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I'll start the review by being honest; epilators aren't meant to be pain free. It's basically mechanic tweezers, so you have to expect some discomfort. The first few times of using any epilator will be a bit "ouch", but this is one of those thing where repeated use lessons the feeling, as you quickly become used to it.
Now for the good news; Philips SATINPERFECT WET & DRY is less painful then any of the other half dozen epilators I've tried over the years. This is because the epilator has an extra-wide head; this makes it sound like that would mean it'd hurt more, but as the wide head covers a larger area, I don't have to keep running the epilator over and over the same area, which makes it faster then most other epilators to use.
However; the main selling point of this particular model is that you can use it in the bath or shower. Being in warm water means that you'll be less tense during use, which equals less discomfort. You'll only feel a slight sensation; it's like pinging an elastic band against your skin. Why is an epilator suitable for bath time use such a recent thing?
This also hurts less when used on dry skin. This is because the epilator has massaging rollers that can be attached to the epilating head, to further relax your skin. In fact, it's so much gentler then other epilators that it's also suitable for underarms, the bikini line and the face [although if you're nervous about using it on more sensitive areas, like these, you can remove the epilating head and attach the included shaver head]. Another simple yet effective feature is the built in light near the head of the epilator, that's help you see any hair you've missed.
As well as the epilators, caps, and razor head you also get a fantastic pair of tweezers. The tweezers have a light in between the prongs to help you see the finer hairs. You can use the tweezers anywhere and they come in a protective metal tube. Perfect for traveling.
Some editions of the SATINPERFECT WET & DRY model come with a slimmer epilator. The design of the size and shape of this smaller epilator makes it ideal for using on 'sensitive' areas; face, underarms and bikini area. I find the design of it very handy for the bends of my knees - as the full size epilator has the wide head, it can be difficult to remove the hair from such a awkward to see/reach area.
The mini epilator doesn't have different caps, and it is battery powdered [they are included].
The hairs begin to grow back after nearly a fortnight with me, but I do have very fast growing hair, so the results can last up to six weeks on other people. They are so fine when they do grow back; if you're in a rush for work etc you could just wear skin tone tights. No-one will be able to tell you're having an `off' day! When the hairs regrow it'll be at different speeds, so it's really just a case of touching up now and then. As its just a few hairs at a time, it doesn't hurt at all.
I find epilating a lot preferable to waxing; you don't need to wait a few weeks for the hair to grow long enough for the wax to be able to pick it up and, besides, I think that this hurts less. Plus; You won't cut yourself, like with razors. Isn't that annoying? Having to shave every other day, the nicking your leg so you have to cover up anyway? Also; consider how much you spend on waxing, razors and shaving foam over time - this epilator pays for itself hundreds of times, over the years.
Finally; While the SATINPERFECT WET & DRY isn't the cheapest epilator available, the included features are very useful and the gimmicks really do make the hair removal process less painful. This model is quick to charge [about 30 minutes for 40 minutes worth of battery power]. I'd recommend the packs that include the mini-epilator if you can afford the extra price, as I use it as many times as I have used the full sized one.
Single epilator: £60 - £75
With mini epilator: £80 - £150
I recommend searching Amazon for the SATINPERFECT WET & DRY - that is where I found the lowest priced options.
2 Speed settings. Rechargeable Only.Ceramic textured discs - gently removes even the finest hair.Hypo-allergenic discs.Shaving head - perfectly follows contours of your bikini line or underarms for a close smooth shave.Trimming comb - cuts longer hairs before epilation or can be used to trim your bikini line.Wide Head - extra wide head for optimal hair removal in one stroke for long lasting and super smooth results in minutes.Active hair lift attachment - removes fine. flat-lying hairs and soothes the skin.Gentle tweezing discs - removes hair without pulling the skin. Wet & Dry precision epilator - A convenient and precise solution for sensitive body parts. Smart tweezers - Tweezers in an elegant case. with integrated light and mirror. ideal for eyebrows. Wet & Dry.Opti-Light.Includes cleaning brush and storage pouch.