Best acrylic nail brands: what are the most popular brands for acrylic nails?

I’m guessing you can name 5 or 10 brands of nail polish right?

But how many acrylic nail brands do you know?

Choosing the best acrylic nail brand is important.

Because mixing brands is mixing a bunch of random chemicals.

Those chemicals might clash and ruin your nails 😭.

Nail brands put a lot of work into making products that work well together.

This is why, for amazing results, you should find a brand you like and stick to it.

But which brands are the best?

Let’s find out!

Here’s the full list of 24 acrylic nail brands and table of contents for easy navigation:

Full list of acrylic nail brands:

Glam and glits

Mia secret

Young Nails

Morovan

Modelones

Saviland

Karlash

Azure beauty

BTArtbox

Melodysusie

Panai

IBealous

Beetles

Tachibelle

Makartt

Gellen

Kiara Sky

CND

NSI

Harmony Prohesion

Entity

Ugly Duckling

Naio Nails

Tammy Taylor

What kind of acrylic do nail salons use?

What brand acrylic powder is best?

Can you use a different brand acrylic powder and liquid?

Do you have to use the same brand monomer and acrylic powder?

Can you mix different brands of nail dip powder?

Full list of acrylic nail brands

Here’s my full list of high street and professional acrylic nail brands.

The list is in random order.

Below, you’ll find a brief description of each brand and what kind of acrylic nail products they sell.

I’ll also give you some tips and advice on the brands and products where I can.

Glam and glits

Glam and Glits sell a range of nail products made in the USA.

They have all the basic powders you’ll need (clear, pink, and white) and an EMA monomer.

Plus they have a huge range of colored acrylic powders in tons of finishes like glow, matte, and glitters.

Their acrylic powders are good quality, easy to use, and reasonably priced.

They don’t sell brushes, kits, or other equipment.

So no dust collectors, dappen dishes or anything like that.

It’s mainly gorgeous powders and monomer.

Glam and glits is a great brand for beginners.

The acrylic glides on easily, lays smoothly, and doesn’t dry so fast.

So you’ll have time to sculpt and perfect each nail if you’re not used to the process.

They also have this great true black which can be hard to find!

(click to check price on Amazon)

Mia Secret

Mia Secret is a professional nail and beauty brand.

They sell everything you need to do acrylic (and gel) nails including:

  • Acrylic nail kits
  • Liquid monomer
  • Colored and clear powder
  • Builder gels
  • Nail polish
  • Nail art supplies
  • Tips and glue
  • Strengthens, dehydrators and nail treatments
  • A wide range of tools and accessories

Mia Secret is a great brand for everyone from beginners to professionals.

Their products are very popular, and most have excellent reviews.

They are a mid-range brand – very affordable and good quality for the price.

I like Mia Secret because you can get everything in the same brand.

This means it’s less likely that something will go wrong (because of chemicals clashing).

Pro tip. If you want your Acrylic nails to last longer – try the Mia Secret Nail Prep dehydrator and Extrabond Primer. It’s a total game changer! (Click to check price on Amazon)

Young Nails

Young Nails is a company run by 2 brothers. One of them (Greg) is a nail technician.

They know what they are doing, and sell most of the supplies needed for doing acrylic nails.

From preps and treatments to powders and monomer, to nail art foils and full kits.

They also have their own branded nail dust collector and E-file. Though these are a little bit expensive in my opinion.

Young nails is an extremely popular brand, especially with younger nail techs.

The products are great quality and the powders blend and set well.

But you don’t get the value for money that you get with other brands like Mia Secret for example.

If you are used to doing your own nails and you’re looking for a higher quality powder then it’s not too bad.

But I wouldn’t recommend Young Nails for doing clients. Because there are much cheaper options out there.

I use Young Nails more as a brand to go to for information.

You might wanna check out their youtube channel or their zoom training.

They have hundreds of useful videos around acrylic nails.

Morovan

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any information on the folks behind Morovan.

The brand doesn’t seem to have a face.

But that doesn’t stop them from getting plenty of great reviews.

