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.
this would work great for some people but not for me. first off i have really thick leg hairs and white skin. Epilating my legs is torture! it hurts so bad! and it leaves ugly red dots all over my leg for a day or 2. oh and the ingrowns are intolerable. But thats just me. However for the armpits i reallly like it. yeah it hurts there but i got used to it and it doesnt leave that dark shade under your armpit like when you shave. i wouldnt personally purchase it again, but it can defitnetly work well for alot of people
NB: This review is for the Xelle Silk-Epil epilator
I'm still learning the trick of this. You're supposed to hold it at a 90 degree angle from whatever surface you're epilating, but sometimes the hair grows in odd directions and requires you to sort of jab the thing down while doing short strokes (did that sound a little dirty to anyone else?) Like: Down, short stroke, up. Depending on the way in which the hair is growing, you might have to change the direction in which you're...er...stroking. I also found that I had to go over certain patches to get every hair. The little built-in light was a stroke of genius and works perfectly at illuminating every last little hair, though I'd still advise you to use this in bright daylight.
I felt hardly any pain while I was doing my legs, just prickles, nothing dramatic. I also felt very little pain when I was cleaning up the fuzz around my naval. But armpits? Yowza!! I have a really high pain threshold and it took all my self-will in order to fully epilate each underarm. It's a really tricky operation and if you have someone who would be willing to assist you, then by all means, use him/her/it. The trick is that you have to hold the skin very taut to prevent loose folds from getting sucked into the epilator AND to make sure it cleanly plucks out the hairs. But it's damned near impossible to hold your own armpit skin taut and epilate at the same time. So it will inevitably be painful and involve a little blood. I didn't do anything special to heal my armpits, except avoid irritating them further with shaving. The upshot to this misery is that your pits will stay smooth for much, MUCH longer than if you shave. When I shave, they are smooth for maybe two days at the most, before stubble starts coming in. I epilated my pits a week ago and fuzz has only just started to reappear. I tried the bikini area and couldn't bear it (and yes, I do home bikini wax regularly so I'm used to pain).
This is really noisy (not as loud as a blender or vacuum cleaner, maybe as loud as an electric pencil sharpener or hairdryer). The cord is pretty long. I think this fits nicely into your hand and is quite simple to operate. I would probably repurchase if something happened to mine. It's a huge convenience if you need to get rid of a little stubble or fuzz but don't have time to shave or wax. I'll update in a few months to let you all know if the hair is growing back sparser and finer like some have described here.
This product falls into the category of "why did i wait so long to get this". I absolutely love it. I am totally new to epilating and haven't waxed before, so the idea of not having stubble, ingrowns and constant upkeep is thrilling. The first time I used this in the bikini area was, not gonna lie, painful. By the next time, I had way less regrowth (about 75-85% less) and wasn't nearly as bad. Now, the small amount of regrowth comes back as wispy hairs, not stubble, and are quick and easy to touch up. I also use this on my underarms which can require some maneuvering to get it all, but it's well worth it. I use the homemade tendskin recipe (found on MUA) and no ingrowns! IMO, this has made hair removal completely bearable.
I have the Braun Silk-epil soft perfection epilator (it's lilac) and have been using it for legs and armpit hair removal for years. It comes with a cleaning brush and a mesh bag and a starter set (less blades and massage head) and precision set (more blades for faster hair removal and head designed to be closer to skin to lift shorter hairs).
I haven't tried Phillips' ice style ones but I heard from a friend they were way more painful so went straight in for this. I prefer epilating over waxing because with strips they kept missing one or two hairs, which got annoying. You never miss anything with an epilator and you don't have to wait for the hairs to grow long (as you do with waxing) because epilators work better with shorter hairs. It costs a hefty amount but I'm dead certain I've spent less than my waxing/shaving housemates who buy £5 boxes and £10 blades once a month or so. I paid £40 for mine and haven't had to spend a penny more since.
