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      03.12.2013 16:39
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      Can't fault it, does the job it is meant to

      I have visited a salon to get my legs waxed for quite some years. However, now times are harder I began looking for a cheaper way of staying fuzz free. Spending £20 every 3 weeks is just too expensive. Shaving wasn't an option for me, I got sick of how soon regrowth appeared. I tried the wax at home strips but didn't have any luck getting a good result and wasn't impressed with how sticky and messy I got in the process. I asked my Mum if she would buy me an epilator for Christmas. It was too expensive for me to justify buying it for myself. This is the one she chose for me.

      *What's in the box?*
      It comes in a box with quite a few extras included. The main epilator needs to be plugged into the mains to work so there is a lead to do this. It is worth noting that it is a 2 pronged plug so you do need to buy a seperate adapter to fit it into the normal UK plugs. There is a small brush which is to be used to clean the epilator after each use. Also included is an 'ice glove' which can be used to soothe legs if they are sore after use, or to numb the skin before use so it doesn't hurt if you are particularly wussy!
      There are a number of 'caps' which can be attached to the epliator if you are using it under you arms or on the face to make it a little gentler.

      *How to use*
      It's very simple to use. You plug in the mains lead into the main unit and slide up the switch on the front of the epilator. It can be slid up into 2 settings, the latter a little more forceful than the first. I tend to have it on the higher setting but then I do only use it on my legs. There is a light on the front of the unit which is very useful for seeing areas you may otherwise miss. To do both of my legs below the knees takes me 45 minutes so it is quite time consuming.

      *Pain factor*
      It's ripping hairs out of your skin by the root so obviously it isn't going to be pain free. I would say it is slightly less painful than waxing but it's definitely worth going through it for the results you get.

      *Results*
      After using this epilator my legs tend to get little red marks over them but this fades after around an hour. I remain hairfree for 3 weeks which is the same as with waxing.

      *Cleaning*
      I know I previously mentioned that it comes with a brush to clean it but I have never actually used it. I tend to blow the unit when holding it over the sink and this removes any hair that might be stuck in it. It is a bit messy when actually in use as the hair falls on to the floor but I have yet to see another epilator that doesn't cause the same problem.

      *Price and availability*
      Mine cost £70 2 years ago. It is available from Boots, Amazon and sometimes in supermarkets for between £80 and £85 now.

      *My opinion*
      For the amount that this device costs, it is well worth the money. For using it for just 4 months I had made my money back compared to what I would have spent in waxing. It has lasted really well and shows no signs of wear and tear. If you don't mind a bit of pain to get smooth fuzzfree body parts I would definitely recommend this.

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        19.11.2013 12:49
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        All round great product

        I was lucky enough to win this in a raffle hamper a fair few months ago now. For the purpose of this review I did some research on retail cost. On www.ladyschemist.com this product was selling for £85.00, the cheapest I could find was for £71.00 which was from www.healthcare4all.co.uk. However I'm sure these will pop up on EBay for a little cheaper.

        Contents
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        Inside the box you are given 5 accessories for the epilator.
        1- EfficiencyPro Cap
        2- Underarm Cap
        3- Shaver Head
        4- Trimmer Cap
        5- Facial Cap
        This also comes with an ice glove, a brush to clean the epilator and a white drawstring bag to keep everything in. An instructional manual is also provided.

        What makes this product different from all the rest?
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        Unlike other epilators this is designed for use on your legs, body and face. So for your money your getting 3 products in one. It also comes with two different attachments. The dual massage system and the flexible 'EfficiencyPro cap'. The dual massage system gently stimulates the skin before and gently massages the skin after hair is pulled out to soothe the skin which can significantly reduce the pain. The EfficencyPro cap fits to the curves and shape of your body for quick and efficient hair removal. This epilator contains 40 tweezers that are specifically arranged to remove more hair in a single stroke, and with the 'SoftLift Tips' you can remove hair as short as 0.5mm.

