I’m back with another nail product review. This is the second part of the imPRESS review I did back in December. You can see that post here. I received these Kiss nails for free in exchange for an honest review and all opinions are my own. A big thank you to Kiss Products for collaborating with me on this post.
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Like the imPRESS nails post I will be going through all the steps I take to apply these, my final thoughts and how to remove these glue on nails. You can find the exact nails I am applying here. I haven’t tried glue on nails in years but I was excited to try them again. I was surprised to find out that with these Kiss nails you have the option of glueing these on or using the adhesive tabs provided. I was also surprised to find out that they have nails for your toes! Like the imPRESS nails these are also the medium length which fit my nails better. Read on!
Step 1 – Take off any and all old nail polish. Even if you are not wearing any polish still go over your nails with nail polish remover.
Step 2 – Prepping your nails. Straight from my other post, my process is:
1. I buff my nails with a buffing block to smooth any cracks, ridges or bumps.
2. I apply cuticle oil to each nail and gently push back my cuticles. I always use an oil when doing this step. If you don’t you can risk your cuticles being irritated which could cause redness, irritation and cracking. NO GOOD!
3. With more nail polish remover I go back over my nails and remove ALL of the cuticle oil.
4. I file my real nails down so they don’t show under the KISS nails.
Step 3 – Fit each KISS nail to your fingers and set them out in order. If you are in-between sizes, size down. These nails have numbers underneath them so you can ensure you are putting the same size nail on your left hand as you are on your right. I really liked that.
Step 4 – Begin applying. Start with your pinkies and work inwards. Always leave your thumb nails for last. It’s much easier this way. Since I glued these on I put one drop of glue on the back of the KISS nail and one drop on my fingernail. You then apply the KISS nail starting at your cuticle. Once you have it aligned you slowly apply the rest of the nail. Press and hold for at least 5 seconds. I always hold longer to ensure good adhesion. I press in the middle and work my way to the edges to get out all the air pockets or bubbles that could be underneath the KISS nail.
Do not overdo it on the glue. If you apply too much it will spill out on the side of the nail and get everywhere. It is not easy to get this glue off. One drop will do it. With the pressure you apply, it spreads the glue out evenly underneath to get a strong hold across the surface of your nail. If you do get this on your hands just use a small amount of nail polish remover on a cotton ball. It takes a little work but eventually it will come off.
Side note: I did not like the adhesive tabs provided in this nail set. They were much too small for my nails and didn’t have a very strong hold. If you have smaller nail beds these tabs may work for you but my nails were too long. Also, the backing material was a little difficult to get off.
Step 5 – File or trim. Once you have pressed and held these nails on for at least 5 seconds you are free and clear to trim and file as needed. I would be cautious when clipping. Since the glue is not as forgiving as the adhesive tabs, there is a chance these could pop off. I recommend filing only. I filed mine to smooth out the corners.
Step 6 – Enjoy your quick and easy glue on manicure. I’ve only had these on for about a week and they feel very secure. With adhesive they eventually begin to wiggle around but with glue you get a strong hold the whole length of wear.
I really like these glue on nails. It opens up even more color, size, shape and finish options. I do like that you get the option of either glueing or using the adhesive tabs. I wish the tabs fit my fingers. These nails look very realistic. They are a bit more structured and don’t have as much give as the imPRESS nails do. I’m really loving the medium length. Like I mentioned above, they fit my nails better and lets me leave my real nails longer underneath. I didn’t take my own advise about how much glue to apply and went WAY overboard on a few of my nails. I got glue everywhere. One dap will do ya as long as you apply one drop to the KISS nail and one drop to your real nail. This method works best. I would recommend these for sure.
When the time comes and you want to remove these KISS nails follow this process.
1. Trim the KISS nail down as low as you can possibly get it.
2. Get a disposable bowl and soak nails in acetone or acetone-based nail polish remover.
3. Take paper towel and gently start to tug on KISS nails to create some movement. At this point you can take the little wooden stick in the KISS nail box to pry up the edges and get underneath the nail.
4. Once space is created, re-soak nails in acetone. Let soak for at least 5 minutes.
5. Again with paper towel wiggle KISS nail off. There may be some glue left behind which will come off with the acetone-based nail polish remover. Apply to a cotton ball and wipe off.
Thank you all for reading. Until next time,
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