails in red and gold

Great for teens and for special occasions!

Maybe you don’t love the idea of press-ons, or you don’t want to keep them on longer than one night. These are great for proms, weddings, and for other special occasions. They’re much less expensive than salon nails and so easy to do yourself. My tween daughter and her friends like putting these on when they have sleepovers as a fun activity!

doing impress nails at baseball game

I can do my nails anywhere!

I’m so busy, if I can multi-task at my kid’s baseball game and do my nails at the same time, I’m in! I’m like a pro now, and I can do them in under ten minutes! I love that there’s no drying time, and I can apply the nails quickly and move on with my day!

impress nails storage idea in a craft organizer

Check out the fun storage idea my sidekick has for her Impress Nails!

You’ll always have leftover nails when buying a pack, so it’s a good idea to save them to possibly use later! Here, Mary is storing hers in a Dollar Tree clear craft storage box! So smart!

applying no glue press on nails

Where’s the best place to buy Impress Nails?

You can find these great nails in most grocery, drugstores, and big-box retailers.

  • I usually pick them up at my local grocery store Fry’s (Kroger) for around $5-6.
  • Walgreens sells them, and sometimes you can catch a great BOGO 50% off sale.
  • Target and Walmart have them, too!

Lina (lina@hip2save.com) loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects.


Check out why my sidekick Emily prefers a manicure using Kiss Nails!


Lina has 8+ years' experience in content creation across lifestyle, decor, recipes & DIY. She has a Bachelors in Business Management. Connect with Lina on LinkedIn


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Comments 96

  1. Brittany

    Thanks, I will have to try them! I love the Incoco nail strips for my toes, they stay on for a really long time and look like I went to the salon.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh awesome I’ve used those before too! ❤️👌

  2. 3babiesmommie

    This is all I use on my nails!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh awesome 👏 Thanks for sharing ❤️

  3. Lacey

    I swear by Impress! Diapers, dishes, etc….I never get less than a week (usually closer to 2) out of a set.

    I like to put them on before bed so the adhesive has several hours to bond with the nail.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow really? That’s so great! 👏 Thanks for sharing Lacey!

  4. amy

    Has anyone ever tried color street nail polish strips? It takes some practice but it’s well worth it IMO.
    You can get a set for around $10 and they last me almost 3 weeks.. That’s typing, house work, washing dishes etc and it’s your own nails… I believe they are also made in the USA…

    • R

      Try Incoco if you like Colorstreet. They’re half the price ($5) and I read they’re made by the same company. I have both and can’t tell the difference between the two in terms of application and wear. Love ‘em!

      • Kristi

        They are the same company, same equipment and formulation too, just less variety. Coconut nails are the same as well.

  5. rti

    One question, as shown in storage picture, are these reusable once removed?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I think they get yucky after a while, so I wouldn’t – but they always give you more than you need in a pack, so that’s a storage idea for extras.

  6. Ana

    Totally agree Amy! I went to Mexico for 7 days was in the pool every day plus doing the everyday stuff showering, washing dishes etc. Color street never came off! Was very impressed, swear by it.

    • TK

      Inococo owns Colorstreet and the ones sold at Walmart. The Walmart brands are marketed as Inococo and Coconut brands. I’ve tried the Coconut ones and Colorstreet and they are identical even comes with the same little pink Emery board. The Walmart ones are $5 and Colorstreet $11 and up. I’m able to get two manicures out of one set by saving half of one nail since they are so long and my nails are short.

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Oh thanks for sharing!

  7. Jessica C.

    These things are LIFE CHANGING! I just applied a new set and have gotten SO many compliments, it’s crazy! I just smile and say thank you 🙂 got mine on clearance at Walmart for $4!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay! That’s awesome Jessica!

  8. Nette

    I live by these nails. People are always so surprised when I tell them i’m wearing press-ons. I love them!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I know right! So fun Nette, thanks for sharing!

  9. Bethany

    These look great!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Bethany!

  10. Elaine

    I never have luck with the impress press on. Any tips?

    • Shannon

      I agree Elaine, me either. They fall off in one day.

      • emily kot

        I also use some nail glue along with the adhesive that comes with these. I can easily get 10 days with them. My aunt almost always gets two weeks because she uses the glue too. We have a little trick too. Do these before you go to bed. Firmly press each one on for 30 seconds to a minute. Then, DO NOT wash your hands! just go to bed and let them adhere all night long. Make sure you won’t have to get your hands wet at all after doing them.

    • jenn

      Apply after shower but before applying any type of cream or lotion to face or body. Use wipe that they come with before applying. Continue pressing as hard as u can all over each nail, over and over again. Select correct size nail. If between sizes select smaller size not bigger.

  11. Bethy

    Not a fan. Color street is the way to go!!

  12. Ma

    Thanks!!!

  13. Melissa

    Can’t wait to try- thanks for the info! I was tempted to try color street but they seem pricey- for that much money and work, i would rather go to the salon and have them done. the impress appears to be a bit cheaper and no trimming/filing.

