I'm reviewing the Braun silk-epil x'elle, european model. For reference, I'm pale skinned with very dark, black hairs that curl (I get a 5 o'clock shadow when shaving my legs...). I've previously owned an epilator from Philips (Satinelle) and the Braun silk-epil x'elle is much, much better. Yes, it can hurt at first but the pain does get better. It is really hard to comment on the amount of pain since everybody's different and have different reactions to pain. I normally have a low pain treshold, but I can epilate my legs with this no bother. My armpits make me cringe (but not cry!) but it's bearable and after a while the pain subsides. The bikini line has been a no-go area until now and it's still rather sore, but I'm sure it'll get better with time.
This epilator has several different heads, one for beginners (it has less "tweezers" than the normal one), one for normal use and a shaver head if you just want to shave an area. It also has attachments such as massage rollers (to lessen the pain) and an efficiency attachment which "scrapes" at the skin and lifts the hairs up before epilating. I don't like the efficiency attachment at all, it scraped my skin raw and DO NOT use it under your armpits if you don't want fire pits! I'm not sure if the massage rollers actually lessen the pain but I use them anyway and they work grand.
Before I use this I use exfoliator gloves to get rid of all dead skin cells and buff up the hairs so the epilator catches them easier. I then go over the area very slowly with the epilator, holding it parallel to the skin. I don't need to pull the skin taut on my legs but when I epilate my armpits or bikini line I do that since I find it lessens the pain. I have never had the courage to try it on my face but might now that I've read here about people doing it.
For me this is a great buy, I have never been able to afford waxing and shaving irritated my skin something terrible. This works great and as time goes by, and you're able to use it on more areas other than your legs, it's just so economical to use! A great buy and I would recommend it to anybody!
Price: I paid Ä70 for this but I've since seen it sold for about Ä50-55 in both Boots and Argos.
Purchased at Amazon for $45.
This has become my new HG product. I was a lifelong shaver but now have completely converted to the Braun. My underarms, legs and bikini are hair free for weeks on end. I just love it.
I would say that I have a medium tolerance for pain. This thing hurts but you get used to it. It feels like being snapped with small hot rubber bands.
Lip: Most painful but it's over pretty quickly
Legs: Least painful but takes a long time on my long legs to get smoothness
Underarms: Painful but over in a less than 30 seconds if you can stand it.
Bikini: Moderate pain
Arms: It hurt but I also neglected to trim my arm hair before hand
Somewhat hard to clean
Not for use in the shower
The head is large for upper lip use
Iíll start by being honest; epilators arenít meant to be pain free. Itís basically mechanic tweezers, so you have to expect some painÖ
Now for the good news; the BRAUN SILK-EPIL XPRESSIVE 7781 WET & DRY is a lot less painful then other epilators Iíve tried. Yes, it still stings a bit, but you will become tolerant to it, and will hardly notice it after a full uses.
The main selling point of this product is that you can use it in the bath or shower. Warm water = youíre more relaxed. Youíll only feel a slight sensation; itís like pinging an elastic band against your skin. Why is it only knowthat the makers made an epilator suitable for bathtime use?
This also hurts less when used on dry skin. This is because the epilator has massaging rollers, to relax your skin. In fact, itís so much gentler then other epilators. itís also suitable for underarms, the bikini line & the face. Although if youíre nervous about using it on more sensitive areaís, like these, you can remove the epilating head & attach the (included) razor + trimmer head.
As well as the massaging rollers & the razor head, youíll also get 3 different caps for the epilator, to ensure the best results.
Another big point in BRAUN SILK-EPIL XPRESSIVE 7781 WET & DRY favour is the speed & ease of use. Itíll pick shorter hairs, no matter which direction theyíre laying in. I donít have to keep running it over & over the same area.
Another simple yet effective feature is the built in light, thatís help you see any hair youíve missed.
I find epilating a lot preferable to waxing; you donít need to wait a few weeks for the hair to grow long enough for the wax to be able to pick it up & besides, I think the BRAUN SILK-EPIL XPRESSIVE 7781 WET & DRY hurts less. You wonít cut yourself, like with razors. Isnít that annoying? Having to shave every other day, then nicking your leg so you have to cover up anyway?
Yes; this model is expensive. But consider how much you'll spend on waxes, removal creams, razors & shaving cream. An epilator is cheaper & convienient in the long run. I've been fuzz free for a week so far. I'll update this review later...
I have the Braun 7280 Silk-Epil Xpressive Epilator (I have the Remington Silky Smooth, and the Emjoi Gentle Gold Caress in addition to this one). This one is by far the most efficient. It can get even the shortest hairs (my hair is dark and course), both fine and course. Basically if I could see it enough to tweeze it, this would be able to get it without a problem. It has some special lift mechanism with 40 tweezers which really works well to get all the hairs. Looking at it at first I didn't think it would be able to get anything since the head is very different looking than the others. And it works really well with no power loss on slightly moist (like out of the shower 3 minutes ago) skin (unlike the Emjoi which is worthless unless your skin is bone dry/dehydrated). It has an attachment to use this as a shaver/trimmer, it has a beginner cap, a massage cap and an efficacy cap. I didn't think the massage cap would do anything, but I like that one the best (it makes it feel a little more comfortable and seems to lift the hairs even better than the efficacy one). It is super easy to clean because you can run the head under he faucet. If I could only have one epilator hands down I would choose this one. I got mine at Bed Bath & Beyond, but I also saw it on amazon. Cheapest I saw it was about $80. If you are looking for a good epilator I highly recommend this one!! Pic>>>
I've been using this for about five months now, and I have to say I really love it! I don't have to worry about shaving for atleast a week, with just a few touch ups here and there. It's pretty convenient, it's easy to use and it comes with many shaving heads for you to try. It does hurt the first time, as the other reviewers said, but as you use it more the pain will get less and less. I use it on my legs, arms, and underarms. Legs and arms are virtually pain-free, it just sort of feels like a little pinch. Underarms are a lot more painful, I'm still getting used to the pain, but honestly, it's worth the pain because you don't have to keep doing the tedious task of shaving every day/every other day. It is a bit expensive, I bought mine at London Drugs for around $110 after tax (Canadian), but I think it's better than having to keep buying razors. With this, you buy it only once, and that's it. also, when I bought this, it came with a one year warranty. I've recommended this to all my friends because it's a great tool to have and I think it's worth every penny. You won't be disappointed!
