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Braun Silk Epil Xelle 5380

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Brand: Braun / Manufafturer: Braun / Type: Epliator / Lady Shavers

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      12.09.2013 11:10
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      Thanks for reading :)

      I have used a number epilators over the years, but one of the first ones I tried had nearly put me off using an epilators for life! The Braun Silk Epil Xelle 5380 was the first one I decided to try out, as I heard using epilators were better than using a shaver and a good alternative to waxing as it helps reduce thickness and speed of re growth. Therefore I decided to purchase the Braun Silk Epil Xelle 5380 which I now deeply regret.




      Price
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      I purchased this epilator from Argos a year ago at around £65, which I believe was on sale so would normally cost more. Amazon are currently selling it for £52, Argos used to sell it but unfortunately at the moment they are not stocking the item. It can also be found on eBay for cheaper prices.



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      The epilator comes enclosed in a black cardboard box, with an image of the pink epilator itself printed on the front and an image of a pair of long female legs positioned just below the brand logo and name. The legs appear nice and smooth with the intention to illustrate that the product will make your legs look the same. I particularly like the design of the box packaging and the colour scheme used, the black contrasting with the pink epilator and bronze coloured legs does give out an elegant and classy image, and makes the product seem more appealing.

      Inside the box is the epilator, a storage bag, a cleaning brush, glove, and two head connectors. One head connector was smaller in size and is for the delicate areas such as underarms and the larger head is designed to remove leg hair.




      Details
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      SoftLift tips.

      Two different head attachments.

      Dual massage system and speed personalisation.

      Underarm cap.

      2 speed settings.

      1hr charge time for 30 mins usage.




      My Experience
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      Once plugged in power was on, I thought it was time to test it out. I was however not prepared for the pain that was about to engulf me! I new it would hurt but didn't think it would be that painful...I was wrong.
      I glided the epilator on my legs and instantly felt a burning sensation and painful tugging. The thing is I do have somewhat sensitive skin, so maybe that is why I felt even the first stroke to be extremely painful, but I have shaved my legs in the past with a normal shaver and have even waxed and had never felt this uncomfortable. I tried using it on both legs but unfortunately couldn't even finish my first leg because my leg was red sore and looked nearly as bad as it felt. The thing is even while using it; it didn't seem to take off much hair at all even when using the highest speed setting. This meant I had to redo some of the strokes just to make it look even. However after what seemed hours of burning pain I decided to give up and give my leg a rest and time to recover from its ordeal before I would use a normal shaver to finish the job off. I did try using the cooling glove as well, but this didn't really help ease the burning sensation I was experiencing, so thought that was pretty useless too.



      Conclusion
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      Positives:


      *Packaging looks attractive

      *Only 30min charge time


      Negatives:


      * Doesn't work well

      * Very Painful


      *Leaves skin sore and red

      * Cooling glove was useless.

      I would therefore not recommend this epilator, I have used epilators that have worked and that were relatively painless but I am afraid this is not one of them. Stay clear if I was you!

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        07.09.2013 23:35

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        I purchased this product around a year ago. I was pleased with it at first as it was just.the right size and a pretty colour. The first time i used it though it really hurt which then put me off it alot. I wouldnt highly reccomend this product but it could be a different experience for other women. Im not telling women not to buy it and not writing a bad review im just expressing my opinion about it.

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        06.08.2013 12:44

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        Waste of Money

        I bought the Braun Epilator as I was like many women out there sick to death of constantly shaving or going through the torture of waxing. A friend told me Epilating was the way to go, overall I thought this would save me money since I wouldn't need new razors and wouldn't have to shell out a bomb for a good wax. Well I wish I hadn't bothered if I am honest, I don't want to sound like a big wimp but epilating is no walk in the park I found it really sore, I felt every individual hair being pulled from my body and I use to think that wax was torture but it feels like a walk in the park now.

