So...before I really get into my review, I want to point out that aside from the name of the product, the picture and description on Dooyoo is completely wrong. It is not for your head of hair but for your unwanted body hair...... so please ignore 'frizz-free results' and 'protection against heat damage'...... Parissa does not make that type of hair product!
Now...let's get started! I've used several Parissa hair removal products in the past and found that they were much better than Veet and other popular products out there. Parissa products are widely available in Boots, but the prices are generally more expensive than competing products. They make wax strips, hot wax, body sugar and azulene oil.
Currently (January 2013) the product is selling on Boots for £13-14 but the rrp is around £20. The contents are housed in a medium-sized box (around 15 x 11 x 7.5cm by my measurements) and has full instructions on the side. Opening the box you are met by a lime green opening with a hole where the top of the bottle pokes through. There is a small warning to 'remove plug seal before use'. This is the part where excitement went down for me...140ml worth of sugar paste looks a lot smaller than you think and the box is really much too big...typical!......
(2) One lime green spherical container the size of a small apple that houses the sugar paste with a detachable roller for applying the paste. Unscrewing the roller you can see the plug seal that stops the paste from pouring out. This must be removed for obvious reasons, especially since the hot paste will make it too difficult to take off when in use. Detachable on top of these is a semi-transparent cap to put over the top of the roller.
(3) 20 white washable strips
You can either use a microwave or hot water to heat up the paste. When it is ready to use you put the roller on, wait 20 seconds and apply slowly onto the desired area. After this you put the strip over and pull...
The first time I used this, I dragged the roller too quickly and hardly any paste came out. Not only that, but it applied in a very streaky and uneven way with a lot of the paste wasted on the sides of the roller. You have to go slowly and firmly which can be frustrating since it starts to solidify after some time. I like that the paste is really easy to wash off with water unlike wax. When you do manage to get an even layer of paste, the results are quite good with a few stray hairs here and there.
The product was generally easy to use, but unless you want to do small areas, using this sugar paste may prove to be too time-consuming. Before I bought it, I thought that a roll-on product with washable paste would be convenient, but actually the other items in the Parissa range are much better and at a better price point. The results from this roll-on sugar lasted a few weeks (as much as I wanted it to last for the 6-week maximum limit advertised). This again was comparable to other products by Parissa below the £10 mark. Ergonomically the product feels very nice to use when you get the hang of it however unlike other heatable products it is definitely clunkier. It's advertised as being for beginners and pros which I think is a fair claim. Overall, this product is just OK...and for OK and costing this must, I would give it 3.5 stars!
Versatile hair straightener for a smooth, sleek and ultra-shiny finish / Promotes super straight frizz-free results on even the most unruly hair while helping to protect against heat damage / Achieve the look: Distribute evenly through towel dried hair / For salon results dry straight in sections /