Unlisted Brand • Braun Epilator • Other
|Would buy this product again.||85%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium Brown Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Black
I have had the Braun SilkEpil 3 for over three years. I absolutely love this product. I have naturally thick hair, which is great on the head but not so much everywhere else... I also shaved my legs and armpits for many years. Then, I switched to waxing but it was too much of a hassle for me to do it at home. Thus, the epilator.
I have only used this on my armpits and legs. While I have a very high pain threshold, epilating was quite an unpleasant experience in the first few weeks. After three years, I barely feel anything on my legs anymore. Armpit area is still a little more sensitive if I don't maintain it regularly. I won't go into details as to how I use the epilator because Ultraviolet wrote a great review and it contains a lot of great tips. The only thing I would add is to dust a little baby powder on the area you want to epilate right before you start epilating. This really helps in reducing the pain/any discomfort you may feel. I did that for the armpits in the first few months and it helps a lot.
The process may be long at first because you're not used to it. The first time I used it, I think it took me about 45 minutes to do both my legs. I was a little discouraged but thankfully I persisted in using the epilator! Now, it takes me about 10 minutes to do the bottom part of my legs if I do it regularly (once/2 weeks). I rarely do my thighs because the hair has gotten very light over the years. Also, there are areas where I don't get hair anymore (inner thighs, near the knees mainly).
Overall, this is a great product. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an alternative to shaving/waxing. Also, if you're worried about the pain, buy it at a store that'll let you return the product in case you don't like it. The first epilator I got was a Panasonic (can't remember which one) and I ended up returning it after the first use because it was just too big for my tiny hand.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Other
Silk-Úpil is a good epilator, if this is the route you chose for hair removal. It has been my method for the past year. But today was the last straw! (I'll tell you why, read on..) I've decided to stop using this and switch to hair removal cream.
People.. Be Warned!
After my experience with epiliating for a year straight, I ended up with massive, unsightly, ingrown hairs all over my legs!
They caused infections... Huge red bumps... And scars...My legs look HORRIBLE :( I had to use tweezers to *painfully,* squeeze out the ingrown hair. It is a faint-worthy process :( For the really bad ones, I had to have them professionally extracted. Today I had to deal with a massive in grown hair that I was finally able to extract, and I almost passed out. So that is why I'm throwing in the towel with epilating.
So seriously, if you are going to use this... EXFOLIATE! (I thought I exfoliated really good, since I scrub so hard my skin goes red, but obviously not good enough.) Expilating doesn't have the exfoliating effect that shaving, waxing and hair removal creams have, so you are prone to ingrown hairs.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I am actually really impressed with this epilator. I've been using then for about 4 years now and they're great! Does it hurt? Yes! Does it really pull the hair out from the root? No. But does it last longer than shaving? Absolutely. I did a lot of research on this and I have a few tips for those who are starting with their epilators. First off, go and get a wax first. I did a full body wax since I planned on using this on my arms, underarms, and legs. I prefer sugaring since it doesn't leave my skin red and irritated and it seemed to hurt less. A week later, use your epilator. You may get some hair, you may not. But it's better to just try anyways. Then use the epilator weekly thereafter. You won't get anywhere near as much hair as you would if you didn't wax first. I'm very sensitive to pain, so this is a much better way for me to do the epilating. If you don't want to do that, you could always shave, and then use the epilator daily for a 2 weeks, then weekly from there. Here are a few more tips:
1. Take a hot shower or bath before hand. It'll open up your pores a little and the hair seems to come from a lot deeper. Some people also exfoliate, but I just use my regular body wash with my Salux cloth. It works just great.
