11 Best Nail Dipping Powder Kits: Your Easy Buying Guide

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Nail dipping powder is the middle ground between gel nail polish and acrylics. Dip nails last longer than gel polish and are easier to apply than tricky acrylic nails and don’t need any special tools. If you’re looking for extensions, you want nail builder gel.

These kits make for great gifts because they come with everything you need to get started. See the end of the article for nail dipping tips but let’s get straight to the kits.

What Are the Best Nail Dipping Powder Kits?

Kiara Sky nail dip kit Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Salon-grade
  • Everything you need plus extras
  • Five powders
Price: $90.00 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Gelish dip nail system Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Everything you need
  • French manicure smile line tool
  • Includes brush saver
Price: $99.50 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Joya Mia dipping powder Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Many kits choices
  • Three colors plus clear
  • Includes everything you need
Price: $79.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Cuccio dip nails kit with bottle and jars Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Everything you need
  • Trays for easy French tips
  • Milk and Honey cuticle oil
Price: $42.00 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Mia Secret bright colored acrylic powders Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Unique colors and finishes
  • Affordable
  • Color-changing and glitter
Price: $13.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Modelones nail dip powder kit Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Six colors in the kit
  • Includes brush replacements
  • Choice of kit colors
Price: $19.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Born Pretty holographic nail dipping powder Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Flashy holographics
  • Four shades
  • Includes everything you need
Price: $19.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
TP dip nail kit Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Everything you need plus extras
  • Whopping four jars of powder
  • Includes file, buffer, and brush
Price: $54.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Double Dip brand dip nails kit Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Everything you need
  • Lots of extras
  • Six colors
Price: $46.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Color club dip nails Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Affordable
  • French manicure plus glitter
  • Choice of many kits and colors
Price: $16.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Color changing nail dip kit Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Everything you need
  • Includes brush saver
  • Fun colors and effects
Price: $23.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Our Unbiased Reviews
  1. 1. Kiara Sky Dip Systems

    Pros:
    • Salon-grade trusted brand
    • Everything you need
    • Bottles are numbered for easy use
    • Cuticle oil and extra brushes
    Cons:
    • Only five colors in kit
    • More expensive than cheaper sets
    • Can apply thick

    This is my number one pick so if you’re short on time, this is the product to read about (or just get right now.) 

    The Kiara Sky Dip French Tip Kit comes with everything you need other than a nail file. If you’re new to dip powders, they include a detailed instructional guide covering the process step-by-step and each bottle is both labeled with the product name and a number corresponding to the step it’s needed for. This all makes it very user-friendly. Be sure to check out the video below of a YouTube nail artist using the Kiara Sky kit as their first experience with nail dipping powders.

    The set comes with bottles of the Bonder (prep), Base (resin), Seal Protect (activator), Top (top coat), Nourish Oil (cuticle oil), and Brush Saver. The Brush Saver is neat in that if you find your brushes are starting to pick up the powder colors or feel hard you can stick them in the Brush Saver bottle for a couple of minutes and it should clean them. And if that doesn’t work, they include some extra brush replacement in the kit.

    There are five powders in the Color Kit: clear, white, and three pinky nudes.

    Keep in mind that because you’re dealing with a powder, these systems can be a teeny bit messy. Head over to my Nail Mat post to protect your surfaces and make cleanup fast.


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  2. 2. Gelish Xpress Dip French Nail Kit

    Pros:
    • Everything you need
    • Includes brush saver and cleanser
    • Trusted brand
    • French tip smile line tool
    Cons:
    • No bright colors
    • Top coat could be glossier
    • Pricier than cheaper sets

    The Gelish Xpress Dip French Nail Kit comes with everything you need to create an elegant dip French manicure including a special bowl tool for perfectly even smile lines without struggling.

    You get all the required bottles of prep, base, activator, top coat, and brush saver along with four dip powder colors: clear, white, sheer pink, and pink. There’s also a bottle of nail cleanser, lint-free wipes, and a file.

    The neatest tool is this shallow bowl with two different sides. You fill it with your white powder and let your finger follow the curved side of the bowl as you dip for the perfect angle for French tip smile lines. Each side creates a slightly different curve depending on your preference. 

    Gelish has a wide variety of individual colors as well which match the color of the Gelish gel nail polish line. Overall, it’s a good set from a well-trusted brand in the nail world.

  3. 3. Joya Mia Dipping Powder Kit (Many Color Choices)

    Pros:
    • Many color choices for kits
    • Comes with everything you need
    • Includes brush saver and cuticle oil
    • Full-size polish bottles
    Cons:
    • Some may want more colors
    • No extra tools
    • Not for French manicure

    If you’re particular about your colors and don’t like settling, check out Joya Mia’s Nail Dipping Kits. There are loads of them with many different color combinations from pastels, to reds, to neutrals, to neon, to glitter. 

    Each set comes with three two-ounce jars of colored nail powder and one 2-ounce jar of clear nail powder. It also includes full-sized bottles of bonder, base, activater, top coat, and brush saver.

