It HURTS- but it WORKS! A bit of background. I have never in my life used an epilator. I have only heard about the old school coil versions as an urban legend of the lengths women will go to be hair-free. When I saw the Emjoi Emagine, I was instantly curious. It was not scary looking at all! The women demonstrating did not appear to be in excruciating pain. It was definitely pricey but I figured I would spend that much on razor refills over the summer and this will (hopefully) last for years. The whole concept is a little intimidating. I did plenty of research online so by the time it came in the mail, I'd be ready.
It came and I was again surprised at how harmless this supposed torture device looks. I will admit I did put off actually trying it for a week or two. Then two nights ago, under the influence of a glass of wine, I decided to go for it. I do not AT ALL condone drinking before using this, as accidents would be more likely to happen. It just took my nerves away enough to take the plunge. I dove straight into the deep end- my underarms! I used a warm washcloth for 5 minutes to soften everything up and dissolve my deodorant. DO NOT use this with deodorant on or it WILL NOT go smoothly! I am not gonna lie. It hurts. It hurts bad. I have a pretty high pain threshold and my eyes teared up on the first pass.
The good news is you get numb to the pain quickly and only the first minute or so of each section is the worst. It took about five minutes to do both and the results were immediate. ALL my hair was gone and ALL by the root! I used a little aloe vera spray (the kind that's good for sunburns with NO alcohol) immediately after. I did have some initial discomfort, similar to razor burn after and some "dotting" but the next morning, I was hair free and smooth. For the underarms alone and not having to touch them up two days later, this is well worth the price tag.
UPDATE 6/21/2013: I have since used this on my legs and bikini line and I am still loving the results. After three weeks, there is NO pain and the more I use it, the better it works. I am using about twice weekly to get all the cycles of hair but I think soon I will use even less often. DO NOT be discouraged if the result on your legs is not 100% smooth the first few times. The more you use it, the better it works!!
UPDATE 5/2014: So after having and using this for over a year, I can honestly say it has made a world of difference in my hair removal routine. Though I have since given up on using it on my shins/lower legs, I get the best results on my thighs, bikini line and underarms. I found the upkeep on my lower legs to be too much work for me, not to mention how long actually using it takes to get the results I am after. But as someone who has ALWAYS, no matter what I've tried, gotten razor burn and in grown's in my bikini line, this is my savior! I've definitely gotten my money's worth on this one!!