The Best Gel Nail Kits For A DIY Mani

Doing a quick at-home mani is one thing, but a full set of gel nails is another. Or is it? These days there are a plenty of kits out there claiming to be able to help you achieve the same look. From the ones promising seamless removal to the affordable options delivering a plump and glossy effect, we’ve rounded up five of the best…

Manucurist Nomad Full Kit Green Flash Easy Removal, £69

Best For: Easy Removal

Why It’s Popular: The latest gel kit causing a stir in the beauty sphere, this one delivers the effects of a gel manicure, while also letting you remove polish with a traditional swipe and go formula – no foil or acetone required. Stocked with everything you need, the easy four-step process takes a maximum of 40 minutes from start to finish – with each step fully explained as you go. Expect your polish (which is completely clean with zero toxic ingredients) to last at least ten days before you see any signs of dulling or chipping. Plus, it’s chic and compact. 

Where To Buy: UK.Manucurist.com 

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Le Mini Macaron DIY Gel Manicure Kit, £34.99

Best For: Simplicity & Travel 

Why It’s Popular:  Le Mini Macaron is well-loved for its simple nail kits, but this one reigns supreme, as it allows you to use it on both your hands and feet. Simply pull out the bottom tray for a pedicure. Unlike others on this list, it’s also powered via a USB, ideal for those who regularly find themselves on-the-go. You don’t need a base coat either, so expect speedy, but professional results that last just over a week. 

Where To Buy: FeelUnique.com

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Mylee Complete Professional Gel Nail Polish Kit, £89.99

Best For: A Salon-Worthy Finish

Why It’s Popular: You’ve likely spied Mylee polishes at salons before, so with this kit, you know you’re getting professional-level formulas. This set comes highly recommended for beginners, as it’s easy to use and comes with straightforward instructions. The lamp cures in 30-seconds for a glossy finish that lasts up to three weeks. It also utilises LED instead of UV, which is better for both your skin and nails. The best bit? It comes with a selection of suits-all shades to get you started. 

Where To Buy: Amazon.co.uk 

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Sensationail Deluxe Gel Starter Kit, £89.99

Best For: Longevity & Shine

Why It’s Popular: Ideal for those who are serious about their nails, this clever kit brings the salon to you with 10 full-size polishes, a lamp, remover and all the essential prep tools. Ideal for those looking to commit to the DIY option long-term, we found our polish lasted for two weeks before it began to fade or chip. Just be careful when you put your hands into the lamp – it’s quite snug, so you want to avoid catching any colour on the rim. 

Where To Buy: Boots.co.uk 

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Red Carpet Manicure Professional LED Kit, £89.95

Best For: Overall Results 

Why It’s Popular: Lauded for its professional results, this simple, yet effective set ticks all the boxes. Complete with detailed instructions, all the products are high-quality and easy to use. You’ll find the results last you at least two weeks, while the glossy shine is unbeatable. It comes with remover and foil wraps, too, so you’re never caught out when it comes to straightforward removal. 

Where To Buy: LookFantastic.com 

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