They sell everything for acrylic, polygel, and UV nails as well as tools, polishes and kits.

Their complete nail kits are popular with beginners.

They come with absolutely everything you might need. Tips, tools, nail glue – the works.

And they are great value for money.

If you’re a complete beginner and you want an affordable kit to learn the ropes, this could be a good brand to go for.

The quality is decent and it certainly won’t break the bank.

Modelones

Modelones is a stylish and modern brand focussed on the latest trends and nail art.

You might have seen their stuff on youtube.

A lot of influencers in the nail space have done product reviews for them.

Their acrylic powders are reasonably priced and tend to self-level really well.

They are also easy to apply, even for beginners.

Modelones acrylic goes on easier and more smoothly than a lot of other powders I’ve tried.

It also dries a little bit slower than Mia Secret, so you’ll have plenty of time to perfect the shape before it sets.

The color collections are amazing! They have collabs with Pantone which I’m loving so much right now!

Their 12 and 24 color packs are pretty good value too.

They also sell brushes, monomer, primer, dehydrator, tips, gel polish and more.

Saviland

Saviland is a global brand focussed purely on nails.

They sell everything for acrylic and poly gel nails.

Their products are reasonably priced but have mixed reviews.

A common complaint with them seems to be that the colors look different in real life and are not vibrant enough.

I haven’t tried their products personally so I can’t comment on the quality or ease of use.

Karlash

Karlash is a New York-based company.

They mostly sell nail products, but they also sell waxing stuff too.

Their fungal treatment for finger and toenails is great.

When it comes to acrylic nails, as well as powders they also they have a range of useful products including:

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Brush on nail glue and tips
  • Dip powders
  • Tip cutters
  • Monomer
  • Prep and bonding agent
  • Files, buffing blocks and sanding bands
  • Dappen dishes

Their products are great value for money and most get fantastic reviews.

Their acrylic powders are easy to use. But they do dry quite quickly – you can get around this by using a little bit more monomer.

Beware! The monomer from this brand smells really strong! So crack a window before using.

Azure beauty

This is a brand that I came across on Amazon.

They don’t have a huge range of products to choose from – they seem to sell mostly dip powder kits.

But the few products they do have get rave reviews.

I don’t have any personal experience with this brand.

But they do seem to offer good value for money so maybe worth checking out.

BTArtbox

BtArtbox is a nail brand that is probably best known for professional nail drills.

If you’re looking for a nail drill, I can highly recommend this brand.

The design is sleek, it doesn’t take up too much space and it works great.

You also get to choose between black, white or gold.

BTArtbox also sells gel polish, acrylic powder sets and high quality tips.

The tips are pre shaped so you don’t have to file them down.

Melodysusie

Melodysusie is a San-Francisco-based brand that offers professional quality nail tools.

They are best known for their high-quality nail drills and dust collectors.

But they also sell great lamps and gel polish collections too.

Melodysusie is more of a high-end brand geared towards professional nail techs.

Their products have great reviews. And the brand has a good reputation for creating quality products that last.

They mostly sell tools. They don’t sell their own acrylic powders or monomer.

Pana

Pana is another tool-oriented brand.

They are best known for their amazing kolinsky hair acrylic nail brushes.

And high-quality drill bits.

They also sell other tools like nail cutters and files etc.

Pana sells some of the best quality nail brushes on the market, so it’s well worth checking them out.

They have some beautiful designs too.

iBealous

iBealous is a nail and beauty brand that you may have seen in Walmart, Sears, or on Amazon.

They don’t have a huge range of acrylic nail stuff, and they don’t sell acrylic powder or monomer.

But they do sell some pretty decent acrylic nail brushes, e-files, and tips.

They also have a very affordable nail drill that gets great reviews.

Beetles

Beetles is a brand best known for its gel nail polishes.

They also sell basecoat, topcoat, UV lamps, tips, dip powders, and some tools and accessories.

Their gel polish kits are fantastic!

The colors are so beautiful and there are tons of color collections to choose from.

