You’re probably itching to find an open nail salon right now. And who wouldn’t be? “We look at our own hands all day, so there is something very rewarding in having well-maintained, beautiful nails,” OPI co-founder Suzi Weiss-Fischmann told Forbes. We definitely agree. Our trips to the nail salon are often rewards for our hard work. But while we need to be a little more patient until we can visit our go-to nail technicians, there are some at-home alternatives for our usual beauty treats. Case in point: press-on nails. These handy nail accessories offer a quick solution to all bare nail woes. No more waiting for that polish coat to dry down! So if you’re looking to jazz up your nails, check out these local finds you can have ASAP.
ICYDK, Singapore-based nail artist Rebecca Chuang of Fluttery Tips creates chic press-on nails. Each set is hand-painted by Rebecca! Trendy designs like marbles, geodes, and glitter French tips are just some of the nail art she regularly makes. Check out her shop to see what fits your fancy.
A must-have: Her limited-edition Lunar Moon Design Nail Tips. The blush pink with white accents and moon design is both romantic and ethereal.
The Fab Nails PH
Looking to get a good deal? This brand makes a wide range of artificial nails at a wallet-friendly price. Their collection includes bedazzled nail art to matte finishes on acrylic nails that look completely real. Each package comes with 24 different sizes that you match to your natural nails. You can also reuse the nails up to two or three times if you’re careful with removing it. You can nab some affordable sets through their website, where they offer cash on delivery anywhere in the Philippines.
A must-have: The Sakura Season design. The muted grey is complemented by the lively image of a sakura tree, which has us thinking about the cool spring season.
If you don’t mind splurging a little and also happen to like trendy Korean nail art, then Dashing Diva’s press-on nails are for you. The brand offers a variety of sizes, lengths, and designs that range from trendy to traditional. Each set comes with 30 individual nails. You can peruse their wares on the HERMO website for orders in Malaysia as well as their official website for delivery in Singapore.
A must-have: Their Magic Press On Nails in Mellow Yellow. The super cute design of plaid, pink, and mustard motif will bring a smile to your face whenever you get a glimpse of it!
imPRESS Gel Nail Manicure
For tried-and-true press-on nails, the international brand imPress comes highly recommended. Their no-glue fake nails look like gel manicures that you can switch around whenever you want. Fun fact: They recently collaborated with the fashion brand Rebecca Minkoff to create chic nail art you could wear anywhere. If you want more variety, shop their other designs from resellers on Lazada.
A must-have: The Le French Pop set (shown above) takes the classic French manicure to a vibrantly hued level. It plays with negative space and trendy colours that are perfectly suited for the ‘gram.
Kiss New York
Another popular international brand, Kiss New York has the Press & Go Gel Nails for your consideration. You also don't have to use glue to attach these nail tips. Each pack has 30 nail tips in 12 different sizes. It's a perfect recreation of a gel manicure, but without the headache that comes with removing it at home. Kiss New York products are available in Singapore through the Guardian website.
A must-have: Kiss New York doesn't label their designs, but this geometric pattern labelled PNG13J is one the most eye-catching sets available in Singapore. The black, white, and gold colours make it feel luxe, even though it's very light on the pocket.
(Cover photo from: @dashingdiva_malaysia)
Another alternative to lacquer nail polish would be these nail wraps from our region.