        Skin Cooling
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        I'm quite a wuss when it comes to pain so I was really unsure about using this product at first. I read a couple of reviews on this product and many said the ice glove pack can really help, so if there was any way to reduce any sort of pain I would have I was going to take it. Before using the ice pack it has to sit in the freezer for at least 2 hours. You then slide this into the silver glove and start cooling the desired area for around 1-2 minutes. I always do it for a little longer just to be on the safe side. You then epilate the cooled area straight away.

        Ease Of Use And Longevity
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        I have found this product very easy to use. There are many different caps which are all easily removed with the push of two buttons simultaneously on each side of the epilator. The device fits snuggly into my hands and has many grooves which allows me to hold it securely not allowing my hands to slip. These also allow me to use the right amount of pressure. The epilator is made containing a 'smartlight' in the switch. This shows up all the finer hairs that you possibly would of missed before. I have had no problems when using this, the design features have made this a quick and easy task for me. Before epilating I always leave my hair to grow to around 3-4 mm I find this is the most comfortable length to remove, I use the fast setting on my legs but would advise using the slow setting for more sensitive areas of the face and underarm. Once I have epilated I find the results to last for around 3 weeks, but Braun does claim they can last for up to 4 weeks. I'm quite happy with my 3 week outcome though, everyone's different so results will vary. Not having the pain of shaving all the time is a real blessing.

        Pain or Discomfort?
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        As I had never used at epilator before at first I did find it quite painful to use. The pain wasn't overbearing though and it the process is quite quick, so its over and done with in no time. You are pulling your hairs out your skin so if buying these you have to be prepared to put up with a little pain. However I do find the ice pack does reduce the pain a lot and the massaging feature does seem to soothe my skin. Over time with continued use I have noticed that the pain has greatly reduced, so if you find this painful at first stick with it, because it will improved. Another thing I found after first use is that my skin was quite red, didn't feel no discomfort. But a few things I would say would be to epilate in the evening, this way the redness will disappear overnight. Also always moisturise after this will help to relax the skin, and leave it feeling very soft.

        Any Negatives?
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        I wouldn't say this product has any negatives just a few niggles for me. Firstly this comes with a shaver plug which means I had to go out and purchase one. Argos sell them for £4.99 but luckily I found one in my local Poundland store. Another thing is that the epilator has no battery, it runs completely off the mains, so it does have to be plugged in at all times, which can sometimes restrict my movement. Lastly it is quite noisy it actually made me jump the first time I switched it on. However like I said these are all niggles nothing major, it doesn't take away from how effective this epilator is.

        My Overall Opinion
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        I would recommend this epilator, its quick and easy to use. The price tag does seem a little expensive but when I think of how much I spend on new razors, razor blades and waxing equipment there really isn't much in it, and this can be used time and time again. The product is very easy to clean and even comes with a brush to aid you doing this. There is a little pain as iv mentioned but this surely deteriorates over time. The 40 tweezers feature makes it easy to remove a lot of hairs in one go, reducing the time it takes if uses other brands or previous versions. The massaging feature is a great addition, Braun have tried to make this process as painless as possible. I would defiantly recommend this, it leaves your legs feeling silky smooth, and not having to repeatedly shave my legs is a massive bonus for me, and many other women I'm sure. I am going to give this a 4/5 I'm deducting one star purely because of the few niggles iv mentioned with it.

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          18.11.2013 23:36
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          great product overall. Good quality, long lasting and does the job it is meant to do very well.

          I first bought a Braun epilator around six years ago, so I am very well adjusted to the feeling of epilation. My leg hairs are much softer and finer now and I hardly notice the pain at all. I also only have to epilate once every eight weeks or so, whereas when I started, I was having to epilate once every three to four weeks.

          Anyway, this particular model is very handy in that it is easy to hold and there is a very bright light which focuses your attention on the area being attended to. It means that I never miss a hair- compared to some other models where there is no light. It also means that I can afford to go over one area less than if there was no light as I can see where the hairs are very clearly. I like that there are two speeds as well.

