The 15 Best Dip Nail Kits to Make You Feel Like a Pro

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Best Dip Nail Kits
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When I need a DIY alternative to a great manicure, dip powder nail kits are my go-to. If you're not familiar, dip powder manicures utilize 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. The term "dip" comes from the act of dipping your nails in the powder after applying a base coat to create the long-lasting color.

Dip powder is a manicure preference that's become widely popular in salons and is now available to all us with at-home dip powder kits. Yes, they do 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, and one kit is the equivalent cost of one salon manicure.

The biggest selling point with a dip powder manicure is that no UV or LED light is needed, so the time it takes to dry your nails is cut in half. Skill-wise, the only thing you need to perfect a dip manicure is a steady hold (or a friend who can help with your non-dominant hand). When it came to finding the best dip powder nail kits, we focused on user reviews, editors' own testings, and of course, making sure the products are user-friendly with maximum color. Our favorites, ahead.

How To Use a Dip Powder Nail Kit

  • Apply the base coat to freshly buffed nails.
  • Dip your nails one by one into the pigmented nail powder container of your choice. Be sure to coat the nail evenly with the product.
  • Tap away or brush away the excess pigmented powder between each application for a smooth and even coat.
  • Repeat the dipping process on each nail for two rounds before coating your nails with a clear dip powder for more even layers.
  • Using the activator polish, apply a generous coat and let it settle for 2-4 minutes.
  • After your nails dry, buff and gently file for a smooth finish.
  • Apply another coat of activator, and wait for 2-4 minutes again.
  • Once your nails are dry, seal the deal with the top coat and follow up with your favorite cuticle oil.

How to Remove Dip Powder Nails

This part is simple as well: Soak each nail in an acetone-based remover, unless the kit specifically mentions another method. The best way to do this is to take a cotton ball, soak it in the acetone, wrap the cotton around your nails, and seal it with a layer of aluminum foil around each finger. After 15-20 minutes the polish will begin to peel off for easy removal. If you’re still confused, we’ve got you covered with our intensive guide on how to remove dip nails.

Our Favorite Dip Powder Nail Kits

Maya Allen

Maya Allen is the former Digital Beauty Editor at MarieClaire.com where she covered makeup, skincare, haircare, wellness, you name it! She has a 15-step skincare routine, owns over 200 red lipsticks, and enjoys testing the latest and greatest in beauty. On most weekends, you can find her at her happy place, which is her makeup vanity. There, she’s usually blasting her speakers while singing along to lyrics at the top of her lungs, and making sure her highlighter is on point. Before joining MarieClaire.com, she held positions at Byrdie.com and Cosmopolitan.com.