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I was given this epilator by my sister which she had as a birthday present but just couldn't get on with it and went back to shaving after one use. I had never used one before so decided to give it a go. I must admit that the first time I tried it I hated it and it just pulled my hair but I persevered and now wouldn't use anything else.
It is a white and raspberry colour and is both an epilator and shaver. It has two massage rollers which massage and stimulate your skin immediately before and after the hair is removed which somehow deflects the pulling sensation of the hair being pulled out. It has 20 tweezers so is quite a concentrated area so it doesn't miss hairs and also removes quite short hairs. There are two speeds to it, I started off on the slower speed which I would say is what most people would use when they first start using it, but now I use the faster speed now I am more experienced.
The one thing I would say which is a downside for me is that it is quite noisy to use, and I probably use it for about ten minutes with each use. When I am in the bathroom having a 'pamper' I like it to be a relaxed and quite area and I am always glad when I have finished and can turn it off, but I think it is worth it for the results it gives me.
My body hair is quite strong especially on my legs but I find that this epilator does remove most of my hair and goes right down to the root. Occasionally if there are any stragglers left I will pluck them out with tweezers but I try not to shave as I find that they grow back really stubbly when you do this. You don't have to use much pressure at all to use it and the trick is to just let it glide smoothly over your skin and you don't get any 'pinching.' I think the trick is to be confident and just keep a continuous pressure at all times but this does come down to practice.
I use it mainly on my legs, but also do my underarms and bikini line and have got the latter down to a fine art with the help of a mirror placed strategically on the corner of the bath! There is a little 'smartlight' which shines directly at the area you are working on which is great if you aren't by a window or only have a dim light in the bathroom.
You do occasionally feel a bit of a pulling tingling sensation but you really do get used to it. I would say that it is ten times better than waxing which I always found really painful and a lot more messy and sticky. It is also much cheaper, although I didn't pay for this they are currently on sale from about £38 and I would probably spend at least £10 a month on waxing.
It also comes with a shaver head and a trimmer cap for those sensitive areas. It has a cooling glove which you can use before and after epilating to soothe your skin however I have never used this and just use a moisturiser and put quite a generous layer on and rub it in gently. My legs do feel lovely and smooth afterwards and I probably only need to use it every three weeks.
As with most things it gets easier the more you use it definitely slows down your hair growth which is great. I would recommend if you have never used one to give this one a try, it is not the most expensive or the most technical to use, I certainly find it easy and comfortable to use.
When I was an epilator virgin I thought I'd try it out as an alternative to waxing. I hadn't read the reviews on what an epilator was like and just thought it would be like shaving. How wrong was on.
You plug it into the mains and there are two settings, slow and fast. So I put it on fast and there was this load rawing noise with all these hundreds of tweezers whizzing around looking like they are going to do serious damage.
I only managed a tiny bit on my leg as I was in absolute agony. Who would use these things? I persavered and it took about half an hour to do one leg. Not a quick alternative to hair loss. But maybe because I was a beginner and kept stopping and starting in between screaming in pain. I did find it got easy, or maybe not easier just got used to the pain.
However I found after using the for a few times that your skin gets used to it and doesn't hurt so much.
The things I don't like about this, is the amount of time it takes, seems far too time consuming and not something that can be done in a couple of minutes. And is very painful.
This one comes in a nice pouch for when going on holiday or just for storage in bathroom and an alternative head. So that this turns into an electric shaver. Which is handy.
It is very noisy, and I am sure there are others out there that are far quieter and less painful. It is best to cool the skin first before using.
I have given this three stars because of the noise, not being able to pluck every single hair in one go. Quite often I need to go over the same area numerous times. And I am sure there are less pain ones available but I have nothing to compare with. They may all be this painful. Not for the faint hearted.
I have to say that I am definintely not an epilator fan. I have heard rave reviews of the product from other people, but I thought that it was awful. This particular product is one of the cheaper models at only £20, and maybe a more expensive version would have produced better results, but I was dissappointed on every level. Before I go on I should point out that I have quick thick hairs, and for example I tried home waxing and I had pretty much the same experience - it was a complete disaster. One friend in particular who uses the epilator all the time and says that it is fantastic has very fair, very thin hairs. She says that epilating in the bath when you're warm and relaxed works best. And don't get me wrong, I can see all of the benefits - the hairs don't grow back as quickly being the main one - it sounded great, which is why I bought the thing in the first place.
However ... before you even start epilating you have to let your hair grow for a couple of weeks, so that you look like a gorilla and feel embarrassed getting your legs out in public. Then, the day of judgement comes. You have grown you hairs to perfect length so you set about the 'quick and simple' process of removing them. You find ... IT HURTS! It really really hurts, not a little bit but really really a lot - it's like the most painful eyebrow plucking but hundreds of times. I couldn't stand more than about half a leg. It also didn't remove all of my hairs, which is useless and meant that I had to shave anyway. I was thorougly disapointed and would never consider epilating again, but maybe it's just my stubborn hairs.
I had a Phillips Epilator for well over a decade, when it finally gave up the ghost I searched round for an affordable alternative, this was on special offer from Amazon at a little under £30.00 marked down in price from about £45.00, this was about a year ago so it's probably cheaper to buy now.
The product comes in a recyclable cardboard box. Inside the box you get a zip up mesh bag containing the power lead, the main body of the unit and several different heads, including three different size epilator heads and one shaving head.
