If you are dip powder nail curious, we’d suggest a starter kit. After trying 11 different kits, we think Modelones starter kit is the best bet. We liked the overall quality compared to others we tried.
Here are a few tips and truths about dip nail powder kits we learned from our testing:
• Less odor. Note we didn’t say NO odor, like some nail kits promise! Our testers liken the adhesive base coat smell to that of krazy glue. Yes, that is much less intense than regular nail polish (with toluene in particular), but not exactly odor free.
• You must be precise in your application. Or else you end with powder stuck to other parts of your finger.
• Make each coat thin or the end results may be overly thick nails, which can be annoying.
Why did we pick this particular kit as the best starter kit for newbies? Here’s more:
What We Liked
• Easy to use. This is a great kit for beginners. You get a base, activator and top coat and color powder, plus a dust brush.
• Includes replacement brush.
• Very good quality.
• Chip resistant. The maker says it is chip resistant for three weeks, but we think that is a stretch based on our testing. Dip powder nails ARE more durable than regular nail polish, but we would say they last more like a week or two longer.
What Needs Work
• Small containers require you to be precise with the brush.
• Odor that smells like glue.
• Takes time to get it right. That’s true for all dip powder nail kits, of course. This set requires nine steps to complete!