          In addition, you get three different heads so that you can use the device on different parts of your body. One is meant for the face, the other for the bikini line and the biggest one for the legs. Personally, I find the epilator too harsh for the bikini line, so I stick to waxing down there! I would never bring it near my face as despite the fact that it has never cut me or damaged my skin, I am not willing to take the risk on my face. Despite this, I know a few friends who have had no problem at all using it on their face and bikini line. Different strokes for different folks and it depends on your pain tolerance. If you are used to waxing your bikini line, it may not be too much of a stretch to use the epilator there with great care! As long as you don't go too far...

          This is a really excellent product and it is well worth the price. I have two versions- the older model and this particular one. I have had this one for around three years and it still works like new. Highly recommended.

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          24.10.2013 00:26

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          Very good product. Does exactly what it says.

          Having to constantly purchase wax strips was starting to become such a pain and therefore I decided to invest in the Braun epilator. Even though I purchased it full price from boots I thought it would save me money and time. The very first time I used this product the pain was unbearable and I had to stop every few seconds. However, once I managed to complete epilating my legs, I was very pleased with the results. My legs were very smooth and it picked up the tiniest of hairs. A few months down the line, i started to notice ingrown hairs which was a complete shame as the product worked so well. Having discussed this with a friend she mentioned that epilating causes ingrown hairs, therefore, it's most likely not the products fault but perhaps the process of epilation. I stopped using the product and went back to waxing even though it is more time consuming. The product itself is very easy to use and fits comfortably in the hands. The light makes it easy to see the hairs and the different heads it comes with is very useful depending on the area you wish to epilate. The charging lead is a really good length - quite long. The speed settings helped me get used to the epilator and after using it a few times I did not feel any pain. If it didn't cause ingrown hairs I would absolutely love this product.

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          17.07.2013 22:47

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          great for summer ready legs

          My friend told me about this product recently. I had never used one before I had always shaved with a razor but am forever cutting myself so when my friend suggested this I thought id give it a go.

          I bought this from my local Boots store. Im not sure if this is the cheapest option but it was the most convenient for me so that is why I chose Boots.


          The epilator came in a nice box with a little cleaning brush so that you can keep the epilator nice and clean after use. It is very easy to clean and only takes a couple of minutes so definitely worth doing to keep it in good condition. I have always used it in daylight but if you wanted to use it at night it comes with a little light to help you see what you are doing. I cant comment on what that is like as I didn't try it.

          I have used it quite a few times now and think it is really good. I expected it to really hurt from the way my friend described it but once you get used to it I found it really wasn't painful.

          I think it works best if you go quite slowly as it seems to get more hairs than if you rush. There are 2 different speed settings I have only ever used the fast one as it has worked fine for me

          It is very easy to use you really cant go wrong. I have found that my legs stay nice and smooth for ages longer by using this so I am so glad I bought it. I think it has saved me loads of time and also stopped my legs getting covered in cuts from the razor.

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          10.06.2013 14:19

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          A good product that does the job well and certainly better than cheaper models

          I have previously owned a more basic Braun epilator that although worked well didn't have so many tweezers so I decided to upgrade to this never model. I decided to try them originally because when I shave the hair basically grows back immediately I thought something more long-term was needed. I also had problems with ingrown hairs with shaving and other methods of hair removal on my bikini line.

          This epilator is a nice size and shape, it fits in your hand nicely and has the added bonus of a 'smartlight' that lights up when the product is in use and helps you see where the hairs are on your legs - I think this is a really useful addition. It also has two speeds which mean when you start out you can go a bit slower to reduce any discomfort.

          I've been using this epilator for a year now and am really impressed with it. It isn't rechargeable so you do need a power supply nearby, ideally a shaving socket in the bathroom so you can use it over the bath and create less mess. The epilator work well, although I wouldn't say it is pain-free it is certainly less painful that the previous model I had and the amount of discomfort has decreased over time. I like the addition of the shaver options for trimming hair and the attachment that reduced the size of the area that will be epilated, it increase comfort on the bikini line and make it more manageable.

