Written by: Dana Leotta
If you are confused about the difference between Dip Powder and Gel Polish, you’re not alone. Until I worked at Revel Nail, I didn’t know what the difference was either. I’ve always heard great things about both, but I didn’t know which option I should pick until I tried both out. It can be overwhelming when it’s time to get your nails done with all the different options now offered. If you’re like me and take forever to decide on what color you want then deciding between a gel or dip powder manicure could be the next big decision to make. Well, let’s clear this nail controversy up.
As I said before, I had no idea what Dip Powder was. I didn't understand how powder could possibly form as a harden texture on your nails. Let's dive into some of the basic facts you should know about Dip Powder. It’s applied with liquids and powder. Unlike gel, you won’t need a UV/LED light. This method is healthier than using acrylics and Gel polish. If you’re looking for a quick method, then this is for you. Did you know a dip powder manicure can be applied in half the time it takes to complete an acrylic manicure? It feels great knowing you can achieve a healthy manicure in such a short period of time. Unlike other polish methods, Dip Powder is light and doesn’t feel uncomfortable. It’s known for being strong and can last up to 8 weeks. I’m not being biased because I work for a Dip Powder company but WOW that is amazing. One of the biggest disappointments is getting a manicure that lasts about a week long. When it’s time to remove Dip Powder you will need a file, cotton balls, tin foil, and acetone. If you want more details on this process you can watch our tutorial on How to Remove Dip Powder. If you want to see how to apply Dip Powder step by step, you can watch our YouTube video: Revel Nail Home User Tutorial.
When using Gel, the application process is the same as regular nail polish which is applied with a brush. You will need a Gel base coat, Gel color polish and Gel top coat. You will need a UV light to cure which results in a longer application process. There is no dry time needed because the polish will cure under the UV light. Gel Polish is also strong which allows it to not chip or crack and lasts up to 2 weeks. You will remove Gel-polish the same way you remove Dip Powder. If you’re someone who uses their hands a lot this might be the best option for you.
Either product you decide to use will result with a beautiful manicure. When it comes to deciding what way you should go. It’s up to you and your preference. Ask yourself some of these questions. Do you want durable nails? Do you want your nails to stay healthy? Do you have the time to keep up with maintenance? Which one is more comfortable?
So, what’s your next manicure going to be? Looking to get started with Dip Powder? Be sure to check out our Dip Powder Manicure Starter Kits!