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