Last Updated: May 9, 2023 @ 11:05 am.

What is the best acrylic nail kit? To find out, we tried out a dozen kits from top brands. Which was best for beginners? For travel? Here are the ones we think are best.

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Finding The Best Acrylic Nail Kits: Our Tests

Are you acrylic nail curious? Want your short, stubby fingernails to look longer and more elegant plus be more durable?

Acrylic nails may be the answer. Made of powder and liquid monomer, acrylic nails are applied using tips or nail forms. Then the nails are shaped and polished. 

Whether you are a novice or an acrylic nail enthusiasts, acrylic nail kits offer good bang for the buck—you get all the supplies needed (base and top coats) as well as specialty powders like glitter and more.

To find the best bets, we tried out several brands here at the home office.

As always, we looked for kits that are easy to use. Some include a lamp to cure nails, while others lack this feature (we assume more advanced nail enthusiasts already have a lamp).

Here are the best bets:

Best for Beginners

Most inclusive kit we tried
Wow! We were amazed at this kit's depth and completeness—and the colors are pretty. Super ease to use for those starting out. Bonus: packaging is nice enough to make this set a great gift.

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Best Without A Lamp

Loved the rhinestone powders
The acrylic in this kit sets up slowly—that's perfect for beginners. If you don't need a lamp, this kit offers great bang for the buck.

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Best For Travel

Easy to use, no lamp needed
This simple kit is great for practice—and since it just includes the basics, you can take it on road trips. The pink color is our favorite. Nice bang for the buck.

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Best For Practice

Everything one needs
Super easy on the pocketbook, this kit is great for practice if you are starting out. Good quality overall.

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We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

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