Builder gel BIAB, and nail dipping SNS, which one is best

Builder gel BIAB, and nail dipping SNS, which one is best

Builder gel and SNS (Signature Nail Systems) are both used for nail enhancements but differ significantly in their application, composition, and end result. Here’s a breakdown of the differences:

Builder Gel:

  1. Composition: A thick, viscous gel that hardens under UV or LED light (at DNA we only use LED).
  2. Application: Applied using a brush and requires curing under a UV or LED lamp. It can be used to create extensions or strengthen natural nails.
  3. Durability: Very strong and long-lasting, often used for creating nail extensions or for overlay on natural nails which is what we prefer.
  4. Appearance: Can be clear or come in various colors. Once cured, it provides a glossy finish.
  5. Removal: Typically removed by soaking in acetone or by filing.


SNS (Signature Nail Systems):

  1. Composition: A type of dip powder system that combines a resin base (similar to glue) with a fine powder which is then ‘activated’ to set.
  2. Application: The nails are first coated with a base resin and then dipped into the clear/neutral powder. This process is repeated several times to build up the desired thickness and color. No UV or LED light is needed.
  3. Durability: Durable and long-lasting, providing strength to the nails. We find it’s lighter than traditional acrylic.
  4. Appearance: Offers a natural look and comes in a variety of colors and finishes. Often leaves a smooth, glossy finish.
  5. Removal: Typically removed by soaking in acetone.

Key Differences:

  • Application Method: Builder gel requires curing under UV/LED light, while SNS involves dipping nails into powder and doesn’t need light curing.
  • Texture and Flexibility: SNS is more rigid, where as builder gel tends to be more flexible.
  • Use: SNS is mainly for strengthening and coloring natural nails, although it can be used for extensions too. Builder gel is often used for creating nail extensions also but we prefer to apply to the natural nail and let them grow out.
  • Removal Process: Both can be removed with acetone, but the process may vary slightly in technique and time.

Each system has its own benefits, and the choice between them often depends on personal preference, desired nail length, and the specific needs of the client and their nails.


One is no more superior than the other. They each have their benefits.


Lastly - there are many different types of nail enhancements out there. Again, none is more superior than the other. Each has their benefits and what works for one, might not work for another.

What I don’t do is comment on or put down other nail systems that I am either currently not doing or not trained in. I only talk about what we do and how we do it.


If you ever have any questions about any of the services we offer please feel free to reach out 🥰