False nail fanatics have been painting the town red with Primark’s £1-£2 stick-on sets, sharing gleaming reviews and polished photos of their budget home manicures on social media.
Salon gel or acrylic nails usually cost £20+ for 2-3 weeks wear, so by swapping to Primark’s false nails you could save £100s a year (even if you buy stick-on nails elsewhere, they usually cost £3-£5, so you could still make a decent saving). With the stakes so high, we couldn’t resist trying them out for ourselves. So let’s see if they live up to the hype…
MSE Lucia gives them a go on Fri 12 Jan
They come in packs of 24, including adhesive, in a pretty extensive variety of colours and effects, including glitter and holographic. We opted for a ‘new nude’ colour in an ‘almond’ nail shape for £1.
They were easy to apply and it took less than 10 minutes to do both hands. First impression – from far away they look pretty good. Though look at them up-close, and you’ll see they’re not the best fit. However, if you took the time to file them, you could probably get a closer match than we did.
Two hours later…
Two hours on and two of the false nails had come off – one whilst typing and the other trying to open a sweet, so not the most trying of tests! But, they could easily have been re-glued on, plus you do get quite a few spares. At this point, the rest were still going strong.
Looking back at how they lasted on Mon 15 Jan
A few hours into Friday night and all the false nails had come off – some came off by themselves and the rest were popped off. Despite this, we reckon they’re still pretty good value for £1 and would be great for a special occasion or a night out.
Better still, one MoneySaver told us that her Primark false nails lasted a full week. So if you spend some time filing them to fit your nails and apply them with enough glue, they’d probably last a few days.