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With the stress of school, work, and the crazy status of life in general, no one should be ashamed of a little R&R. A mini pampering session does not hurt because everyone deserves one once in a while. So a month ago, just after New Year’s, I decided to go get my nails done. However, I wasn’t settling for just your basic $15 manicure that lasts little five minutes. No, I went hard and got the “boujee” dip powder nails for myself. And here’s how it went. 

For those who don’t know, dip powder nails are very similar to gel in that it is quite a few layers of polish like acylics, but they aren’t as flexible as gel nail polish. Dip powder is supposed to also last way longer than gel. I can’t really atest to that since I jumped straight to powder before trying gel nails or acrylics. So to describe the process, I went to the nail salon and picked a color from those cool nail selection palettes and chose a navy blue. Then the manicurist brought out a buffing tool to create a soft nail bed for the powder to stick onto. Then she put a primer on my nails and repeated the process of dip in blue powder and add clear base about three times until my nail was three layers thiccc. Yes, with three c’s. Unfortunately, I lost my first manicure picture, but I’ll get to how it looked in a second. 

Like I said, in comparison to gel or a regular mani, dip powder nails are THICCC. At first it took some getting used to the thickness, but I learned to love them. The whole process took about an hour and by the end, it only took them about five minutes to dry. Now with any nail job, the ultimate test is to see how long they last. For $40, I wanted to make sure I got my money’s worth especially as someone who works in retail and has to carry a lot of hangers and boxes and clothing that could totally mess up a standard mani in just a few minutes. But let me tell you that man, do those dip nails last. I got my nails done on January 5, and removed them today February 2. Here’s the end result.

Left Hand after almost a month

Right Hand after almost a month

So as you can see, yes my nails were severely grown out over a month. But if you look closely at the actual nails, there are zero chips. At all. These lasted so darn long and if you weren’t able to tell how grown out they actually were, I would’ve kept them longer. After removing them today, seeing the length my nails had grown out to was crazy since I never grow my nails out. But since these are thicker than normal manicures, if you get the dip powder and want to cut your nails, it’s not gonna work. You’ll just ruin the nail. That’s when you do have to go back to the salon and get them to remove it. That’s the one con with these nails. I will also show the really the only sign of chipping was on my thumb on the very edge of it. 

Right Hand Thumbnail

This was the extent of the chipping. So case in point, if you’re considering getting your nails done and would like to save yourself multiple trips a month to the salon or the pain of doing your own nails, I’d definitely give these a try. When done right, these nails last forever and are well worth the $40. 

Loralyn Narvaez is a California Native who previously attended UWB. Although she currently lives back in California, she served as Head Writer for the chapter publishing articles and writing her own. She recently graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and a Business minor and was Campus Correspondent for HC UCSD. She is currently attending CSU Fullerton pursuing her Master's Degree in Communications. Her interests include cosmetics, fashion, food, literature, linguistics, and Asian culture.
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