Ahh, women and the things we’ll do to look and feel pretty. Whether you wax, tweeze, epilate or shave, we’ve all been in pain doing at least one of these things. A while ago I was asked to review this pretty, little device called the Braun Silk-épil 7 Dual Epilator. Now, there’s one thing you need to know before I get into this reviewing thingy – epilators scare me. I once tried it when I was younger and damnit, that sh*t hurts! So after painful encounters with medieval torture devices like epilators or hot wax I quickly switched to the safe and simple razor. No muss, no fuss and I’ve gone years without cutting my legs open, which is a plus. By now you’re probably thinking: WHY KIM, WHY DID YOU SAY YES TO REVIEWING THE EPILATOR THEN!!?? I know, I’m weird and easily convinced by slogans promising that these particular devices are less painful or whatever. I sacrificed myself and my leg hair for you to find out how much truth there is to these claims.
The pain. Keep in mind, I’m an enormous pansy (I’ve already admitted this several times on the blog) and I do not have an incredibly high pain level. Now, I’m still alive and walking so GOOD NEWS. I survived and I didn’t cry. Even though it hurt less than my first epilating experience way back, using the Braun Silk-épil 7 Dual Epilator is still painful. Then again, I don’t think that using a device that pulls out your hair will ever be easy-breezy or pleasant to use. On the plus side, you can use this epilator under water, which softens the pain. Also, there’s a cool light that comes in handy for this underwater use.
Smoothness. Yes, my legs were indeed smooth. However, epilating takes a long time if you want to make sure all your hairs are gone. It took me about twenty minutes to get one leg done (you can’t move too fast with the device, or not all hairs will be gone). After carefully inspecting my leg, I still spotted some hairs that were too persistent for the device! In this case, the epilator failed for me in terms of promising that all your hair is gone with just one move. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t like spending this much time at once on epilating. This is purely personal, but I’d rather spend 3 minutes shaving my legs under the shower every two days than epilating 40 minutes every three weeks.
Recommend. This is not a simple YES BUY IT or NOOO DON’T DO IT case, but I’m honestly not a converted epilator now. I’d recommend the Braun Silk-épil 7 Dual Epilator to the people who do not like to shave on a regular basis and who have a higher pain level than me (I’m kidding, it’s not that bad). If you’re already used to epilating or you want to take the plunge, then I’d suggest you’d give this one a try. The fact that you can use it under water is the biggest plus for me. Nonetheless, I’m sticking to my razor.
+ can use under water (which hurts less)
+ it has a light
+ battery will last you longer than necessary
+ your skin feels smooth
– makes a whole lotta noise (like someone is using an old lawn mower on your legs)
– takes a long time
– kind of hurts
– not all your hairs are gone with one simple move (they make that sound too easy!)
Are you a fan of epilating? What do you think of the Braun Silk-épil Dual Epilator, would you use it? If you have more questions about my experience that I haven’t answered in the review, feel free to ask :)