Before my trip to the Cayman Islands a few weeks ago I decided to try a new nail “polish” I had read about, SNS Dip Powder. It’s actually not new but it’s new to me and I’m told it’s big in the south.
What drew me to try it was the process and that it is a healthier alternative to gel polishes and no UV light is required. I had heard claims of it lasting 2-4 weeks and that it actually strengthens your nails. For me, as long my nails last 7-10 days I’m a fan. I usually want to trim my nails by then and/or change the look.
I found a salon near me (Velvet Nail Lounge for anyone local) that offers SNS Dip Powder application. I had heard of this salon several months ago from someone who was telling me about them offering eyebrow microblading (which I’m also very intrigued about). The nail tech told me that they have been offering SNS for about 8 years. How have I not heard of this before now and why aren’t other salons in my area offering it?!
I was amazed at the quantity of colors available. I mentioned that I was interested in a soft pink and the nail tech recommended #397 telling me that it was a popular pink.
After thorough nail prep included pushing back cuticles and trimming, nail filing, and buffing we were ready for application. I was instructed to wash my hands and nails with soap and water and was provided a nail brush. A clear base coat was applied on one finger followed by dipping it into a jar of pink powder. Any excess was removed by tapping the bottom of my finger. This was repeated on the remaining fingers on my first hand.
A second coat of base and dipping powder was applied to the first hand before moving to the other hand. After drying for just a couple minutes, the nail tech buffed each nail and instructed me to wash again. The process was completed with a clear top coat. Again, just a few minutes to dry and they were completely hard and dry.
I loved the look and feel. I’ve been wearing Jamberry nail wraps consistently for about a year and a half and can’t say enough about how great they are but I’m usually game for trying a new product just to switch things up once in awhile.
The verdict on durability? On day 6 I did get small chips on my thumb and middle finger of my left hand. Granted, I was on vacation and in the sand and salt water everyday. The chips didn’t spread and the rest of the manicure looked great. There was some slight fading of the pink after being in the sun for several days in a row but it didn’t bother me and is typical of most polishes and gels. I decided to remove the application on day 10 but I’m sure it would have lasted much longer.
I thought the price tag for this service was a little hefty at $55 but thought it would be nice for vacations and special events as a little treat. Despite the chips, I did like the product and would give it another try.
The salon charges for removal but the process is similar to gel removal which I have done on my own several times before. I will admit that removal took me a little longer than it should have because I missed an important step at first. You must buff or file the shine off each nail first. Then you soak a cotton ball in acetone, lay it on a nail and wrap finger in foil. I have these plastic clips that I use in place of foil. You just need something to hold the cotton ball to the nail.
Acetone must be used. I did initially try to use another remover I have that removes gel and was getting nowhere. Once I followed the actual instructions the product came off easily without damage to my nails.
I later found that another company, Revel Nail, makes a similar product and sells to the public (SNS is only available to professionals). The process seemed easy enough to DIY so I bought the starter kit. I have it on now and will give a full review soon.
Have you tried a dip powder at home or in the salon? What do you think? Would you try one if you haven’t?