With nail bars and salons still closed at least for the time being, those of us in desperate need of a manicure will have to stick to the DIY kinds for now.
If you’re a whizz at painting your own nails (none of us then?) you can opt for an at-home gel manicure, but if you’re after a kit that doesn’t require the patience of a saint, press ons are the way to go.
Unlike the bulkier versions of press on nails you may remember from circa 2001, the pickings on the market today are much daintier and natural-looking. There’s a lot more choice for you now, with nails in an array of colours, designs and pre-shaped; for those of you who just can’t say no to a coffin nail.
At a glance, options from The Gypsy Shrine are top performers in the field with the funkiest and boldest designs we found. For a versatile look that can be mixed and matched, SOSU By Susan Jackson is another top contender.
We’ve rounded up some of the best press on nail brands worth considering now.
Best press on nails that give a professional salon finish
This versatile kit from Claires gves you a little bit of everything, if you love bold look with prints and gems to match his is the kit for you and at under a fiver, you can’t go wrong.
The pack contains 24 nails, as well as nail glue and an applicator. The nails have a tortoiseshell design with a sparkling accent on some of them and nude and white complementary tones.
Price: £4.80, Claires – buy here now
Forall’s 24 piece nail set is a good option if you love the coffin shape, they are coloured with a pastel lilac tone, but are available in several colours to suit your liking.
Included in the kit are 24 nails, with different sizes to accommodate nail sizes. You’ll also get a mini file and nail stickers. Stickers tend to be less effective than glue – so if you have your own, we’d recommend using a glue for longer wear.
Price: £9.66, Amazon – buy here now
Get up to 10 days wearing time with these subtle but super chic nails from Elegant Touch.
The Jackie range comes with a universal oval shape and in a delicate pale rose tone. In the pack are 24 nails (12 sizes), a nail buffer and glue.
Price: £6.81, Amazon – buy here now
The bold patterns available at The Gypsy Shrine are where you should look for something unique. Their collaboration with Alicemcnails, delivers a high quality nail with a cute design. Who doesn’t love butterflies?
You’ll get 20 nails and nail glue in your kit.
Price: £12, The Gypsy Shrine – buy here now
For those who want to add a little bit of glitz to their glam look, the Keep it Sweet set from Dashing Diva is one to considering.
Featuring 30 nails in this kit, you’ll get up to five days wearing as the design doesn’t feature any glue, which isn’t a bad thing for your natural nails. The pale pink nails are nicely complemented with six accent, glitter nails. For the best results, alcohol prep wipes and a file can also be found in the set.
Price: £11.95, Amazon – buy here now
We love this nail collection from SOSU By Suzanne Jackson, the super versatile kit is cruelty-free, vegan and nice and affordable too.
The set of 24 nails has a look for every occasion. Boasting a sophisticated ballerina shape that features a black and pink glitter design, a chrome gold and chrome pink designs.
The set compromises of a nail file, manicure stick, nail glue and 24 nails in 10 sizes.
Price: £12, Beauty Bay – buy here now
If you’re just looking for something simple, a French mani never fails.
Boasting acrylic-infused and dual-injection technology, not only are these nails durable and able to withstand all of the pressure we put on our hands, but it also gives them the authentic look you’ll want too.
There’s 24 nails in 14 sizes included, all nails have seamless cuticle line to blend in effortlessly with your own and for up to a weeks wearing. You’ll also get a mini file, manicure stick and glue with your kit.
Price: £7.47, Amazon – buy here now
For little ones who want to experiment with nail designs, this 120 piece set will keep them busy and creating fun designs of their own that can be mixed and matched.
The nails are pre-glued, so are not harsh for little nails or irritating to sensitive skin. They’re formed from a flexible, non-toxic material that allows them to be easily cut, filed and maintained.
Price: £14, Amazon – buy here now
Sometimes we just need a bit of glitter and if it must glitter, it may as well be rose gold.
These nails are perfect for summer and will last for up to eight days, not bad for under £4. There’s 24 nails in each kit as well as 2g of nail glue.
Price: £3.99, Superdrug – buy here now
To refresh and maintain your gel manicures when you need to, check out the best gel nail polish removal kits for 2020.