          Over all I'd say it was a good buy and worth the money.

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          20.04.2013 22:45
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          Generally very impressed with this epilator

          Having used an epilator before and gave up (not keen on pain) for some reason I decided to buy another one. I was using my old Philips epilator with the shaver head attachment but it became damaged. Disappointed with a cheapo replacement shaver I thought I would give this epilator a go.

          The 5780 comes with a shaver head, trimmer attachment, sensitive area cap, facial cap and what the manufacturer describes as an efficiency cap.

          To ease discomfort the epilator massages the skin, for extra comfort you can use the cooling pack. In my experience the cooling pack helps to numb the skin very slightly. My original Philips model also came with a cooling attachment which had the same effect, so I don't think the fact it doesn't have a huge numbing effect is a design flaw - it's just that cooling the skin only really helps a little.

          Originally I started using the sensitive cap as I thought I would ease myself into using an epliator. But it didn't take me long before I switched to the efficiency cap. The efficiency cap does pull more hairs out but I still get the odd hair which it has missed here and there. The sensitive cap is designed for the bikini and under arm area. I have used the sensitive and efficiency cap on my bikini area and although more painful than use on my legs I wouldn't say it is unbearable.

          Due to a previous experience of trying to epilate my underarms with the Philips, there is no way I am going to try again with this one! There is only so much pain a woman can take for the sake of beauty.

          I don't have any facial hair (yet anyway) that I need to get rid of so I can't really comment on the facial cap. But I would have thought epilating facial hair would be less painful as the hairs are finer.

          The shaver attachment is very good, much better than the £15 shaver I had bought to replace my Philips.

          Overall I think this a very good product. The only thing that would have been a bonus for me is a rechargeable battery so I could have the freedom of being away from a plug socket.

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          27.08.2012 18:40
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          A god way to self inflict pain!

          I first bought a Braun epilator about 15 years ago, when they were a lot more basic and apparently had less "pain relief" features, but eventually it gave up the ghost and for a while I lived without an epilator (or the pain that goes with it).  About 2 1/2 years ago I was reading about the lastest versions of epilators and their new pain relief mechanisms and decided it was time to get a new one.  So I went for another Braun epilator as the old one lasted so well,  the Braun Silk-epil, along with new pain-easing features.

          The Gadget
          For something that inflicts severe pain it looks relatively friendly.  Its a nice unisex blue colour - no reason why guys can't try it out too!  It has a two-speed setting, fast and soft and a "smart light" which is a strong white light that shines onto the skin and lights up the hairs so its easy to check if any have been missed.  I call it the search light!  

          It comes with an "efficiency pro" cap, which is basically a cap which clicks over the head of the tweezer device with rollers on which help pull the hair towards the tweezers to ease the pain.  I should mention at this point there are 40 tweezers on a rolling device hungry to pull the hairs from your legs (or other places)!

          The silk-epil comes with three other caps, a shaverhead and trimmer, cap for epliating facial hair, (I haven't tried either), and a cap for underarms, which I tried once, but the pain was so excruciating I won't be trying it again.  The epilator also comes with an ice pad, to cool the skin before and after epilating, hopefully reducing the pain.

          In the box there is also the plug and lead, a pouch to keep it all in and a small cleaning brush.

          Using the Epilator
          I am sure my pain tolerance used to be much greater, perhaps it's after having kids, but recently I have found it extremely painful to use.  I think there is a certain amount of getting used to the pain involved, and I am slightly out of practice, so if I used it more perhaps I would become more immune to the pain.  Sometimes the pain is enough to bring tears to my eyes!

          It's quite an easy device to use, you just go over the skin, keeping the skin torte as it hurts less when tight and out come the hairs via the whirling tweezer device.  I find the knees are particularly painful as is the softer skin at the back of the knees.  The shins are the area which I find easiest to epilate, they are easy to get to and perhaps because they are not that freshly it doesn't hurt as much.  I do use the "efficiency pro" cap as I think it does help ease the pain a little.  I sometimes use the ice glove, however I don't like the sensation of the extreme cold on my legs, especially before epilating - after the cold can be more of a welcome relief!

