13 Best Dip Powder Nail Kits for Pro-Level At-Home Manicures
The best dip powder nail kits usually fly under the radar. The method—in which nails are dipped into finely milled powders (hence the name) and then bonded with adhesive—is often overlooked. But done correctly, dip nails can last longer than lacquer, cause much less damage, and require fewer harsh chemicals for removal than a gel manicure or acrylics. Plus, dipping-powder nail sets can also be customized to give you a French tip or to create various nail designs. There’s also no need for the powder to cure with a UV light, so it’s basically cutting the time of your mani in half. However, you’ll usually need acetone to remove them, so don’t forget to stock up on a cuticle oil and nail strengthener to keep your nails healthy and strong.
Previously these services were only available in nail salons; according to Julie Ventura, a nail education consultant and founder of Nail Know How, professionals still use a higher level grade dip powder that’s “designed to have the finest particle size for a smoother finish and strong resins for maximum adhesion power.” She’s a fan of the in-salon Orly Pro Powder service. But there are now tons of at-home options available if you prefer a DIY manicure (or just want to save some coin) but still want professional quality. Sure, it takes a little practice for beginners to get it right, but with these starter kits—and a quick YouTube tutorial—your nails will look salon-level perfect in no time. To get you started, we rounded up the best dip powder nail kits that reviewers rave about.
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