One con is that the finish isn't as smooth as shaving, so if you're fussy about smooth legs, epilating probably isn't for you. However, epilating has the same main advantage as waxing over shaving in that the hairs become finer and slower growing over time, whereas shaving increase hair thickness.
The big pain question: I don't find it at all painful but I have thin and sparse hairs, I think the pain varies with each individual as everyone has different sensitivity and thresholds, so I'd probably advise trying a friend's epilator on your legs a bit first. It is pretty normal that it's a bit scary the first few times, but your skin should get used to it. No one can tell you for sure if you're going to find it painful. I actually found armpits completely 100% painfree from the first time, but I have very few armpit hairs so I'm guessing it's related to that. Legs took me a few epilations to get used to!
Ok, I'd rather wax probably, but it's too messy and I'm too cheap to get it professionally done all the time. So this is the perfect tool for me and others who are like-minded, don't want to be a slave to shaving, and can stand some hurt.
LEGS:Great since you can just touch up whenever a few hairs grow in. I'm nearly always smooth legged.
ARMPITS:Ouch! I'm not going to lie. The first time, it hurt..a whole lot... It took me an hour to do it because it hurt so much. And my armpits were sore the next day. However, the hair doesn't really grow back in unison, so like the legs, subsequently you just quickly touch it up and this hurts a lot less. Plus, you really do get used to the pain (or maybe you just psych yourself up for a lot of pain and get a surprisingly milder experience).
This is quite a cost effective alternative to waxing. However, you must be tolerant of pain and remember to exfoliate.
Also, make sure you MOISTURIZE generously because in-growns will appear if the skin is too dry and taut. Moisturize! Even your armpits!
I have piercings & tattoos-a-go-go, and I have NEVER experienced pain like this. I was nearly crying! I had regrowth after a few days & even with daily exfoliation I continued to get ingrown hairs. Days after epilating I still had those little red bumps which are so unattractive! I went back to shaving after a few weeks of trying - I really wanted this to work.
A lot of other reviewers have covered everything you'd want to know, so here are my 2 cents:
--the second time is less painful, not due to tolerance but due to less hair. The more hair you have grown out, the more tiny pricks you feel. If it hurts a lot, try again in a couple days--you'll have less hair to pull out!
--it does not give me smooth legs. Leaves a lot of tiny hairs, a lot of broken hairs. The slower you go the better.
--What hair I have is less thick, sparser.
--bikini line (edges) is tolerable. Full-on assault is horrible. I tried the part directly below my stomach and YEOUCH! But I have never waxed there before--maybe after I had a couple of waxing sessions I could stand it.
--It gets a 3 for inability to give me smooth "freshly shaven" legs, but a Yes for reducing the amount of hair significantly. I can go several days without anything & you can't see it.
--Bloody heck it is loud. Earplugs baby!
This is great! I am very happy with my purchase(Silk-épil Xelle). This one has a light which is very handy to see all the hairs. Initially, it is a little uncomfortable to use - think of pulling off a band aid- but you get used to it. My epilator came with a "starter head" which is a gentler version of the normal epilator head (though less efficient, I think) and an ice pack. These things make it so much easier for (nervous) beginners. I you are one, I would definately recommend this model.
I use the Braun 5270 Silk-epil X'elle Body System Epilator for my arms, armpits, and legs. I bought it from Amazon when it first came out, but drugstore is probably cheaper. This would not be a good option for the bikini area (pain 15 out of 10), and I still go to an esthetician for waxing there (3 out of 10 for me). However, this works wonders for less sensitive areas. Epilators use several tiny tweezers to pluck the hair out. It is quite an unusual first experience, but I would say it's similar to threading, if you've had that done to eyebrows or upper lip before. Hair grows back thinner, if it grows back at all. I have heard from friends that they discontinued epilator use because their veins were more visible after regular use. I have since varied between epilating and shaving my legs due to this scare. I have noticed that if I space my epilating for months, then I have small bumps that are a little itchy on my arms and legs. They go away if you epilate, then shower. Make sure you put jojoba oil or something on your legs to calm and moisturize.