          Cleaning
          It's a pain to clean.  All the hairs get stuck in the tweezeros and even go down into the base of the device.  Obviously you can't clean it with water, so I clean it with the little brush it comes with, which isn't easy.  The instructions suggest also cleaning with alcohol for hygiene purposes, which I do, especially if it makes my legs bleed - sometimes the tweezers tweak the skin, ouch!

          Results
          I do find it gets almost all the hairs, as long as I epilate systematically, ie. I have developed a routine for doing my legs.  Only a few very short hairs are left, so my legs feel quite smooth, minus any nips the tweezers have given my skin.  The hairs stay away for about 3 weeks, and, I am not sure they grow back any thinner as is sometimes stated.

          Price
          I paid about £45 for mine a few years ago but they seem to have gone up to around £65, which I think is quite expensive.

          All in All
          Not one for the faint hearted, but is useful if you are going away and don't want to have to shave your legs nearly every day.  

          I'm going to give it a 3 as it doesn't give much pain relief, it claims to be more pain friendly than my old one, but in reality the pain relieving devices give little pain relief.  It also has a habit of nipping my skin regularly and it's quite expensive.

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            12.07.2012 07:31

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            lovely product

            I bought this epilator few month ago to get ready for the summer really as I live near the beach, I go swimming quite a lot. I have tried quite few epilators the last few years and it is because the hair on my legs is quite thick and if I use a razor it grows so quick and even thicker. Anyway I have been using it now for couple of times and I may say it is brilliant. The only thing I did not like is that the plug is an european plug a two pin one so you will need an adaptor two pin to three. It is not a cheap product but it worth the money garanted. Mine came with a calming gel pad which you can put in a fridge and use it after you shaved and it will calm down the skin. I will definitely recommend this product, is very good quality and it does what it says on the tin. Well done Braun!

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            02.07.2012 18:53
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            Great in theory, not so great when put into practice :(

            For those of you who don't know, an epilator is an electrical device which consists of a number of mini tweezers. You glide the epilator along the area you wish to defuzz, and voila! The hair is gone!

            I have been using this Braun epilator for about six months now, and it is the first and only one I have ever tried, so cannot compare it to any others. The reason I initially made the purchase was to save money in the long run by epliating my bikini area myself rather than paying each month for waxes. I currently use it on my legs and bikini area.

            This epilator hurts. A lot. I mean....a lot. The first time I used it (on my legs) I could only manage an inch at a time, because the pain was so unbearable. Six months on it is still painful, but you definitley get used to the pain. Before I would sit for about twenty minutes building up the courage to put the thing against my skin, but now I just jump straight in. It is definitley very convenient if you are used to waxing: no more booking appointments, no having to pay for waxes monthly, and best of all no waiting for regrowth, you can re-epilate really soon after the hair starts growing back.

            However, there are quite a few downsides. The results are nowhere near as silky smooth as shaving or waxing. Yes, it looks fine to look at, but if you want to feel nice and soft, I would recommend shaving afterwards as well. This kind of ruins the convenience factor for me. Also, the result last nowhere near as long as Braun claim. I need to epilate at least once a week. Again, kind of counts against the convenience side of thing, but still much frequent than shaving.

            The biggest downside for me though is the fact that it just doesnt get every every hair. I have to go over and over the same patch of skin over and over again, which is not only time consuming but painful too! In addition, I have found that since using the Braun epilator, I have started getting much more ingrown hairs, and really painful ones too, which I never got with waxing.

            Overall, while I thought that epilating would be good in theory, in reality it hasn't really lived up to many of my expectations. I stick with it because I cannot abide shaving, and I spent so much on the gadget itself, but if I knew now what I knew then I would probably give it a miss.

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            26.06.2012 10:51
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            Good for women, bad for men.

            "Aaaaarrrgghhhhh!!! OMG, OMG, OMG! *?!#!?!? Jurassic Park!!"

