“ Brand: Tesco / Sub-type: Women's disposable razors / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Type: Razors „
Those of you that have read my reviews before will know I prefer waxing to shaving. However, I have not bought myself to wax my underarms yet... it looks pretty painful to say the least... therefore I choose to shave instead. My normal Bic razors were unavailable the last time I needed to buy more, therefore I chose Tesco's Gentle Glide razors.
=== Packaging ===
The razors come in a simple pink packet. On the front it tells you there are five long-handle razors with swivel heads and there is a picture demonstrating this. There is also the suggestion of a lubricating strip with vitamin E and that these are suitable for sensitive skin. On the back, it pretty much reiterates what they have already told you, and there is also a list of ingredients, a warning and contact information.
The razors are white in colour with a detachable green lid. The handle measures roughly 10cm and the blade is around 5cm. The handle is also grooved to make it easier to grip in the bath/shower. The green lid also has a raised pattern to make it easier to slide off... although I can never do so with one finger, and I end up losing it anyway. Above the actual blades, there is the vitamin E strip... also a green colour.
=== Performance ===
I tend to use soap or shower gel to create a lather in the area I wish to shave and then wet the razor before making downward strokes to remove the hair. I have never used a shaving foam or gel, and have never had a problem with this method!
I like the long handle because it does offer greater control. Yes, the razor removes the hair but I tend to have to go over the area a few times to get a smooth result. As with many razors I have used, I can never get as close to the follicle as I would like and you can often see the growth of the hair coming through very soon after a shave! The packet suggests there is a swivel head, but to be quite honest, I had not noticed. The movement is only very slight... I'm not sure it makes much difference to the results either.
The shave is painless but sometimes the blade can cause small cuts, which cause redness to the skin. The lubricating strip does help because it appears to create extra lather, but there is so little of it, I'm not sure how effective it would be without it. The lubricating strip goes a lighter colour when it is running low, which is good because it reminds me when to change razors. But it can also become quite bobbly and small parts fall off when your shaving which is quite irritating.
I would agree with the statement that they are suitable for sensitive skin though, because I have never experienced any discomfort and my skin can sometimes become irritated with other products.
There is also the suggestion that there is an 'easy wash system to prevent razor clogging'. I do not have a clue what they mean by this. On other razors I have used there has been a small tab at the top that helps separate the blades slightly when you press down on it, and hence it cleans out the hair... These razors appear to clog up very quickly, and no amount of running under water or banging on the sink shifts it. This reduces the razors life cycle quite considerably in my opinion.
I often use the razors four or five times before I throw them away, but I would imagine this would decrease depending on the size of the area you wish to shave! I put these razors into a bin when they start to go blunt, which would probably put those off who care for the environment. As far as i know, these can't be easily recycled.
=== Price ===
These razors can't be faulted on price. A packet costs £1 meaning each razor is a mere 20p. They are found in the toiletries isle of bigger Tesco stores.
=== Overall ===
It was nice to have a change from my usual brand, but I will not be purchasing these again. I do not feel they quite live up to the claims they advertise on the packaging. You can hardly call it a Vitamin E strip if it starts to fade after one use... the swivel head is hardly noticeable... and where is the easy wash system?!
These razors are worth using if, like me, you do not use them very often, but I would never use these razors on my legs or intimate areas! I give these razors 2/5 because they are suitable for sensitive skin and do not cost the earth. I'll stick to Bic.
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I have to shave my legs pretty often - partly because my hair just seems to grow faster than everybody else's, and also because my natural hair colour is almost black, leaving even a tiny amount of regrowth extremely visible against my pale skin. Now, normally I just pinch my boyfriends razors, which I find excellent for doing the job, but every so often he gets the hump about me blunting them, and in a token gesture of good behaviour I'll pick up some of my own.
