Those who consider manicures to be self-care are improvising to get that nail salon rush. You might have given yourself a cuticle detox and maintained your nail health the best you could. Or, you could have a very spiraled situation on your hands (literally). Either way, this is where investing home manicure kits might be a smart move.
I want to stress investment here because while throwing down for a polish multi-pack may not be cheap up front, it’s long-term wallet friendly. Let’s face it, for the salons that are even open right now, prices are kind of skyrocketing. While it doesn’t mean you have to divorce from those massage chairs, it might be a good time to hit pause on the salon manicures, especially if you’re squeamish.
But we understand that this might be new territory for some of you and you might need to start fresh with all the supplies. For the best DIY manicure you can muster, here are some home manicure kits that’ll make it look easy (and fabulous)!
The best at-home manicure kits
Oh, and when we say everything, we mean everything. Well, okay, nearly. The Everything Box allows you to draw six shades from Olive and June’s vast collection of 7-free polishes alongside a topcoat, a cuticle oil, and more. If your nail polish collection is currently dried up half-bottles of Wet n’ Wild from the Dark Ages, look no further. Olive & June even helpfully grouped polishes by difficulty level, so the most unsteady fingers can nail it.
Shop now: Olive and June The Everything Box, $80
Let’s say that you have a whole rainbow of colors but you also have a big time splatter problem. If coloring within the lines has never been your forte, OPI’s simple home manicure kit is a worthwhile buy.
Shop now: OPI Nail At Home Manicure Kit Essentials, $17
3. Ella+Mila Nail Care Collection, $39
Super cute, 7-free, and vegan, Ella + Mila’s Nail Care Collection is here to give your cuticles some serious TLC. Among your classic matte top, base, and top cop coat, it features cuticle oil and cleansing nail prep solution. Oh, and if you’re can’t bear to smear your polish while running out the door, their quick-dry drops should take care of that.
Shop now: Ella + Mila Nail Care Collection, $39
RIP Gel Manicures, the go-to choice for those of us who have a zero tolerance policy for chipping (and money, you know it isn’t cheap). Butter London’s gel mani step is here to step in with some Absolute Basics shades and a gel lacquer lamp of your very own. It may not look salon professional at first, but it might at least survive washing the dishes.
Shop now: Butter London Easy DIY Gel Manicure Bundle, $69
5. The Bernadette Thompson Hand and Nail Treatment Kit, $110
Beyond sleek and chic, this Bernadette Thompson set is for those who truly demand the best for their digits. Flanked by two eccentric shades (Lady in Red and Man Ray) and the usual top-base set of polishes, it includes a cuticle cream and a strong and moisturizing nail polish remover. To top it all off? A lux cuticle oil containing argan oil, cottonseed oil, almond oil, avocado oil, and vitamins A, D, and E.
Shop now: The Bernadette Thompson Hand and Nail Treatment Kit, $110
Okay, so maybe what’s lacking in your life is the right tools to clip, shape, and care for your nails the right way. If that’s your issue, grabbing a simple mani-pedi set like this pack by Glamsquad should cover all the bases. And props for including multiple hot pink emery boards; I’m always losing those little sandpapery monsters.
Shop now: GSQ By Glamsquad Manicure and Pedicure Set, $17
Finally, one for the people who don’t really care about the color aspect of their manicures, they really just want nails that are strong, long, and well cared for. If you’re in love with a clean and simple look, you’ll love the clear and simple Polisher featured here; it’s meant to scrape up gunk from the top of your nail. Finish it off with their signature cuticle oil in citrusy Citrine, or Unscented if you want a real minimalist approach.
Shop now: Bare Hands The Dry Gloss Manicure Kit, $39
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