What Is The Difference Between Dip Powder and Acrylic?

Dip powder and acrylic are very similar. In fact, the powder can be used for both dip nails and acrylic. The main difference is how the powder is bonded to the nails. With dip powder the polish is secured to the nail with a resin based material that acts a glue, whereas with acrylic the polish is secured with a chemical monomer bonding agent. Acrylics are mostly accompanied by nail extensions whereas dip powder is commonly secured to the nail directly. Although both can be used in either method.

Another big difference is the cost and time investment needed for both manicures. Dip nails typically takes up to 40 minutes to do. On the other hand, acrylic can take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half to apply. So if you are in a time crunch dip is the way to go. While both options last long and do not chip, acrylic does last longer. 

At the end of the day, both are great options if you want nice nails that help you feel and look your best. It is always good to know the difference, but at the end of the day it really just comes down to a personal preference.