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The 7 Best Press-On Nails

Fun fact: you don't have to shell out $20 every week to get a salon-worthy manicure — nor do you have to spend 30 minutes painstakingly polishing your nails at home. The much cheaper, easier, and less time-consuming solution? Press-on nails. Though the concept might seem nostalgic, press-ons have come a long way since the ones you used in middle school. And whether you're into short, minimalist manicures or long, intricately designed tips, you can find an impressive selection of the best press-on nails right on Amazon.

But before you get to the fun part (shopping), one important tip. For press-on nails that last, it's all about using the right glue. Use a cheap one, and your nails might fall off within a day or two. The best glues for press-on nails, on the other hand, can last up to a few weeks. And while many packs of nails will come with their own glue, it's much better to stock up on a higher quality formula, especially if you plan on doing your own press-on manicures frequently.

And now, scroll on to shop six of the best fake nail sets you can buy on Amazon, of all lengths, colors, and designs.

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The Best French Press-On Nails

A classic French manicure never goes out of style, and the Kiss Everlasting French Nail Kit makes it easy to do your own in just a few minutes. The kit comes with 28 nails, so you'll have backups in case any fall off, as well as a mini nail file, nail glue, and a manicure stick. The tab at the end of each nail makes application an easier, less messy process, while the non-chip coating ensures your manicure never cracks or fades. There's a reason Kiss's French nail kits are such a timeless favorite.

Most customers say these nails last around two weeks, though one person wrote that "they last 4-6 weeks." Another reviewer commented, "I was even able to hand wash my baby's cloth diapers while wearing these and they never came off."

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Best Stiletto Press-On Nails

If you love long, talon-like nails, prepare to be amazed with these under-$10 press-ons from CoolNail. These extra-long nails, which can be filed or painted, come in 14 epic designs for a professional-looking, but totally effortless manicure from home. There are solid shades (in colors like classic red, lime green, and bright orange), several crystal-encrusted designs, and a French set, as well. Just make sure you pick up a good bottle of glue, since these don't come with any of their own. Each pack contains 24 nails.

"All fake nails have their flaws but these by far are the most perfect nails I have ever bought," raved one reviewer. Another wrote, "I expected them to be thin because they were cost efficient but you can add acrylic coating if you really want them to be thicker. I wear them 'as is' because I don't mind ... With these, there is no shaping or polishing necessary. Just glue them on! Very convenient."

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Best Short Stiletto Nails

If you love the stiletto look, but don't want a set of press-ons quite as long as the set above, these Kiss Gold Finger nails offer a great compromise. Sold in a timeless black shade, they have a medium-length, a pointed tip, and a glossy, gel-like finish. They're also easy to trim or file, if you want to alter the shape or length.

"Actually feels like nails are painted with gel polish making them look and feel like you went to salon," one reviewer wrote. Several others reported that they lasted between one and two weeks, with proper care.

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Best Matte Press-On Nails

Shiny nails are pretty, but matte nails look just plain cool. These JINDIN matte fake nails are coffin-shaped, but they're much shorter than most other coffin nails, like the ones above. Included in the set are 24 nails, a manicure stick, and double-sided adhesive stickers, but you'll want to use these with a separate glue so they last longer (scroll on to find two great recommendations).

They also come in other shapes and colors, like blue square, red square, black coffin, rose coffin, mixed pinks, and more.

And here's a tip: if your matte nails start to look a little dull after a while (which is common with this finish), take a cotton swab doused in rubbing alcohol and swipe it over the nail. They'll be back to their cool matte texture in a snap.

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Best Customizable Coffin Nails

For those who find stiletto nails too long and dramatic, but short nails too, well, short, there are coffin nails. For under $10, you'll get 500 coffin-shaped nails (50 sets of 10) in this set (choose from clear, white, or natural). But here's the catch: they're unpolished. However, for DIY-manicurists who prefer to mix up their nails frequently, this is actually a good thing. You can file, clip, and paint them to create whatever design or style you want.

One reviewer wrote, "Much to my [surprise], it's been 2 weeks and I am still wearing the same set. They have been through showers, dish washing, house chores, normal daily activities, office work and I have only had one pop off." Another fan raved, "I’ve found my forever nails. They are the absolute most sturdy nails I have ever came across ... You are still able to cut and file to desired length and shape, without having to worry about it bending or snapping."

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Best Customizable Oval Nails

Another great customizable set for the DIY manicurist, these oval-shaped nails can be painted or embellished however you like. The set comes with 600 nails, a nail file, and glue, and they're easy to file or trim depending on your preferences. When cared for properly, they should stay on between two and three weeks.

"Good strong nails. Good range of sizes. Fit well. Nail polish goes on smoothly and stays on for days," summed up one reviewer. Another wrote, "Nails are nice and strong and a lovely shape, easy to file down and take a gel coating well."

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Prettiest Nail Art

Got a special occasion coming up? Or maybe you just like things fancy. In any case, these ArtPlus press-ons are just the right amount of glittery — not gaudy. Sold in sets of 24, they come in several different metallic-accented designs, like the pink and gold, pictured, or silver with black swirls.

"I love this set, it's so pretty & when I have them on I get compliments on them because they truly look so real," raved one reviewer. Another wrote, "I put these on eight days ago and they're still tight."

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You Might Also Want: A Professional-Quality Nail Glue That Nourishes Your Real Nails Underneath

For a long-lasting press-on manicure, you'll want to pick up a bottle of super strong nail glue, like the Mia Secret Strong Jet Clear Nail Glue. The formula is infused with calcium and vitamin E to nourish your real nails underneath, and reviewers say it works so well, that you'll "have to pry your artificial nails off after two weeks." One fan wrote, "Best nail glue I've ever used. My nails will stay on around 2 weeks and even then i have to force some of them off. I'm not scared to wear tight jeans or tie my shoes anymore!"

To get it off, start by soaking your hands in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes (you can also proceed this first step by soaking your nails in olive or cuticle oil to really get them soft). Then, place a cotton pad soaked with acetone over your nails and leave it there for five to 10 minutes to break down the nail glue. If there's still glue left on your nails at this point, use a manicure stick, nail file, or nail buffer to get any remnants off.

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Another Super Strong Nail Glue With An Anti-Fungal Formula

Another strong, professional-quality nail glue manicurists swear by is this NYK1 Super Strong Nail Bond. Its precision tip makes it great for accessorizing your nails with glitter and rhinestones, while the anti-fungal formula works to treat and prevent nail infections. "Works so well, stayed for 3 weeks before I took them off," one reviewer wrote. Another noted, "I wash my hands many times a day while working and I've found this glue to last 7 to 10 days with 1 application."

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