This has changed my life. I seriously mean it. I can wake up and not have to worry about shaving anymore. OK, the first time hurt quite a bit, but honestly the follow-ups are barely noticeable (and I have coarse dark hair). I would recommend this to anyone. Got a few ingrowns the first time, but I use am-lactin lotion 2-3x a week and no more problems with that. I use on legs, arms, and underarms. I touch up once a week, but could go longer.
Love epilating, yes it hurts for awhile but it is sooo worth it. When it hurts thats good that means the hair is going!! And it lessens dramatically the more you do it.
As for this epilator, it does well. The light is a VERY useful addition and as they go it is pretty efficient. I dont know if it is just me but the bars which hold the little *massaging beads* seem to work out of the holder so I have lost the entire lower row of beads, that really doesnt matter though, they do help at first but as it really doesnt bother me now I am not bothered either way.
I would love a new and improved version of this to come out, I would definitely buy it but I would like to see it do more for me, no idea in what way but hey thats not my job!
This review is for the Xelle Silk-Epil epilator. I bought this on amazon when I lost my Emjoi epilator. I was kind of miffed at forking over 60 bucks for this thing (20% off on black friday), but ever since I got it, I am so glad I lost my Emjoi.
I tested this out on my arms. I have blonde hair on my arms, which I don't need to get rid of, but I just prefer it to be gone. I was shocked that with one small swipe there was a clean patch of skin! With my Emjoi epilator, I had to stay on the same spot for a while, using circular motions and it would still miss some hairs.
This thing has some great features. The built-in light is genius and it helps you make sure you haven't missed a spot. And the head with the massagers seemed to help, it might have been me thinking it would, but there was less pain for me. I'm not saying this is pain free though!
There was only a slight stinging on my arms, but when I tried my legs, where the hair is coarser, the pain was more intense. But honestly, that's in the nature of epilating! The product is supposed to be ripping out hair, so I just take a deep breath and tell myself to buck up! The results are so worth it!
The only think that bothers me is that it's a bit noisy. Less noisy than a hairdryer, but I probably won't use it if my roommate is in the apartment.
In general, with epilating, my hair is growing back finer. I don't think that plus is specific to this product as mine grew back finer with my Emjoi, but it's definetly a plus! And when the hair grows back it's not stubble, like when you shave.
I would repurchase if I ever lose this one, but I honestly hope I never do! I'm so pleasantly surprised with this product!
I have to shave my legs every 2 days so after reading these reviews I bought the X'elle Silk-Epil epilator. The pain at first was quick intense, not to mention the fastness of the little machine scared me ****less. I used a body scrub to exfoliate my skin the day I epilated, the next day and the 3rd day to prevent ingrown hairs. After using it and getting most of my hairs, I was quite pleased. I didnt have to shave for a WEEK! However...
When my hair started growing in, some hair grew faster then others and I had quite a few in grown hairs that I had to use tweezers to pull them out and dig deep to point of bleeding. I couldn't show off my legs because of the ingrown hairs and the scabs I had looked horrible! I tried using the epilator 3 more times and exfoliating & not exfoliating and the same results!
In my case, each time I didnt grow hair back for at least a week BUT I had ingrown hairs and horrible looking legs for at about 2 weeks. So not worth it. I'm going to stick with shaving and waxing. WHAT A WASTE OF $75! continued >>
This review is for the X'elle Silk-Epil epilator.
Question: Do you like extreme pain?
If your answer is 'yes', please buy this epilator.
Ok, so i HATE SHAVING MY LEGS. it takes forever, i waste so much water, razor cartridges, and shaving cream that i dread doing it, and i always miss spots. the stubble drives my boyfriend mad. it is important to note that i am a very hairy individual (ugh, genetics) and i have a LOT of hair that's pretty dark and sort of thick.
so... i decided to buy this device. i thought to myself "hey, i can handle a bit of pain... i'm a big girl." OH BOY WAS I WRONG. ok, so i took two vodka shots and chugged a large glass of wine before starting, so i was a bit relaxed... I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED SO MUCH PAIN IN MY LIFE. (i'm only 22, but still)... i cant describe the pain. it's so unholy... so unreal... it feels like a burning stinging zapping ripping horrid foul... etc... i started crying (well sobbing hysterically) after i finished half a leg . . . there was an attractive mixture of sweat, tears, and mucous running down my face. luckly that darn epilator is so loud none of my roomates could hear! but... now I AM NOT HAIRY ANYMORE! oh sweet baby jesus i dont have to shave every week and my hair is softer and soon i will permanently have far less. i found that if you take two midol before you do it, it's much easier. bottom line: GET THIS EPILATOR! suffer the torture. you will become stronger and less hairy. VICTORY!
UPDATE: the pain is too much for me. i've gone back to shaving :( oh well.