When looking for new colors to buy of dip powder, it was very hard for me to find real pictures and reviews of people using the powder colors I was considering. So I created my own! Here is a rolling list of all the powders I have tried so far, and that will be updated regularly to hopefully help you find the perfect nail color!C



Ginger (D23) is the perfect burgundy for those fall and winter months! Ginger was the first dip powder I used, and I must say she did not disappoint. This color was the start of my addiction to dip powder and creating the perfect manicure all on my own. When looking at the jar it looks as though it is a light purple color, so this burgundy is definitely more on the purple side of the burgundy spectrum more so than red. But once you pile on the layers you get this beautiful dark ox-blood color. Now, if you want the color to be a lighter burgundy with a hint of purple, I recommend 2 layers of colored powder. But if you want a dark ox-blood color like I have shown above, then I recommend 3 layers of colored powder. I highly suggest using a clear dip powder for your first layer that covers 3/4 of the nail to keep the color consistent (if you don’t, when you file around your cuticles to get the natural nail shape, it will make the color lighter in those areas).


Obsess (DP256) is a true navy and definitely one of my favorite colors from Revel. This powder covers very evenly and easily. Obsess is that perfect color when you want a dark nail that isn’t black. The powder in the jar looks almost light blue, but as soon as you add activator it turns to that true navy color. I suggest using only 2 coats of Obsess over a 3/4 layer of clear dip powder to get a very deep navy!


I am always looking for the perfect light pink/ nude neutral nail color that goes with everything, and Runway (D233) is that color. While wearing this color I received so many compliments! Runway has a slight gray tint that is better described as a dusty ballet pink. It is very opaque and I only needed 2 layers to get this solid color. 10/10 recommend!!!!


Galaxy (DP213) is my first “mood changing” dip powder I have tried. When your nails are warm they are this bright silver color that can be seen near my cuticles above, but when your nails are cold it turns into this dark gray/blue that is really pretty , seen near the tips of my nails. It’s the middle of winter in Illinois right now, so I loved how when I went outside the tips would turn dark and create this ombre effect! But 99% of the time, your nails will be silver, so keep that in mind. I personally preferred the color it changed into when cold, but I loved the glitter! I suggest 2 layers of Galaxy followed by a layer of clear to protect the glitter when filing.

**check out my Instagram highlights for a video showing the color change!


Just like how I am always looking for the perfect neutral nail, I am always looking for the perfect red nail! A lot of reds are either too orange or too dark, but Desire (D241) is that perfect bright candy apple red. It’s my go to when I have a big presentation at work or just want to feel good about myself because it makes me feel a little more put together. It’s girly and sophisticated! I suggest using 2 coats of Desire over a 3/4 layer of clear dip powder, and that you add this color to your nail collection ASAP!


Scarlet (D71) is the french manicure pink that will go perfectly with a white tip dip or when you just want a natural pink nail. It is basically a clear dip with a pink tint. This is one of the colors that when searching for pictures of this online, it was difficult to gauge what this actually looked like because no-ones result looked the same. Some people had a more opaque coverage and some looked like mine above. I generally like the color of tint, and it does make your nails strong and elevated if you like a natural look.. but I plan to try this over a white layer next time so there is an opaque coverage on my nail.


Agave is a periwinkle blue that can look more blue or purple depending on the light. This color is perfect for spring and summer! It adds an extra pop of color to my wardrobe.. since that basically consists of black white and grey. Agave has very easy coverage and I recommend 2 layers over a 3/4 layer of clear dip powder to keep the color consistent.


Emily is a beautiful, soft white. I am loving this color for this transition time period into spring. This is definitely my new go-to nail color. I suggest using 2 coats of Emily over a 3/4 layer of clear dip powder.


Barbara is your basic black, not going to lie this is a messy color.. but who doesn’t love a good basic black manicure that doesn’t chip! I suggest 2 coats of Barbara over a 3/4 layer of clear dip powder.



