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Top 10 At-Home Manicure Kits

10 Easy-To-Use Nail Kits For The Perfect At-Home Manicure

10 Easy-To-Use Nail Kits For The Perfect At-Home Manicure

There's no arguing that the professional handiwork of an in-salon manicure is unmatched. It'll look pristine because it's done by an expert, and all those paraffin wax treatments, gritty scrubs, and sleep-inducing hand massages just feel plain good. But sometimes, whether it be budget constraints or closed salons due to COVID, making a trip to your nail tech simply isn't the best option. But don't lose hope or let your cuticles suffer—as long as you're armed with the right tools, beautiful DIY manicures are indeed possible.

From travel-friendly tool kits that can handle unexpected breaks to more extensive options for full-on nail care and color, there are tons of at-home manicure sets out there that can completely change the way you feel about doing your own nails. To prove it, we've rounded up a list of the 10 options shoppers have been raving about since the start of the pandemic and all things at-home beauty. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned professional or prefer gel polish over traditional, the nail kits and sets below will help you to create the perfect mani anytime, anywhere.

How We Found The Best At-Home Manicure Kits

To create this list, we consulted our super smart and unbiased algorithm. The proprietary tool identifies products based on data from a variety of sources, including best-seller lists, expert reviews, and social media—that's how we know these nail kits truly are the crème de la crème. Keep scrolling to see which 10 made the cut.

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January 25, 2022

Words:Kate Ferris

Product Expert:Georgia Jones

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The Rankings

Nails Inc. Manicure & Pedicure Must Haves Setsephora.com

Nails Inc. Manicure & Pedicure Must Haves Set

Our Score3.1

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: It may be more minimal than the rest of the options on the list, but this set from Nails Inc. has a lot to offer. It works well for both hands and feet, and it comes with a gel-like polish topper and a quick-dry top coat for salon-like results.

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: Another thing worth noting is that the base coat doubles as a heavy-hitting nail strengthener. It's formulated with high levels of rich active oils to deliver intense relief to damaged nails, and just three weeks of use is all it takes to get them looking healthy again.

Tenoverten The Manicure Kit

Our Score3.17

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: Just in case the beautiful branding isn't enough to convince you, we'll also leave you with this: Tenoverten's manicure kit comes with a base coat, nail strengthener, file, and buffer, as well as elevated extras like quick dry drops and the brand's coveted rose-scented polish remover wipes.

ABOUT THE BRAND: Tenoverten is all about conscious beauty, which is why every product offering is recyclable, vegan, naturally scented, and free of parabens, phthalates, silicones, and sulfates.

Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Lab Nail Treatment Set

Our Score3.21

WHO IT'S FOR: One of the best things about in-salon manicures is the expert cuticle care, and this kit makes it achievable at home. Complete with a hydrating oil, an exfoliating treatment, a nourishing repair cream, and a stainless steel cuticle pusher, it's perfect for the person whose nail beds could use a bit of rehab.

USER REVIEW: "I have only been using this for about two weeks, and I am FLOORED. My cuticles look neat and healthy, and I was able to grow my nails past my fingertips for the first time in YEARS. I was not expecting such dramatic results."

Keiby Citon Manicure Set

Our Score3.32

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: It doesn't get more thorough than this. At just $10 a pop, this kit comes with everything you could possibly need to achieve the perfect manicure at home. Plus, it's housed in a super-handy carrying case that's great for travel and looks cute, too.

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: At about the size of your hand, this set is small enough to throw in your purse, your car, or your desk. And considering the price, you could throw one in all three.

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Sally Hansen Salon Pro Gel Starter Kit

Our Score3.34

WHO IT'S FOR: If you're a gel manicure devotee, consider this all-inclusive kit that even comes with its own LED light. It might seem too good to be true at just $56 (aka the price of one in-salon manicure), but reviewers rave that the results are next-level.

USER REVIEW: "This kit has everything you need and is so easy to get started with! I've had my nails done for a few days now, banging them on hard surfaces while moving, and they haven't budged or scratched at all. I am so surprised at how good quality this set is, and I'm looking forward to buying many more colors of polish to use with it!"

Sundays Manicure Kit

Our Score3.36

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: Housed in a pretty branded bag, the Sundays Manicure Kit comes with a quick dry oil, glass file, soy polish remover, buffer, and cotton pads for a fail-safe on-the-go mani experience. Pop it in your carry-on or purse, and you'll always be prepared when you need a mani on the move.

HELPFUL TIP: Pair it with a classic nail color—we'd go with the brand's cult-favorite, award-winning polish in the shade Chili.

Bare Hands The Dry Gloss Manicure Kit

Our Score3.47

WHO IT'S FOR: If you're all about the beautifully bare look, opt for this minimalist kit. It comes with everything you'll need for healthy-looking nails: polisher's glass, wooden cuticle sticks, and an oil to hydrate, condition cuticles, and add natural shine.

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: The inspiration for this kit came about when Bare Hands founder, Suzanne Shade, was in art school. She discovered the hazards of turpentine and other oils that weren't only used in art supplies—but also beauty products. So a simplified, long-lasting, and low-maintenance way to approach nail care was born.

Le Mini Macaron Le Maxi Deluxe Gel Manicure Set

Our Score3.61

WHAT IT DOES: Le Mini Macaron couldn't be cuter, but don't be fooled by its petite size. The little LED lamp cures one-step gel polish dry in 60 seconds, and the results last about two weeks. Plus, the glossy, salon-quality colors that go with it combine a base coat, color, and top coat in one bottle.

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: If we haven't already made this abundantly clear, this gel mani set couldn't be more perfect for travel thanks to the size and three-in-one polishes.

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Tweezerman Mini Nail Rescue Kit

Our Score3.62

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: This compact kit has all the basics and none of the fluff—think clippers, a file, cuticle pusher, and hangnail snipper. Bonus: the mini sizes and carrying case make it a breeze to travel with.

USER REVIEW: "I love this rescue kit. I can keep it in my purse and easily find it. The worst is when you're somewhere and split a nail and can't do anything about it. This bad boy has already saved me twice!"

Olive & June The Mani System

Our Score3.67

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: While not the cheapest set on the list, Olive & June's Mani System is definitely the most comprehensive. It includes a nail file, buffer, clean-up brush, polish remover pot, poppy tool, cuticle serum, nail clippers, and a top coat, plus your choice of one to seven Olive & June nail colors—which are top-notch, by the way.

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: The poppy tool is Olive & June's patented universal polish bottle handle that makes painting the nails on your dominant hand super easy.

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