SNS — Signature Nails System. Actually a brand of powder application, so we will be calling this process Dip Powder from here on. It is a type of manicure that involves repeatedly dipping  your nails into a powder that then hardens on your nail. Much like a gel but without the UV light. Yeah!!

How to Apply Dip Powder

You can enjoy this treatment on acrylics, natural nails or nail tips. It will work effectively for all types. This process will involve you applying a base bonding solution to your already groomed nails. Each finger is then dipped into a clear nail powder, then the bonding resin and then the powder process is repeated (with color added if desired)

A list of supplies needed for the dip powder nail treatment includes:

  • Nail file and buffer
  • Tips and nail glue (if your doing tips)
  • Dip powder natural and color
  • Bond
  • Base coat
  • Seal Protect
  • Top coat
  • A nourishing oil ( for cuticles too )
  • Cotton pads
  • Acetone

Always start by preparing your nails. Filing, shaping and buffing your nails.

Apply your bond to each fingernail, this works like a primer. Then apply your base to 3/4 of your nail, leaving the base of your nail clear. Immediately dip your fingernail into your natural dip powder. Apply your base again to your whole nail. Make sure you get right up to the cuticle so the color will be on your whole nail.

Hopefully you have chosen which color you would like because this is when you dip your fingernail into your color powder. Again apply your base to your whole nail. Dip your fingernail into your colored powder again. Apply your base again to your whole nail. Now you can let your nails air dry. Just a few minutes is all that is needed.

Next apply your seal protect. File and buff to smooth out any bumps or groves. You can wash your hands or use a pad with alcohol to wipe away any residues. Apply your seal protect again. Wipe clean again and apply your top coat. Your finishing step is to apply your nourishing oil.

You can get creative and dip into one color then the next dip into another color, creating your own color variations. Some of us like to have clear nails so yes you can SNS clear nails just leave out the color adding portion of your application process.


  • Less messy – Great for the less artistic like myself. The dipping process is simple and requires less clean up. No need for extra swabs or simply peel.
  • Odor free – Similar to standard products, but the powders are entirely odor free. There is just a slight odor to the rest of the materials used in this process.
  • Comfort –  The fact that you can do this yourself and get acrylic looking nails is great. Always more comfortable in your own home.
  • Time –  From not having to cure to not having to drive to the salon, you are going to save time.
  • Creativity – A new and emerging trend that you will find is now easier to get a hold of tutorials and videos showing you how to use this process creatively. I started using this process with a video myself.
  • Vibrant – The grains of the powders are incredibly fine which makes the colors a lot more vibrant than your traditional gels and acrylic nails.
  • No UV – I think this is the best part of using dip powders. If you are as concerned as I am about exposure to UV rays that can cause skin cancer like gel and acrylics that require that UV exposure then you might find it is better to use a dip powder process.

How much is SNS? I want to introduce you to a great way to begin using this process:  Kiara Sky Dip System Color Starter Kit

Comes with everything you need to get started and extra brushes and a brush cleaner!

Does SNS Damage Your Nails? 

Damage to your nails most commonly occurs during the removal process. To remove dip powder, your nails need to be soaked in acetone for 10 to 15 minutes, which will make them brittle and dehydrated. Make sure you are diligent about applying a rejuvenating nail serum and a cuticle oil to keep both your nail and nail bed strong and nourished. 

Dip powders have risen in popularity because it lasts anywhere from three to four weeks. Unlike a gel, you won’t have any of that lifting that’s found around the second week or so.

Is SNS good for your nails? It is a healthy or natural alternative to Shellac or gel manicures? In actual fact the concept has been around for many years and is just an adjusted application of acrylic manicures. So, in answering this question you just have to make sure that you follow a strict but healthy removal process.

A huge risk for dip nail manicures is sanitation. It is terribly unsanitary for nail techs to dip multiple clients fingers into the same container of powder. Pouring the product over their nails and allowing the powder to fall back into the container is also an easy way for nail infections to be passed between clients. If you notice your techs applying the dip powder in either of these ways, you need to find a different salon.

Materials Needed for Removal

  • Acetone (100%)
  • Aluminum foil – large enough to fit around the end of your finger.
  • Cotton balls
  • Nail file and buffer

Do not let your nail technician use a drill to file everything off. This damages the nail and it is actually painful. It is just a way for them to save time instead of doing the job the proper way.

  1. To begin gently file the uppermost layer of the nail. Stop after you have eliminated the shine. This will break the seal at the top of your nail and make the polish is easier to remove.
  2. Soak about ten cotton balls in a bowl with acetone. Making sure they are saturated.
  3. Put one cotton ball on your fingernail and wrap the it in a piece of the aluminum foil. Soaking the nail in the acetone.
  4. Repeat this process for each finger.
  5. Allow your nails to soak in the acetone for at least 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the foil and cotton ball by pressing down on the nail as you remove it. 
  7. Use another cotton ball with acetone to gently rub in a circular motion around the areas of your nails that still have polish remaining.
  8. PLEASE Do NOT scratch, scrape, pick at or otherwise force the polish from your nails. This will damage your natural nail bed.
  9. Wash your hands gently with soap and water to remove any remaining residues.

Is It Healthier for Your Nails

Is SNS better than gels or acrylics? The simple truth, it won’t hurt your nails any less than the other options out there but it does last longer than traditional polishes or gels. If you are looking to save time and/or money, then you might want to try using a dip powder next time.

I hope this gives you another alternative to beautiful nails. Leave me a message letting me know how yours turned out. I would love to see some pictures.

Blessed Be, Kari

What is SNS?

3 thoughts on “What is SNS?

  • June 13, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Love your post and thank you so much for the explanation on the powder, My nails are terrible and I have tried many things before, Shellac was the last thing I had on my nail and it lasted a long time but still I am always up for something better and I had not heard of this product before. I see you can actually order it from Amazon; I am gonna go ahead and order one and  I will let you know how I did. Thank you again!

    • June 13, 2019 at 1:07 PM

      Hello Barbara

      I am glad you like it, I really do to. You can do many things with it too. Be sure to let me know how much you like it after you try it for a bit. Be sure to keep your nails healthy in between your polishing. “Keeping it Natural”  Blessed Be Kari

  • June 13, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    Yeah indeed! Looks like a great alternative to UV light. I like that this product is less messy and odor free. That not only adds a better experience but reduces product wastefulness. It looks like you can really get artsy with this product and create some colorful patterns. I’m definitely bookmarking your Kiara Sky Dip link and will be sharing it with some friends as well, great work!


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