2. Make sure your skin is SUPER dry. No lotion or oil after getting out the shower.
3. Apply powder. I use corn starch, but lots of people use talcum powder.
4. Hold the skin tight. Just move your hand along with the epilator.
5. Moisturize afterwards. I like to hop back in the shower and wash again, then I use a body oil.
I've never had an issue with ingrowns, but I also exfoliate and do a body mud mask weekly. That helps a ton with all kinds of body skin issues that I have. But all in all, I love this product. I'm on my 3rd one, so I do wish they lasted a little longer, but otherwise it's still much more effective than shaving and much cheaper than waxing. Great product!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Olive, Warm Hair: Black, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
In total I would say I've bee epilating for around six years now and this Braun one is my second epilator. The first one was a 'beginner' epilator with maybe only 20 tweezers on it which took forever to epilate and made SO much noise but this one is so much better. I have the Braun silk epil 5, I think it is? The light is very, very helpful in epilating! It's also not as noisy as my old one which is a plus and the increase of tweezers is very helpful. BUT, I prefer to epilate without the little attachment things that come with it, you know interchangeable heads? The tweezers can actually sometimes catch onto my skin and pull at it and rip it. :/ so I can bleed for a little while. That's why I wouldn't repurchase. At first it hurt to epilate but if you keep up with it very soon you won't even feel it :)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I wanted to try epilator for ages but was too afraid that it is going to hurt. I tried waxing but because my hair is fine and sparse it hurt a lot and didn't remove a lot of hair. Hair removing creams didn't work for some reason and shaving was my only method of removing unwanted hair from my legs.
My friend been using one for ages so she told me to give it a shot. I've picked one up on sale for $75. I took a shower and dried my skin well (don't apply moisturiser otherwise it won't grip properly). Initially it stung a bit but you get used to it pretty quick. It removed abut 80% of hair and only left very fine invisible hair. My legs felt so smooth and looked awesome!!! 5 days later - no re-growth or irritation (like i get from shaving)...Give it a go!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Black
I really liked the way it removes all the hair from my skin.It doesn't hurt me at all.I love the packaging.It is portable travel size.I can take it with me any where.My hair after the use of this epilator grew very late.BUY IT!!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
This review is for the Braun Silk-epil X elle 5270. I have had this for years - more than I can count. I am sure I bought it at Linen's n Things with a 20% off coupon. Before this I had an Epilady, which I loved until it died of old age.
I have very fair skin, and very fine hair on my body. I waxed for years because everytime I shaved my legs I cut myself. Partly because I have thin skin, but mostly because I am a klutz.
Waxing is expensive and requires advance planning/appointment. Then it's a crap shoot finding someone who does a good job.
I love my epilator. There is a slight pinch when I use it. No worse than waxing. I have used this for so long, pulling the hairs out by the roots, that in all thise places the hair grows in less and less.
I use this on my legs, on some hair on my upper lip (very fine and blonde), on my bikini area and under my arms. I find the underarm area the most painful, but sois waxing there. I am goun to try using frozen peas as suggested here.
I love my Braun epilator.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Sensitive, Tan Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
The Braun SIlk Epil is absolutely brilliant! After reading so many reviews about how painful epilating can be I was a bit scared, but still eager to try it out.
I chose the Braun because its a well known brand and I wanted something that was going to work well.This is my first epilator and hopefully it will last a long time because I love it.
So once I turned it on it was loud and thats probably the worst part about using it-especially if your first time.The noise can be a bit daunting but once I tried it out on my leg it was comparable to a quick pinch.Yes it hurt a little, but it was a bearable pain and well worth it.
The results are great and the bonus is you can do this yourself at home because there's no mess unlike with waxing.The model I have comes with a massage head to lessen the discomfort as much as possible and when I used it I found it fairly relaxing.
Beauty is pain but its worth it when you see the results.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Oh gosh, this was the most ridiculous thing I've ever brought! I dont even know what I was thinking at the time of purchase! I dont like pain, I dont like inflicting pain on myself, therefore what was I thinking?
I brought the Braun Silk Epilator, about 2 years ago just before that christmas, cause it was on sale, I couldn't resist, but it was still $100AUD. Ouch! it was like little mechanical tweezers pulling out your hair, at least with a manual tweezer, I'll be more gentle.
All together, they hurt, their noisy, their hard to use, and they can lead to ingrown hair. I rather stick to my razor.
Even though I find it painful, a lot of other people I know, I dont know how they do it, but they cant live without their Epilator!
