I’ve shared candidly that nail polish doesn’t often last very long on my fingers. Between naturally thin and weak nails, and a job that requires me to be relatively hard on my hands/nails, it’s hard for me to get more than just a few days out of my traditional nail polish.
The system that has worked the best for me for the longest time is Essie Gel Couture. It’s quick and simple, and I get usually get several days out of an application! Second to that, Londontown Lakur also lasts fairly long on me as well! And I love the color selection from Londontown.
So, I typically pay to have dip powder applied to my nails in order to get around 2-3 weeks out of it. It works better on me than gel, and there is a pretty decent color selection as well. I’ve tried doing my own dip powder manicures and I’m way too picky about the smooth and perfect finish in order to be satisfied. Plus I love supporting my nail tech and catching up with her when I go.
But recently I wanted to be able to find a polish system that I could do on my own and really let my nail nails get back to a healthier state. Dip powder is pretty rough on my nails, whether I take it off the correct way by soaking it in acetone or if they peel off.
A few followers recommended Dazzle Dry so I did a quick google and bought the mini kit to try it out!
I followed the steps on the included instruction pamphlet (clean nails, 2 coats of base coat, 2 coats of color, top coat) and was blown away about how well it applied and how long it lasted! I noticed tip wear first but had zero chips or lifts at the cuticle.
I’ve since expanded my color assortment and also bought Transform to try. Transform is an optional layer between base coat and color that creates a thicker, gel-like finish to the nails. I’m on the fence about whether or not it’s essential because I personally cannot tell a difference in longevity when I wear it or not. And the thickness isn’t dramatic enough for me either.
See a few of my favorite colors below!
My advice is to follow the steps in the kit exactly and make sure your nail beds are prepped and ready before you start! You can find my tips on how I prep my nails for polish on this post!