Product Type: Tesco Hair Removal
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Doesn't shave and barely foams, so not sure about its name...
Tesco Value Shaving Foam
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Tesco Value Shaving Foam
Advantages: It won't break the bank
Disadvantages: Not fit for purpose
This is one of the products in Tesco's value/everyday value range that you certainly know that you get what you pay for. For around 30p or so, you get a 250ml can of shaving foam, when compared with other leading brands which can be a few pounds, you realise that you're paying a pittance for the product.
The thing is that it's just not a very good product. The can itself is okay, with the dispenser easy to operate and squirting out a controllable amount of foam, but it's the product itself which isn't very good. When you dispense, foam comes out as opposed to gel which you see quite often with shaving foams now, as they then turn into a foam once you lather them. This though foams instantly, and you really need to shake the can first otherwise you get a disappointing trickle of white gloop, not so nice.
Even once the can is shaken and the foam comes out, it's not the firmest of foams, and there doesn't seem to be much substance to it. It's weak and not that firm, like when you whisk egg whites and you haven't quite done it enough. Sadly, whisking this foam a bit more wouldn't produce a foamier product, more it would make it quickly disappear.
There is no real aroma to the foam, it's quite neutral, which some may find is quite good because it doesn't clash, but I like the foam to have a refreshing aroma to it, subtle but there. When I apply it to my face ready for shaving, it goes on in the first instance very well, and stays on my face, but then once I start shaving it's when you realise the inferiority of the product. For a start, it doesn't seem to help with the softening of any bristles, and while the hot water you use when shaving often does a lot of this, the foam really should help soften it and make shaving effective and easier. It just doesn't.
To add to this disappointment, when I start shaving, you can almost see it fading away on your skin, as if it's evaporating into the air without you doing anything. To start with, I thought that I just hadn't applied enough foam and that more on the face would do the trick, putting this necessity down to the cheaper price and therefore needing to use more. However, to do a full shave (and my hair doesn't actually grow very thickly), I found I had to reapply a few times to get the right results, and even then it wasn't a pleasant experience. I had to go over some areas a lot more carefully than usual, and the majority of foams don't require me to do that at all, even the somewhat cheaper brands.
On closer inspection, the resultant shave is not the greatest. I can still see bristles in pores, and the slightly slick feel on my skin to indicate there is still a little product on there is more an annoyance than a reminder I've used something. After using the foam and rinsing it off, I don't feel like any moisturising has taken place either. It's as if I've applied something that will give me a poor shave and dry my skin out. I get dry skin on occasion anyway, so this really wasn't ideal when after a few minutes I could feel a certain amount of tightness to my skin, as if it was drying up. Other shaving foams take this into account and offer a certain moisturisation with the product as well, but then this is another thing just relevant to the price that you're paying.
It's not a great product in the slightest. I'm not prepared to say it's a travesty and a financial rip off, as you're only paying a pittance compared with other products, but then you really don't get a desired effect at all with this. I'd say save your money and fork out for a quality shaving foam - it will last longer and do the job while this is pretty much a waste of your time and money and doesn't serve the purpose it's supposed to be for. Even the occasional 30p is too much when it just doesn't work properly. Not recommended.
Summary: Shaving foam that doesn't help you shave and barely foams
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