I Fell For The Nailboo Dip Powder Nails Instagram Ad

Posted November 17, 2020 by Prairie Wife - 48 comments

Nailboo dip nails

In a moment of weakness, I fell for the Nailboo Dip Powder Nails Instagram ad.

I tell you what, those Instagram ads are so darn accurate it’s scary!

And I’d be a big fat liar if I said this was the first time I fell for one 😉

It all happened in September while The Cowboy was gone Elk hunting. I had been contemplating what to do about my nails for an upcoming event.

It has been years since I have consistently had gel nails, and while naked nails don’t bother me, when I have an event I like to take my look to the next level.

Normally I spend about an hour doing my nails myself (it takes SO long for them to dry) and I carefully time it so that they will look good for the event. Sometimes I can even get a day or two more with no chips, but usually, after about 3 days I have to clean them off.

So…when I saw the Nailboo ad for their kit, and they talked about how easy it was, and I watched a few YouTube videos I decided I would try it.

The first time I did them (in true go big or go home Prairie Wife form) I tried to do an ombre look.

They turned out okay but not amazing…and lasted about a week before one chipped.

The next time I tried them, I kept it simple with one color on each nail and used a few tricks (I’ll leave them at the end) and they lasted more than two weeks with no issues.

Removal was a pain in the butt…but not any worse than gel nails, so I decided to get really invested in these and bought a few more colors.

As of right now I’ve been using this product for 3 months and loving it.

I’ve received multiple messages asking me about the product, so I thought I would share it with you here. I am NOT an affiliate or a partner with Nailboo.

My Nailboo nails last a solid two weeks, and so do Cowgirl G’s. Depending on how OCD you are about chips or growth I feel comfortable saying that you can probably get 3 weeks out of this product.

I haven’t seen any damage to my nails and I usually keep them naked for about 4 days to a week in between using this product.

It takes me around 30 minutes start to finish to do my nails and plan on an hour for removal (I told you it’s a pain).

What I’ve Learned:

  • Take time to rough up your nails.
  • Clean them with rubbing alcohol after you rough them up and before you apply your base.
  • Cap the edges and corners. Don’t know what that means? This link tells you.
  • Let them sit for a few minutes before you brush off the powder especially if you used a thick coat.
  • Do two coats of colored dip powder, and use the second one to fill in any spots you missed.
  • When your nails are coated with the color dip powder (but before you activate them) you can use an orange stick to even out your sides and the cuticle area. The dip is still a bit soft so you can push it or scrape a bit off.
  • After you activate the first time and let it sit for three minutes use a rough nail file to really even out the top of your nail. This is the time to get rid of any bumps or unevenness that may have occurred. Don’t be afraid to go to town 😉
  • They really are ready for you to use to do anything (yes even shower or do dishes) about three minutes after you put that shiny topcoat on!
  • After you are totally done you can use a nail file to round off the cuticle areas or smooth the edges if they are bumpy.
  • Just use an orange stick to scrape off any extra residue on the skin under the tips of your nails.
  • I usually use a file to clean up the edges after about a week of growth to keep them looking neat.


Don’t count on perfection the first time you do this, but by the third time, you should have the hang of it.

So far I’ve loved all the colors we’ve bought, with my favorites being the soft grays and pinks…and the white was pretty awesome too.

Questions about the product I didn’t answer?

Ask them in the comments!

NOTE: I bought this steamer to help with removal. It worked pretty well but I would caution you to be gentle when scrapping off the powder so you don’t dig into your actual nail.

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48 thoughts on "I Fell For The Nailboo Dip Powder Nails Instagram Ad"

  1. Katie Phelps says:

    Thanks for the tips! This will be fun to try new styles and make them last longer! Love it!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Happy to help! Tag me in a pic if you try them 🙂

  2. kendall says:

    hi!! what do you mean by “rough up” your nails?? thank u for this post btw

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Use a nail file and rub it across them a few times to make them a bit rougher.

  3. Charell says:

    What is an orange stick? I might be asking an obvious question, I’m sorry. I just don’t know what you are referring to. 🙂

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      A wooden stick you can buy pretty cheap in bulk. Here is a link to Walmart so you can see what they are. https://www.walmart.com/ip/100x-Cuticle-Pusher-Orange-Wood-Stick-Manicure-Pedicure-Nail-Design-Eco-Tool/844603731

  4. tj says:

    Just to help with the removal process I learned you can put acetone in a ziplock bag and a paper towel. place each hand in one at a time for 7-9 min each and the color comes off.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I will totally try this! Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

    2. Jball819 says:

      Can you elaborate on this a little more? Do you soak the paper towel, wrap your hands then stick in the bag?

    3. Fay Edwards says:

      Thanks for your Suggestion on the acetone polish remover that was my problem not knowing how to remove the nail color.

      1. Prairie Wife says:

        I highly recommend trying the mani moo remover I linked to at the end, it was way easier and much healthier on my nails.

        1. Anonymous says:

          Hi! The link u provided for the “steamer” or nail remover, specifically says “not for use with DIP nails” so is this the correct one?? Does it work even though it says that it doesn’t?