  4. 4. Cuccio Pro Powder Dip Starter Kit

    Pros:
    • Everything you need to get started
    • Brush saver and cuticle oil
    • Bottles labeled by number by step
    • Made in America
    Cons:
    • Claims zero drying time which isn't true
    • Says it's odor-free which is a stretch
    • Top coat could be glossier

    This kit from Cuccio is great for beginners because of its easy-to-follow instructions and the bottles are labeled by step making the process easier to follow. 

    If you love French manicures this set comes with a clear, white, and pink for creating your French tip look as well as three dipping trays specially angled to give you the perfect white smile lines almost effortlessly. No more trying to draw them on–just dip them into this specially curved tray. 

    For a bolder look, the set comes with bright red and silver glitter. It comes with everything you need except for a nail file.

  5. 5. Mia Secret Sweet Nail Acrylic Powder Set

    Pros:
    • Affordable
    • Fun bright colors
    • Lots of color combinations
    • Color-changing and glitter options
    Cons:
    • Does not include liquid set
    • Can sell out quickly
    • Not specifically labeled for nail dipping

    I had to include a Mia Secret powder set because they have some of the most quirky and brightest colored acrylic powders in the business. They’re known for their ease of working with, brilliant pigment load, and durability. 

    The only issue is they don’t come with the liquid set for dipping because they aren’t specifically dipping powders. They’re acrylic powders that are normally mixed with a monomer to sculpt acrylic nails. However, they can be used for nail dipping since the powder is the same thing as long as you pick up a Dip Powder Liquids Set.

    Mia Secret has a huge range of sets including this candy-colored Sweet Set (featured above), springy Color Punch Set, glittery Galaxy Collection Set, blacklight reactive Flash Neon Set, and color-changing Mood Collection Set.

  6. 6. Modelone’s Dip Nails Starter Kits

    Pros:
    • Six colors per kit
    • Everything you need
    • Brush and applicator replacements
    • Bold glittler options
    Cons:
    • No clear
    • No French tip tool
    • Bottle labeling small

    This Classic Starter Kit is part of Modelone’s line and comes with everything you need to get started plus a few extras.

    It comes with six jars of powder: white, light nude, taupe, dark chocolate, silver glitter, and gold holographic glitter. You get the required base and activator and an included travel storage case.

    The bottles are clearly numbered and while they are labeled with the contents, the text is written so small it can be easy to miss.

    I like that you get two applicator replacements as well as a dusting brush for removing excess powder. 

    Looking for something bolder? They’ve got several different kit themes including RedsRainbow, and Mermaid.

  7. 7. Born Pretty Dipping Holographic Powder System

    Pros:
    • Includes everything you need
    • Comes with four powder colors
    • Includes brush saver
    • Other sets are available
    Cons:
    • Have to want flashy nails
    • Slow shipping
    • Not many extras

    If you dig a flashy manicure, you need to check out the Holographic Powder System by Born Pretty. The set comes with everything you need including bottles of base (bonder), activator, top coat, and brush saver. 

    You get four different pots of powders in gorgeous holo tones in silver, gold, pink, and black. I like that they sell their liquid system separately so if you run out of bonder before you run out of powder you can replace it without buying a whole kit.

  8. 8. TP Gel Dip Powder Kit

    Pros:
    • Everything you need plush extras
    • Four big jars of powder
    • Lots of kit choices
    • Detailed instructions and video
    Cons:
    • No brush saver or cuticle oil
    • Top coat isn't great
    • More powder than liquid

    If what you’re looking for is a French tip kit with options, the TP Gel Dip Powder Kit is where you want to be.

    It comes with one jar of clear, one jar of white, and two shades of pink so you can choose what best suits your skin tone and style.

    It comes with bottles for prep, base and top coat combo, and activator. There isn’t a brush saver so be sure to wipe your brush off before replacing it in the bottle to prolong the life of your brushes. 

    I like that it comes with a nail file, nail buffer block, and dusting brush. The buffing block is much easier to get a nice smooth finish than with a standard nail file and the dusting brush helps keep your layers thin.

  9. 9. Double Dip System Starter Kit

    Pros:
    • Everything you need
    • French manicure colors
    • Cuticle oil and extra brushes
    • Bottles are numbered by step
    Cons:
    • Not for French tips
    • Little-known brand
    • Not completely odor-free

    If you’re looking for a kit with a lot of extras, check out Double Dip. It includes six powder colors, base, dip powder glitter, activator, top coat, brush cleaner, cuticle oil, two bamboo cuticle pushers, four applicator brush replacements, lavender cuticle oil, nail brush, two nail file, nail buffer, and a holographic storage bag.

  10. 10. Color Club Seren-Dip-Ity Starter Kit

    Pros:
    • Affordable
    • Known brand
    • Kits with different colors
    • Everything you need
    Cons:
    • Quality isn't as high as some others
    • Not many colors per kit
    • Doesn't come with any extras

    If plain old French manicure dips are boring you to death, check out this Ooh La La French Manicure Kit. 

