I bought this device after seeing it presented on QVC. Here is what the sales pitch said:
Iluminage Touch is an easy-to-use, at-home hair removal device that uses a breakthrough patented hair removal technology called Elos, a proprietary combination of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and RF (Radio Frequency) to deliver the effective removal of unwanted hair for all skin tones.
I bought this because I am hairy and sick of it. I want to have hair free underarms and bikini line without the embarrassment of going to have laser treatments. I epilate my legs but this was too painful for my bikini line and underarms. I have coarse dark hair and very pale skin, and my hair grows very fast. I have to shave twice a day in summer and you can still see the dark hair under my skin right after shaving. So I bought this before the QVC presentation was even finished. I paid about $500 for it, and I ended up buying an extra cartridge in case I needed it, that was an additional $50.00.
The device itself is really easy and quick to use. You just plug in the base, press a button and the handheld unit flashes bright light at regular intervals. Each underarm took me about a minute, and my bikini line about 2 minutes each time. You are supposed to do 1 treatment per week for 7 weeks, then 1 treatment per month after that. I did 2 treatments per week (like I said, I am hairy.)
It was not painful at all. There is a sensation of heat, but it is not hot enough to burn unless you keep the device in one place for too long. I have very sensitive skin (and I am a coward when it comes to pain) and I never noticed a difference from the Low setting to the High setting. All treatments except the first treatment were done using the High setting.
After a full 3 months of doing twice a week treatments, there was no difference in my hair. Initially my hair was slower growing back, but this device did not make my hair stop growing. I stopped treatments about 6 months ago and my hair growth is back to how it has always been.
This was a very costly mistake and I really regret not sending this back within the 90 day return period. I know that this might work for some people, it might even work for my less coarse hair (I think I will try this on my arms next, just to use it and feel like my money was not totally wasted) but for me this device has been useless so far.