Monday, December 27, 2010

Philips SatinPerfect Epilator

Let’s start with a confession. I received my Philips SatinPerfect Epilator (model #6570) for free as part of a BzzCampaign. While I’ve been a BzzAgent for a few months now, this was the first time I was chosen to review a physical product and I have to say that I was really looking forward to reviewing this item.  I hate shaving my legs but I also hate waxing them so this alternative hair removal system sounded very intriguing.

Philips claims that this new take on an at-home epilating is fast and provides silky smooth results. I really, really wish I could say that this was true. Trust me, no one wanted this system to live up to its packaging claims as much as me (did I mention I hate waxing and shaving?). However, after using this product several times, I have to say that my results can best be described as “OK”.

The epilator itself looks sort of like an electric razor and it’s quite easy to use, despite the kind of scary buzzing sound it makes. Basically, you just run it up your legs (this particular model is specifically designed for one’s legs) and let its little “teeth” pull your leg hairs out. OK, that sounds a little scary too but really, this thing isn’t going to hurt you.

There are three different “head” options and while they all feel a bit different on the skin, they all appear to be equally efficient in removing hair.

And by “efficient” I mean “moderately good”. I was really hoping that I could just zip this thing over my legs, the hairs would be ripped out and I would be good to go. Unfortunately, this thing’s “ripping” powers aren’t as strong as I had hoped and so I found myself going over the same area multiple times and even then, I had to run a razor over my legs to catch everything. On the plus side, this lack of ripping power means that the SatinPerfect isn’t very painful (if you can handle waxing, this is nothing).

So no, it doesn’t deliver silky legs in minutes and it’s certainly not replacing my razor. But it does deliver long-lasting results and since the epilator is much cleaner, easier and quicker than waxing, it is replacing my waxing kit.

If you’re a regular waxer, you may want to seriously consider looking into this product. At around $90, this thing isn’t cheap and it’s certainly no miracle product but I say it’s a step above your typical at-home waxing experience.

The heads are easy to clear and the whole unit is powered via an AC adapter. Based on the instructions that came with my epilator, it looks like you can charge up the unit and then epilate wherever your choose (likely the bathtub since this thing doesn’t come with any sort of “hair trapping” compartment; just don’t use the epilator while you’re actually in the shower since it can’t get wet). However, mine would only work when it was plugged into the wall. I’m not sure if that’s how it’s supposed to be or if mine was just a bit of a dud (the hazards of sample products I guess).

As part of my BzzCampaign sample kit, I received several $10 coupons for this product. If you’re interesting in one of them, email me at stufflindsabought[remove]@[remove]

Would I buy this again: No but I would ask for it as a gift
Should you buy it: Only if you wax; razor-users likely won’t be impresssed by it

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