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Builder Gel Vs. Dip Powder

Builder Gel Vs. Dip Powder

The world of nail products is constantly evolving, and at Glitterbels, we strive to stay at the forefront of the industry by examining the products we manufacture and also those that we don’t. Among the many options available to nail technicians and their customers, builder gel (which we manufacture) and dip powder (which we don't) have emerged as popular choices due to their durability, aesthetics, and application techniques. As professionals, understanding the nuances between these two can aid us when clients ask about the differences between competing nail systems, so let’s dive right in and find out,  

Builder gel is a staple in the arsenal of nail enhancement products, celebrated for its versatility and strength. This medium-viscosity gel is self-levelling and offers a balance between flexibility and durability, making it an ideal choice for nail extensions, overlays, and as a strengthening agent for natural nails. The key advantage of using builder gel is its ability to create a more natural look while providing the support needed for daily wear. Its formulation allows for controlled application, ensuring precision and a flawless finish every time.

In contrast, dip powder, also known as SNS (Signature Nail Systems), is a nail enhancement that has become favoured for its no-cure, chip-resistant finish and its ability to add thickness and durability to the nail. Unlike builder gel, dip powder does not require UV light for curing. Instead, the process involves applying a base coat, dipping the nail into coloured powder, and then sealing it with a top coat. This method results in a durable, long-lasting finish. However, dip powder lacks the flexibility of builder gel, and removal involves soaking and filing, which can be more time-consuming compared to the simpler removal process of builder gel.

As we have seen Builder Gel and Dip Powders are very different products. Dip Powder is often used by consumers at home where as Builder Gel tends to be the preserve of the nail technician. Builder Gel’s self-levelling properties minimise the time spent on application and filing, allowing nail professionals to maximise their efficiency without compromising on quality. The flexibility of Builder Gel ensures comfortable wear for clients, making it an excellent choice for both natural nail overlays and extensions.

When it comes to removal, both builder gel and dip powder have their processes. Builder gel, including our HEMA Free version, is usually removed by gently filing down the product and then soaking the nails in acetone, which helps to ensure the natural nail remains undamaged. This method is straightforward and preserves the health of the nail beneath. Dip powder, on the other hand, requires a similar soaking process but often involves more filing to break through its tougher, more durable surface. This can be a bit more time-consuming and requires a careful approach to maintain nail integrity. Each method should be undertaken by a qualified nail technician to ensure it's done safely and effectively. 

Dip powder has its strengths for creating tough, long-lasting nails. However, Builder Gel, including our HEMA Free option, is unbeatable for easy application, versatility, and durability. It’s ideal for crafting unique nail designs that stand out. At Glitterbels, innovation is our mission. We’re excited about bringing new, standout products to the market. Watch this space for what’s coming in 2024!