Gone are the days when press-on nails popped off every few minutes or came in a few cringe-worthy variations. In recent years, the nails have gotten stronger, the designs prettier, and they’ve become much easier to customize. It’s the lazy girl’s answer to acrylics and comes in handy when you can’t sneak in a manicure before a big event. We’ve rounded up our favorites ahead — from the drugstore buy that comes in a dizzying number of shades to the highly custom press-ons designed by a celebrity nail artist.
See our favorite press-on nail picks, ahead:
The leaders in the drugstore press-on game, imPRESS Manicure offers virtually any nail type and color you can imagine. You can find everything from medium-length almond-shaped nails to matte manis that feel particularly on trend. One pack, which includes enough for both hands and extras to ensure it fits your nail shape, will cost you a little less than $10, making this a budget-conscious alternative to a pricier, gel mani.
If you want the minimalist graphic nail art without the price tag, try Static Nails, a brand changing the way we think about press-ons. You can pop them on for days or weeks at a time and the more nail glue you apply, the longer they stay on. Looks include transparent, grid-like patterns and soft nude coffin nails. The brand recently expanded to include polishes, too, which you can pair with its blank, reusable manicure set.
Known for their lashes, Ardell Beauty recently expanded its offerings to include press-on nails. You can find trend-focused shapes and shades in the collection — from ombré nude stiletto nails (complete with a studded accent nail) to vampy coffin-shaped claws with a chrome finish.
For an endless array of short, bejeweled nails, try Dashing Diva, a press-on nail brand you can find online and at your local Ulta. The brand offers two types of press-ons: Magic Press Nails, which are thin, flexible and waterproof — and Glue On Nails, which offer a wider variety of shapes, lengths and shades.
A favorite of beauty enthusiasts and influencers, Marmalade Nails offers Instagrammable sets that you’ll want to wear again and again. A few of our faves include, Love Below, a matte-black stiletto set with red bottoms, Iridescent, a unicorn-inspired mani and Sorcery Soul, an iridescent manicure with a hypnotic array of hues.
Nailed by Cristy is the brainchild of celebrity manicurist Maria C. Sanchez who has created intricate sets for TV hits like Empire, Claws and RuPaul’s Drag Race. She sells custom sets and nail stickers — all of which feel incredibly luxe. A full set will run you between $50 and $85, but the hefty price tag is definitely worth it.