Clothes of the Eighties, Lee Press-On Nails
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Sex: Female
Type of clothing: beauty accessories
When it was popular: Mid-late '80's?
Description: I got ahold of a package of these in '86, at the age of 7. They were way too big for me. I can still remember them.

The nails were plastic, usually round-tipped, and came with a set of press-on tabs. The tabs were made of some sticky glue-type stuff, and you were supposed to place them on your nails, round side towards the cuticals, and peel off the backing paper before sticking on the nail.

What was so cool was that the removal of the nails wasn't too painful. You just took the nails off, and any sticky tab remains could be scraped or rolled off easily.

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brightbite - July 15, 2008 - Report this comment
I was so sicked out by the ad, where the girl pops gum with one, not to mention the fact that they supposedly grew moldy under there.
crazy amy - August 10, 2008 - Report this comment
i had some of those.they came with a gold pinky ring.
SavageLettuce - September 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I rocked these for my 8th grade dance. I couldn't write in school the whole day before it b/c I put them on!
Angela - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I didn't try these until 1998 and then I found some and tried 'em on a whim, they were the petite size which fit my normal size hands, I can't imagine how huge the others must have been! Anyway I loved them, they were sport length and French tip and I got SO many compliments but apparently they were discontinued and that was my 1st and last Lee Press-On experience.
Jan Griffiths - July 02, 2010 - Report this comment
They make these for toenails now too.
Nova - July 03, 2010 - Report this comment
In the mid to late 80's, I used to watch General Hospital and during that hour they showed the Lee Press-on Nail commercial about 15 times. Somehow it stuck in my brain. I never tried to learn it, but one day many years after I stopped watching GH, I realised I knew it. Now it's my party trick. Here goes: These are the amazing Lee Press on nails.They press on in seconds. No glue no mess. Simply press on Lee's super tick tabs, then press on Lee press on nails. That's it. Easy on, easy off, Use them again and again, They just won't break or split. Polish and they're nearly impossible to chip. So press on Lee press on nails in natural and glamour length and a variety of sizes for a quick easy fit. PRESS ON!
ajl2 - July 16, 2010 - Report this comment
Nova, I have the same issue with remembering the commercial, except the only thing that sticks in my brain is the woman's hand doing a slow flourish and then clicking her nails on a hard surface. The things I'd be able to remember if I cleared out my brain-space of 80's pop culture ...
Lisa Koffler - January 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I tried them and they were awful!
lindsay - October 06, 2011 - Report this comment
the girl that wrote the description is the same age as me. i was also 7 in 1986. (born in 1979) anyways, lee press-on nails were all the rage in the 80's, along with kissing potion and sun-in (everybody wanted to use sun-in even though it meant for blondes) i don't think lee press-ons were that bad at all. they were easy to use, looked pretty good (unless you got the super-long ones that looked like claws) and didn't usually come off until you took them off.
Jamie - February 28, 2013 - Report this comment
Lee Press On Nails were good for a one day use, otherwise too much time in water made them pop off too quick.

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