A manicure that lasts a full two weeks can sometimes seem like a beauty miracle. If you don't have the cash or are too concerned about your nail health to spring for gels or acrylics, it can feel as if you're constantly dealing with chipped polish(i.e., literally the last thing anyone wants to add to their to-do list at the end of a long day). That's why we were so excited to hear about a new manicure hack—called "dip powder nails"— that is supposedly easy to DIY and lasts longer than a gel mani. We talked to a few specialists, and reality came crashing down to earth faster than a chip on a dollar-store polish. (That's a manicure joke.)
Dip powder nails are somewhere between a regular mani and a fake nail. We can consider them a "diet acrylic," says celebrity manicurist Erica Marton. Instead of using UV rays to seal in your polish, the color comes from a pigmented powder. Between base coats and a sealant, you dip your nails into a little jar of your chosen color (SNS and Revel are the two most popular and vetted manufacturers) for a mani that could last three to four weeks. The trend isn't exactly new per se—it's actually been around for years—but the wonderful world of social media is quickly popularizing the process and helping it stage a comeback.
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