You also get great value for money.

I love Beetles because the colors are amazing. My nails last for around 10 days, and you only need 2 thin coats.

They even have a range of gel liners that are perfect for doing nail art!

Tachibelle

Tachibelle sells a good range of products for doing acrylic nails that are made in the USA.

You can get them at Walmart or on Amazon.

Products include acrylic powders, monomer, files, buffing blocks, nail prep, and primer.

They have sanding bands and a nail repair kit too.

Prices are very reasonable and the powder goes on like butter.

This is a good beginner-friendly brand because it’s easy to work with and doesn’t dry too quickly.

Makartt

Makartt is a very well-thought-of brand in the nail world.

It’s primarily a nail brand, but they sell lashes too.

They don’t sell acrylic powders.

But they do have a lot of poly gel stuff, and plenty of gel polish kits, bundles, devices and tools.

They have a lot of cute nail art stuff like charms, rhinestones, foils and decals too!

Markharrt nail devices are very good quality.

Their drills and drill bits are excellent, so is their dust collector.

They also do a super-strong rhinestone glue that I can highly recommend, and a great mini vortex mixer too.

Makharrt may not be the cheapest brand.

But in my experience It’s usually worth paying a little extra for the quality they offer.

Gellen

Gellen sells a lot of good stuff for doing your own acrylic nails.

It’s an affordable brand that’s good for beginners.

They have dip powders, polygel products, builder gels and gel nail polish.

They also have tips, glue, primer, dehydrator, lamps and brushes.

Their dip powder nail kit is pretty popular. It comes with everything you need and is easy to use.

This brand has a lot of mixed reviews.

But I think a lot of the bad reviews are from people who didn’t follow the instructions well enough.

They don’t have their own website and seem to be available mostly online through Amazon etc.

I’ll let you use your own judgement on this one since I don’t have any personal experience with this brand.

Kiara sky

You may have heard of Kiara Sky.

It’s one of the better-known, high-end acrylic nail brands.

Their products are cruelty-free and made in the USA.

They are actually the sister company of the first brand on this list, Glam and Glits.

Kiara sky is a California-based company that is available globally.

They sell everything you might need to get started with acrylic nails.

They have their own powders, monomer, brushes, drills, nail art accessories, and more.

Kiara sky has a great reputation and beautiful colors.

You really can’t go wrong with their easy-to-apply, high-quality products.

CND

CND has been going since 1979.

It’s a brand aimed more towards nail techs and professionals.

Many salons use CND nail products and clients seem to love them!

They do a full liquid and powder system that has everything you could possibly need.

They sell professional grade sculpting liquids and powders. And also tips, forms, brushes, adhesives and kits.

If you’re a beginner – CND products and kits can be a little confusing and/or intimidating.

You also need to sign up as a professional (on the website) to get access to some of the products.

Even on Amazon – you need a business account and beauty license to buy some of their stuff.

NSI

NSI is a US-based company that sells top-notch nail supplies to the beauty industry.

They are aimed at professionals.

As you might expect, NSI products are excellent quality and reasonably priced to

allow nail techs to make a decent profit.

They sell absolutely everything for acrylic nails including:

  • bonding agents
  • brush cleaner
  • tips in various shapes
  • monomer (which they call “attraction nail liquid”)
  • Application brushes
  • powders
  • Kits
  • Lamps
  • Files
  • Dappen dishes
  • Top coat
  • Nail art brushes
  • Cuticle oil

You might think that Nsi nail products are hard to get hold of.

But actually, NSI professional products are NOT as hard to get hold of as some other professional brands. Like CND for example.

You can get some NSI products – like the attraction nail liquid and the acrylic powders – on Amazon.

The “attraction nail liquid” is great.

I don’t usually recommend mixing brands.

But this monomer works well with Mia Secret and a few other cheaper powders that I’ve tried.

If you are an intermediate or professional – I’d highly recommend checking out NSI.

The application is smooth and the adhesion is fantastic.

Also, the colors are highly pigmented and bright.