            No, I'm not reviewing the first series of Jackass, I'm reviewing the Braun Body and Face Epilator. First of all, you need to realise I am a man. A man with big thick man hairs. None of those lovely little lady hairs you feminine people have. My girlfriend has been complaining about my hairy back so the other day when I had a day off and was bored, I thought I'd go out and buy this product and make my back nice and smooth as a special surprise for when she came home from work.

            My first mistake was trying to shave a back by myself. Not an easy thing to do. And the pain.. Oh my goodness, the pain. I had to keep checking in the mirror to make sure I hadn't just ripped my entire back off (you'll be pleased to know I hadn't). With a very patchy (yet occasionally deliciously smooth) back, I admitted defeat and moved on to a more easily accessible patch of hair. I draw the line at getting rid of my chest and leg hairs as I wouldn't want to be emasculated. So I tried tidying up one of my more private places. Surprisingly, I actually quite enjoyed this experience. It was an odd mixture of pleasure and pain. I only meant to give myself a tidy up, but I ended up looking like a chap from one of those adult movies. After giving the epilator a good clean (which is very easy to do), I thought I'd try out the face function. Just so you know, I have rather a hairy face. I haven't been completely clean shaven for many years, but I thought I 'd have a go. I started on my upper lip. At this point of the review I will have to refer you back to the opening lines. I had my appendix out when I was younger and I thought it was the most painful thing anyone could ever go though. I now know better. It actually made me cry. I had real tears of pain running into my partially deformed moustache.

            When my girlfriend came home from work to find me curled up in a ball with random bald patches all over my body, she thought I had been tortured by some escaped mental patient. When I managed to whimper out a "surprise" and pathetically explained to her what I had tried to do, she eventually managed to stop laughing enough to help me tidy up my back (the moustache was finished with a good old fashioned razor!). She also used the epilator herself on her lovely little lady hairs and said the product is one of the best she has used.

            So, if you're a woman - I have it on good authority that this is an awesome product.

            If you are a man - for the love of God - stay hairy!

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              09.06.2012 19:25
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              This makes epilating as comfortable as it's ever going to be!

              I wish I was a man, with only facial hair to worry about. As it is, I'm a woman and society decrees that I must have silky smooth legs and underarms. Anyone that's ever experienced a five o'clock shadow on their armpits will understand why shaving's not my favourite. Waxing is painful - once I lost a massive patch of skin on one leg due to a Veet strip. I still noticed the odd hair left behind as well, so dear old Veet was shoved into the bin. Then there was the time I burnt myself with depilatory cream... I'm a disaster zone when it comes to hair removal, and so I looked to epilation to solve my woes.

              The Braun Silk-epil Xelle 5780 is designed to be a face and body epilator. When purchasing you'll receive the unit itself, an underarm cap, facial and bikini line cap, shaver head and trimmer cap and one 'efficiency pro' cap. Along with that you'll get a cleaning brush, storage bag, cooling ice glove and of course the charging cable. This epilator is a two pin plug affair, so you will have to purchase an adaptor separately. However these are available for under £1 on Amazon and also places like Boots, so they're not tricky to get hold of, it just would have been useful if Braun had have included one.

              This model retails on Amazon for £62.99 currently, but has been closer to £80 in recent months. I notice Amazon advertise this as having new packaging now, but the front picture appears the same. So this is a mid-to upper range epilator. I personally nabbed this in the sale for around £35 a couple of years ago, which was very jammy of me! But I have to say if I had to replace it today I'd be more than happy to pay full price for it. Before going for an expensive choice, I did decide to purchase a £10 Asda epilator with my weekly shop, just to see if I could tolerate the famous epilation pain before I forked out a fortune on a torture device. I regret this immensely, it was agonising and useless. My advice would be that when it comes to epilators, buy a well branded one - the expense is worth it.

              ~~~What does it look like?~~~

              That's an important question - nobody likes an ugly torture device, do they?

