6 of the Best Acrylic Nails Kits You Can Try At Home

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Acrylic Nails Kits

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This has everything you could ever need for a perfect acrylic manicure, all in one kit, including 12 polishes, and nail tools.
Best for Beginners:
Mia Secret Acrylic Kit at Amazon
If you're looking for your first acrylics kit, this all-inclusive, DIY, comprehensive set is the one for you.
Perfect your acrylic nail technique with a kit that provides a variety of brushes, and powders.
The worst part of nail art is the terrible chemical odor, but not with this odorless kit.
This kit is ideal for those with sensitivities to odor; no fumes here!
Learn to do long-lasting acrylics at home, with pro-level products.
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At-home manicures don't have to be boring. You can play around with gel polishes, dip powder kits, and even acrylics. The latter might sound intimidating for a beginner, but with the right tools (and some patience) you can achieve nail salon-worthy results right from your living room.

“With some practice, doing your own acrylic nails at home can be beneficial,” says Jackie Truong, co-founder of LeChat Nails. “Acrylics can provide a strong coating and protect weak nails,” she adds. Plus, becoming your own nail technician can save you some major dough.

Meet the Expert

Jackie Truong is the co-founder of LeChat Nails, the company behind cutting-edge products such as the Gelée Powder Gel System, Perfect Match Gel Polish & Nail Lacquer, and thermal-activated Mood changing polishes.

Before you start diving in, it’s important to find an acrylic nail kit that has all the bells and whistles. “A basic nail kit should not only include the products—prep solution, primer, powders, and top coat—but should also have the tools,” says Truong. “Make sure your kit includes an application brush, file, buffers, and nail tips.” And remember—practice makes perfect. “Practice your technique on artificial plastic tips first to familiarize yourself with the product’s consistency and drying time,” says Truong.

Pick a kit that comes with a variety of nail lengths, colors, and designs so you can mix it up. And don't overlook the tools you'll need—many kits come with tweezers and cuticle forks to make application and care easier.

Here, the best acrylic nail kits that’ll have you going pro.

Best Overall: COSCELIA Acrylic Nail Kit

Coscelia Acrylic Powder Glitter Nail Art Kit

Shades: Clear, pink, and white | Dry Time: ≈ 10 minutes

Long, short, flashy, or simple—this nail kit gives you the flexibility to achieve any look you want. With 12 glitter colors, a slew of nail tools, a nail tips cutter, and more, you’re well-equipped to get a salon-quality set of nails.

Best for Beginners: Mia Secret Acrylic Nail Kit

Shades: Clear | Dry Time: ≈ 10 minutes

If you’re totally new to the DIY nail acrylic game, this kit is for you. It comes with a full set of false nails and all the treatments you could need to customize them. Because the acrylic powder is clear, you can choose to go minimal or add a little extra something.

Best All-in-One: Creamoon 42 in 1 Nail Art Set

Shades: Clear, pink, and white | Dry Time: ≈ 10 minutes

Everything you could need in an acrylic nail kit is right here. Perfect your technique with a variety of brushes and polymer powders—all from the comfort of your couch. And with a slew of glitters, colors, and stones, you’ve got the freedom to accomplish any design.

Best Odorless: Beauty Secrets Odorless Acrylic Nail Kit

Beauty Secrets Odorless Acrylic Nail Kit

Shades: Pink and white | Dry Time: ≈ 10 minutes

Hands down, the worst part about getting acrylics is the smell. And the sheer idea of that chemical odor lingering in your home? No, thank you. Thankfully, this odorless kit eliminates that pungent scent, which means you can actually breathe when you apply. Plus, reviewers report that the acrylic powder and white tips are ideal for a French manicure.

Best Odorless, Runner-Up: Gleam Labs Deluxe Odorless Acrylic Sculptured Nail Student Kit

Gleam Labs Deluxe Odorless Acrylic Nail Student Kit

Shades: White and pink | Dry Time: ≈ 10 minutes

A reviewer raves that the products in this kit are completely odorless—no fumes here! This professional-grade kit is used by beauty students to practice for their boards, which means it’s an ideal choice for DIYers at every level.

Best Drugstore: KISS Complete Acrylic Sculpture Kit

KISS Complete Salon Acrylic Kit

Shades: Clear | Dry Time: ≈ 10 minutes

When it comes to long-lasting acrylic nails, this affordable kit takes the cake. Reviewers find that the nail glue is pretty powerful—one even reports that her KISS nails stayed on longer than other brands.

For safe removal, Truong recommends using a 100-grit file to remove a layer of product from each nail. Then, place a cotton ball saturated with removal solution on top of each nail and cover with foil. After 10-15 minutes of soaking, remove the foil and cotton ball, and gently push off the remaining product.

Final Verdict

Applying your own acrylics at home is no easy feat—especially if you’re a newbie—which is why we recommend the Mia Secret Acrylic Nail Kit for anyone just starting out. It comes with a full set of false nails, plus all the treatments you’ll need to achieve your own custom look. If you have a little more experience (or are simply up for the challenge), a solid choice is the Coscelia Acrylic Nail Kit, which comes with everything you need to create a show stopping set of nails—including 12 glittery shades. And finally, for those looking to get a bit more creative in the nail art department, check out the Nail Designs Acrylic Nail Art Kit Manicure Set. It comes stocked with plenty of colors, designs, and application tools to create any design your heart desires.

Truong’s biggest piece of advice: Be patient. “A good set of nails for a beginner can take up to two hours. Professionals average about 45 minutes to an hour.” So make sure you have the time to practice and apply.

FAQ
  • How do you use acrylic nail kits?

    All acrylic nail kits follow roughly the same methodology, though they vary in terms of steps and the hardening process. Having said that, it usually goes something like this: push your cuticles back, buff your nails, attach the tips with glue (optional), apply the primer, activator, and/or monomer, coat your nails with dip powder, allow them to set, then shape them with a file.

  • How much do acrylic nail kits usually cost?

    Acrylic nail kits cost anywhere from around $10 to roughly $100. Budget-friendly systems (between $10 and $40) typically come with the basics: one to three dip powders, three to five liquids, and potentially some tools. Pricier kits (in the $50 to $100 range) often include more dip powders, tips, nail glue, additional tools, and sometimes a practice finger.

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