The 11 Best Dip Powder Nail Kits For Salon-Level Results

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Daniel C Sims

These days, I just don’t feel right if my nails aren’t properly done. ICYMI, nail options have come a long way in recent years. No longer are we reserved only to easily chipped polish, potentially damaging full acrylic sets that require you to stock up on nail strengtheners, gel extensions, or UV-set gel manicures (though we’re not saying we don’t love those options, too!). There’s an overlooked nail manicure trend in town, and it’s definitely here to stay: dip powder manicures.

Dip powder manicures are longer-lasting than their gel counterparts–they can typically last up to one month and don’t require any UV light to harden. Dip powder manis are also said to be less damaging to your nails in the long term. In the salon, your nail technician would cut, clean, buff, and prime your nails. After your nail is prepped properly, each nail is dipped into a powder color of your choosing (one by one), tapped to dust off any excess powder, and then sealed with a topcoat. But did you know you can do this at home, too? “There are plenty of at-home kits for dip nails sold by professional brands–which would be my recommendation,” says LeChat Nails brand educator Anastasia Totty. “They usually contain everything you need to do it yourself.” If you want to test-drive the nail trend, we’ve rounded up the best user-friendly dip powder kits that deliver pro-level results from the comfort of your humble abode. Below are the 10 best dip powder kits to add to your cart.

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Best For A Budget

Beetles Gel Polish

6 Colors Dip Powder Nail Kit Starter

Best For Beginners

Azure Beauty

Dip Powder Nail Kit Starter

Now 35% off

Best For Trendy Nails


Perfect Match Professional French Dip Kit

Best Kiss Dip Powder Kit


Salon Dip Powder Nail Kit

Best For Dramatic Nails


12 Glitter Color Dip Powder Nail Kit Gift Set

Now 25% off

Best Overall

Joya Mia

Nail Dipping Powder Starter Kit

Best Transitional Colors

Beetles Gel Polish

Dip Powder Nail Kit Starter

Best Kiara Sky Dip Powder Kit

Kiara Sky

Dip Powder Nail Kit

Now 20% off

Best OPI Dip Powder Kit


Nail Dipping Powder Perfection Combo

Best Professional Dip Powder Kit


Dip Kit Essential

Now 43% off

Best For Maintaining Nail Strength


Dip Nail Starter Kit – Classic Collection

Meet The Expert

What are dip nails?

“Dip nails are [a] combination of [a] resin base and color powder, usually applied onto natural nails to strengthen them or used with tips for extensions,” says Totty. “No need to use monomer, gels, or UV lamps, just a few prep products, and your favorite powder. A dip manicure usually lasts 3-4 weeks; anything past that is not really recommended. They cannot be filled, so, unfortunately, you have to remove the product and reapply each time.”

Is dip healthier than gel?

“I would not say that they are necessarily healthier, but because they strengthen your natural nail, it could help grow them out,” says Totty. “Since you have to remove them each time, you don’t risk getting bacteria stuck underneath and cause damage as long as you don’t over-file and moisturize afterward.”

How do you remove dip nails?

“Dip nails are removed by soaking with acetone-based soak-off remover, just like gel polish or acrylics. You have to buff the top, wrap in foil with [a] cotton ball soaked with remover and wait for 15 minutes,” says Totty. Penrose adds: “The best part is, though this soaking process may seem tedious, once the color is dissolved, it should wipe off easily and cleanly–no scraping required.”

How do you give yourself a dip powder manicure at home?

“This is how the at-home process typically works,” says Penrose. “First, you’ll want to apply a base coat onto clean, freshly buffed nails (this helps to smooth out any ridges so that the powder can coat the nail evenly). Next, you’ll dip your nail into a pot of pigmented powder instead of painting the nail color with a brush, as with a traditional or gel manicure. Then, tap or brush off any excess powder (many kits include a buff brush) and repeat the process to ensure an even coat.

After two go-rounds of dipping, you’ll paint on a clear activator polish. This activator turns the colored powder into a glossy lacquer and essentially bonds it onto the nail itself. Once that’s dry, you’ll apply a clear coat of polish as a topcoat, and voila! Your DIY dip powder manicure is done, and it should last at least a few weeks (or more). Of course, these are general guidelines—always follow the instructions of the specific kit you’re using, as each one may differ slightly.”

Why trust ELLE Beauty?

Nerisha Penrose is ELLE’s Beauty Commerce Editor and a dip-powder manicure expert. Tatjana Freund is ELLE’s Beauty Commerce Writer who has embarked on a healthy nail journey.

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