Friday, October 13, 2017

Kiss Experiment

I like the Kiss brand of stick-on false nails. They go on quickly and stay on longly. They look very good, but they are only available in one style, "French Girly Short Length."

In the past, Kiss had other stick-on nail styles, but Kiss discontinued them and we are stuck with French Girly Short Length, not that there is anything wrong with that, but I'd love a little variety. For example, I am going to a dressy affair later this month and I bought a new dress for the occasion. The dress is a floral print over a wine background and I thought it would be fab to wear wine-colored nails when I wear the dress.

I got to thinking and came up with the bright idea of painting my Kiss stick-on nails. But I wondered if there might be a chemical reaction between the fake nail and the nail polish, so I purchased a bottle of nail polish in a shade that matches the dress and tried painting the stick-on nails.

First, I opened a package of the nails and tried painting a nail as it laid in the opened package. But there is nothing holding the nail in place, so as soon as I swiped the nail polish brush over the nail, it moved and made a mess.

Next, I took a nail out of the package and mounted it on a Sharpie marker. Holding the Sharpie with one hand, I painted the nail with the other hand. It looked good. After the polish was dry, I applied a second coat and it looked even better. When the second coast had dried, I applied a clear topper and it looked great.

I removed the painted nail from the Sharpie and put it on my pinky to see how the stick-on nail's adhesive held up after being attached and removed from the Sharpie. The bond between my nail and the Kiss nail felt the same as it usually does when I put on a Kiss stick-on nail directly from the package. I wore the nail for a few hours and it did not come loose, so my experiment was a success.

Source: Boston Proper
Wearing Boston Proper (Source: Boston Proper)

Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis femulating for the 1959 film Some Like It Hot.


  1. Hi Stana, I made the comment yesterday about coming out to my co-worker (in male mode) while still wearing my Kiss nails from the evening before. I was mistaken, they are not Kiss bard, they are imPRESS brad. Try the imPRESS (no glue needed) brand. They are great and the color selection is good, and they have accent nails as well. I have used Matte Black with black and gold accent on pinkie, I have used the Gel Red and Gel Pink. I love them and highly recommend them (I like them better than Kiss). They are true peel and stick with the glue already applied, just pull off the tab which covers the glue and stick them on.

  2. You should try imPRESS... I think it's the same parent company. They took all the colors and designs over to that line.

    - Cindy

  3. I am curious as if the nail would actually properly adhere to the acrylic nail surface without 'peel-off' or chipping. Did you consider cleaning the surface of the nail before the laquer application? ncmarko

  4. Julie M ShawOctober 14, 2017

    I'll add my vote for imPRESS. I've used them for about 3 or 4 years and in all that time have had one nail fall off before I left the house. Never another problem - I have even slept with them on and wore them for most of the next day, no trouble. The styles and colors seem to be diminishing, though, at least in stores in my neck of the woods. I bought a set thru Amazon last year and the product did NOT match the photo (different color, different style) and the seller didn't even say sorry when I sent them back. Oh well. Buyer Beware I guess.