Dip Powders Vs. Gel Polishes – Which Is Best To Use This Wintery Christmas?

It’s the most wonderful time of year again, where festivities are everywhere and that includes your manicure. 

With that being said, which polish will keep your nails looking great this wintery Christmas? Gel polish or a dip powder? The answer to this question is not as easy as you might think! We’ll go over some pros and cons for both types of nail polishes so you can decide which one works best for you. Will it be gel nails or Christmas dip powder nails for you this winter season?

Types of Manicure

Once it dries completely, your nails will feel solid and stiff, like acrylic nails. Dip powder manicures are most popular because they last longer than gel coats, and you don’t have to wait for them to dry before continuing with your day-to-day tasks. However, since dip powders do not require a UV light or heat lamp as part of the process, this type of manicure is more prone to chipping and peeling.


Gel polish is applied like traditional nail enamel; it takes about two coats to achieve good coverage and a third for extra shine. This type of manicure usually lasts between one and four weeks (although I’ve had some that last as long as three months!) Depending on your nail growth and the thickness of your gel polish, you might have to go in for a fill-in every few weeks. The biggest drawback with gel nails is that they require an LED light or heat lamp to set; this type of manicure can take anywhere from five minutes up to twenty minutes!


Dip powder coats offer a couple of advantages over gel polishes: they’re slightly less expensive since you don’t need to buy an LED or heat lamp; your salon will probably already have this type of equipment. They also typically last longer.

Gel polishes, on the other hand, offer a couple of advantages over dip powders: they’re less likely to damage your nails and sensitive skin since there aren’t any harsh chemicals involved in their application; you don’t need to wait for them to dry before continuing with your day-to-day activities. They also last longer (about one to four weeks, depending on the thickness of your coat).

Which is Better for Winter?

So now that we’ve explained what each type of manicure offers, which option do you think would work best in the wintertime? Since dip powders don’t require a UV or heat lamp as gel polishes do, it’s safe to say that they’re a better choice for wintertime activities like skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating. If you need to get your nails done before going out on the slopes or hitting the trails, gel manicures probably aren’t an option because it takes too long. Instead of worrying about peeling polish or chipped enamel while trying to have fun, go with a dip powder manicure!

A Few More Things You Might Want to Know…

If you want a full-coverage polish that’s chip-proof and won’t damage your nails or skin, gel polishes are the way to go. If you need something long-lasting but don’t have much time for sitting around while it dries, dip powders might be a better choice. Whatever you decide to do this winter season, don’t forget that having fun and staying active is the most important! Ensure to protect your nails with gloves when playing in the snow or doing other things where they could get damaged.


So now that you know what each type of manicure is, the pros and cons associated with them, and which one might be best for winter activities like skiing or snowboarding, it’s up to you to decide which one offers the most benefits. If having full-coverage, long-lasting perfection is important to you, go with gel polish. If you value affordability and time, go with a dip powder manicure. DIY nail kits can help you DIY your own nails without going to a nail salon or spa for a Christmasy look!