Skip the Salon: How At-Home Gel Nails Can Save You Thousands

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Over spending a hefty sum every two-three weeks just to maintain your perfectly polished nails? If you’re feeling the pinch, look no further than at-home gel manicures. Not only are they convenient, long-lasting and fully customisable, but they also save you a heap of money.

Let’s break down exactly how much you can expect to save by doing your own gel nails at home with Gelous, and why an at-home gel nail kit is a smart investment for your beauty routine.

The Cost of Nail Salon Visits

Let’s be honest, gel manicures from a salon can cost a pretty penny. Having surveyed 10 nail salons in the Brisbane area, the average cost of a gel manicure with removal sits around $58 - ranging from $40 to $95 or more. When visiting the salon every two weeks to keep your set in tip top shape, this cost swiftly adds up to leave you out of pocket by over $1500 a year. That’s not even taking into account any added charges for nail art, treatments or special polishes such as Builder Gel to help strengthen and lengthen the nails. It’s obvious that the expense of salon gel manicures can become too taxing, but fortunately, there’s a more cost-effective solution that still ensures a flawless gel manicure every time - Gelous at-home gel nail kits.

Salon Name

Gel Manicure & Removal Cost

Liquid Nail Bar $55 AUD
Lovin Nails $40 AUD
Dr Nails & Spa $95 AUD
Niche Beauty Lounge $40 AUD
Gloss Nail Spa $45 AUD
Brooklyn Beauty Bar $60 AUD
Edana Beauty $45 AUD
Rainbow Nails $50 AUD
Kitten Claws Parlour $85 AUD
ProfessioNail $65 AUD
Average Cost $58 AUD

Prices accurate as at the publishing date.

The Cost of a Gelous At-Home Gel Nail Kit

With a Gelous Gel Nail Kit, you can achieve the same stunning, salon-quality result at a fraction of the price. Gelous’ affordable, all-inclusive Starter Kits carry everything you need to create flawless manicures in the comfort of your own home, including a Base Coat, Top Coat, Colour Coat of your choice, UV/LED Gel Nail Lamp, Nail File, Orangewood Cuticle Sticks, Cuticle Oil, Lint Free Wipes and Manicure Removal Clips. Add on an acetone-based remover for an extra $18, and you’ll pay just $158 all up. While the initial investment appears higher compared to a single salon visit, this kit is designed to create multiple manicures, giving you far greater value for money. With each polish lasting for around 40 manicures, each Gelous gel manicure will cost you around $3.95. That’s over 14 at-home manicures for the price of one salon appointment.

Cost per Manicure

Cost per Gel Manicure - Gelous At-Home Kit vs. Brisbane, Australia Salons

Prices accurate as at the publishing date.

Just How Much Money Will I Save With a Gelous At-Home Gel Nail Kit?

Let’s break it down. If you’re making a trip to the salon every two weeks for your gel manicures, you’ll be spending about $1500 a year on your nails - at least. If you invest in a Gelous Gel Nail Kit for around $158, you’ll save well over $1000 in just one year, even with purchasing additional Gel Nail Polish and Remover as you desire. That’s a lot of money that you could channel into other things you adore, all the while still enjoying beautiful nails.

With each Gelous Gel Nail Polish lasting around 40 manicures, the initial cost of the Starter Kit quickly pays for itself. Creating 40 flawless manicures for the same price of just 2-3 salon sessions, your kit doesn’t stop there, instead promising to create thousands more stunning sets with the Gelous UV/LED Lamp boasting up to 50,000 hours of use. On the other hand, 40 gel manicures at a salon will leave you over $2300 out of pocket, with this number only climbing every two weeks. By using a Gelous at-home gel nail solution, you’ll save all this and more. With a Gelous Starter Kit, you only need to purchase further Gel Nail Polish, Remover, and Tools when required, so once you've made the initial investment, your recurring costs are minimal. Think about it, what would you do with the thousands of dollars you’d save?

