Nicki Minaj Launches Her Press-On Nail Brand & We Tried It: Here’s What to Know About Pink Friday Nails

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Manicures are an extension of our personalities, from maximalist looks topped with rhinestones to classic French manicures for the minimalists. Barbz can now channel Nicki Minaj with the launch of her first-ever press-on nails brand, Pink Friday Nails.

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The manicure brand debuted on Friday (March 15), and Billboard Shopping had the opportunity to try the new press-on nails, which after testing a set out, it’s one of the most durable yet stylish press-ons I’ve tried yet. Besides having a wide selection of nail styles to choose from, each design is modeled after actual manicures the “FTCU” rapper has sported on and off the red carpet, including a recreation of her press-on set that famously fell off during the 2023 MTV VMAs.

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Pink Friday Nails

Pink Friday Nails

One of the most notable qualities is the amount of shapes and sizes to choose from. There are four shapes available: stiletto, coffin, square and almond as well as sizes short to XXL. I decided to keep things simple with a short, square-cut iridescent set of press-ons, but there are styles decorated with as many as 400 gems and charms for anyone who prefers some extra sparkle.

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Starship Chromes

When opening the press-on nails kit, you’ll find a mini file, different nails sizes to choose from, nail glue, adhesive tabs, a cuticle pusher, a nail file and buffer and an alcohol pad. Since both application methods are included, you’re not limited to particular art designs. Every single shape and size includes both application methods, making it accessible for beginners and more advanced press-on users.

Glue application can stay on for a up to two weeks, but the sticky tabs will last a week at most. The best way to remove press-on nails, according to Minaj’s nail tech Yvett G, who helped create and design Pink Friday Nails, is to soak your hand in warm water, then gently remove the nails from the outside edges. That doesn’t mean the nails aren’t shower-proof — I was able to wash my hair without a single nail falling off — but just make sure to use care when lathering your hair.

The nails, when applied properly, won’t fall off easily, either. I got them caught in my jacket, hair and even banged my hand on my desk, and the nails remained chip-free. Friends also couldn’t stop complimenting them on how trendy the design was, and I loved seeing how shocked their faces became when I revealed my manicure was actually just a set of press-ons.

Whether you’re looking for a bold manicure to pair with your denim dresses and platform boots, or want a unique gift for music lovers, Pink Friday Nails has got you covered.

Keep reading to shop more bold styles available or view the entire collection here.

model wearing hot pink and crystal short press ons

Queen’s Ransom

Bring some pink to your looks with these square-cut press-ons. Each nail features its own pattern, ranging from a textured French tip to a bedazzled crystal topping. You can apply them with glue or the included sticky tabs for an eye-catching look.

model wearing extra long ruby red crystal press ons

Majesty in Stiletto

Love a long look? These ruby red crystal encrusted nails will bring the length and style. You can choose from three colors and three widths. Included is also an alcohol prep pad to make sure the nails stay on for as long as possible.

model wearing short matte black press ons

Moment 4 Mattes

Keep things simple with a pair of matte black nails. The tip is in an almond shape for a more rounded look. And if you’re looking to make your nails pop, you can choose from three other colors: white, brown and red.

model wearing nude and gold sparkly press ons

Mogul in Stiletto

Add these press-on nails to your cart if you want to be dripping in glamour. The style is available for preorder in the black and nude shades, with three sizes to choose from. Orders will be shipped starting April 15.

For Minaj, the desire to build her own nail brand started when she became a mom and didn’t have time to sit in a nail-salon chair. With help and collaboration from Yvett G, the two created Pink Friday Nails to make salon-quality press-ons accessible to anyone.

“I couldn’t spend as much time getting my nails done as when I only had to worry about me, so it became a necessity to create fly, quaility press-on nails,” said Minaj in a press statement. “Pink Friday Nails are the actual nails I wear designed by my actual nail tech. And I have very small nail beds, so normally, press-ons are way too big and don’t hit the same. Our nails come from short to the longest length I wear, in all shapes, all sizes and polishes.”

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