11 Top-Quality Press-On Nails That Show How Far They’ve Come

So luxe, nobody will believe they’re fake.


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If you’re anything like me and have trouble keeping your nails long and pristine (hello, decades of nail-biting), then press-on nails are a blessing. A cheaper—and honestly healthier—alternative to the classic gel or acrylic manicure, press-on nails have grown in popularity in recent years, with even the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Ariana Grande sporting decked-out DIYs. 

How do press-on nails work?

Press-on nails are artificial nails made of acrylic resin, gel, or plastic that come with pre-painted designs, ranging from solid colors to swirls, French tips, and even decals. They’re no different than the extensions you get at a salon—the only difference is the easy-to-use glue or adhesive to stick the manicure to your natural nail at-home. Diverse in size and style, press-ons are a fast and cheap alternative to salon manicures or regular nail polish. 

But don’t imagine the stick-ons that your mom used to wear. Press-ons have had a revival in recent years—and they’ve come a long way from the ‘90s stick-and-pray designs they once were. The advanced designs and styles have allowed nail enthusiasts to get salon-worthy nails in just seconds at home (or, if you’re like me, at the office approximately 10 minutes before a big meeting).

“Press on nails have evolved so much over the years. They've gone from being very basic, using only solid colors and one nail shape, to having tons of choices,” agrees Sally Hansen Partner and licensed manicurist Hannah Lee. “The quality has changed, too! Nowadays they are thinner, yet very durable and resemble the natural nail so you can't even tell when someone is wearing them.” 

“Some people use [press-ons] for events or vacation, but a lot of people are using them consistently instead of going to a salon,” adds Brittney Boyce, celebrity nail artist and founder of NAILS OF LA. “Edgy nail art is a vibe right now and we will see more of those options available in press-ons.”

But don’t just take our word for it when you can try them yourself. We found 11 press-on nails so realistic, they’re guaranteed to have your friends asking what salon you got them done at.

Best Press-On Nails 

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Glamnetics Groovy Green

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Glamnetics are my all-time favorite press-on nails—in fact, I’m sporting them as I type this. My personal preference are the almond shaped nails, but if you want a more subtle look, the brand offers a variety of choices in varying lengths and tips. And trust me when I say these bad boys will last you for weeks at a time—the durability is truly unmatched.

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ChillHouse Checked Out Chill Tips

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These checker-patterned tips will have you feeling ultra-trendy. Made with high-quality materials, Chill Tips are comfortable and easy to use from start to finish. The kit includes tools to allow you to fully customize the tips to your nail, while the non-damaging glue secures everything in place for results that have the look and feel of a classic gel mani.

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Static Nails Double French Round

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For a modern twist on a tried-and-true classic, these long-lasting nails are the perfect alternative to gels, dips, or acrylics—and at only $22, they definitely beat salon prices. Each nail can last up to 18 days and be reapplied up to six times for shorter wears. 

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Olive & June CV Press-Ons

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You’ve heard the theory about red nails—now you can easily put it to the test with these non-toxic and non-damaging claws. Made from 94% post-consumer recycled materials, the CV Press-Ons are named after Clare Vivier, founder of Clare V, and provide long-lasting nails in inclusive sizing (21 sizes and 42 nails) so you can easily find your perfect match.

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PaintLab Dazed Love

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These whimsical nails are what Gen-Z dreams are made of. Made with salon-quality gel that is reusable, easy to use and lasts up to two weeks, each set includes 24 cruelty-free, gel-like nails.  

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Sally Hansen Salon Effects Perfect Manicure Press on Nails Kit, Swoop There It Is

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Sally Hansen is an iconic name known as tried-and-true for all things nails, and the brand’s new Salon Effect Nail Kits are no exception. An uber-affordable solution for missed salon appointments, the nail kit comes with both adhesive and nail glue so you can pick and choose what works best for your lifestyle. 

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Nails of LA The Illest Press On Extensions

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Founded by celebrity manicurist Brittney Boyce, these ultramodern nails are a nail design lover's dream come true. The vibrant-angled french manicure is guaranteed to bring your nails to the next level with its stacked style and double-angle design.

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IGL Rue Press On Nails

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Chrome nails are everywhere right now, à la Hailey Bieber’s internet-famous mani. Each set of IGL nails includes 24 nails of 12 different sizes, ensuring the perfect fit for each nail and making it even easier to take after the latest runway trends.

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According to reviewers, these nails are so realistic no one will believe they are press-ons. Featuring the trendy gloss French tip effect seen all over social media, this coffin shaped set features 5 different neutral tones to create a customized look.

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Lights Lacquer x Care Bears Press Ons


These natural-looking, long-wear press-ons seamlessly blend with your cuticle. Each tip contains a gradient of color and monochromatic stars, creating the perfect ombre gradient manicure. 

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Vanity Table Flower Checkerboard

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With chessboard, waves, and chic flower designs available, you’re guaranteed to find one that suits your style. The complex design will have everyone thinking you’re a nail art pro, while the delicate and muted tones make it perfect for daily wear.

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