Cleanest, Quickest, and Safest Way to Remove Press-On Nails

Ladies, we know you love going to get your nails done at the salon. As great as it is, there are also a lot of negatives about going. For example, the upkeep is a lot. If you get gel or acrylics, you are probably going every other week to get your nails done. That’s a lot of time spent at appointments and going to and from the salon. Then, there’s the cost. Depending on where you go, you’re likely spending at least $70, if not more, plus a tip! 

That can really add up over time. And if you don’t get your nails done regularly, even going once in a while for a treat can still be costly. The good news is, there is another option, and you don’t have to sacrifice having your nails look perfect. And, this other option will cost only a fraction of the price! Wondering what we could be talking about?

We are talking about press-on nails from Clutch Nails. This is the best, easiest, and cheapest option for getting salon-quality nails at home. Seriously, it could not be easier, and you’ll never have to fuss with polish and attempting to do your own nails again. If you haven’t tried them before, you’re missing out (they might just change your life). There are a few simple things you need to know before you use your press-on nails, such as what they are, how they work, and most importantly: the safest way to remove them. We will discuss all of those topics and more, so by the end of the article; you’ll be an expert on press-on nails! 

What Are Press-On Nails?

It’s very simple—press-on nails are fake nails that you press on to your natural nail and attach with glue. They act like natural nails, and can be filed, shaped, and cut the same way. They are made from synthetic material, but once they are on your nails, you shouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two! 

Before we explain the removal process, you first need to know how they are applied. You will need three items: nail glue, a brush, and the press-on nails of your choice. The first step is to make sure your natural nail is filed and cut how you like it. Then, take your brush and apply a small (and we mean small) amount of glue. If you use too much glue, it can make it difficult to remove the nails, and it can damage your natural nails over time. 

Take the brush and apply a thin coat of glue onto your nails. Next, take the press-on nails, and apply each one by pressing it down into the glue and holding for 30 seconds. They will dry very quickly, but still, use caution with your nails for a little bit after application. Lastly, file and cut the press-ons to match the natural shape of your own nail. 

How Do I Remove My Press-On Nails?

Now that you understand the application process, we can talk about how you remove the press-on nails. It’s much more important to be careful during the removal process because there is a bigger risk of damaging the nail during removal. Thankfully, nothing serious can happen, but over time the nail bed and nail itself can become weak from damage. There are three steps to follow in order to properly remove your nails, which we have listed below.

  1. Soak your nails—Start by filling a small bowl with an acetone-based nail polish remover. Take your nails and soak them in the polish remover. The time may vary but keep them in there until the glue breaks down.
  2. Use a nail buffer—Take a soft nail buffer to gently push the nail off if the polish remover doesn’t fully remove the nail already. You can also use the buffer to remove any excess glue that is left on your nail after the press-on has been removed. 
  3. TLC—After soaking your nails in acetone and buffing them, make sure you take care of them and let them breathe for a bit. Apply cuticle oil and give them a good trim. 

Be sure to check out our guide on how to remove fake nails without acetone.

Are There Wrong Ways to Remove Press-Ons?

Yes, there are definitely wrong ways to remove your press-on nails. The biggest mistake you can make is trying to rip off your press-ons. We can’t emphasize this enough: do not rip the nails off! Not only will this cause damage to your natural nails, but it will also cause damage to the press-ons, in some cases breaking them. The nails are reusable, so that would be such a waste if they were to break. 

Basically, there is only one proper way to remove press-on nails, which we just listed step by step above. Besides following those steps, any other removal method can cause damage to your nails and your press-ons. Proper care is important, so make sure you remove them in the correct way! 

Where Can I Find the Best Press-On Nails?

Clutch Nails has the best press-on nails you can buy. We have a huge selection of press-ons for you to choose from in a range of colors and designs. Oh, and did we mention they are reusable? Not only do they save you money from the get-go, but they will also save you money over time as well. You can reuse each set multiple times, which means huge savings for your wallet. 

If you have never used press-on nails before, you might be unsure of where to start. As we said, we have a ton of options, but we can steer you in the right direction if you don’t know which pair you want to try first. We have quite a few best-sellers, which would all make a great starting point for you to try. Check out the list below, and choose a few that you think would look good on your nails!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Named after the iconic Tiffany blue, these nails are girly, feminine, and so pretty. They have a unique oval shape, so this is a good option if you’re looking for something other than the classic square or round shape. 

Wild Child: If you want to take a walk on the wild side, then these nails are for you. These are also oval-shaped, which gives them a chic look. Two of the nails have a fun leopard print pattern, while the other nails are a nice neutral tan. 

Lucky: Feeling lucky? You will be after using these nails. A simple nude base coat is accentuated by fun, white star decals. They are short and round-shaped, so they will look good on pretty much any nails. 

Euphoria: These shiny, gorgeous nails are perfect for a night out, a concert, or just everyday wear if you’re feeling fun. They feature a stiletto-shape long nail, which looks elegant. They have a lilac background and lots of tiny, silver sparkly stars for a super fun pop. These nails are both edgy and girly at the same time. 

Starlite: These dark and moody nails are long and coffin-shaped. They would make a great addition to any Halloween costume, or just if you’re feeling edgy. They start off purple and fade to black in an ombre style. Plus, they are topped off with a cool layer of gold glitter. 

As you can see, we have a wide variety of colors, shapes, designs, and more. If you want plain and simple colors, we’ve got that. If you’re looking for something bold, edgy, and unique, we’ve got that too. No matter your style, there’s a Clutch Nails press-on that will be perfect for you. Plus, they’re just so fun to play around with. You really can’t go wrong either way. 


By now, you should pretty much be an expert on press-on nails. From nail application to press-on removal, we’ve covered it all in this article. If you are ready to try press-on nails for yourself, head to Clutch Nails to start shopping. Whatever your mood or style may be, there’s a press-on that will be perfect for you. Our nails help to elevate your style by making you look extra chic, fun, and edgy.

Plus, they’re just plain cute. You can’t go wrong with any of the styles. If you’ve never used press-ons before (or even if you have), pick out a few different styles and give them a try. You never know which one might become your new obsession! 


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