Exploring the dip powder nail trend, there's intrigue in its touted durability and long-lasting color. This manicure technique, compared to gel and acrylic nails, presents interesting facets.

What are dip powder nails?

Dip powder nails, the recent go-to among nail art lovers, offer a lasting manicure. Unlike traditional polish, their color comes from a pigmented powder. Applied to the nails, they are dried and sealed with a clear, liquid formula, resulting in a durable manicure lasting up to four weeks.

The application involves brushing the nails with glue, dipping them into colored acrylic powder, shaking off excess powder, and applying an activating topcoat to harden the powder. This process is repeated to ensure each nail is fully covered.

The Good

Dip powder nails, like other manicure products, come with benefits and advantages that might help us decide on trying it out. Here are several benefits of dip powder nails:

  • Fast-drying without UV lights: Dip powder nails dry quickly without UV lights, offering a convenient option for a fast manicure.
  • More bendable and durable: Known for durability and flexibility, dip powder nails are less likely to break or chip, ideal for an active lifestyle.

The Bad

Although it has good qualities, using dip powder nails also comes with risks and disadvantages. To name a few, three are listed below:

  • May be unsanitary: There is a risk of unsanitary conditions when fingers are dipped into the same jar of powder. It's important to prevent contamination by ensuring technicians do not "double dip."
  • May weaken the nail base: The process of buffing and filing nails to ensure the powder sticks may weaken the nail base over time, increasing the risk of breakage.
  • May include irritants: Some dip powders contain ingredients like methyl methacrylate, ethyl methacrylate, and toluene, which can irritate the skin and airways.


While dip powder nails offer a long-lasting and durable manicure, they come with potential risks. It is essential to weigh the benefits against the drawbacks and consider nail health and lifestyle before choosing this manicure technique.