Dip Nails or SNS, is the newest nail technique to surface in recent years. People love it because of it’s various color options, durability, no need for UV light and how it strengthens your natural nails. Dip powder is easy to use, and lasts upwards of 3 weeks. You can get this done at almost any nail salon now, but why pay $50+ every couple weeks, when you can get a whole starter kit for less than $35? The process is fairly simple and takes about 1-1.5 hours.


What you’ll need:

  • DIP NAILS STARTER KIT– I use Revel Nail. The kit comes with Step 1 Pro Base, Step 2 Activator & Step 3 Finishing Gel, gel thinner and a .5 oz color of your choice.
  • CLEAR DIP POWDER– optional, but helps with creating a more uniform color when used as a base.
  • NAIL FILES– I use both 180 and 120/140
  • NAIL DRILL– optional, but helpful when fixing edges and when removing dip powder later on.
  • POWDER BRUSH– any fluffy brush will do, helps brush away excess powder to prevent build up.
  • ACETONE– needed to remove dip powder.
  • PAPER TOWEL- makes for easy clean up and protects your work surface.
First layer of dip powder applied to 3/4 of nail bed in Revel Nail D75- Vivien (clear)

1.PREP YOUR NAILS- Push back cuticles, then using a 180 grit file, shape nails and then file nail surface gently until there is no shine. Apply acetone to a small piece of paper towel and rub each nail (this helps to dehydrate your nail and help the dip powder stick).

2. FIRST LAYER- Using Step 1 Pro Base, apply a thin layer to 3/4 of nail, avoiding the cuticle area and dip in clear powder (do this one at a time as the Pro Base dries quickly). Tap finger to remove excess powder. After about 30 seconds, gently use powder brush to remove any additional powder from nail. This helps to avoid build up around the cuticle area.

**If you don’t have clear you can do this with the colored powder as well. But I find that doing the first layer with clear helps to keep a more uniform color across the nail)

After activator has been applied to dip nails, before shaping.

3. SECOND & THIRD LAYER- This time using Step 1 Pro Base, apply a thin layer all over the nail, and dip in colored powder. Tap away excess and after about 30 seconds use powder brush to remove any additional powder. To keep your Pro Base from getting thick and polluted with powder, be sure to wipe the brush off on a lint-free paper towel between every application. Repeat for a second layer of color.

**Wipe away any Pro Base that gets on your cuticles or skin before dipping, as the powder will stick to anywhere you applied the Pro Base. If you find that there is a build up of powder on the sides of your nails, I like to use a nail brush (pictured above) to remove the build up between layers in addition to the powder brush, Just be sure you give the Pro Base & powder ample time to set before using, about 1 minute.

4. ACTIVATOR- Using Step 2 Activator, apply generously to each nail and cap off the ends. Let dry 1 minute.

5. SHAPE- Using 180 grit nail file, file sides and edges of nails to push away from cuticles. Using nail drill, smooth out cuticle edges and any major bumps (if you don’t have a drill or don’t have any major imperfections you can use the 180 grit nail file instead). Then using 120 or 140 grit continue to smooth out nail. Apply Step 2 Activator again to each nail and let dry 2 minutes.

**There is no need to buff the nail to a perfect shine, you just want the overall shape to be cleaned up.

Finished product! (Revel Nail’s DP241- Desire)

6. FINISHING GEL- Wipe nails with a lint free paper towel to remove any excess Activator. Then, apply your first layer of Step 3 Finishing Gel in 2-3 quick strokes, avoiding the cuticle area and wiping the brush on a paper towel before re-inserting into the bottle. Let dry 15 seconds. Then apply a more detailed thin layer, getting close to, but not touching the cuticle. Repeat on all fingers. Let dry 2 minutes. Apply favorite cuticle oil to all fingers and rub all over nail.

And there you have it! Your own dip powder manicure that you can do over and over for the fraction of the cost at any nail salon.