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When doing manicures at home with acrylic nails or press-ons, you’re going to need some good nail glue. All nail adhesives aren’t created equally, and there’s nothing more annoying than a nail popping off a day or two after application. That’s why it’s essential to use a high-quality nail glue that bonds quickly to ensure your nails stay on longer and stronger.

“Look for a fast-setting nail adhesive,” advises Jenny Bui, owner of Nails on 7th in Harlem, New York, and OPI artist ambassador. “To find out if an adhesive is fast-setting, turn the wand to its side and check how quickly the air bubble moves: if it moves quickly, it’s fast-setting,” she says. And it’s not just about the formula — how you store your nail glue is also important. According to Bui, you should always store nail adhesives covered and in cool places to prevent them from drying out. “High temperatures will coagulate the adhesive and make it not adhere properly to the nail’s surface,” she adds.

Beauty editors at Good Housekeeping sought out the best nail glues you can buy for all your faux nail and nail art needs, including brush-on formulas, vetted by top-rated reviews and personal editor favorites.

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Best Overall Nail Glue

Professional Brush On Nail Glue

INFILILA
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$4.97

This nail glue from Infilila can do it all, from acrylics to press-on nails to your most intricate nail art. The formula dries smooth and flat with no texture, making it great for nail art. It bonds quickly and will hold for up to one month.

  • Bonds quickly
  • Lasts up to a month

2

Best Value Nail Glue

Ultra Quick Nail Glue

For less than $3, Nailene’s nail glue will become a staple in your manicure kit. With a dry time of less than five seconds and strong durability, it will keep your press-on nails in place for weeks. Just note that a little goes a long way and you only need a thin layer to adhere to your press-ons.

  • Fast-drying
  • Durable
  • Bargain priced

3

Best Professional Nail Glue

Strong-Jet Brush On Clear Nail Glue

Mia Secret
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$8.13

Bust out your Swarovski crystals because this Mia Secret moisture-resistant nail glue is ideal to adhere nail art over any acrylic or gel surface. With a salon-like quality, this formula is long-lasting and comes with a brush applicator that applies like nail polish. 

  • Great for nail art
  • Brush applicator
  • Long-lasting

4

Best Nail Glue for Acrylics

Quick Nail Glue

Makartt’s brush-on nail glue is great for beginners in that it takes about 10 seconds to dry, allowing you extra time to adjust accordingly. The brush allows for easy and quick application of faux nails; however, if you use this for nail art like crystals or gems, note that it can leave a yellow tint. 

  • Doesn’t set immediately, which is ideal for beginners
  • Brush applicator
  • Not appropriate for all nail art

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Best Nail Glue for Nail Art

Nail Glue for Professional Fake Nail Art & Design

This moisture-resistant nail glue from KDS is great for adhering acrylics, but also makes applying nail art a cinch. The thin tube makes it easy to apply a minimal amount of glue at a time, providing you with the ability to carefully attach your nail art. (Note: The formula is a bit runny, so apply with care.)

  • Precise applicator for nail art

6

Best Nail Glue on Amazon

Super Strong Nail Bond

The product name of this NYK1 nail glue boasts “super strong” hold, which is also echoed by Amazon reviews. Use this nail glue and you can guarantee your press-on nails won’t annoyingly pop off. One reviewer was shocked at its durability: “I’m giving this glue 5 stars because it is definitely a super-strong nail binder as advertised,” she raved. “It took me an hour to get my nails off after having them on for a week: the nails literally dissolved before the glue.” Note that this nail glue dries incredibly fast, so you have to apply your nails one at a time.

  • Very strong and long-lasting
  • Dries quickly
  • Brush may be slightly too large

7

Best Nail Glue for Split Nails

PowerFlex Nail Glue Max Speed Super Strength

Sometimes you need to take care of your natural nails before you can even think of applying acrylics or press-ons. If your nail gets a crack or a split, this Kiss nail glue will secure it quickly. The adhesive takes a strong squeeze to slowly come out, allowing you to apply with precision, and it’s easy to remove with acetone.

  • Adheres cracks in nails
  • Precise application
  • Lasts a few days to a week maximum

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Best Non-Irritating Nail Glue

Big Bondini All Purpose Nail Glue

For those needing hypoallergenic nail glue or an adhesive works on sensitive skin, this brand says their Big Bondini formula is for you. The product is non-irritating, and the thin applicator tip makes it easy to apply with precision. 

  • May dry out quickly in the bottle

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