Review: L'Oreal Colour Riche Press-On Nails

by - June 03, 2014

L'Oreal Colour Riche Press-On Nails in 106 Walk The Line

Okay, so... My nails are JACKED at the moment. I'm having issues with them cracking and flaking and just generally looking horrible, so when I was in the makeup section at Walmart and I saw these for about the hundredth time I thought maybe it was time I tried them out. I never really had any interest in press on nails, especially since they seem to be long and the designs on them never appeal to me, but I really like the simple, graphic design of these ones so I figured what the hell. Keep reading for my thoughts.

The application of these nails was actually pretty easy. In fact, they were much easier than any of the nail polish strips or nail appliques that I've used in the past. All you have to do is measure which nails will best fit each finger, apply the corresponding adhesive strips and then press the nail onto it. I found that the best way to do it was to angle the base of the nail in first to get a more natural look against the cuticle and then press your thumb over the nail for a few seconds to hold it in place. Voila. They did require a minimal amount of filing with an emery board to get the tips straight and smooth, but that part was incredibly easy.

Now, one mistake that I made was applying them on Tuesday afternoon and then spending 12 hours on Wednesday putting up drywall. Through the process I ended up losing the first two nails on my right hand and the pinky on my left, but they came off without much fanfare and with no pain. And the next day I managed to use some of the extra adhesive strips to put them back on. They lasted a few more days after that before I took them off spitefully - but by choice - because...

My only problem with these, but one that really, really drove me crazy, was the way my hair caught on them. The final straw was when I was trying to blowdry my hair and ended up losing a few strands to nail catching every time I pushed my fingers through. Because of the thickness of the adhesive strips, there is a decent sized gap between your natural nails and the press-ons that catches strands of hair quite effectively. And ouchily. (Ouchily could be a word.)

I suppose my one other problem was that they still look like fake nails, even though they're much more discreet that the press on nails of old. However, I will say, they look much more natural as long as you're using the appropriately sized adhesive strip. They look much more fake if you have to use the wrong size to reattach a nail.

Overall, I feel like these definitely won't be going into any kind of regular rotation in my life, but I feel like I would definitely get another set with a little more of a fancy design at some point in the future.

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