Harmony Prohesion

Harmony Prohesion is the professional wing of the Gelish brand.

They are a California-based company.

They sell professional grade sculpting powders, monomer, kits and accessories.

Many salons use Harmony Prohesion. Because they are great quality, long lasting and cruelty-free.

Some of their products, like the “Elegant Pink Sculpting Powder”. And the matching “Nail Sculpting Liquid” are available on Amazon without a business account!

Entity

Entity is another brand aimed towards professional nail artists.

They sell a liquid and powder acrylic system.

There are 2 monomers to choose from (Signature and Success).

They also have 7 different powders in white, clear and 5 tones of pink to match any client.

You can get some of their acrylic nail products on Amazon.

But since most professionals buy in bulk, they can be a little pricey.

Ugly Duckling

Ugly Duckling is a Canadian nail brand.

They make products purely for professional nail technicians.

Many Ugly Duckling products are cruelty-free and some are odorless!

They even have vegan-friendly and 10 free nail products too.

UD have a huge range of professional-grade products for acrylic nails including:

  • Prep and primer (10 free and vegan friendly)
  • Colored and clear powders
  • Monomer
  • Starter kits
  • Acrygel (an acrylic/gel hybrid)
  • Base and top coats
  • Lamps
  • Brushes
  • Tools
  • Tips
  • E-files and bits

Naio nails

Naio nails offers all the supplies you might need for any kind of nails.

They are based in the UK, (but ship worldwide) and have vegan and cruelty-free products.

They mostly supply professionals, but they are also available to the public.

If you happen to be in the UK, delivery is free.

Naio nails products pick up well, glide on smoothly, and are easy to control.

They are very nice to work with, but not available on Amazon so you have to order directly from their site.

Tammy taylor

Tammy Taylor has been going since 1983.

This brand has everything you’d expect, from premium files and brushes to salon safety gear.

Their “sculpt” range is an acrylic gel hybrid. So may take some getting used to if you’re more familiar with acrylic-only powders.

One Tammy Taylor product that everyone seems to love. Is this acrylic sealer topcoat that air dries in 30 seconds.

You can’t order all the Tammy Taylor products from the website unless you are a professional nail tech.

But you can get them on Amazon – yay!

What kind of acrylic do nail salons use?

Nail salons use brands of acrylic like CND, NSI, Harmony Prohesion, Entity, Ugly Duckling Naio Nails, and Tammy Taylor.

These are brands that have products that are specially geared towards professionals.

It is often difficult to get hold of professional grade products like these.

Unless you have a beauty license.

However, many professional nail technicians also use high street brands.

The most popular brands with nail techs are Mia Secret, Kiara Sky and Modelones.

What brand acrylic powder is best?

The best (non-professional) brand acrylic powders are Young Nails, Mia Secret, Modelones and Kiara Sky.

Can you use a different brand acrylic powder and liquid?

You can, but I don’t recommend it.

As a general rule, you should always use a monomer liquid and an acrylic powder from the same brand.

This is because scientists and brainy types put a lot of work into creating chemical formulas that work together.

So what happens if you mix your acrylic powder with a monomer from another brand?

Well. Lifting, breakages, discoloration and allergic reactions are all more likely.

Do you have to use the same brand monomer and acrylic powder?

You don’t have to use the same brand of monomer and acrylic powder.

But it’s always a good idea to stick to the same brand.

Mixing brands means you’re more likely to have problems with your acrylic nails.

For example, You could end up with brittle nails that break easily.

Or yellow nails. Or nails that won’t set.

You could even have an allergic reaction.

Can you mix different brands of nail dip powder?

If you want the best results for your dip powder nails, it’s always better to stick to one brand of nail dip powder.

You should also use a liquid monomer in the same brand as the acrylic dip powder you’re using.

This is because the chemicals in the monomer and powder from the same brand have been designed to work well together.

You may still be able to get good results by mixing powders from different brands.

But you are increasing the risk of ruining your nails because of a bad mix.

Mixing powders from the same brand as your monomer is totally fine.