              The epilator itself is a cool blue, with deeper blue and white detailing on it. Braun's silk-epil branding is stamped at the bottom, while the middle is dedicated to the 'smart light' and the sliding power button. The smart light is an invaluable tool, it's not a weak yellowy light, but a strong LED (possibly?) white light that shows up every little hair, so you can see clearly and not miss anywhere. There are two speed levels to choose from - speed one is Extra Gentle and speed two is Extra Efficient. So all you need to do it slide the switch up to whichever level you choose, and back down to off when you're done. The switch moves with ease, and the smart light comes on automatically.

              I actually think it's quite an attractive unit, there's no unnecessary writing or buttons - just simple and sleek and yet still quite pretty. It's relatively unisex in blue too, so nothing to stop the menfolk from having a go either. (I've inflicted this on a few males of the species and I can confirm that they all weeped and wailed. Loudly.)

              ~~~In use~~~

              Ouch. Ow. More ow.

              Ok, here's the truth - it hurts. The first time you use an epilator it will hurt a lot more than it ever will again, it's worth just being brave and getting through it, because the results speak for themselves.

              The first time I used the Silk-Epil I opted for the 'Efficiency Pro' cap. It has two little blue rollers which gently pull the hair towards the (40!) tweezers so they can be epilated with the least amount of pain and effort. This cap is perfect for a first use, and in fact I still prefer it now.

              Perhaps I made a mistake here in trying my underarms the first time. But that's what I did - slid the cap into place on the top of the epilator, plugged in the cable at the bottom of the unit, flicked the speed level to 2 and went hammer and tongs at it. I quickly learnt the biggest lesson of epilation - hold your skin taught, ladies! If you don't pull your skin so it's at least a little taught, the tweezers can snag and cut your skin. Now, that hurts.

              The procedure is you keep the skin taut, then glide the epilator gently across the skin. You don't need to press down hard, or push it with force over the area. Just letting it touch your skin, and gliding it across is the best way.

              Underarms are definitely more painful than legs - I actually found doing my legs completely pain-free (honestly!). I cannot vouch for the pain induced by epilating a bikini line - I'm not a fully fledged masochist just yet.

              I noticed that the epilator pulled the hairs out with ease, it wasn't necessary to go over and over the same area. None of the hairs snapped either (something I noticed with a cheaper epilator) - they were pulled straight out from the roots. The smart light makes it very easy to see where you're epilating, so it's rare you'll miss bits and end up with one hairy patch!

              It didn't take too long either! My underarms take me about 10 minutes, whereas my legs are more like 20 minutes.

              I used the ice pack on my first attempt at epilating, and the cooling relief was immediate and welcome. However I haven't used this since, so I do think it's a bit of a novelty.

              ~~~Results~~~

              I find that using this epilator keeps my skin smooth for about a fortnight. By then regrowth begins to show through, but after a few weeks of using the Silk Epil this regrowth was (and continues to be) much finer and softer than the hair was previously.

              There was some noticeable ingrown hairs after use, which did disappoint me. Personally I suffer these more with epilation than I do with waxing, but some healthy exfoliating beforehand helps a lot.

              ~~~Cleaning~~~

              Another downside is that it's tricky to clean the epilating head. The brush does help ease some of the plucked hair out, but it takes a lot of effort.

              The instruction manual suggested the head be cleaned every so often with neat alcohol to keep things hygienic. I clean my epilator by dipping the brush into a little capful of cheap vodka (something vodka drinkers always moan at!) and I've never had a problem with that.

              ~~~Reliability~~~

              I've had the Silk Epil for about two years now, and the only sign of wear and tear is the drawstring of the storage bag has become a little frayed.

              I'm very impressed by the durability of this epilator - I use it every fortnight and yet (so far!) I've not had anything snap, break, or even begin to look shabby. For this reason, and the fact that once you've bought the unit you don't need to pay any more money (unlike, say, waxing), I believe this epilator is great value for money in the long run.

              ~~~To sum up~~~

              Basically, the Braun Silk-epil 5780 is a very durable epilator that should last you a long time. There is some pain involved, but no more than something like waxing, and the results are phenomenal.