Upon opening this product I, as usual, ignored the instructions, for me if I cannot work out how to work something without the instructions I return it. It's very simple to use, you plug the main unit into the mains power lead and attach one of the interchangable heads, these clip onto the top and will only fit one way round so you can't really get it wrong. There is a switch which has two speeds: fast and faster, you would change this depending on the length of the hair you are epilating. There is a very bright light which is aimed at the area that you are epilating, it comes on when you switch the epilator on and off when you switch the epilator off. The light is a very useful feature, especially in these days of energy saving bulbs.
The epilator works by having a rotating wheel with tweezers on, the tweezers open and close automatically as the wheel rotates and pull out you hairs, simples. It's not a completely pain free option but it isn't as bad a waxing. I tend to begin in a sparsely haired area like the back of my legs this kicks in your natural defences against pain and although a little painful at first it soon settles down and doesn't hurt anymore, the longer the hair the more painful the epilation is, so if you keep on top of your dehairing then you'll be fine.
In conclusion. This epilator is ok. It's not the best around, it gets rid of the hairs for a few weeks but I get a lot more ingrowing hairs than with my previous epilator so I have to spend more time exfoliating. It is however a good way to dehair in the privacy of your own home.
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This is a fab epilator and less painful than others I have used. It is still a bit sore though so go easy if it's your first time. I epilate once a week if I remember which makes it much less painful and should keep you hair free for ages. It's very good at getting all the little hairs and should only take ten minutes if you do it regularly. I try to do it while reading a book to take my mind off it, or you can watch tv if you turn the volume right up.
If you haven't used an epilator before I'd say its much better than shaving and more convenient than waxing. The more you use i the lighter the hairs get so I haven't shaved my legs for a couple of years and i'm much happier this way. I also used to get shaving rash but I haven't had any adverse effects with this product.
so overall I would highly recommend it
I asked for this epilator for Christmas as I wanted a method of hair removal that would last longer than shaving. This epilator is advertised as ideal for beginners, as it comes with 2 heads - one has less tweezers than the other to make it less painful and to get you used to the sensation. I was a bit nervous to begin with as I was scared it would be very painful, but I was using the head with more tweezers in it very quickly. After your'e used to how it feels it actually doesn't hurt very much on the legs, and lasts for about 4 weeks til the hairs start to grow back. It can be used on very short hairs too so you don't have to wait til they're a certain length, and comes with a detachable accessory that rolls the skin to lift the hairs and make it less painful. It also come with a brush to clean the hairs out of the head once you're finished. The hair removal is fast, but there is no chamber to collect the hair so you need to vacuum after! It's also quite noisy and terrifies my cats (although it's funny to watch them try to bat it and run away!). It can be used on any body hair, but I tried my underarms and it was very painful for me, my friend does her bikini line with hers though so I maybe have a low pain threshold!
All in all, it's convenient and does the job well.
I like the idea of epilators, as shaving leaves such awful stubble and waxing is expensive if you go somewhere to get it done or messy if you try and do it yourself. They seem like a great compromise.
This is the only epilator I've owned so far, so can't compare it agains others.
It comes with a few attachments (one which you can use to make it a little less painful when you first use it) and a shaving head which I've never used. It also has a little brush which you use to clean out the hairs after use.
The picture above shows a zip-up bag, so I guess it's been updated since I bought mine, as mine came with a useles drawstring bag, which drops all the bits out as it doesn't fasten very well. So... an improvment if there's a zip-up bag.
It does remove hairs pretty easily, especially once you've used it a few times
They take longer to grow back than when shaving and are thinner and much less coarse
Over time, the hairs start to lessen, which makes it less painful when you epilate and also means you have to do it less often
It wasn't very expensive, compared to other models, although I can't actually remember how much I paid (£20-£25 I think)
It's really noisy. I had originally thought I could use it while watching TV but it's too noisy for that. This means I use it less often than I would if it was quieter
It's a bit messy, as there is nowhere for the hairs to go, so you need to sit on a towel or something to collect the hairs. They really need to design an attachment to collect the hairs. I don't know whether any other models have such an attachment.
It works better on legs than anywhere else. I use it for my underarms but it doesn't remove all the hairs and once, when I tried really hard to get rid of all the hairs, it left me really sore and red for days.
I've spent most of my adult life on a mission to find a hassle free way to be hairless, and I think this is probably the closest I'll ever get.
Epilators work by plucking out each hair individually but have lots of tweezers on a small rolling head so that lots of hairs can be removed in one go. This epilator comes with a head that has far fewer tweezers on it, in order to break you in gently, and then when you're feeling brave, you can move on to the standard head which has lots to get the job done quickly! It also has a rather groovy "efficiency attachment" which encourages all the hairs to stand up and be epilated so you don't have to go over the same area again and again.
Okay, onto the business part:
Does it hurt? Well, yes it does, but no more than waxing and considering that for the price of a wax, you can buy this and never have to fork out for waxing again, and you can epilate to your heart's content in the privacy of your own home, I think it's bearable. I can happily do my legs and underarms, not very impressed by the results on my bikini line - it really hurts here and it's quite awkward. They could do with designing a tiny head for such areas!
Does it last? Well, again, yes it does. Probably the best bit is that you never end up with a full leg of regrowth, so if you just run it over your legs every fortnight or so, you'll be pretty hairfree, and also it won't hurt as much.
There's a little cooling pad thing that you're supposed to put in the freezer to cool your legs afterwards, which seems like a great idea, but I've never bothered, so I can't comment on its effectiveness! My top tip would be to mix a little bit of 1% hydrocortisone with body lotion and smooth it onto your legs afterwards - very soothing.
So all in all, I think it's a fab little machine and would recommend it!