Product Type: Braun Epilator / Lady Shaver
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Silky smooth legs in a moderately pain free way!
Braun Silk-épil 7180 Xpressive Solo
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Braun Silk-épil 7180 Xpressive Solo
Advantages: Cordless, removes 0.5mm hair, 2 speed settings, wipes
Disadvantages: Expensive RRP, doesn't remove all hair in one quick go
The beauty of the Silk Epil by Braun is that it removes hair right at the roots - even the fine hair (as short as 0.5mm long - which is pretty short!). When I read the blurb about the Silk Epil, I didn't actually think this would be possible, but in genuinely does get rid of even tiny bits of hair. It works using 40 tweezers to remove the hair, so it's not 'pleasant', but it's also not as painful as I expected it to be. The pivoting head means that hair removal is easier in those harder to reach areas, as the flexible head means it pivots with your contours, which makes it more thorough and less prone to miss hairs. There is also a feature call SoftLift Tips which lift even flat lying hair, guiding them to the tweezers to ensure total removal of all hair, working alongside the rollers to massage and sooth the skin as you use. I do find that one use isn't enough and you do have to go over areas a few times before every last hair has been removed, but from speaking to friends who use different models, I think this is pretty standard with epilators as a rule. I find I need to remove hair again after around 4 weeks.
The cordless body means it can be used wherever suits you best, in the bathroom, in your bedroom, in the shower, the bath... I think this makes it versatile and definitely more user friendly. It charges fully within around 50 minutes to an hour, and you will easily have enough time for one full epilation with the 40 minute battery time after charge.
The wet wipes that are recommended for use to prepare the skin before epilation are made by Olay and are a god send. I often ignore when products recommend you to use another product alongside it, as I think it's just another way to make more money out of you, but I would have to agree in this instance. They cool and relax the skin before the trauma of epilating, kind of lulling it into a false sense of security! On one occasion, I can't remember why but I didn't use the wipes beforehand and the difference in my skin was unbelievable. It felt sore and looked red in areas, it hurt more during epilating too, so these wonder wipes are a must! I sometimes use them after epilating too although I try and not go through too many, they don't seem to last very long as it is! One pack of wipes come in the box and extra packs can be bought for around £7 on Amazon (for a pack of 16), but I think you can pick them up cheaper on eBay.
The feature that I like best is the option to change the speed setting. There are only 2 settings - wimp and hard! Setting 1 is for 'gentle epilation' and setting 2 is for 'efficient epilation'. Guess which one I use! I think I have used setting 2 once when I was pushed for time and boy did I feel like I could take on the world! You definitely need your hard pills for this one (of course I may just be being the ultimate wimp!).
Easy grip and Smartlight:
The epilator is easy to hold and it won't get slippy if you use it in the shower or the bath. They are really easy to clean too, and can be put under running water without any worries at all. It is really light at just over 1lb. There is also a smartlight which lights up really hard to see fine hairs, so this makes the process a little easier too.
How would I recommend using it?
I would recommend that you use this epilator in a warm, not hot, bath (the epilator is 100% safe to use in water). I find that if you rub your skin with the cooling wipes before getting into a warm bath, sit in the bath for 5 minutes to relax the skin, and then begin the process on the first setting, that this is the most effective process that won't make your skin sore. The pulling sensation also reduces if used in warm water, something I definitely noticed in comparison to when I used it dry. I have used it in a rush without the wipes, and using it dry on a setting 2 just made my skin really sore to the touch for a short while and wasn't worth doing it this way. Of course everyone is different, but I am just sharing my experiences. I also found that after 2 or 3 uses, the discomfort significantly reduced and now I find it seems much more gentle and easier to use, but I think this is more my skin getting used to the treatment, so do stick with it! My hair also seems to grow back slower between each use now than it did when I first started using it. If you are going to continue to epilate, I would also recommend using a light, fragrance free shower gel - I find Sanex or the Simple range are perfect.
The RRP of this model is £109.99 but I didn't pay that! I managed to pick it up on offer in a chemist for £75, and it is currently on sale on Amazon for £84.84. Do keep an eye out, I occasionally see it on offer one week and then full price somewhere else. You can pick up epilators for between £50 and £150, so this particular one is mid-range.
Summary: 4 stars