              Thanks for reading :)

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                06.06.2012 23:57
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                Good overall product. Value for money and not too painfull

                I was tired of shaving all the time and found the thought of waxing painful let alone the cost and so I started thinking about epilators. My sister used to have an epilator years ago and we used to try and try to use it but both found it way too painful (I think we both have quite a low pain threshold) so gave in. Years later I was talking with a friend about epilators she let me borrow her silk epil epilator to test out whether they hurt less and are actually any good. I tried it out and I will say the noise this epilator makes is scary and makes me apprehensive every time I go to epilate until I have actually started but its bark is much worse than it's bite! As soon as you have done the first strip of your leg it is fine. I very rarely use the cool pad but that does help. I will admit I am too much of a wuss to do the back of my knees and my ankles but this epilator comes with a number of different head attachments so I sway from epilating to shaving for those sensitive areas.

                I have found that it does take a lot longer for hair to grow back and when it does you dont get the same rough feeling legs that shaving stubble gives you. I would definitely recommend this product!

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                  31.05.2012 22:36
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                  A must for the Summer!

                  Prior to buying this epilator I had never used one before and had never waxed my legs either. Last Summer I got fed up of either having to shave my legs all the time or being unable to throw on a skirt when the sun made a surprise appearance as I hadn't shaved my legs.

                  I am no fan of pain and always thought I'd prefer the hassle of regular shaving over the pain of an epilator but I decided to be brave and invest in one. I'm so glad I did!

                  So far I have only been brave enough to try this epilator on my legs so my review is based on this.

                  Firstly, it was nowhere near as painful as I had expected. Yes it smarts a little at first but after a few minutes it's more like a constant tingling which goes as soon as you've finished. The epilator comes with a freezer pack you can put on your leg to cool the skin but I found I didn't need it.

                  The light is good but I found using the epilator in daylight gave better results as by artificial light I missed quite a few hairs and had to go over my legs again the next day.

                  I would also say, take your time. The first time I used it I did it quite quickly and found some hairs were cut rather than plucked out so my legs weren't smooth. Going slowly gives the tweezers better chance to grasp the hairs and pull them out.

                  There are 2 speed settings on this epilator, one is supposed to be gentler than the other but I can't say I have found any difference in the pain/tingling so I always use the faster, more efficient setting.

                  The epilator comes with a little cleaning brush and is easily taken apart to clean and re-assemble ready for it's next use.

                  The epilator does leave you with red spots on your legs where the hair folicles are but if you use it in the evening the reddening will have gone by the morning.

                  Overall I would recommend this product to anyone who wants longer lasting hair removal

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                  18.04.2012 18:45

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                  very good item

                  I had this epilator for xmas 2011. and i was very excited to try it out, because i had always waxed as shaving never lasted very long for me, so i wanted to try something that would last a bit longer, but didn have to make beutician appointments all the time. at first i found it a little uncomfortable, but as i got used to it and tightned my skin a bit more it was very barable. i was amazed how smooth it left my legs, and the red spots were the hair had been pulled out of dissapeared within 24 hours. as i got braved i tried my under arms, and that was a fantastic result. so smoth and not very painfulll to do. all together my hair started to grow back after about 3 weeks, and i would eppilate quickly and they'd be gone! the only slight problem id have would be as the hair are growing back, the area would become a bit itchy so i could tell hairs were growing back! but after exfoliating properly the problem would be solved. i will never shave againg, my epilator is the best

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              • Product Details

                40 Tweezers - Removes more in a single stroke. 2 Epilation speeds - Ideal for beginners & experienced users. Soft Lift Tips - Lifts even shortest hairs for a closer epilation. Smart Light Technology - ..spotlight to ensure no hair missed. Active Massaging Rollers - Stimulate & relax skin. Efficiency attachment - Captures more hair in one stroke. Narrow Cap - Designed for underarms & bikini line gentle hair removal. ..Facial attachment - For utmost precision and control in sensitive areas. Mains Only. Includes travel bag and cleaning brush.