Product Type: Veet Hair Removal
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Easy But Not Smooth
Veet Easy Wax Electrical Roll On Kit
Member Name: dkm1981
Veet Easy Wax Electrical Roll On Kit
Advantages: Not very painful, easy to use, smells ok
Disadvantages: Lot of effort for mediocre results, expensive, strips not long enough, not long lasting
***I received this product from Veet for free to test and review***
When I was told I was getting the Veet Easy Wax Electrical Roll On, I was quite pleased because I was looking forward to trying it and seeing the results. However after seeing the various reviews about it, I was a bit disappointed because it seemed that the general consensus was that it isn't that good. Having now tried it for myself I can conclude only that it is OK. There are some good things about it, but the bad things outweigh these benefits in my opinion.
Veet claim that this product will give you salon perfect results at home in seven easy steps. I have never been to a beauty salon for waxing, but suffice to say I'd be disappointed to pay salon prices for the results that I got. I think it is fairly easy to use, but the results weren't as great as I'd been hoping for. I used the device on my legs, not wanting to attempt anything more sensitive on my first go and the hairs on my legs were between the 2mm to 5mm recommended length. I'd say that the roll on removed the majority of my hairs but that my legs weren't as smooth as I'd like. I usually shave my legs in the shower and I will probably stick to this method as it is quicker, simpler and more effective.
***What's In The Box and Is it Any Good?***
The Self Heating Device and Its Cap is a stereotypical pink and white coloured device that I found quite easy to hold even in my little hands. It is white plastic and has pink rubbery bits at the side that double up as grips, which help with the application. I found that it was a little difficult to get round to the back of my legs to apply the wax, but this device makes it as easy as possible. Because the roll on bit at the end is hard plastic and about two inches wide, I found it a little bit difficult to apply it to the areas around my ankles because there is no give.
The 50ml roll on wax refill cartridge is especially designed for use on arms and legs. I don't know what makes it specially designed for those things other than the size really. There was enough wax in there to do from the knee down on both legs. After using, I could see that there was a bit of wax left in the cartridge, but it was hard to tell how much. I'd imagine that there is probably enough left to do your legs again, but that they don't want you to know that because they want you to buy more obviously. I wouldn't have wanted to risk it though because it'd be a nuisance to get half way through waxing and find out there wasn't enough in there! The wax is pink in colour which makes it much easier to use because you can see exactly where it is on your legs or wherever you put it.
You get 12 non-woven strips in a pack, which I found to be enough for the two half legs I did, but I had to use them sparingly. I thought it was kind of annoying that they were so short actually, it would have been much better if they had been the length of half of my leg to make things simpler. I have fairly short legs and they were nowhere near long enough. They are quite strong and I didn't have any problems with them breaking or tearing. They are very smooth too, which helps.
You also get 4 post depilatory wipes in the pack. This is just a posh way of saying wet wipes I think. They weren't much cop to be honest because they didn't remove the excess bits of wax on my legs like it said they would. They smelt nice though as they are lightly fragranced which I liked, although I thought they were very greasy and I had to wipe my legs with a towel after using them. Four is more than enough - I only actually used two of them; one on each leg.
You get a base to hold the device as well, which is just a little plastic stand that the device sits it when you are not using it or when you are waiting for it to warm up. I thought it was an essential part of the kit though because it meant that I didn't get wax everywhere whilst I was using it. The stand keeps the device away from whatever you are standing it on too, so you don't have to worry about it getting too hot on the floor for example.
The instruction leaflet is very good too. It obviously includes the seven steps that you need to take but it has little pictures on which helps especially with things like which way you should apply the strips and in which direction you should pull to get them off again. It also has a list of dos and don'ts which were handy as well as an ingredients list on the back.
***What Are The Seven 'Easy' Steps and Are They Easy?'***
First, you should insert the wax refill into the device and make sure it is fully inserted. This is quite easy to do and it is a nice snug fit so you don't have to worry about it moving around in there whilst you are using it. You know that it is fully inserted because it makes a clicking sound when it is in place properly.
Next you plug in the device and check the red light has come on. It is easy to see this as it is on the front. I thought it would have been better if the red light had've gone out when the wax was warm enough but it doesn't do this so you'll have to keep an eye on it. You should leave it connected for twenty minutes after which time the wax is ready for application apparently. In the previous reviews I'd read, lots of people commented that it wasn't ready after twenty minutes and I have to agree - it was nowhere near. It actually took closer to forty minutes. You can tell when it is ready because when you go to roll the wax on, the roller spins quite easily and pink wax oozes out of the top a little.
