With the government-mandated shutdown of nail salons across the country, you gotta do what you gotta do to make it work. Chipped nails personally make me cringe because I'm usually spoiled with salons, so dip powder nail kits are ideal during this time in isolation. Here's why: dip powder manicures are made of finely-milled powders, top coats, base coats, and adhesives that last longer than gel manicures and are just as durable as acrylics without the damage. "Dip" comes from the act of dipping your nails in the powder after applying a base coat to create the long-lasting color. The major difference with a dip powder process is no UV or LED light is needed, so the time it takes to dry your nails is cut in half.
It's a manicure preference that's become widely popular in salons and is now available to all us homebodies with at-home versions. Yes, it does require a bit of reading, patience, and trial and error, but I believe in you! Plus, most of the dip powder kits on the market are wildly inexpensive (I'm talking $30 and under) and come with several shades that last up to three weeks each. Do the math, one kit, is the equivalent cost of one salon manicure. So you can save your coins and your nails—a win-win! Read on for the most popular dip powder kits on the Internet with rave reviews to back them up.
This starter kit is a cost-friendly option for beginners. It includes eight pretty pastels for spring vibes, four glues, and one recycling tray for the dipping powder. According to rave reviews in the comments section, these shades are incredibly long-lasting and the kit is super simple to use so you'll feel like a pro in no time.
Whether you're looking for a classic red, toned-down neutral, or glitter nails, this set has the shade for you. Aside from that, if you're an acrylic-wearer, it's worth reiterating that you may want to give your nails a break and try dip powders instead because they cause less damage and are just as durable—this formula lasts up to two to three weeks and dries fast, no UV lamp necessary.
Non-toxic, natural nail products, like Latorice's formula filled with vitamin E and calcium, not only keep the health of your nails in tip-top shape they also lengthen the look of your nails overtime. If shine-blinding nails are your vibe, you'll appreciate this gel powder, which was made for a long-lasting shiny wear with a lightweight texture that'll make you forget your nails are even painted.
Try these neutral, go-with-anything shades at home if neon nails aren't necessarily your thing. This set is complete with a top coat, base coat, brush, activator formula, and color powder that promises to remain chip-free and shiny for three weeks. Something that guarantees I won't have to touch my mani for nearly three weeks? Sign. Me. Up.
Raise you hand if drying your nails always feels like an eternity? Same, same. Enter the fast-drying dipping kit of your dreams: this powder, which comes in six classic colors, dries in 30 seconds flat, which means there's little to no room for error. You're welcome.
The brand says it best: dip powder nails give you the he wearability of a gel and the durability of an acrylic. And this kit goes out to the rainbow nail-lovers who are imagining brighter days ahead. Dress up your nails with eight vibrant shades to suit every mood.
Here's another healthy nail option free of harsh chemicals that'll wreak havoc in the long-run. This color collection of the most popular shades would make for a fun ombre look if you feel like getting a little creative at home. This YouTube tutorial is super helpful for trying out a gradient design with dip powder.
Facts: chipping a nail is not cute. This brand guarantees you won't have to deal with that for up to 21 days and this shiny neutral hue comes with a helluva lot of tools for just $35: a base coat, top coat, activator, brush softener, groom buffer, 20 nail wipes, sticks, and 10 remover foils.
If red is your color, you just met your match. From deep bordeaux to cherry red, this set spans the spectrum of the cult classic color, which wouldn't be complete without a glitter nail because why not?
This brand was originally created for salon professionals and with this at-home kit you now have the freedom to bring the salon to the comfort of your own couch, for only $20. A major steal for long-lasting nails.
This is the most basic of all basic starter kits to make the process easier than ever. For just $12, you'll get all the essentials for a natural looking nail that'll last up to two weeks and come off in a quick soak. KISS also provides a handy, very detailed instruction guide to walk you through every single step.
For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter (subscribe here).