        Well that was just about the pain now you would think after all the hard work and pain you would see the results you were looking for.... well I was sadly disappointed! I still had little hairs left over and still had to use a razor, so what is the point! I thought maybe it was my inexperience so I tried it again on several occasions but the results where still the same I had to get my trusty old razor to finish the job. So I thought what is the point, I should stick to old reliable Venus Razor.

        Since then I have boxed up my epilator and it is just sitting in a cupboard collecting dust. So if you consider this product, please don't think your doing to have perfectly smooth legs for weeks on end, you will be sadly disappointed.

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        25.04.2013 11:27
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        Pleased I persevered with it and would replace if it ever wears out.

        I bought this gadget from Amazon about a year ago when it was on offer at £39.99. I normally get my legs waxed and thought that buying an epilator might save me time and money.

        My daughter has a wet and dry rechargable epilator but complained the charge didn't last long which is why I opted for the one connected with a cable. This may cause problems for some people but its not a problem for me.

        I was impressed with the look of the epilator and the feel of it. Also like the little pouch everything comes in to keep it all together. You receive the epilator itself, the cable, the epilator attachment. shaver attachment and a little brush to clean it with.

        It also comes with a little guard to make the area of hairs you are working on smaller,and I guess less painful, which is a waste of time as far as I am concerned so never used. Two speeds not necessary either. Just use the fast one.

        You need a two pin adaptor plug as well which isnt provided.

        First use is very painful!! I had a glass of wine and let my daughter do it for me. I persevered as I didn't want to look a wimp in front of her. I have read somewhere that you can take painkillers prior to using it but I never have.

        I liked the result and have since kept up with using it. Exfoliation is very important otherwise you will get ingrown hairs. My only complaint is that it is time consuming, and results never last as long as they say they should. Every couple of weeks is ideal for me but I guess everyone is different. Its also very noisy!!

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          18.02.2013 21:34
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          I'd rather be hairy than use this again.

          As far as hair removal methods go I have always been a big fan of waxing. I've never really liked shaving as it only ever lasts a day or two before you start to get a bit rough and stubbly and I can't stand the smell of hair removal creams, so waxing seemed like the best option. But with the cost of the treatment coming in at about £30 every 4-6 weeks I decided that maybe it would be more cost effective to try epilating, after all I had been waxing for years so it wouldn't be must different; or so I thought!

          This was not a purchase I stumbled into blindly. I did my research, looked at the different models for the various brands and price ranges and finally settled on the Braun Silk-Epil Xelle which was described as being 'designed for efficient and extra gentle hair removal for silky smooth skin for up to four weeks' which seemed to tick all the right boxes so off I went to Argos to pick one up. Originally it was priced at £74.99 but at that time it was on offer for £64.99.
          The epilator is packaged in a black box which shows a picture of lovely smooth toned legs on the front and a clear plastic bubble with the item displayed inside. Once opened inside was the epilator, with two different heads (a small one for underarms and a bigger one for legs) a storage pouch, a cooling glove and a cleaning brush. Anxious to try my new gadget I plugged it in to charge and had a look over the instructions.

          Fast forward to that evening and I was ready to de-fuzz. Full of the promise of '40 tweezers that grip individual hairs for quick and efficient removal' I expected a quick relatively painless process like I was used to when being waxed...boy was I in for a shock! It was agony, and I consider myself to have a fairly high pain threshold. After only one stroke my leg felt like it was on fire. Not one to give up easily I thought maybe I had done something wrong, so I re-read the instructions and went in for round two, only to be beaten once more. That was me out, and the cooling glove did little to sooth my now very tender legs. The decision was taken then and there that maybe the price of waxing was worth it after all and the epilator ended up in the hands of my obviously more masochistic sister (who now swears by it)

          The theory behind this little implement of torture looks good on paper, but when it comes down to it I would rather turn into the bearded lady than subject myself to anything like this again. Would I recommend this to others? Not unless it was as an act of revenge.

