Better Than Shaving In Some Ways.
I bought this epilator hoping it would be a way to escape shaving every four days. I'm kind of low maintenance so my ideal hair removing product would make my life more convenient by taking less time removing hair.
This epilator wasn't everything I expected it to be. In this review, I hope to give you enough information so that you know what to expect and are not disappointed like I was.
To start off, the epilator is pink and purple as shown, it fits perfectly in the hand and it has three settings: Off, 1, and 2. I use 1 when removing thinner hair (f/e. on my arms) and I use 2 when removing thicker hair (f/e. on my legs). If you are interested in buying this epilator, I would recommend searching it on youtube in order to get a more detailed description about what it looks like.
I had never used an epilator before so the first time definitely hurt. The pain was crazy and at one point, I wanted to give up and go back to shaving. To deal with the pain, I came up with a method: I focused on a small area at a time each day. I used the epilator on half my arm one day, then on the other half the next day, etc. This way, the pain was bearable. To my surprise, the least painful area to use the epilator on was my armpit. The first thing I don't like about the epilator is the amount of time is takes to remove the hair for the first time. If you use my method, it takes about a week, depending on how many areas you're removing hair on. The pain makes it so inconvenient to use.
When using the epilator on an area for the first time, small red bumps appeared on my skin so I lathered them in lotion and they went away after a day or so. Fortunately, I did not get any ingrown hairs, in fact my ingrown hairs began fading after using this device. Before using the device I always showered and used the scrubber included to exfoliate the area I would be epilating. If I didn't do this step, the small red bumps on my skin would actually hurt and it would take longer for them to disappear, even if I had lotioned. Also, the epilator does not remove every hair, I'd say it misses about 1 every 20 so make sure to have a pair of tweezers nearby. The second thing I don't like about the epilator is the irritation is causes on the skin as well as not removing every hair. I wouldn't be able to quickly epilate if I needed to before going out.
The instructions say to charge the device for 16 hours prior to use, then for 8 hours whenever needed. I left my epilator on the charger for a full 24 hours, waiting for the small red light to change color. It never did. I couldn't figure out if it was supposed to turn green or not. I know this isn't a big deal, but I don't like that you don't know when it is fully charged or needs charging.
One thing I like about this device is the small pouch and goodies that come with it: a small cleaning comb to remove the hairs from the epilator, a scrubber to exfoliate in the shower, an additional head with massaging bristles, a charger, and instructions. The pouch itself has a clear plastic separator so it's easier to find things and it's not just a clutter. I recommend you use the small cleaning comb after every use to keep the epilator clean and functioning well. I also recommend you always use the scrubber to exfoliate before removing hair from any area to avoid painful red bumps. Lastly, I recommend you try the additional head with the massaging bristles because I think it helps keep pain levels low. It's also a smart move to always keep the instructions for future reference as well as for warranty details. The pouch would be perfect for traveling and going away on weekends because it's small, yet it fits everything comfortably.
Another thing I liked about the epilator was I didn't have to remove hair every four days. After about a week, I noticed my arms, legs, and armpits were still smooth. When removing hair with the epilator for the second time, it was not at all as painful. On a scale from 1-10, the pain had gone from a 10 to a 2. I think it has to do with there being less hair to remove at one time, as well as the hair being less thick. If the pain continued to be a factor, I would not recommend this product. However, after removing the hair with the epilator for the first time and getting the initial pain over with, the device became a little more convenient.
I do recommend the epilator to low maintenance type people who have the time.
Overall this product is just okay, it wasn't everything I expected it to be.
It's better than shaving in some ways.