Product Type: Tesco Shaving & Grooming
Newest Review: ... £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... more
I'll stick to Bic...
Tesco Twin Blade Women
Member Name: strawberry123
Tesco Twin Blade Women
Date: 02/02/12, updated on 02/02/12 (63 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, good for sensitive skin
Disadvantages: Vitamin E strip is pointless, the swivel head is hardly noticeable, can't see easy easy wash system
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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Summary: A razor that doesn't live up to expectations...
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