  14. ~jenn~

    This one of the moments I feel blessed. I have long, strong nails. I’m sure it’s genetic because all the girls in my family have long nails…except the nail biters. I generally keep mine about 1/2 inch past the ends of my fingertips. I honestly didn’t think it was that big of a deal until the first time I got a manicure and the manicurist had to grab all her co-workers to come look at my nails to point out they’re natural. Being able to change out style, color and shape on a whim would be nice though.

    • JD

      There are a lot of medical conditions that impact nail growth and health. For those that can’t seem to get harder nails with hair skin and nails gummies try iron supplements taken with fruit juice. I suffer from chronic anemia and notice that the only time I have decent nails is after a series of iron infusions. Thyroid and autoimmune are also issues that your nails can reveal.

      • Shannon

        I just got 2 iron infusions and I have very soft nails. I’m hoping mine will grow in stronger!

    • jenn

      I’d keep my nails long if I had 2 right hands! Just impossible to paint my own nails. Seems like practice makes perfect only 1 out of 100 times…frustrating!

  15. Leavesbegintofall

    I love these. I tried them after the last time you posted them on h2s! The press on last only a couple days, for me (dishes, swim lessons, laundry, etc) but the glue on lasted through me pulling up carpet, planting a garden etc.

    After I tried and loved those, I tried the pedicure ones (which kinda grossed me out at first) and I love those even more!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh my gosh that’s awesome! I saw they have those and was wondering!

    • Rachel

      I’m a runner and was wondering if the pedicure ones would last through running. What do you think?

  16. Catalina

    i used these impress for special events because they just look so good and i use incoco or color street for regular weekdays. One thing to note on impress is that when i grab my hair, hair seems to easily go in between the base of the nail and the impress nail, so i use a clear coat on thop of this gap which seems to help

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s a great tip! Thanks Catalina!

  17. Amy

    How is the selection of sizes with these nails? Mine nails are narrow, and I never had enough small sizes in the Kiss sets I tried in my younger years.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I feel like it’s a pretty good selection. Mine are on the narrow side too I think.

    • jenn

      Try the medium length ones (u can buy on their website)…they seem to have more of the narrow sized nails

    • Leavesbegintofall

      I have super narrow nails. I usually can only use one of the accent nails in each of these kits on my middle or thumb, unless I trim to more to fit, but I can usually find choices that only need very minor filing to fit, amongst the non accent nails.

  18. Janet

    Macy’s swimwear sale today

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, Janet!

  19. Lisa Olson

    I tried this for the first time in April, my 20 something daughter suggested that I try them. I make cookies as a side job and my hands are always in flour or being washed. I also work tech during the day doing repairs. I put my impress nails on in the car on our way out of state for a wedding. It took 10 minutes or less. The nails lasted me 2 weeks!! The only thing I wish is that I could find a little longer length so I didnt have to cut down the few nails that are longer.

    • jenn

      They have medium length ones on their website

  20. Lashundra

    I love Impress Press On Nails, I last purchased some earlier this year they were on clearance at Walgreens. They look so professional and last for 2 weeks on my nails. I get so many compliments on them and I love all the cute colors and designs they have.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s great Lashundra! Thanks for sharing! ❤️

  21. Jen

    Color street is buy three sets and get the fourth free! You can get two manicures out of each package which makes each manicure 5.00! Plus, the variety is sooo much better with Color Street!

  22. Erin

    I’m impressed! I think they look more real than manicured nails, which are always so thick, glossy and talonlike. Press-on nails are also a really good way to curb nail biting.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great point Erin! Thanks so much!

  23. Momof2

    Oh..I love them so much and thanks for the great tip on how to store them so that we can mix and match too..

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh good! Yes I thought it was so clever too 👏

  24. ni

    I’m blessed to have long, strong nails (my family says “claws”), but would like to try the nail strips. Do the nail strips (Colorstreet, Incoco) strip or weaken your nails like getting salon fill-in manicures?

    • Brittany

      Incoco is real nail polish in a strip, so it just comes off with polish remover. Never had any damage done.

  25. jenn g

    Me too! I do them while riding with my boyfriend to the store & things like that. If I have already picked out the sizes I need, I can do them in less than 5min easily. Only thing I really dislike is they no longer have the plain french manicure style in stores…it’s way too many styles & colors that don’t seem age appropriate for a 36yr old (too bright, glittery, etc.) Wish they’d make more classic/conservative colors & styles.

  26. jenn

    I keep mine in a harbor freight box like this but it has individual little boxes instead of dividers inside the main box. Think i have 2 of those filled with nails now =)

  27. Sara

    I started using these after someone suggested them in a previous post about glue on nails. I don’t want to mess with glue but these are so easy! I have nice nails & like to paint them but even high quality polish only lasts a couple days before chipping. I can get close to 2 weeks from these! I’ve tried the Color Street strips but they’re too much work.

  28. marianne

    I like Color Street better…

  29. Tiffany

    I usually purchase on Amazon or their website directly as they do BOGOs a lot. Also their toe nails are great too. Just spent a week on vacation in the sand and beach and didn’t lose any. On day 12 and my toe nails are still on.

