Health and Beauty,  Lifestyle

How to get salon-quality nails at home with Future Nails.

*Future Nails kindly sent me this kit to review – here’s how I got on.

One of the things that I find makes me feel more put together and ready to take on the world is having nice nails. There’s something about it for me that just makes having nice nails feel like a real act of self-care. In my eyes, getting your nails done is a real treat and gives me an instant air of femininity and confidence, but despite the good it does for my mental wellbeing, it can also be an expensive treatment to keep up with! That is where the Future Nail Start Kit comes in, using their Quick Drying Dip Powder System for salon-quality nails at a fraction of the price.

My first thoughts when receiving the Future Nail Starter Kit

I was really impressed when I received the brilliant starter kit from Future Nails. This little kit contained two beautifully packaged nail colours, a base coat, an activator, and a top coat. There’s a lot to talk about with this brand, so let’s get straight into it.

The Future Nail product design is sleek and stylish.

First things first, I want to talk about the style of these products. If you are getting a salon-quality product, it stands to reason that the product design would also be sleek and stylish. The starter kit came extremely quickly and, although your average box from the outside, the interior oozed luxurious salon-quality. 

All the products we carefully packaged to ensure none of the glass bottles and containers were touching each other during the postage process. Bubblewrap and tissue paper were used to keep the products safe. From the time they arrived at my door, to me having salon-quality nails at home was around 15 minutes.

What is in the Future Nail Starter Kit?

The kit was beautifully packaged and contained everything needed for you to create your own salon-quality nails from the comfort of your own home. My particular kit came with two colours, however, the standard starter kits come with one colour; you are able to purchase additional colours separately or as a kit.

Inside the Future Nail Starter Kit was a 100/180 nail file, a white block for further buffing, a 15ml Base Coat, a 15ml Activator, a 15ml Top Gel, and a 0.5oz pot of colour. The box also included an instructional leaflet, however, I found that the YouTube videos hosted on the Future Nail channel proved to be more methodical and user friendly. 

My experiences with the Future Nail Starter Kit – as a total beginner! 

The thing that really sold me on the Future Nail starter kit was the promise that, with some practice, you could create stunning, salon-quality nails from home.

I was keen to get started straight away and began following the instructional leaflet. As a beginner, I found that I had to read the leaflet several times to absorb all the information. Honestly, I found the videos on the Future Nail YouTube channel much more beginner-friendly. 

I was using the ultra-fine pigmented colours on my natural nails, however, you are able to use the Future Nail products on extensions as well. In hindsight, I wish I had used extensions as this would have created a nicer, more professional look when I had finished; during the process of applying the colour, I had quite short nails which didn’t hold much shape. 

Following the Future Nail videos was easy.

I found that following along with the videos on YouTube was the easiest way to get started with the Future Nail Starter Kit. 

The first step was to shape and prepare the nails for the colouring. The kit contains a nail file and a white block which made this process quick and easy. 

Next, I applied the base coat. This is where I found the video to be the most helpful as it showed you just how much product to use. 

Once the base coat was on, it was as simple as inserting my nail into the pot of colour in a sweeping motion. Then I repeated the process as many times as I thought was necessary. On the leaflet that was included, it states that 4 times is a good number of times to reapply colour, however, in the video they mentioned 3 times. Ultimately, I think the choice is yours – the more layers there are, the stronger the nail will be. 

After finishing the layers, I buffed the nail down to ensure there are no lumps and bumps and that the surface is even before applying the Activator. After applying the activator, all that was left to do was to wait a minute or so before finally applying the top coat. 

What would I do differently next time?

Professional nail artists would benefit so much from this kit because it’s just so easy to use. The entire process took 10 minutes and after this time, I had beautiful nails that lasted a long time.

I will say that this process is definitely a learning curve if you’re a beginner. It isn’t hard, but it does take practice. Unlike with normal nail polish, you can’t just wipe away any colour that lands on your skin. Instead, you have to be patient and take your time, ensuring you’re applying the right amount of liquid and paying attention to where it ends up on your nail before dipping your finger into the colour.

Initially, I used too much base coat, so when using the Future Nail kit on my thumb, I definitely picked up too much powder and found it uncomfortable around the edge of my nails. This was my first experience using the system, so I adjusted and took more care as I continued applying the base coat to my other nails. 

When it came to layering the product, I personally found that 4 layers was a bit too much. 3 layers was about right for me, but you could probably get away with two if you’re not planning on wearing the product for a long time.

Overall thoughts on the Future Nail Starter Kit System

Personally, I love this kit. It’s extremely fast-drying, which means once the activator is on, you simply wait a minute and then apply your top coat. That single minute of waiting is probably the longest amount of waiting you’ll have to do for the entire process – it really is that quick. This is all thanks to the Future Nail Quick Drying Dip Powder System. The colours are ultra fine and well pigmented, meaning the colour spread is gorgeous and even, which really adds to the professional look and feel of the product. The colour stayed on my nails for a good amount of time without chipping. When it eventually became time to remove it, I simply soaked my nails in 100% Acetone which was around £5 from Amazon. 

Overall, with practice, I think this Quick Drying Dip Powder System by Future Nail is a really cost-effective way to get professional salon-quality nails for a fraction of the price. I will definitely be continuing to use my kit and I will also look into purchasing further colours and expanding my collection! 

Do yourself a favour and order your starter kit today while saving 15% using my custom code: fndip15

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.


  • Rhian Westbury

    That’s so good that it’s fast drying as you don’t want to be sat there for hours at home. I’ve tried various ways of doing my nails at home and never been too good at it x

    • Lukeosaurus And Me

      It definitely takes a bit of practice, but I think if you’re committed to saving yourself some money for a treatment that you usually spend a lot of money on, it could well be worth putting the time in to try and perfect it.

  • Joanna

    I usually don’t do my nails at home because I have what you would call two left hands, haha. I would give this kit a go, as it’s quite expensive to get my nails done every two weeks at the salon.

    • Lukeosaurus And Me

      Yes, me too! Hence why my photos aren’t up there of how they looked in the end. However, with practice, I think it is a great kit that would help you to save money.


    I do make a mess quite often when it comes to my nails. I love that this is easy to use. It would make a lovely gift idea for my daughters.

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