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          08.02.2013 15:16
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          Will keep going in pursuit of perfection!

          I have extremely sensitive skin, so shaving constantly results in an embarrassing and itchy rash, and waxing removes not just the hair, but most of the skin too. I thought an epilator should in theory do the job of a wax but without the damage to the skin and decided on Braun as it is a reputable brand, it promised to remove short hairs for up to 3 weeks, and it seemed a reasonable price.

          This epilator is mains powered and comes with a small bag, shaver attachment. cleaning brush and a sort of blade guard which effectively puts a small plastic barrier in between the rotating tweezers and your skin. This seemed a little pointless to me as it means you can't get the tweezers as close to your skin and therefore remove the shorter hairs. Having said that, even without the guard I couldn't seem to get the tweezers to grip and remove the shorter hairs, which means that there is never a smooth finish but rather a slight stubbliness remaining (although nothing like the prickly hair which grows back following shaving).

          I have never used the shaver attachment as I thought this may irritate my skin like disposable razor blades, and also because I am a little too stubborn to epilate my legs and then shave them as well! The cleaning brush and pouch are useful extras, it is quite satisfying to give the epilator a good clean after use and then put it away knowing that it won't be affected by dust or any other allergens or irritants that could make their way onto your skin at the next use.

          The epilator has two speed settings and a light to help you to see if there are any areas you have missed. The light is very useful, even with natural daylight and a strong ceiling light there have still been times where I shine the epilator light to discover that there is some hair still to be removed. The two speed settings on the other hand seem unnecessary - I at first tried the slower speed thinking that this may be less painful - wrong! The blades rotate faster on the second speed which means that the job gets done ever so slightly quicker and the amount of time spent in pain is reduced by a fraction, and so I can't personally see the advantage of having a slower speed to choose from. It is quite noisy when it is switched on, and does look a little menacing when the tweezer blades start rotating furiously!

          This epilator is easy to use and nice to hold, however if you were hoping for a painfree experience, this is not it! The results do last longer than shaving (although not up to the 3 week mark I was hoping for), but you will struggle to get a smooth finish like that from razor blades in the first place. I will continue to use this product as it is more painful in the short term, but less painful in the long term than the irritation caused by shaving. I am hoping that the more I use it,the better the results will be and the longer they will last.

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            05.11.2012 17:03
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            Wasn't really impressed with it at all, I am still hairy and embarrassed to boot!

            A brief description:
            The product is small - just the right size to hold with one hand, relatively attrative with the coloured detailing. It comes with 2 attachments, the shaver head and the epilator head, a brush to clean the machine, a cable to plug it in to the wall and a handy bag to keep it all in.

            I bought this just before I went on holiday a couple of years ago in order to epilate and this hopefully not need to shave every day when I was away. However, I found that the epilator a) REALLY hurt (which I know should have been common sense, but I believed their advertising that it didn't hurt at all like a fool) and b) didn;t remove half of my hair. I had to go over it several times in order to remove the majority but it still wasn't perfect so I ended up shaving anyway. Which seemed like a massive waste of money.

            Since then I have changed to using the shaver head purely for convenience - it takes a lot less time to do - and because it hurts a lot less. Though it still doesn't remove all of my hair, which makes it only useful when I am in a rush and going to be wearing tights so no one can see anyway. Which really defeats the point of shaving at all.

            Another problem with this product is that it cannot be used wirelessly, but they do not provide an adaptor plug with it, so unless you are willing to shave with your leg up in the sink in a bathroom with an appropriate shaver plug you have to spend extra (admittedly not a lot, but if I've paid as much as I did to get this model I'd like to just be able to use it).

            Also it is VERY noisy. I live in shared accomodation so having a constant buzzing coming from my room can lead to quite embarrassing situations (if you know what I mean). But just in general the noise is irritating, so just be warned when you buy it that it will be loud.

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