Product Type: Braun Epilator & Lady Shaver
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Braun Silk Epil 7891 7 Dual Epilator
Member Name: cyberem78
Braun Silk Epil 7891 7 Dual Epilator
Advantages: Well designed with guidelight and soft rubber cap.
Disadvantages: It hurts! Slightly too big to grip easily.
I am a member of a group called BzzAgent. The company allows members try products and appliances (usually for free) in return for their promise to spread word (or buzz) about the products they have tried to friends, family and the online community. My latest BzzAgent Campaign was for this appliance, the new Braun Dual Silk Epilator Model 7891. An epilator, for those that don't know, is a machine that removes unwanted hair from the body by plucking it out. Prior to agreeing to try the product I had never had any experience with epilators and only used regular disposable razors and creams to remove hair.
As I say I had never used an epilator before and was quite taken aback by how hi-tech this gadget actually is. Braun say this is their most special epilator yet and after recieving this product I decided to have a peek at other models on the market just to see how this one compared. I was a bit confused by the different models of the Braun epilators on the shelf as they all look virtually the same! You can identify the model number though as it is shown in small writing in the corner of the box. The models also have varying amounts of accessories included in the boxes - this can be identified on the side of the box where it tells you there are 4 accessories with the 7891 model.
This model is called the 'Braun Silk-epil 7 Dual Epilator with Gillette Venus Technology for Legs and Body Model 7891 with +4 Accessories'. It's the newest Braun model and is designed to look like previous models. This epilator looks like a large personal shaver, white in colour with a turquoise grip cover and head design. The epilator is quite heavy to hold but the greenish outer plastic , the non slip grip, is fitted with a ridged pattern to stop the gadget from slipping through your fingers. It is a removable non slip grip and you need to be careful not to depress the top part whilst using the machine or the grip will slip.
The epilator works when you slide a little button on the front. It has two settings - I and II. The first setting is meant to be the 'gentle' setting whilst the second is described as 'efficient'. When you switch the epilator on it makes a really loud whizzing noise. It sounds like a mini drill and can be quite scary initially. The head of the epilator spins around very quickly. The head is fitted with 40 little tweezers at various points which snap open and shut. Behind the spinning tweezer head there is a Gillette Venus razor. This is what makes this epilator 'dual' as it not only plucks but shaves too. Around the spinning head there is a 'Smoothing Cap' with rubber edging which helps make the head smooth over the skin more easily. The razor has a moisturising strip as well as a rubber buffer. It's a two blade razor and extremely sharp. Whilst I have not cut myself whilst using the epilator normally I was holding the Smoothing Cap attachment to clean it and the blade literally slid into my finger tip and I didn't even realise it, so be careful!
The epilator should normally be used with a shaving gel. I was provided by BzzAgent with Satin Care Gel to use. The epilator in it's dual form should be used underwater with or without shaving gel. However, there is an attachment cap head included which means you can use the tweezing head without the razor and this means you can use the epilator both wet and dry. Other attachments include a smaller cap for sensitive areas.
If you are using the epilator underwater the 'smart light' on the model helps to show you where to aim the tweezing head. The light is a bright white colour and is a really helpful addition to the model, illuminating the areas where I have covered and those I haven't. The model vibrates a tiny bit in the hand but not enough to make your hand shake. The epilator should be placed along the skin at a 90% angle and then you should move it slowly over the skin.
When you use the epilator your hair should be quite short as longer hairs mean it hurts more and it will get more messy! You should remove hair with a regular razor or cream about three days before using the epilator. When I first used the epilator I was a bit shocked. I don't want to lie about what the process feels like - I literally felt like my skin was being cut to ribbons by a million miniature samarai swords. I had to keep pulling the machine away from my legs to check I hadn't actually cut myself. It's very painful but the more you use the epilator the more you get used to it, but even so it's a kind of pain that you have to get used to.
After using the epilator on my legs I was left hairless and assumed that most of the hair had been plucked out by the tweezers. On me, where the hair comes out the folicle around it is raised up. This is then caught by the razor and the result can mean very red, dimpled skin that looks like a plucked chicken! The day after using the epilator for the first time my legs looked hairy again. I then realised that a lot of hair is missed by the tweezing hair and is simply cut off by the razor. This means you have to keep focusing on the hair coming through to try and achieve an even result. It is a patchy result though and it means you have to keep using the epilator frequently as hairs regrow at different rates. Braun claim that the dual epilator razor helps to reveal a new layer of skin. I think it's a bit vigorous though and I'm often left red raw. The blade is very sharp. The redness on my skin fades after 24 hours. After getting used to the epilator on my legs I tried doing my underarms but found that the folicles bled when the hairs were pulled out so have been unable to continue using the model here.
The epilator comes with a charging stand. The plug has only two prongs so you might need an adapter plug if you are in the UK. The model comes with a little cleaning brush which is helpful for removing any hair that is stuck to the head. I find it really easy to clean the model. I actually just usually need to take the smoothing cap off and rinse the head. The smoothing cap should be changed approximately every six months - the razor blade is fitted with a blue strip that gradually turns white to indicate that it needs replacing.
To be honest I have mixed feelings about this epilator. My sister bought a different brand epilator a couple of years ago and compared to hers this Braun model looks like something from the future. It is seriously high quality in terms of design. However I would have preferred a slightly slimmer body on the model for an easier hold. Everything you need is included in this package though - attachment heads, charger stand, cleaning brush. The model has great features - soft rubber edging on the cap, moisturising strip on the razor, bright guiding light, easy to assemble parts. However, the level of pain takes a lot of getting used to. I have started to 'enjoy' the sensation on my legs in a kind of masochistic way. I have found that I have had to use the epilator more than the brand claim you need to though. I find that a great proportion of hair is simply shaved off by the razor rather than tweezered out. My hair right now, after a few weeks of use, is quite patchy and the re-growth needs attention to avoid any problems like ingrowing hairs. I think that if I am able to eventually achieve an even result and am able to cut down on using the epilator then it will be worth using in the long run. Braun claim you will eventually only need to use the model every 2-3 weeks which is a lot less hassle than having to shave every day!
This epilator retails at an eye watering price of £169.99. If you are serious about finding a long term solution to hair removal then I would recommend trying this model as I think it provides you with a lot of features and accessories that improve the epilating experience.
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Summary: A high quality epilator.
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