    The kits include three powders, bonder, activator, and finishing gloss. It’s a very basic kit, reflected in the affordable price tag, so you’re not getting any bells and whistles here. 

  11. 11. Mefa Nail Dipping Powder Color Changing Kit

    Pros:
    • Includes everything you need
    • Four red tones
    • Comes with brush saver and replacement applicators
    • Clear instructions
    Cons:
    • Not everyone wants something this flashy
    • Strong smell
    • Not much variety in color

    If you’re a beginner and are just getting your feet wet so you don’t want to invest in a ton of product, check out Mefa’s Essential Four-Color Kits. They come in lots of different palettes but I’m featuring this Color Changing set which comes with two temperature changing shades and two holographic glitter shades.

    This set has everything you need including a few extras. There are four tones, base, activator, top coat, brush saver, nail file, cuticle pusher, and two applicator brush replacements.

    It comes in several other color palettes including RedsPastels, and French manicure colors.

Can You Do Dip Nails at Home?

Sure, going to the salon is a fun and relaxing way to pamper ourselves, but it gets expensive. A $45 manicure once a month is over $500 a year. 

The process of applying nail dipping powder involves a long list of steps which might seem intimidating at first, but each step is simple and quick to master. 

It's all a matter of correct order so keep the instructions that come with your kit handy as you apply your manicure.

Not to mention, both the EPA and CDC list nail salons as common vectors for nail and skin infections so doing your nails at home is not only cheaper but also may be safer.

What Are Some Nail Dipping Tips for Beginners?

  • Between dips, you'll need to remove the excess powder stuck on your nails or the layers can become too thick. You can do this by tapping your nail but don't be afraid to give it a good dusting with a nail brush. 

I like this multicolor brush by Anself because it's fun and soft.

  • Brush off the excess over a clean piece of paper or paper towel so you can return the extra back into the pot for less waste. A nail mat can also help keep things tidy. 

Gel vs. Acrylics vs. Dipping Powder. 

All three boast long-lasting, chip-free nail polish but they are different to apply.

Gel nail polish brands contain a special polymer that hardens only under UV/LED light. It's applied like normal nail polish but then cured under a special lamp. 

For manicure lifespan, you're probably looking at two to four weeks, depending on the application and brand.

Acrylics are something all nail polish lovers are familiar with. I've had my fair share and I honestly don't miss them. Acrylic nails are created using acrylic polymer powder mixed with a special monomer to create a paste which is sculpted onto the nail with a brush to create a nail extension.

Working with this type of acrylic requires a practiced hand and will need to be filed for a smooth finish.

There's no lamp needed as once it's mixed with the monomer, the acrylic will harden soon after. Acrylic has a strong smell and can be tough on your nails when you remove it.

For manicure lifespan, acrylics don't last as long as you'd think. Sure the acrylic will stay on but after two weeks the nail growth is pretty obvious and you need to go in for fills. 

Dipping Powder uses acrylic powder but is applied without the traditional monomer. Instead, a special base coat is applied and the nail is dipped or sprinkled with the powder in several coats before a liquid activator is applied which cures the acrylic.

Dip nails are more foolproof than acrylic since you're sticking your finger in a jar instead of having to sculpt the acrylic. They also tend to smell less.

Dipping powder can be applied to natural nails and nail extensions.

For manicure lifespan, they last about three to four weeks. The nail growth tends to be less obvious than on acrylics but there's bound to be some going that length of time. 

How Do You Remove a Dip Powder Manicure?

Removing dip nails is a little harder than removing gel nail polish, but if you follow the right steps and have patience, they can be removed without damaging your natural nails underneath.

The first step is to take either a nail drill machine (which is easier and faster) or rough grit nail file and file off the top layer of the dip powder. You want to remove any shine of the top coat from the nail which gives the acetone better access to the powder underneath. If the dip on the nails is fairly thick you can file down more of the powder if you're confident you won't hit your natural nails

Then you want to soak your nails in 100 percent pure acetone for a minimum of 20 minutes, 30 minutes is a safer bet. 

You can soak them in a bowl, with cotton balls wrapped in foil, with nail clips, or whatever gel polish remover tools and method you prefer. The important part is that you wait.

At the end of your soaking time, the dip powder should slide off cleanly. If it can't be wiped off with a cotton ball or gently moved with a cuticle pusher, don't scrape at it. This stuff will take a layer of your nail with it if you force it.

If there's still dip on your nails after the first soak, repeat the soak for another 20 to 30 minutes. You may want to do a second light filing of the surface before your second soak. 

You'll know when it's ready to come off because it slips off with zero resistance at all.

Keep in mind when you're using a nail drill, it's always best to have a nail dust collector so you're not breathing in nail dust. It also keeps the dust from covering everything in the room.

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