Product Type: Braun Epilator / Lady Shaver
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Braun Silk-épil 5780 Xelle Body and Face Epilator
Member Name: Tarapea
Braun Silk-épil 5780 Xelle Body and Face Epilator
Advantages: Durable, slow regrowth, smart light, interchangeable heads
Disadvantages: Can be painful, bit difficult to clean, some may prefer a rechargeable device
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
Summary: This makes epilating as comfortable as it's ever going to be!
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