Press on, fellow lacquer lover! Press on…these new beige, red and black temporary press-on nails from MAC.
Leave it to MAC to make press-on nails neat again… They took something I enjoy doing — painting my nails — and said, “Yeah, but check this out.”
The 24 nails in each of the three new MAC Ruffian Manicure sets come in a variety of nail shapes and sizes, and they aren’t just pre-painted in solid colors. They’re like straight up nail art!
In the first set, Demilune, a black matte sits atop a golden chrome strip along the base; Spectator, the second set, bookends a glossy cream-colored center with glossy black stripes; and the third set, Demoiselle, paints thin white and black arches at the very tip and base of a gorgeous, glossy red.
All three sets are available online now in North America ($25 US, $30 CDN) and coming in September to select international locations.
They’re designed to be applied to bare, natural nails, and they’re pretty easy to apply…except for one potential sticking point, but more on that in a sec.
It’s nice that the sets come with 24 nails each, so you stand a good chance of finding 10 among them to fit the shape and size of each of your fingernails (MAC, what about mah toes?!).
When you go to put these on, be careful lining them up along the base of your cuticles before pressing them down, because that adhesive? — that stuff is no joke. Way stronger than Lee Press-On Nails from back in the day.
Granted, the adhesive is probably not strong enough to keep your nails from moving while you play an epically long piano sonata or type out a novel…but it should be sticky enough for a night on the town.
And despite the uber-glue, the nails are still relatively easy to remove. Just ease each one off by peeling slowly from the side. If you’re careful, you should be able to get in another 3-4 uses before the adhesive loses its mojo.
I think it’s also cool that they don’t leave behind any sticky residue once they’re removed.
For me and my small hands, Demilune, with the shorter length of each nail and the squared tip, was the most comfortable of the three…and I also think it looks the coolest! I love the inverted golden half moon and the matte black against the gold chrome.
That’s just hot.
As a part-time perfectionist, I’m not crazy about the teeny chips at the end of some of the matte nails, but it’s not terribly obvious if you don’t look too closely.
I had a little trouble going about my day with Spectactor and Demoiselle… I think they’re just much too long for me, and I kept struggling to do everyday tasks, like typing and opening up tubes of lipstick.
I felt like I had eagle talons! — and I accidentally clawed off a big chunk of Ruffian Red Lipstick from the bullet.
Oh — whatever you do, don’t run your fingers through you hair when you’re wearing these. I did earlier today while wearing Demilune and yelped when one of the nails got caught. It took a minute or so to ease it out without breaking any/many strands.
I would have loved to end this review with something kitschy like, “MAC nailed it!” but I don’t know… Fun for a play day or a night on the town, but not something I’d wear every day.
PRICE: $25 US, $30 CDN (available in three styles, each with 24 nails)
AVAILABILITY: Available online now in North America and coming to select international MAC locations in September
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,