Age: Unknown Skin: Normal, Olive, Neutral Hair: Black, Curly, Medium Eyes: Black
This is great, but hard to maneuver. Don't buy this if you have a low pain tolerance. Put baby powder on your skin before using this.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I got a Braun Silk Epil last year and I can't see myself without it ever since. I've never shaved or something, I always got waxed at the salon since I was 13 and I loved the results. But going to the salon gets a bit expensive at times so the epilator was the perfect solution. It works just as well, it rips my hairs from the roots so that they take very long to grow out again and they become thinner and thinner with time. A great thing is that it will get even the tiniest hairs. I use it for my legs, my armpits and my abdomen. The only thing I still get waxed is my bikiny area but I might try using the epilator there as well, might edit and write down how it went if I do.
All in all, this is a great product, you pay a ridiculously low price and you can use it for a really long time, at the same time having the exact benefits of regular waxing.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Hazel
I have never been professionally waxed due to embaressment and the cost, too expensive for my budget. I got a kit which includes a cordless model, a shaver, a trimmer head, a starter and normal epi head, one for the face and underarms. It all came in a nice enough silver zip up pouch.
Face: Ouch factor = really not that bad. Gives a clean upper lip and is easy to use with the little light stuck on the machine itself.
Underarms: ouch factor = up there with the bikini area. I counteract this with some talc to absorb oils even on clean skin and I press a bag of frozen peas on there for a good five minutes to numb before drying and using it. Pain factor reduced A LOT! Love not having to shave here for at least two weeks ...amazing
Legs: Ouch factor = like little fish nibling away at your skin, but you soon get over it. It is really tiring though having to go over your legs repeatedly which is waht I have to do. I wish there was a giant head for pros so I could just rip all the hair out in fifteen minutes.
The bigest plus is being able to remove hair in the privacy of your own home whenever you want. The pain is really not that big a deal and because YOU are in control of the pain, it makes it that bit easier to do. Mine was a bit pricey at around 85 euros but it is an investment and when you think about how much razor heads or waxing costs its a real bargain
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Fine Eyes: Black
My Braun epilator was actually a limited offer..it's a bridal package and the model is Braun Silk Epil Xelle 5685 LE. It is very lightweight compared to their older models and the packaging is really cute-light green and white with little silvery glitters.
It comes with 4 different heads, 3 epilator heads with different number of tweezers in each and 1 shaver head. The package also included the Braun SilkFinish precision hair trimmer, a cold pack and a glove to place it in. The epilator has to be plugged, i.e. it isn't rechargeable nor can be used in the shower.
I use the precision trimmer whenever I'll be waxing and need to shorten the hairs a bit to minimize the pain. But that's about it for this trimmer, I wouldn't use it on my brows.
I've been waxing for a few years now so I don't use the cold pack. I resort to a pain killer whenever I'll be waxing the bikini area.
I love how the Braun epilator is a no fuss process. No stickiness and spreading and pulling and tugging that comes with waxing or sugaring.
I mainly use it on my legs cuz that's where my hairs are thickest. I'd never use it on my arms because my hair is super fine and the Braun epilator will only cut them off and make them thicker. Not what I want.
I tried it on my underarms and despite the fact that I've been waxing this area for over 7 years it felt so very painful I had to stop right away. I didn't try it since then and naturally I didn't try it in the bikini area.
So I ended up using only the one epilator head with the massagers and none of the rest of the package. Lots of money was wasted there.
When epilating my legs I have to go over the same area 2 to 3 times. It does an excellent job picking out hairs and I end up with nice smooth skin. And it does pick out the tiniest hairs, as it claims.
It has the Smart Light feature which really allows you to see the hairs very well. You won't miss a single hair with it.
To get the best of both world's, every month or so I'd exfoliate well, wax my entire body then go over it again with the Braun epilator. This way all the dead skin is removed while waxing, and all the tiny hairs wax misses is picked out with the epilator.
I imagine the Braun epilator will perform perfectly on all body areas if only you could bear with the pain in your first few uses there. I'm just not into applying cold packs and baby powder and all that...but maybe I'll give it a shot again when I'm in the mood for tolerating some extra pain.
If I ever go for buying this again, I'd go ahead and try the new one that you can use in the shower and I wouldn't bother getting one that contains more than two epilator heads.
