“ Brand: Boots / Type: Nail Care „
My son bought me this is a present and I was really looking forward to using it as I am a walker and my heels get very dry and rough. What a disappointment, none of the attachments make any difference to my feet at all -neither the pumice stone or the metal file attachment are rough/sharp enough to remove any dry skin. I though it was the batteries so I put in some new ones but it didn't make any difference. You could probably use it quite safely as a face exfoliator it is that useless!Save your money and invest in a good pumice stone and some foot moisturiser.
Before Christmas, I took advantage of the Boots 3 for 2 offer that they run every year to stock up on some presents but my total came to five at the end of my shop. So I thought I'd look for a sixth item for myself to make it up to two 3 for 2 deals. I came across this 'Perfect Pedicure' set by No7 and it's normal cost was £15 (but in my case it was one of the free items, after my review you'll realise I was glad it worked out to be free!).
I have problematic feet in the sense that I seem to accumulate dry hard skin on my heels through daily walking, I don't do any more (in fact I probably do less) walking around than other people. I also end up with dry and hard skin on the balls of my feet and thought this looked like a great little kit to help with those areas. I definitely don't think I have this issue any more than most women though. I regularly give myself DIY pedicures as my feet feel 100 times better afterwards but unfortunately I don't do them as often as I should so I also thought it may help to remove more dead skin than I can do so manually with a filer and hence they'd last longer between my DIY treatments. I will say here though that the kit doesn't claim this, it was only my assumption.
The kit comes in a nice light and dark purple presentation box so it would make a nice gift (and presumably why it was in the 3 for 2). In the box there's a main tool and three discs that attach to it - one is very coarse, one is very fine and the other is in-between the other two. The coarse and medium attachments are very much like a pummel stone to touch and feel very rough as they need to be to remove excess skin. The kit also comes with a couple of AAA batteries - it is only battery operated and I thought it was good that Boots included these as usually they're something bought separately.
I cannot tell you how disappointed I was with this kit. I had such high hopes with it being by No7 and Boots but I can't believe how rubbish it was. I'm shocked that Boots would sell such a mediocre product as normally their items are great quality. It is just a waste of time. For my pedicures, I always soak my feet in a bowl of warm soapy water for at least 15 minutes beforehand just to soften them, towel dry them and then get to work to remove any excess hard skin. This is where the kit was supposed to come in, but I've had to stop using it - it's gone in the bin because it was so bad.
To set up, the disc that I wanted to use just clicked onto the main unit at ease and then it was ready to go. There are two on/off switches in the centre of the unit. The first thing that was immediately noticeable when it was switched on was the speed at which the discs moved around. The whirling noise of the discs spinning around sounded just like it would do if the batteries were coming to the end - really slow and with very little power. I thought at first it was just that the batteries included weren't very good and I replaced them with Duracell ones that were brand new thinking it would work a lot better. But, the same slow whirling noise occurred and the discs spun around with very little power. The lack of power meant that they were moving far too slowly to have any effect - very little dead skin came off at all - and that was with the little soak of my feet beforehand to soften it! The dead skin that was removed was so minor that it wasn't at all noticeable when I looked at my heels, they looked the same as they did before and they didn't feel any softer to touch. The kit would have worked better presumably if the power to it was a lot stronger and the discs moved a lot faster. I can remove at least triple the amount of dry skin using a manual filer than by using this kit and in a shorter space of time too.
I have no choice but to rate the kit 1 star - it is so bad it doesn't even deserve this. The Boots website says it was originally £25 (it was definitely £15 though around Christmas time) but is now selling it half price at £12.50. Personally after my experience, I wouldn't advise even paying £1!
*Update* My fellow dooyooers were very kind in suggested that I try out the kit again not soaking my feet first, just incase it worked better that way instead and I could get some use from it. I'd only thrown it out that day so I dug it out (it was boxed and near the very top!) and used it again on my heels in this manner to see if it faired any better - they needed doing anyway as I was attending a wedding. I'd say in this respect that it was slightly better, it did remove some dead skin cells but unfortunately it still didn't remove a large amount, not as much as I would expect from a gadget designed to remove it anyway and there was still a considerable amount left on my heels. But, thanks for the advice guys, it was definitely worth a go! I think the power of the gadget is a major factor letting it down.
Thanks for reading :o)
Boots pedicure set is part of a range of electrical beauty items by the No7 range. It is exclusive to Boots. It costs £24.99 although I got mine on special offer for around £7. At the time I thought I had picked up a massive bargain, but once I realised how rubbish it was I think I got ripped off!
The pedicure set comes in a cardboard box, so fantastically recyclable packaging.
The set consists of a plastic silver tool which takes AA batteries. It is easy to hold in the hand and in that respect the tool has been well designed. There are three different round attachments which you can put on the tool. You then press the on button and the disk rotates really fast. The first disk is a pumice disk which is designed to get rid of the hard skin. The second is a smoothing disk and the third is a polisher. To get the best out of the kit and to add to the relaxing experience I would recommend soaking your feet first. It softens the dead skin making it easier to remove, whilst making sure your feet feel rested.