          1. Prairie Wife says:

            It still works, just takes more time. I really do recommend the mani moo gel no more remover I feel like it’s by far the best solution.

    4. Diane mako says:

      Place the zip lock bag in very warm water when your hands are soaking in the bag. It speeds up the process,always oil cuticles after this process. I suggest coconut oil, or olive oil.

  5. Bernadette says:

    I follow the directions to a tee but the top coat takes 20-30 minutes to dry. Any ideas?

    1. Miranda says:

      I, too, have this issue and it’s fudged up my nails on multiple occasions.

      1. Jball819 says:

        I asked nailboo about this and they said that means not enough activator was used. The next time I cleaned the activator brush and made sure I had a good amount on each nail and it worked like a charm! But can’t get them to last longer than a week. I haven’t given up!

    2. Prairie Wife says:

      Mine never take more than a few minutes. Let me do some looking…

      1. Bernadette says:


  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much for this post. I fell for it too. But, I’m actually really loving them. THey are a huge pain to get off though. I didn’t anticipate that. ALso, if you don’t like the color you’re kind of stuck with it for two weeks, right? I think I’ll buy more colors but they are difficult to tell online. Sure beats waiting for nails to dry and then 6 hours later them still smudging!

    1. Christina says:

      I soaked mine in 100% acetone in a small bowl. Came off in 30 minutes

  7. Victoria Cunningham says:

    You mention whites, which ones are actually “white”? Love the tips, very helpful!! Thank you.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      “HEre’s a Tip” is the pure white.

  8. Alicia says:

    Do you know if you can use other powders with the boo product?

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I have never tried, but I don’t know why it wouldn’t work!

  9. Jordan says:

    How many applications are in a bottle?

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I would say at least 20 if not more.

  10. kristy says:

    I can’t find my top coat? (step 3)
    i’m in a bind can i use a regular clear gel top coat? thx

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I think so, but it may take longer to dry!

  11. Jessica says:

    When you say cap the edges, do you mean with the top coat or do we need to do that with the base as well?

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I do it with one of the base coats, one of the color and the top coat.

  12. Kimberly Lawson says:

    Is the natural look an option or do you HAVE to buy colors? Can you email my answer as I do t use Pinterest, please? I was on a Nailboo site and this popped up, so I watched it and THANK YOU


  13. Pam Martin says:

    I have a very physical life. I work with farm animals and I am very hard on my hands and nails. Any thoughts on how it would last with my lifestyle?

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      As a mom of 5 living in Wyoming I am pretty tough on them too. I get a solid week if not 10 days out of mine.

  14. Nan says:

    Use the rice method to remove….takes less than 10 Minutes!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I’m googling it now…

      1. Angela says:

        Has anyone tried to add extender tips and then do the dip? I tried it (my second time using the nailboo) and they literally popped off in less than a day. Wondering how I could get them to last longer?

        1. Prairie Wife says:

          I used them on my daughter, and the same thing happened…

  15. Donna says:

    I began purchasing these powders several months ago after deciding to do my own nails. I have 15 colors. The first couple of times I used it I loved it. HOWEVER, I am now tremendously frustrated!! I still love the powders, but the base and activator become problematic almost immediately. The brush in the base coat became hard and caused gloppiness. I am unable to get a nice finish. I contacted the company and got even more frustrated!! I asked why I was having problems and what I may have been doing wrong and what I got was “You have had the product over 30 days so we are unable to refund and replace the product.” I sent back a note saying I didn’t want that, but wanted to understand what I was doing wrong. Got a similar response to the first. After several back and forths I am convinced they aren’t even reading my emails, but reacting only. I would purchase the powders, but don’t want their base and activator which comes with the orders. You can buy both here on Amazon from other companies that do work well. So frustrated!!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I am sorry you are frustrated with their customer service…Have you used the “cleaner” on the brush? There is a bottle labeled “cleaner” and if you switch and use that brush (and leave the dirty one in that bottle closed up) it will work…you can keep doing that each time your brush gets clumpy.

      1. Dana Denise Bozzo says:

        I’ve just received my kit and have been waiting for someone to mention the CLEANER! There’s nothing in the instructions about it! Is that what it is for? The brushes? I’m excited to try but want to know exactly what I’m doing first!

        1. Prairie Wife says:

          yup! That base coat and top coat brush can get goopy so you just put it in there and trade out the one that is there and do it the next time etc…

          1. Carol Dillard says:

            Omg, thank you. I have such a hard time getting my base open because its hard as a rock. I could have been using the cleaner this whole time….wow, i feel like a dope…haha

  16. Adaliz says:

    Why is the top coat staying sticky?

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      If you use too much activator and don’t let it dry before you put on the top coat it will stay sticky.

  17. Anonymous says:

    How do you prevent lifting ? It never lasts more than a week for me. Is this where the roughing up the nails comes in?

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Yes I think that between the roughing them up and the two base coats that would help you a lot. Also, if you often wash dished or have your hands were for a lot of time that may be part of the issue too.

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