UPDATE: I tried it on my underarms, works fine. But all in all I stopped using it, I resort solely to sugaring. You'll do yourself a favor by staying away from any epilator and using them only in emergencies. Sugaring and waxing are so much better if, of course, done properly. Epilating makes hairs grow thicker, coarser and much faster. Sugarind does the opposite and the follicles will eventually die and no hair will grow back.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Kinky, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I have the 7781 Silk-Epil Xpressive model that comes in silver/white. This is advertised as being able to remove hairs as short as 2mm, but I don't find it does this - not consistently anyway. I've tried this on various length hairs on my legs and sometimes it'll remove them from the root, most other times, it will cut the hair off. This means that I have to use this more often than I'd like to get rid of the cut-off hairs that have grown back faster. I also have to run this at least 3-4 times over my legs as it definitely doesn't remove most of them first time around. On my legs, I'd only give this 3 lippies.
On my underarms, it removes almost all hairs by the root. I always used to have a lot of problems getting the right angle for waxing my underarms and this makes it much easier. This is also good on my bikini line as the safety cap means I don't accidentally nip any sensitive areas. I'd probably give this 4 lippies for my underarms and bikini area.
I like that this is cordless. For the price, I'd expected to receive a pouch with this that was similar to the nice Emjoi ones, but it's just a cheap piece of material with a drawstring at the top. The dial on the machine is also very sensitive so it often turns itself on if it rubs up against something at the wrong angle. Don't use this straight after showering - my skin was so soft that the epilator ending up taking bits of skin off. The first time I used this was also quite painful, but I was OK by the second use, and I'm pretty much de-sensitised now. This is also very easy to clean.
Overall, the convenience of using this outweighs the cons. I suppose that for the price, I was expecting to be more impressed and I was a little disappointed. This has converted me to epilators though and I'm keen to try more once this one breaks.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Neutral Hair: Other, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Other
Won't bother with a too detailed review since there are many already listed.
Overall though I am bummed by the epilator process and wish I would have saved my box and stuff for a return. Sadly I discovered it wasn't gonna work for me a little too late.
The first time I used it definitely sucked, the pain factor was there but it wasn't the worst thing, it was tolerable.
First time I used it I wasn't silky smooth but my legs looked smooth.
Well I dunno if my hair was in some kind of weird growth cycle or what but I had stubble in a couple days after using it. Used it again... couple days later... again. WTF was going on here, it was like shaving. I thought I was gonna get at least a week or so of smoothness out of this. Nope.
I also discovered the epilator just could not pluck out really short or fine hairs, thus... never truly smooth. I also found that it broke off a lot of hairs and then couldn't get the rest out b/c of the issue I just mentioned.
I gave up. I was never silky smooth and I had to use it as much a razor. The first time I shaved after trying to commit to the epilator it was like heaven... silky smooth legs again. Plus shaving only takes like 5 minutes, while epilating was taking me up to 20 minutes or longer. If it is not gonna keep super duper smooth, take longer than shaving, and I had to do it as much as shaving I didn't see the point. Not to mention I got ingrowns like a mofo with this thing.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I've been using my Wet & Dry epilator for a while now & am over the moon with it.
Previously, I'd shaved and sometimes waxed. Neither was very successful for me. Shaving my legs left me with painful shaving rash & sometimes my armpits felt like I'd scraped skin off along with hair. Waxing was even worse. I could deal with the pain of pulling off the waxing strips but the stinging, burning rash it left me with was not something I could deal with at all. Waxing my upper lip left hairs behind and a burning sensation & on one occasion, left me with a raw (eventually scabbed over, not pleasant) mess.
Epilating seemed like the only way to go for me & I'm so pleased that it worked. There's been minimal pain involved, even when doing my armpits. It's more of a tingle than out & out agony. The hair grows back much finer and slower. I can get away with just doing my armpits twice a week, legs once.
Facial hair can be a bit more painful but I'd rather deal with ten minutes of pain than my face being a scabby, burning, sore mess as a result of waxing. It's easier to do facial hair wet. I exfoliate first, redampen the skin & apply a tiny amount of shower gel to make sure the epilator rolls smoothly. Any initial redness dies down after 30 minutes max & it leaves me smooth.
It's saved me a small fortune on new razor blades & repeated wasted experiments with waxing strips.
If my epilator died on me, I wouldn't hesitate to replace it. It's made things much easier & less painful for me.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I came looking for reviews on waxing products, but one comment stood out over and over - even those who gave the wax a high rating said it wasn't as good as an epilator. I read the reviews and went out and got one. I used it for the 1st time last night and I am pleased with the results.