The real downside of this kit is that the tool just doesn't have enough power. The disks don't spin hard enough to do any real work and therefore the set is completely useless to me. If only it had a bit more power it would be a fantastic kit.
(I have tried brand new batteries and different brands of batteries which made no difference).
*~What is it and what's it for?~*
The No 7 Perfect Pedicure is a home battery powered electrical appliance which is designed to give you part of the experience of having a professional salon standard pedicure in your own home. For those of you who don't know (my other half didn't!), a pedicure is meant to improve the appearance of the feet. The term pedicure, comes from the Latin word for ankle, Pedis, and Cura which means care. A pedicure does not just take care of the ankle, it takes care of your feet, toes and nails. It can even be extended to leg massage below the knee. A pedicure usually involves soaking, exfoliating, massaging, buffing and moisturising the feet. It can also include painting the nails and can help to prevent against nail diseases and disorders. A pedicure is very different from a visit to the chiropodist, and whilst both may be comforting and relaxing and great for your health, a pedicure is not a medical procedure. The No 7 Perfect Pedicure aims to recreate the exfoliating part of the pedicure experience, it is designed to remove dead skin cells from your feet using pumice stone. Pumice comes from Volcanic Rock which has solidified in its moulten form as frothy, bubbly lava. The bubbles are petrified in effect and form the Pumice texture, which is used commonly in exfoliating feet in beauty salons - it is also interestingly enough used for breeze blocks, pencil erasers and to make 'stone washed' denim.
*~Where to buy?~*
The No 7 brand is exclusively by and for Boots. It is therefore only available through high street branches of Boots and online.
*~What do you get?~*
Within the package which is a pearlescent lilac / fuschia / blue coloured box with a plastic viewing window, you get the battery operated pedicure unit, 2 x batteries, 4 attachments (on of which is within the box attached to the device already), instruction leaflet
Pumice: a circular small rounded chunk of pumice stone, for predominantly hard skin and callouses
Coarse Foot File: a metal disc with spaced out bumps, for hard skin mainly on the heel and ball of foot
Fine Foot File: a metal disc with closer together and tinier bumps than the coarse version, for the toes and instep - hard or even dry skin which needs exfoliating
Buffer Disc: a soft rough fabric pad: to remove dead skin cells and 'buff' the feet
*~How to Use / Tips for Use?~*
To use the product all you need to do is change the head to the one you require, then switch it on using the triangular raised rubber button and then apply to bare feet.
This is the best way to use the product from my experience: soak the feet, this penetrates and softens particularly hard skin. Use a foot soak with essential oils such as lavender or peppermint to both relax and deodorise the feet. Next, use a gentle exfoliator to massage the feet, rinse and dry roughly with a towel. Next, using the Pumice attachment of your No 7 Perfect Pedicure massage the balls and heels of your feet applying some pressure. You will visibly see the skin being sloughed away. Switch heads to the Coarse Foot File attachment and repeat previous step. Switch to the Fine Foot File and massage this with gentle pressure across the rest of your feet, including your toenails, then finally sweep over the tops and bottoms of your feet with the Buffer Disc, which will remove the dead excess skin which you have loosened using the other 3 attachments. Finally, follow with a spritz of cooling peppermint foot spray and then massage in a nourishing moisturiser. If you want, you can also paint your toenails.
*~Value for Money~*
The unit cost me £8.99 which was supposedly a reduction from £24.99 although, I don't think I have seen the product at that price as yet. For £8.99 this product is good value for money, but I would not spend the full price on it. Message, if it's not reduced don't buy it. The two batteries last a long time, I have been using my unit about 1-2 times a week since the first week in December, so approximately 16 uses. The battery is still working fine.
The results are great, your feet feel smooth and ready to bare. If hard skin which is stubborn isnt completely removed, it will be within a few uses, so perservere. Even in the first use really hard skin looks softer and feels a load better, particularly when you follow with moisturiser. I have had one professional pedicure in my life, and I wouldn't say the results are anywhere near as good as that was, but they do look better, feel softer and make you feel foot-confident. I don't think the product is of much use used alone, without a foot soak first, it really doesn't do a lot unless you soften the skin in warm water and follow up with rich moisture. But when used as above, the results are great and perfect for either a salon alternative (if you have really tickly feet like me), a pamper night in with the girls, or if you just want something to maintain appearance between salon visits.
The product is good at £8.99 it is a competitor to the ped-egg or perfect-pedi products promoted in supermarkets and on home shopping channels. It fits in to your hand well, is a nice design and has 4 great non-wearing attachment heads. The battery life seems good. It works well when used as part of a beauty regime for your feet, which is more than can be said for many of the other No 7 electrical products, so this is a definite plus. The only thing I would prefer would be a stronger exfoliating head and a case to put it all in. 3 out of 5 owing to the omission of a case and the mild exfoliating properties, which only work well when the feet have been soaked. Also, might have given 4 out of 5 but when full price this product definitely does not represent good value for money.