The Best Press-On Nails You Need To Try At Home Right Now
The best at-home press-on kits to take your manicure game in-house
Nail artist Gracie J, known as @theeditorialnail on Instagram, loves this classic beauty product so much that she makes her own. "I customize looks, shapes, and sizes for my clients — I love a custom look because no two people have the same designs," she explains. "Press-ons are quick, easy, and hassle-free. If going to the salon is not for you, these are definitely a great option." While we can't all be so artisanal in creating our own, you can certainly customize the market's existing options by mixing and matching different styles. Perhaps a matte purple nail from one pack and the blue metallic nail from another?
If you're worried about damaging your nails, here's my own little hack: Prior to applying my fake nails, I paint a couple of coats of clear polish, then add a glittery varnish on top. When you're removing the nails, instead of it removing parts of your nail bed, it will remove the polish first, particularly since glitter nail polishes are so difficult to remove, it gives your nails some extra protection. This trick is not foolproof — there will be times that a bit of your nail bed is peeled off, too — but if you're careful and remove your nails properly, you will be fine.
Short and neutral polish or lengthy glitter claws, we’ve got you covered with the latest and greatest press-on nails. Less of the weak and more nails on fleek.
Ethereally Touched Nails
Ethereally Touched Nails are the new ‘It’. The sky really isn’t the limit for this brand, selling standard solid-color or ornamented prints, like the cow print "A Mooood" set or the violet geode "Purple Dream" mani adopting the baddest boujie nails is a stress no more. Almond, coffin, square, or stiletto — create the look that works for you. With a sizing kit or the size guide, you can find nails made for you. The sets each come with 10 nails, a mini file, an alcohol wipe, and a cuticle pusher. Nail glue is available separately on the brand's site.
$14 to $38 (Shop Now)
Sculpted By Maya
Sculpted by Maya manicures come in fluorescent, solid-colored tones, as well as 2D and 3D design options, such as the desirable "Flower Garden" set pictured above. Choose from one of two free nail kits included with your purchase: Stuck on Glue and Easy On Easy Off. Included is a cuticle pusher, nail adhesives, mini files, and alcohol prep pads; the "Stuck on" kit is equipped with nail glue too.
$25 to $35 (Shop Now)
The Sassy Nails Studio
Emanated in embellishments and crystal flourishes, these press-ons are a must for anyone who loves a lil extra drama. Nail artist Jamie Barbie launched the salon in 2017 and we can’t get enough. The kits come complete with 10 nails, a small file, a buffer block, and an alcohol prep pad. The brand also sells keychains with clips called Sassy Card Swipers making it easier to remove your cards from an ATM, gas pump, or any other machine while wearing long nails. Attach the clip to your credit or debit card and pull the chain. A game-changer.
$15 to $65 (Shop Now)
Allkem Luxury Nails
Allkem Luxury Nails provides long press-on nail kits in desirable designs enabling you to create instant manicures at home. Pretty and precise or something a lil more dramatic, there’s something for everyone. Available are ballerina- or almond-shaped options, and each purchase includes an alcohol pad with 20 nails in 10 different sizes so you can find the best fit. Glue is not included with these sets, so keep in mind you'll need to purchase it separately.
$12 (Shop Now)
Continuous compliments from envious onlookers inspired nail artist Braelinn Frank to establish Rave Nailz. Whilst attending raves, the nail artist would receive praise on her bespoke nail designs from fellow ravers. Compiling her inspo, her designs are now available to everyone, and each kit provides you with everything you need for the perfect disco nails; 24 to 28 nails, a file, and glue. Cherry Bomb Nailz, one of the best-sellers features small cherries on clear almond-shaped press-ons, complimented with a gold chain, connecting the middle and ring fingers.
$20 to 30 (Shop Now)
Nailed By Cristy
Whilst working at a nail salon, Cristy Sanchez, soon realized that she wanted to focus more on nail art, which lead to the launch of her own brand, Nailed By Cristy. Each design is bespoke and designed by Sanchez herself. Included are 10 or 24 nails, along with a mini file, buffer, cuticle pusher, and one alcohol prep pad. While neither glue nor adhesive tabs are included, they can be purchased separately on the site. Also available are decals, which allow you to customize your own manicure without press-ons.
$55 to 75 (Shop Now)
Embrace glitz, embellishments, and length with Iridescent Nailz. Chantelle La'Joy pays homage to ‘Bad and Boujie’, with the hopes of giving customers a luxury mani experience. With every press-on kit you buy, you get 10 nails, glue, a file, and a cuticle pusher.
$25 to $100 (Shop Now)
The Nail Shop by SB
The nail envy is real. Founded by nail artist Sarai Garcia, The Nail Shop by SB provides the trendiest manis in town. Gorg gradients and animal prints are just a few designs on offer. Each set is equipped with 10 press-ons, and if you’re unsure of your size, you can direct message Garcia on Instagram to get a sizing kit for free. There's also the option to purchase custom designs.
$20 to $65 (Shop Now)
Kiss Glam Fantasy
Make a statement with Kiss’ Glam Fantasy collection. From lavender holographic to ferocious couplet-chromes, this collection may not be for the faint-hearted. The press-ons are available in three standard lengths and shapes.