My skin is a little red/irritated today, but certainly no worse than if I had waxed. Plus no sticky bits of wax to discover later. It was painful, but again, no worse than waxing. If you can stand waxing, you can use this.
Speaking of pain - I was discussing the ways reviews had said to deal with it and he asked me why didn't I use Lidocaine? You know that stuff in a spray can you put on scrapes and burns? It's also in Neosporin - it's a topical pain reliever. I told him he was a genius.
For my bikini area I sprayed on the Lidocaine, rubbed it in, then used the cold pack for extra measure. Then I used a towel to rub off any condensation or extra spray and also to make the hairs stick up more. I think it helped a lot - in fact, I took off the beginner head and put on the regular head because it didn't hurt and was taking too long.
I am very pleased with the results, the lack of messy clean up, and the ease of use. I don't see myself going back to razors or wax.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I looove love love this. The Epilator is my choice of hair removal. Especially during summer, when it is just too annoying to keep shaving legs/underarms every other day. And I hated seeing my hair grow out so thick and dark. I use this on my legs and underarms. Yes, it did hurt a lot the first couple times. I had to pause in the middle and just take a couple deep breaths, but it is totally worth it. I epilate my legs only about once every two weeks (sometimes 3) and I epilate my underarms about once a week. The hair grows back slower and much much finer. In fact, between each time I epilate, I would just have a few strands of hair that grows back on my leg, that I can easily pluck out with a tweezer. Even if I get lazy, and don't epilate for a couple weeks, the hair is so fine and light that no one can see it unless they are up close to my legs. And if it were to grow out a little, it's not stubbly, (as you get from shaving). I have definitely converted a couple of my friends to epilating instead of shaving. And I like this better than waxing because it's so easy! you just plug it in, and slowly glide it along your legs, no messy, sticky wax!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Other Eyes: Green
This is to help the newbies who are having a tough time with underarm epilation pain--
Thanks for your great advice MUAers! The first time I epilated (about a month ago) the legs were easy but underarms were painful enough to make me cry and give up. I had only completed a half inch section under one arm. (I've never waxed before.) So I read these reviews and tried it again about an hour ago. The tips I gathered reduced the prolonged unbearable pain to brief uncomfortable stinging sensation. Here's what I did to help ease the pain: 1. Upgraded from an inexpensive Emjoi to the Braun Silk Epil Soft Perfection. I used the cap with the massagers and the massagers definitely helped. 2. Took two Tylenol. 3. Exfoliated dry with a brush. 3. Took a long hot shower, soaped up and exfoliated again. 4. After shower- Pressed an ice pack under my arm until numb. 5. Dusted area with baby powder. 6. While holding the skin as taut as possible, I epilated in VERY short strokes. The first few strokes hurt the most, then it gets much better. There were a few pin prick amounts of blood. Sometimes I had to stop again and hold the ice pack in another area, use the baby powder and then do that area. Take it slow. Afterwards, I washed with soap again, used a salicylic acid toner and some heavy duty moisturizer (I mixed Eucerin, and DermaDoctor KP Duty).
***Also, I think THE MOST IMPORTANT thing to do to ease the pain is to epilate when you have a short stubble. If the hair is longer, it hurts MUCH MORE.***
The results? Oh my goodness...this is the first time I have had a "clean-looking" underarm since the age of 12! With my super pale skin and dark hair, I've ALWAYS had the five o'clock shadow. Even fresh shaven, that dark patch was always there, lurking under the surface. One hour later the redness is gone. There are some pink bumps but I'm hoping that will subside. Even with the bumps, it still looks better than with shaving (for me). Hope you have a good experience with it also. Good luck!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Black
This product is amazing!!!!!! i've got very hairy legs that was really annoyed me .I've been using this product about 8 weeks it really clear my skin after using it and take about ages to grlow back again but my epilator is green and it've got a small rolling which will massage yr legs at the same time.It is worth to have one and the important thing is i don't need to go to beauty salon again just use my one epilator and it's very easy to use it's a little bit hurt but the result is great aswell.i'll definately buy this product again if it break down which i hope not!!