Product Type: Braun Epilator / Lady Shaver
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Braun Silk-Úpil 7681 Xpressive Pro Wet & Dry Epilator
Advantages: Gets rid of hair, good performance...
Disadvantages: ... but doesn't last 4 weeks for me :(
This is my secong epilator. My old model was also a Braun, as they are the leading brand on the market and I was very pleased with it. However, after a good few years, I decided to go for an upgrade and got Braun's latest model (to date), the Silk-Epil Xpressive Pro 7681.
First of all, I know that one of the selling points of the product is the fact that it can be used under water, but I am unable to comment on this particular aspect as I only use it dry. However, being waterproof means that you can wash each individual part after use, making it much more hygienic than other models.
It comes with a variety of accessories, mostly attachments designed to epilate more efficiently different parts of the body, but to be honest I don't use any of them as the only difference among them is their size: smaller means less hairs gets gripped at once, so it is less painful, but it also means it takes much longer, so I just go for the larger attachment that'll get the job done quicker. It also has a shaver head for the areas that you don't want to epilate, and a trimmer cap can be attached onto the shaver head.
Whereas my old model had to be plugged in, the 7681 needs to be charged prior to use, and cannot be used at all while it is plugged in. This is for safety reasons, as you can use it underwater and, well, you want to avoid accidents. It also means that you can easily take it with you on holiday and you won't need to bother with a plug, cord, adapter, etc, as long as you remember to charge it up before you go. However one thing you will NEED - and which is NOT sold with the epilator - is a shaver adaptor, as it comes with a two-prong plug which will not work on standard sockets.
It takes between one and two hours to fully charge the 7681, and you can tell it is ready by looking at the green light that shows at the front: if it flashes green, it is still charging, and when it stops flashing, it's ready. One full charge lasts about 45 minutes, when a red light will start flashing to let you know that you've only got a few minutes left. 45 minutes is enough for me to epilate my underarms and two half legs, and to trim and shave my bikini area.
The way it works, as you probably know, is by pulling hairs out exactly the way tweezers do, except this time there are 40 tweezers doing it at the same time. So yes, it is NOT completely pain free, but it varies enormously depending on which part of your body you are epilating. From most pain-free to most painful, it goes like this: legs>underams>bikini. Keeping your skin stretched helps with the pain, but what I found the most helpful was simply perseverance: each time you use it, you hairs grow back weaker and thinner, so each session is a little less painful than the previous. I can honestly say after a while, I could actually not feel anything at all while epilating my legs and my underarms, so do keep trying, it's worth it. Just a word of advice from personal experience: going back to shaving more than twice in a row will mean that the pain will go back to its original level when you next epilate!
There is just one thing I am not really happy with: you are promised up to 4 weeks of hairlessness, but, well, I have to epilate every single week. Maybe everybody has a different hairgrowth rate, but over all the years I have an epilator (including my older model), I have always had to do my legs/underams every week. Like I said above, it takes me about 45 minutes to do everything (but then I do like to be thorough), so if you don't have the time to dedicate yourself to this ongoing process, maybe shaving is better for you.
Summary: A good choice of epilator.
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