Each set comes with 28 nails, plus a little tube of glue for those unexpected mishaps (you best believe this glue will be your best friend).
$9 (Shop Now)
Dashing Diva Magic Press
Dashing Divas gel press-ons leave us spoilt for choice. Nudes glitters and chromes in shorter styles are perfect for those wanting pretty nails with practicality. Each pack contains 30 nails, an alcohol pad, a mini file, and a stick. Instead of glue, Magic Press nails come with adhesive on the back of each nail, allowing a quick and easy application.
Tracey Kantrowitz, an Allurestaffer, recently tried Dashing Diva for the first time. "I really loved the variety of nail art for my nails," she tells me. "It was fun to customize what I wanted to create a unique mani. These were so easy to apply. Directions were clear, and the press-ons went on super quickly." These nails proved to be pretty durable, according to Kantrowitz and lasted through showering, sleeping, and blow-drying her hair (though she admits they began to show some signs of wear by the very end).
$9 to $12 (Shop Now)
NailHur Nail Makeup
We’ve all experienced that mid-mani panic, scanning around wondering if we chose the best color and shape.. but luckily for us, NailHur has us covered. Short, square nails in muted tones, oval silver chrome nails with iridescent pearl-accented nails, sleek mattes, the list go on. Available in four shapes: oval, stiletto, square, and squaletto (think square with a slightly tapered tip), each pack includes 24 nails in 12 sizes, a mini nail file, and nail glue.
$10 (Shop Now)
Marmalade Nails offer bespoke, unique nails in four shapes: stiletto, coffin, square, and round. Duo-chrome and holographic nail-sets are amongst the best-sellers, although the brand has plenty of neutral and classic sets for those opting for a more sophisticated look. Each pack has 24 nails in 12 sizes, a mini file, a mini manicure stick, and a removal tool. The brand also offers a rewards program, in which you earn Mani Miles for future purchases and exclusive members-only perks. Plus, with each Marmalade Nails purchase, a portion is donated to Petsmart Charities.
$15 to $33 (Shop Now)
Kiss 100 Full-Cover Nails
Finding a design that suits your needs to a T is sometimes harder than expected. While there are many press-on nail brands, some just aren’t your perfect match. But worry no more, get yourself the Kiss 100 Full-Cover Nails to customize your own perfect press-on manicure. Each pack comes with 100 clear nails (remember practice makes perfect..)) in 10 sizes and nail glues.
Fleury Rose, aka @fleuryrosenails, loves the oval shape. "I love them because you can paint them ahead of time and then glue them on so you don't have to stress with your non-dominant hand," she says. If painting your nails isn't your forte, use these to make the job easier.
$6 (Shop Now)
Looking and feeling rich is every girl's dream, and sometimes dreams do come true, (especially with The Nailest around). Featuring a line of luxury nails, sets are available with Swarovski crystals for $118 and classic Baby Boomers for $32. Each pack comes with 10 nails and the option for 20 if you're unsure of your size. (Nail glue or tabs are not included, although you can some from their website.) Curved to perfection these press-ons are durable and thick, yet fail to appear unnatural and clunky.
$8 to $118 (Shop Now)
Less is never more when it comes to manicures. Founded by a mother-daughter duo from Canada, ESZakka is available to buy from Etsy. Every pack contains 24 nails of 10 sizes, a mini file, a mini cuticle stick, a cleanser pad, and both glue and adhesive tabs. With designs such as Ice Cream Holo Nails and Pink Opal Unicorn Nails, ESZakka offers it all. The duo also accepts custom orders for around the same price as its pre-made nails.
$21 to $66 (Shop Now)
Kiss ImPress Press-On Manicure
Without having to break the bank, Kiss’ ImPress nails are available from your local drugstore, for when you need that little ‘oomph’. These press-ons enable shorter, more natural-looking nails with the versatility of Kiss press-ons, minus the sometimes-distracting length. Each pack comes with 30 nails, adhesive, a cuticle stick, mini file, and an alcohol prep pad.
Madisen Theobald, a friend of Allure's, has fallen in love with these nails. "I have been wearing the same stark white, oval-shaped set for seven days now — in case anyone needs clarification, that's a whole week," he says. "I have received so many compliments on my nails shape and color. People gasp when I reveal that they are just press-ons."
$8 (Shop Now)
Très She Talons Press On Acrylic Nails
Consider yourself wild at heart? A lover of glitter and iridescent designs? Then Australia's Très She Talons are the ones for you. Each pack contains 24 nails, adhesive tabs, travel-size glue, and a buffer in a candy-floss pink box with a magnetic lid. Thin at the base and thick toward the tip, these give you natural-looking nails that are durable and long-lasting.
On the last Friday of every month, the brand launches five limited-edition sets that are only available for five days. (For example, Très She Talons created pastel pink Sailor Moon nails featuring your fave characters on the tips.) And this year, the brand plans on launching new styles and lengths, so keep your eyes peeled.
$18 to $50 (Shop Now)