Sunday, February 20, 2011

Do you epilate?

I first heard about epilating a few years ago and it scared me away badly so I never gave it a thought until I watched MakeupByLeinaBaaaby's "Hair Removal That's Better Than Shaving!" video An epilator is basically an electric tweezer that tweezes a bunch of hairs out at a time. Shaving / waxing has always been a struggle for me since I have extremely sensitive skin. I'm pretty sure it's because I wasn't doing it right since I get tons of ingrown hair from shaving. And plus, I'm extremely lazy so I can't get myself to shave every other day or so. Waxing works better than shaving for me but the area of the waxing stripes don't work to the advantage of where the hair are on my legs (lol sorry girls for being so graphical). And any other form of waxing seem so troublesome and messy. I tweezed my legs for quite some time, but that is literally way too time consuming and I end up not doing a thorough job cause of how lazy I am haha. After I watched Leina's video, I decided to give the epilator a try. The cost of an epilator ranges from $30 to $150+ depending on the brand and function. I knew I didn't want to buy a few inexpensive ones to tryout since I didn't want to mess up the condition of my sensitive skin. I wanted to get a better quality one that will last me a long time so I spent quite some time researching and quite a few trips to the mall trying to find the best deal.

I originally wanted to try the Emjoi one as Leina talked about in the video but I couldn't find it anywhere in the mall and I didn't want to buy this online. So I tried to compare Braun and Philips. The SA in Personal Edge was really helpful and told me that the Philips one works better for sensitive skin because its technology is more tender on the skin. I ended up buying the Philips Satin Perfect epilator HP6576 at the Bay because there was a promotion for 10% off at that time at about $90 including tax (I can't remember exactly how much I paid since it was about half a year ago -_- )


It comes with an epilator head, shaver head, optimal performance cap, tweezer, a brush and a bag to hold everything. I love how everything fits in the bag comfortably so if you need to bring it with you to travel, you can easily do so.


Everything that it comes with (plus the bag)


Epilator head


The box that it came with / The bag that fits everything :)


The tiny brush that works very well when cleaning after use.


Lighted tweezer with a mirror on the cap

The golden question is: Is it painful?
The answer is a definite yes, especially the first few times. I consider myself having quite a high level of pain tolerance. I remember the first time I used it, I couldn't even finish my whole leg because of the pain lol. But it does get better over time once you're used to it.

Pros:
- More efficient and much faster than plucking your hair one by one with a tweezer
- Lasts longer than shaving
- Works similar to waxing, but you don't have to keep buying waxing stripes or any other things needed from time to time

Cons:
- On the painful side
- Slightly pricey depending on which one you buy, but I think it's worth it

Other info:
- This Philips one is cordless, but I just use it with the cord plug in. The SA at Personal Edge said that it's more powerful that way.
- I haven't used the shaver head yet so I can't comment on how it works, but I would assume it just works like a normal electric shaver
- Cleaning procedure: I just use the brush to brush off any hair on the epilator after each time I use it.
- Do I regret buying this? Nope, not at all. I think it's works very efficiently and has reduced the time I spent on waxing / shaving my legs. It does a more thorough job in my opinion.


I can't compare this to any other epilators in the market since I've only used one. Hope this post helps anyone who's interested in epilating. If you have any questions, please comment :)


11 comments:

lisa said...

yikes i don't know if i could do that hahah i have a very low tolerance of pain!! you are a very brave woman!

Tam said...

I want to get one too but the price is putting me off :(
I'm digging the last longer than shaving part.

PinkOrchids said...

Epilating was the best thing that could ever happen to me!!! I used to use hair removal creams and it would take foreverrrrr and plus they're really expensive. But epilator are quick easy and works out cheaper in the long term, and major positive is that it lasts! In regards to pain, you get used to it after a while :)

che said...

The pain factor does scare me a bit but it seems like you get used to it, def something I'll look into try, thanks for the review!

MEOW said...

i always wanted to try one.. coz i hate shaving and waxing!!
but i dont think i can stand the pain ><

Tasja said...

Yes I epilate.. (not now.. it's winter.. I'm lazy xD)
Pssst.. don't tell any further haha, but I have eastern european blood.. which means I am blessed with fabulous hairy legs.. yay.. not >.<
Shaving doesn't help ANYTHING.. when I shave in the morning I have stubbles (how is that called in english?!) at night time.. yeah seriously my hair grows that fast (the hair on my head grows fast too btw)
I like waxing.. but it irritates my skin a lot.. so the only thing that helps is epilating..
but.. I quit doing it since last winter.. and holy fuck.. it hurts when you didn't do it for a long time *-* (I tried again when it was summer)
so whatever you do.. don't stop doing it! or else you can start all over.. and the first time epilating does hurt a lot ~.~

Rinny said...

Thanks for sharing this! I think I might purchase an epilator..I've actually wanted to try one for quite awhile. I don't like how waxing removes the top layer of skin and shaving just makes it grow back faster. I hope I'll be able to tolerate the pain lol

Susie said...

It looks so scary! Lol! How would you rate the pain from 1-10, 10 being the most painful?!

Keyta Hawkins said...

Epilators have always interested me but they make the scariest noise! x

Imo said...

Although painful I do epilate, only my underarms though but it lasts so much longer =D

Marie said...

Great review!:D

Thanks for posting about this, I might try this brand.:D

***** Marie *****
allthingsmarie.com