The third step is applying the wax in the direction of the hairs. On your legs this involves going down from knee to ankle. The wax did glide on really easily and it came out nice and thickly which was good. I didn't find that I had to go over it either.
Then you have to apply a non-woven strip immediately. You really do have to do this straight away otherwise the wax will cool down and solidify on your leg which is no fund for anyone. Again you should apply the strip in the direction that your hairs grow, although I kept forgetting to do this, instead just lobbing it on, and it didn't seem to make any difference. You should rub the strip in firmly to make sure that the wax sticks to it - it is easy to tell if you've done this well enough because it makes the strips go a little transparent.
Next you need to pull the strip off in the opposite direction to which your hairs grow, so from ankle to knee if you are doing your leg. This was the bit I was obviously dreading most because I am an utter wimp and have the lowest pain threshold you've ever known! They recommend that you hold your leg taut to reduce discomfort and I found that this actually worked. It is important that you pull the strip as quickly as possible otherwise the hair doesn't come out and I actually found that this made it hurt less too. I found that I could use each strip twice if I did it quickly enough as it was still sticky enough to do so, so after I pulled them off I reapplied them to another area really quickly. This made the strips and the wax go a bit further and meant that I could easily pull some of the straggler hairs out.
The penultimate step is wiping the waxed area with the perfect finish wipes. As I said these are pretty useless in my opinion and you'll need a towel to rub them afterwards to get rid of some of the grease. Apparently water doesn't work to remove the wax so I ended up picking the little bits off afterwars.
Finally you have to unplug the device and clean it so it is ready to use again. You cannot use water or the wipes to clean the device otherwise it makes the wax ineffective. They actually recommend rubbing it with one of the non-woven strips for the best results. You need to take care when removing the wax refill too because obviously the wax will still be very warm.
***Anything Else You Should Know?***
After using the kit, my legs were smoothish, but there were hairs here and there and there was a bit of stubble in places which was a bit annoying. I also got a bit of a rash and my skin felt a bit sensitive, especially around my ankles. I have never actually waxed my legs before so I don't know if this is normal, but I wasn't too worried because it went after about an hour. The information leaflet does recommend that you test a small area of your skin 24 hours before if it is your first use. I didn't think the effects were particularly long lasting either really. I was under the impression that waxing gives you smooth legs for much longer than shaving, but I needed to shave about four days after using the wax kit. I don't know whether this was because it didn't give me completely smooth legs in the first place or not, but it was annoying.
- It is easy to use for the most part
- It smells quite nice - much nicer than the Veet creams I have used in the past
- It gives OK results but not great
- It doesn't hurt as much as I thought it would
- It takes waaaaay longer than 20 minutes to warm up
- It is difficult to use over awkward areas like the ankles
- The strips aren't nearly long enough
- The wipes are a bit pointless
- The results aren't salon perfect
- It's a lot of effort to get mediocre results
- I got a bit of rash on my legs after using it, but that did disappear after about an hour
- Not particularly long lasting results
***Price and Availability***
The recommended retail price of the Easy Wax Electric Roll On is £30, although it is available for less than that in various places. You can get it in Boots and Superdrug on the high street. At the time of writing it is available on a half price offer in Boots. Online it is available from Amazon.co.uk for just over £14 with free post and packaging.
You can buy wax refills on their own as well as more woven strips. The wax refill is available on amazon.co.uk for just under £10 and the strips for about £3 for a pack of 24. At these prices it is only just cheaper to buy the refills than to buy the whole set again which makes it considerably more expensive. I have just had a quick look on the website of my local beauticians and they do a full leg, bikini and underarm wax for £29.50. They do a half leg was for £13.50. Having seen these prices I'd have to conclude that the Veet Easy Wax Roll On kit is just not worth the money or the hassle because it costs as much as a salon treatment would anyway.
Overall I would have to say that I thought the device was just OK. I have seen lots of reviews were people have said it is terrible but I thought it was better than that. If you tweak the seven easy steps a bit by doing things like re-using the strips to pull of straggler hairs, then it does an acceptable job. The main problem I have with it is that it is just too much effort to do an 'acceptable job'. Couple that with the fact that it is little or no cheaper than going to a salon, it really isn't worth the bother. Whilst I don't think the results were all that bad, I am definitely not a convert and I'll be sticking to the old Bic razor and shaving foam in the future!
Summary: Not worth the effort - I'll be sticking to a razor!