The last ones I picked up were these Tesco Twin Blades . Now, I have no idea why I chose these . Sure, with a pack of five costing just 70p, they are certainly affordable, but I know from many years of experience that these cheap styles of razors tear my legs to shreds. I think there is a little bit of miser in me, and I managed to convince myself that, since these razors had a moisturising strip, they would be perfectly fine.
I never learn . Taking one of these out of the packet, it is immediately apparent that these really are dirt cheap for a reason. They are white plastic, with a flimsy feeling, sharp edged hollow handle. They are double bladed, and they have a little plastic cap so you can cover up the blade between uses (unless you're like me and immediately manage to lose this cap, only to step on it painfully during a night-time loo visit). As already mentioned, they have a moisturising strip that is designed to lubricate your leg when in use and hopefully minimise skin drag and cuts.
They do have a swivel head, although swivel seems like an overemphasis of what these razors actually do . Swivelling of the head is what that charming child in the exorcist might do . What these heads do is gently tilt back and forth like a pensioner trying to avoid falling asleep after a hearty meal, occasionally letting out a loud and disturbingly wet fart (the pensioner, not the razors!).
I actually did manage to get a surprisingly close shave with these. The gently tilting head did mean I could get around my knobbly knees with much more ease than I have found with many other disposables. However, it didn't seem like the lubricating strip was doing a lot- the razor did drag on my skin, and I was left with several small cuts. I also found that this razor seemed to work better on the courser darker hairs on my legs, but seemed to completely skim over the paler, softer hair at the back of my thighs .
You know what? As low cost razors go, this isn't actually that bad. Yes, I got some cuts and nicks, and yes, it did drag on my skin a little. However, it did offer a much closer shave than other cheap razors, and did manage admirably well on difficult contoured areas.
Will I be buying these again ? Of course not - I've done my bit of token good behaviour, and now I'm back to blunting all my boyfriends expensive blades . However, I will be keeping the other four razors in the pack, and will bring them out again next time the fella has a whinge at me .
As budget blades go - these are pretty good. However, I still prefer to use (if not buy) more expensive razors, so these only get three stars from me!
Tesco Twin Blade
Although there are many disadvantages of shaving when I was 14 I didn't really know this. I used to shave but not very often because I don't have a lot of unwanted hair. I do have black hair and light skin which means that when it grows back it stands out. Shaving doesn't lasts very long, about 3-4 days for me before hair starts to spout out. I have noticed however that continuous hair removal slows down and even stops hair growth sometimes. This is if the hair roots have been disrupted enough that hair no longer grows.
I used cheap razors when I was younger because I couldn't afford the more expensive ones and to be honest I didn't know what the difference was apart from price. I used the Tesco twin blades this summer when I came across them in the shops. There are 5 for 70p and they are disposable. I liked the idea of disposable razors because I can use a fresh new one every time as the cost is low. If I bought another razor like Gillette where the blade is replaced instead of the whole thing it would cost £3-4 each time. I also like the convenience of just chucking the blade away.
These are 5 razors with 2 blades and a lubricating green strip. The razor is white, plastic and hollow with a square handle. Each blade has a green covering so if you wanted to use it more than once then putting the covering back on will keep it clean. I also think it is safer to have the cover. The head is angled so it is curved and it is marketed as a swivel head but it isn't flexible and it doesn't move. It is really like other disposable razors and is cheap.
I was disappointed with the lack of a close shave. I was left with trimmed down hair rather than the removal of it. Removing hair on my legs was the major problem because the blades didn't go round the sides of my ankles well and I was left with many cuts around there. I was left with hair still on parts of legs even when I tried to go over it again. The razor was better at removing hair from my arms but unfortunately I was left many red dots where the razor had cut my skin. My arm hair is very thin so this is probably why the razor worked better on my arms. For underarms the razor also didn't work really well because I was left with some stubble that refused to go away even after repeatedly going over it. The lack of flexibility made shaving the underarms long and tiring.
I wouldn't recommend this razor despite the low cost because It just shred my skin and left it with marks. It also doesn't work at removing all hair.