If you're looking to save money in the long run without sacrificing quality, Gelous' at-home Gel Nail Kits are the way to go.

Cost of 40 Manicures

Cost of 40 Gel Manicures - Gelous At-Home Kit vs. Brisbane, Australia Salons

Prices accurate as at the publishing date.

Is It Hard to Do Your Own Gel Manicure? Will My Nails Look as Good as the Salon?

While going from getting gel manicures at a salon to doing them at home may seem intimidating, it's actually quite easy once you're familiar with it. You don't need to be a professional to achieve a salon-quality result! With the right tools, a bit of practice and some patience, creating beautiful, long-lasting nails will become effortless. Applying Gel Nail Polish is alike to regular polish, just with the added step of using the UV/LED Lamp to harden the polish and give it its high-shine finish.

Gelous makes doing your own gel manicure straightforward and stress-free with detailed instructions, video tutorials, blogs with expert advice, and a supportive Facebook community to guide you every step of the way. Plus we’re only a phone call, email or DM away. You’re sure to create stunning nails that rival those of a salon, there’s no need to feel daunted!

Are There Any Other Pros of DIY Gel Nails?


No more scheduling appointments and rearranging your day to fit in a salon visit - with Gelous' at-home Gel Nail Kits, you can do your nails from the comfort of your own home when it best suits you. Whether that’s around your working hours, while your kids are sleeping, or at the last minute before an event, you can’t beat the convenience of DIY gel nails.


Unlike nail salons, where you may have limited choices for nail art or be charged extra for certain designs or colours, doing your own gel nails gives you the freedom to fully express your creativity and customise your manicure to your taste. You can mix and match colours to your heart’s content, test different designs and create unique looks that perfectly match your style. Want to try out that trending nail art you saw on Instagram? Go for it. Gelous makes sure you’re confident in doing so, with hundreds of Nail Art Tutorials to polish up your skills, a well-loved collection of easy-to-use Tools, and a broad range of beginner-friendly Nail Art Polishes and Decals. With Gelous, it’s never been so easy and cost-effective to get creative. By doing your own gel manicures, you’re free to create personalised looks that are uniquely yours, the possibilities are endless - and they won’t break the bank.


Taking control of the ingredients in your beauty routine is vital, especially if you have sensitivities or allergies. By doing your own gel nails, you have complete control over the products and ingredients you use, making it possible for you to customise your nail care routine according to your unique needs. At Gelous, we understand the importance of clean and safe beauty. That's why our products are vegan, cruelty-free and 10-free, meaning they are free from 10 harmful chemicals commonly found in nail products such as formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP. With a Gelous DIY Nail Kit, you can gain control over your nail care routine and have peace of mind knowing that the products you’re using are safe and truly aligned with your personal values.

Gelous Vanilla Latte Gel Nail Polish - photographed in Australia on model

How Long Do At-Home Gel Nails Last?

With proper prep, application and aftercare, you can trust your Gelous at-home manicure to last for at least two weeks without any fading, peeling or chipping. Whilst lasting as long as a salon manicure, with the right products such as Builder Gel and Rubber Base Coat, your manicure is likely to last even longer. Plus, you'll have the added convenience of being able to touch up or redo your nails when it works for you without having to schedule and pay for another appointment. With Gelous’ easy-to-follow instructions and salon-quality formula, you can be confident your gel manicure will last when it matters most.

Switching from the nail salon to DIY Gelous gel manicures is a no-brainer if you want to save money without compromising on quality. With an easy-to-use, high-quality at-home Gel Nail Kit, you can say goodbye to the inconvenience and expense of regular nail salon visits, and hello to the freedom, flexibility and money-saving benefits of Gelous at-home gel nails. Experience the difference for yourself with a Gelous Gel Nail Polish Kit today - your wallet, and your nails will thank you for it.

Get your Gel Nail Polish and Gel Manicure Kits now, with free shipping with orders over $100 to Australia including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and more! We also ship throughout New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Europe and the rest of the world.

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