PRESS-ON NAILS FAQ

WHAT ARE PRESS-ON NAILS: Nails that give you a non-damaging, perfect manicure instantly for a fraction of the time and money spent in salons. Each nail set can be removed or reapplied.

IN EACH KIT: 24 of our iLux pop-on nails (in 12 sizes per hand, this means you’ll have 14 back up nails), file, buffer, non-damaging Glue, adhesive pads and instructions.  

WILL THEY FIT ME? iLux Nails fit everyone from a 13-year-old and up, so the odds are pretty strong, and we feel confident fit is nothing you have to worry about. iLux Nails can be filed (if needed) to accustom more petite nail beds or a different shape. The nails file easily only taking a few seconds to transform.

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Select the correct sizes by aligning the iLux nail with the sides of your natural nail. If the iLux nail is too small some of your natural nail will show. Choosing a smaller size is perfectly fine as long as it’s comfortable. If the iLux nail is too big it will go past the sides of your natural nail bed. Reshape sides if needed (rarely necessary).
    2. Select wear time. Examples:

1-4 days: Apply a size appropriate adhesive pad to each nail, apply slightly under your cuticle at about 45-degree angle pressing firmly.

5-7 days: Apply a pea-sized dot of glue to each natural nail (a little less glue for pinky). Spread around, don’t get too close to the skin as the glue will disperse when pressure is applied.

7-14 days: Follow 5-7 day wear instructions. Apply a little extra glue to the back of the iLux nail.

  1. Let glue tack up for 6 seconds then align the iLux nail slightly under your cuticle at about 45-degree angle. Using your thumb, press the iLux nail down very firmly. The more pressure the better. Ensure pressure is being applied to the entire nail. Hold for 25 seconds, the longer the better. - Done

It’s recommended to apply iLux Nails to clean, bare natural nails. iLux Nails can be applied over gels and acrylics, however, this will double the wear time and make removal difficult.

HOW TO REAPPLY: Apply the nails how you normally would, but always add a dot glue to the back of the iLux nail when reapplying, even for short wear applications. No maintenance is required in-between uses.

REMOVAL: The nails will not come off alone in water, however, we highly recommend soaking them in the hottest water you can comfortably stand for a few minutes prior to removal. This helps soften both the iLux nail and your natural nail making removal easier and safer. Alternating between each side of the iLux nail, gently lift. The nail will literally “pop-off” when light pressure is applied if ready.

You can also use a backup iLux nail to pop the nails off. This can help un-bond any areas still stuck together. A pea-sized dot of glue will keep the nails on for 5-7 days, therefore we recommend waiting to remove the nails after they’ve been on for at least 4 days (as stated in instructions). You can remove the nails at any time if needed. Removal is easy, fast, and painless. Simply store your nails away to reapply later, if no damage to the iLux nail occurred in the removal process. Again, never force remove, which could cause damage to your nail and the iLux Nails.

WILL THESE DAMAGE? No, unlike drugstore products, our specially formulated glue bonds like an acrylic, but basically dissolves as you wear it so there is no damage or glue residue left behind when removed properly. iLux Nails non-damaging glue gives you the luxury of choosing your own wear time. The amount applied determines how long the nails will stay on, for example, a day, a week, up to 14 days and everything in-between. As long as the nails are not forced removed you will have zero damage or glue residue left over.

DURABLE? Yes! With a week’s + worth of glue (a pea-sized dot) and proper application you can garden, do laundry, change a tire, style hair, shower (yes, they stay on in water) … Whatever you need to do, iLux Nails will stay on through. The adhesive and backup nails can always be brought along in case of an emergency.

MAGIC GLUE? Pretty much. It’s our own formula which bonds like an acrylic but dissolves as you wear it. The more glue, the longer the nails stay on. After a few days, the glue starts to break down leaving no damage or glue residue.

GLUE INGREDIENTS: Ethyl Cyanoacrylate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, BHA, Red 7 (CI 15850)

NAILS WON'T STAY ON: We promise; more glue will fix the issue. Please read the instructions before applying to help ensure you’re applying enough glue for your desired wear time. If you did read them and are still having issues, please try these tips:

  • In case you have oilier nail beds, gently buff your nail and swipe a little nail polish remover to each nail before applying to generate extra grip.
  • Add more glue, a pea-sized dot to me could mean something else to you. Try adding a tiny bit of glue to the back of the iLux nail. Let tack up for 6 seconds before applying.
  • The longer and harder you hold the better. Hold down each nail with your thumb, ensuring it’s covering the ENTIRE surface of your nail. If an area doesn’t receive pressure, air pockets will form causing the nail to come off early or inconsistently. Hold for 30+ seconds.

NAILS WON’T COME OFF: Never force remove the nails. Doing so could leave minor, but fixable damage. The only time nails are difficult to remove is when they are being removed prematurely. This means they are being forcibly removed on purpose or over gluing occurred during the application. Over gluing can be accidental, it just means the amount of glue applied will keep the nails on longer than you originally intended. In either case, we recommend keeping the nails on for a few more days before attempting to properly remove again. If nail length is the reason you want to remove the nails sooner due to work or personal preferences, iLux nails can be clipped and filed to reach your desired length in seconds.

SOME NAILS POPPED OFF: No reason to stress. If nails are coming off before others it is because the glue application to each nail was not consistent. Simply add more glue to your natural nail, a bit to the back of the iLux nail then re-apply. *If you are rough on your hands/nails opt for the longer wear glue application initially over short wear.

GLUE RESIDUE: If your iLux nail has glue build up from where your natural nail tip was, simply use a cuticle or nail clipper to clip it off - and done! You can also use something stiff to push it off. Build up is caused from over-gluing which is totally okay. If you have a little glue residue on your natural nail, simply use the blue, followed by the pink, side of the buffer included to remove and restore. This only happens if the nail was forced off on accident, air pockets occurred during application from lack of pressure/coverage of the entire nail, or from premature removal and is fixable with the above instructions. Taking care of your nails, in general, is important. Applying a cuticle oil over the entire nail followed by some hand lotion will keep your nails healthy regardless if you’re wearing iLux nails or not. Doing so will also repair them faster if recovering from forced removal.