Psst: At-home dip manis can last up to a month.
At-home manicures can save you a lot of money, but regular nail polish chips within days of application. That's why brands have started to sell at-home gel kits that promise long-lasting salon-quality manicures for a fraction of the price. Gel polish kits have taken over the market, but now there is a new-ish (maybe even better) at-home manicure method: dip powder nail kits.
What is a dip powder manicure? It's a long-lasting manicure that doesn't use UV light to harden. The color comes from dipping your nails into a pigmented powder, rather than painting on streaks of liquid. The result is a flawless, even coat, usually only achieved by professionals — until now.
The biggest difference between gel and dip powder is longevity. Dip powder manicures can last up to a month, which is twice as long as gel nail polish. Also, dip powder manicures don't require light curing lamps. That means you won't have a bulky nail lamp taking up space in your closets or drawers, and you won't have to deal with UV exposure.
If you are worried about your nail health, don't fret: dip powder won't ruin your nails, but scraping and picking the manicure off will. Chipping away at your nails with a nail stick removes layers of your natural bed, weakening your nails.
Instead, to remove dip powder nail polish, stick to the same removal process as gel: dip a cotton pad in acetone and allow it to sit on your nails for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping the color away. If your manicure doesn't budge after 15 minutes, let your nails soak in polish remover a bit longer. Don't forget to add a moisturizer to your nails when you are all done!
To get you started, we've rounded up the best dip powder nail kits for an at-home salon-quality manicure that can last several weeks:
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