    Haha.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s so cool! Ha I’ve always wondered about those 👍

  30. Mariposa

    I love these! I have the French mani in right now.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hooray! So fun!

  31. Deidre

    I play the piano and don’t really have the patience for fake nails. In the past they’ve just been too much drama. Reviews from anyone who plays piano regularly?

    • Karen

      I don’t play piano but I can understand what would bother you. I like my nails super short. I use these and file them down pretty short so that you can see my fingertip beyond them and they still look great! I had three people today alone ask me if I went to the salon to get my nails done.

  32. Kalynn

    I’m definitely going to try this for the winter! In the summer, my nails grow pretty well and I keep them a tad longer in length. I do admit keeping up with nailcolor gets annoying, but I like knowing they are my own nails. However, during the winter, my nails are so brittle and weak, and they are constantly breaking. These will be perfect!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh ya this could be a good solution then! Thanks for stopping by!

  33. Sarah

    Ok so I have a ?… I went to buy these impress nails since reading this post!! And noticed that some
    Of the boxes have a little red like box that says something like stronger adhesive. Are these like 2.0 versions??? Or are they the new box? Are they all the same you think??

  34. Ann

    Lina is there a particular nail glue you recommend? Love this post BTW. Can’t wait to try impress. Tia.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for asking Ann! Yes I use this brush on glue and find it’s less messy than most 🙂 https://amzn.to/2XnHjvL

      • Ann

        Thank you. I’ll check it out.

  35. HipUP

    I did my nail and broken easily several months ago.And the my nail were damaged and constantly breaking!! Experience so bad!

  36. Shannon

    Thank u guys for sharing this post. I’ve been so envious of people’s pretty nails and I had no idea that you could have nice nails by doing them at home!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh you’re welcome Shannon!

  37. teresa

    If you have excellent eyesight and memory, they have little tiny numbers on the nail so… If they made the number bigger/easier to read, it would be super fast and easy to know what number fits each finger every time. (The number is on the nail, underneath the peel-off part.)

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes! I forgot about that -and I can’t see it very well because I’ve tried 😂lol

  38. Nichole

    I always get compliments on my impress nails and I love the look on their faces when I tell them that they are “press-on” …. “like peel the sticker off “…..lol

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes! Me too haha – thanks for sharing Nichole!

  39. cvvaldez

    These are the nails I use. I always get great compliments. They last about 2 weeks for me.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s so great – thanks for sharing! 🙌

  40. Brittany

    Do these come off super easy and in one piece? I can’t wear them at work in case of having to go to the O.R., but if they came off easy I could!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes there’s no soaking involved. You just push up on the side or end, and they will peel off. 🙂

  41. hellfiregainz

    I hate these! Impossible to wash hair without the hair getting caught and pulled through them ripping out your hair. And they lift near the cuticle alot. I use my hands alot working, so maybe that is why?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh ya that happens to me after a few days on sometimes. Another reader said she applies clear nail polish sometimes around that area. Maybe a quick fix, but ya if you wash hair a lot, can be annoying! 🙂

  42. Stacy

    Do they do any damage to the nails when they’re removed? I had gel done once at the salon and it was so hard on my nails.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I know that’s why I stopped with gel – or taking a break for now. 🙂 No damage to my nails. The glue is like a tacky type that can be easily removed with your nail or light file.

  43. Malinda

    After reading the article and all the great comments I picked up a set today. I haven’t tried press-ons since I was a kid. They tended to fly off while riding a bike lol. Hoping for a better experience with these modern ones!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! And remember to hold press them on for a while after, and I like another reader’s tip of doing before bed so they set up for a while before washing hands!

  44. Andyscottage

    K

  45. Andyscottage

    I just tried my first set last night and I am hoping for great results. I have had gel nails in the past and even tried doing my own with the uv light, etc. but without the results I wanted.
    On a side note, I just ordered a set of 3 impress pedicures on eBay for $12!

  46. VickiB

    These are bogo 50% right now at Walgreens! I just got 4 to try out!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      SWEET! Thanks for the heads up!

  47. Danielle

    I just placed an order directly on the impressmanicure.com website. They often have really great deals!

    Currently there are some bogo offers on some colors, plus 30% off the new manicure style, plus free shipping on $30 (before discounts!) and you get a free set with your order of $10 or more. My order worked out to be about $3.50 per box and I’ll get at least 2 manicures from each box!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome find, Danielle! Thanks for sharing your score with us!

  48. Mommy

    Also, Target has a deal if you spend $20, get $5 gift card with code BEAUTY through 6/29
    It applies to the Impress Press-ons as well.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      oh nice! Thanks so much for sharing!

  49. justme

    another tip for toe nails is that Extreme Wear by Sally Hanson lasts forever for a pedicure. I couldn’t believe after a week at the beach and swimming how well it lasted! Hands down best polish for summer!

  50. Amanda Purcell

    Loving these for day to day but does anyone have experience at the beach? Going next week and trying to decide if i should go back to my regular salon gel manicure or go with these.

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