Today I thought it would be fun to do a little beauty review on a new nail service I tried recently: the Signature Nail Systems (SNS) manicure. I don’t typically get my nails done, but treated myself to this service while visiting family in VA because I thought it would be a fun experience to share here with you!
What is SNS?
Signature Nail Service is a type of manicure that involves repeated dipping of your nails into a colored powder that hardens into a matte finish on your nail. It’s fairly new to the nail salon world and is currently only available in a limited number of salons. It does not require a primer or UV light, and is a healthier alternative to shellac or gel manicures.
- The Vitamin E and Calcium in the dipping powder are added to help nails grow stronger and healthier. I can already tell a difference in my nail strength after having the product on for two weeks!
- The powder is much thinner and lightweight than a traditional shellac/gel manicure, so it feels much more natural/breathable on my nails.
- Since the process is UV free, its better for my hands and takes much less time!
- There are just as many color choices to select from as there are with a shellac/gel manicure – they even have options for glitter or matte finishes. I chose a natural shade for my manicure so it would not be as noticeable when it started to grow out. The shade I chose is called N10.
- Compared to the 10-14 days that a shellac/gel mani lasts, an SNS mani will last for 3-4 weeks. This certainly cuts down on the frequency that you need to get your nails done if you get regular manicures.
- It costs a bit more than a shellac/gel manicure. Mine was $40, and a typical shellac/gel mani is $25-30.
- Limited salon availability. I was really surprised that a salon in the small town of Christiansburg, VA offered this (Nail Envy). There is more availability in large cities. Unfortunately in Columbia, MO, where I live, no salon offers the service yet!
- It requires removal from a professional. You need an acetone soak to safely remove the polish without doing damage to your nail. This can be done at home by placing cotton pieces soaked in acetone on the top of your nail and covering the nail with foil to hold the cotton in place. However, I have not tried removing it myself yet so I can’t really speak to the process.
Try it for yourself!
You can locate a salon that provides SNS services by using the salon locator on the SNS site. If you are out of luck, it never hurts to call your favorite nail salon and request that they look into providing the service in the future!
Have you tried an SNS manicure? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!