Are you singing the song in your head now? (“Da’ Dip” – a 1996 classic).
I started using the Revel Nail at home dip powder system about a year ago (I got the starter kit and added on colors from there). We had been sheltering in place for over a month, we were home all day every day with a brand new baby, and I needed something that was just for me to make me feel a little more put together. My friend Kelly had been doing her own nails at home here and there, so she recommended the Revel kit. I have always loved getting my nails done, and I keep them painted all the time – so I figured I would take a stab at it!
Of course, shipping times were delayed because everyone had decided to start doing their nails at home since salons were closed – so I joined the Revel Nail Facebook group, where I scoured posts daily while I waited for my kit to arrive. I googled, pinned, and watched tutorials (I found this one to be most helpful for when I did my first manicure). My first manicure took me almost 3 hours – insane – but now I’ve been dipping at home for over a year and a manicure takes me about an hour or an hour and a half from start to finish, including prep time. I still use it as my “me” time, and typically my manicures last at least 10-14 days without any issues. My favorite thing is that when I’m done with my top coat, a few minutes later my nails are just totally dry with no issues. No UV lights, no drills, and so many pretty colors to choose from. Some of my favorite at-home manicures are below!
This is absolutely NOT a sponsored post – Revel Nail has no clue who I am and I am not legit enough for brands to reach out to me. I am just a really satisfied customer who wants everyone to feel confident to try this for themselves if they’re interested! It’s not for everyone, but I have loved it and will continue to keep doing my own! I have a few girlfriends who are all obsessed with Revel’s products, and I have told everyone I know about it. The company has great customer service, and their loyalty program is great for collecting points and rewards.
If you’re interested in getting started, I would suggest the Revel Nail Starter Kit, and the following items from Amazon or wherever else you can find them (Revel sells some of these things, too):
- Acetone to remove your manicure when you’re ready or when it starts to lift or chip. Use some acetone in a gallon size baggie with a dish scrubber square and some olive oil to help protect your skin. Put the baggie – with your hands in it – inside a bowl with water as hot as you can stand it to help the acetone do its job better. Scrub scrub! The most annoying part of the whole thing.
- Blue Cross cuticle remover – Before you start your manicure, you want to prep your nails and cuticles! You’ll also need a cuticle trimmer and cuticle pusher for this step. I use my cuticle trimmer throughout the manicure to make corrections, too!
- Mini block files – to buff your nails after you use step 2 of the system. You will need to buff everything to one smooth layer. These are perfect to use for one manicure or even two, and you’ll never run out!
- A powder brush to dust off excess powder, dust hands after buffing, etc. Also get a cheap toothbrush – I use the toothbrush after the powder brush to brush off my nails between dip layers (I usually do 3 layers on average). The toothbrush cleans it up a bit better and keeps my nails smoother so I don’t have to do as much buffing.
- Cuticle oil to keep your cuticles healthy and moisturized. Use after your manicure and daily! This is the one I have and it will last FOREVER. It smells amazing!
- Nail files – you’ll need one finer grit and one medium grit. I recently bought the ones on Revel’s site and I really like the curve and the way they work.
- You’ll also need lots of toothpicks! Toothpicks are THE SECRET to perfect cuticle lines. Run the tip of the toothpick around your cuticle immediately after you dip on each nail. Have a paper towel to the side to wipe the toothpick off between fingers.
For the French manicure, or if you’re interested in doing any color marbling, etc., you’ll need the french manicure mold – I was intimidated to use it, but it was so easy! The Revel site and Facebook group have great tutorials you can watch first. Make sure you have good light, a surface to work on, and some paper towels underneath for all the powder that will get everywhere! I like to set up a little work station before every manicure.
Happy dipping! I would love to see your at home manicures if you end up trying the Revel system. I’m a believer!
The Amazon links in this post are affiliate links that I can earn commission from – but I have purchased all of these things previously (some repeatedly), so I am backing them up honestly!