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You know me, enthusiasm is my middle name. If I like a product, you’ll know it. I am not afraid to rave about a product and I don’t mind using one superlative after the other to do so. Not that I am exaggerating. On the contrary, I mean everything I write and if I say I love a product, then I really genuinely do. I don’t often blog about negative beauty experiences though. My motto is: if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. So you will rarely hear me talk trash about a product. But today’s beauty rant is one that I really need to share with you. A product – an epilator to be exact – that I read so many great things about and that I thought would be so amazing has really let me down. Badly. Put on your fireproof suit and put on some safety goggles because today I am spitting fire.
The epilator that I am talking about is the Braun Silk Epil. A hair removal system that was all the talk on beauty blogs a while ago. According to all the raving reviews it keeps your legs smooth and hair-free for up to four weeks, and everywhere I read how this was soooo much better than shaving or waxing. I was a bit (or very, actually) skeptical, so I asked on multiple blogs and forums if all these claims were actually true and if smooth really meant completely hair-free and baby-bottom smooth. Every time I got the same answer: yes, this epilator will definitely keep your legs perfectly smooth for weeks.
Perfectly smooth, my ass. I bought the Braun Silk Epil in early July and ten days after I used it for the first time. Ten days should be enough for the hairs on my legs to grow long enough to be easily removed, right? And it’s not like they would have become much longer than that anyway. I am still a normal woman, not a yeti. So the length of the hairs can’t have been the problem. And I also obediently followed all the other rules: I scrubbed my skin to avoid ingrown hairs, I made sure my legs were dry and clean, and I went in against the hair growth while making sure I didn’t put too much pressure on the epilator.
I am a bit fanatic, so instead of using the lowest setting first, I immediately started off using the highest setting. Did it hurt? Yes, a bit. But I didn’t mind. I was willing to go through quite a bit of pain if that meant getting smooth legs for weeks. Plus, I also expected it to hurt, so it’s not like I was surprised. After a full hour (a full hour, yes, you can’t say that I am not thorough) I was finally done. Or at least sort of. No matter how many times I went over the same areas, I kept feeling hairs here and there. It frustrated the bejeezus out of me. To me, smooth really means no-hairs-to-be-seen-or-felt smooth. Not almost smooth. Canned soup with homemade meat balls in it isn’t homemade soup either, is it.
But anyway, after 60 minutes of torturing my legs I was actually almost happy with my semi-smooth pins. My initial plan was to just sit on a towel and watch a little TV while epilating my legs, but I ended up maybe getting 10 minutes of actual TV time. The other 50 I spent looking for hairs that I had missed and keeping a close look on my movements. If I dared to look up at the screen – thank god for subtitles for the hearing impaired, because an epilator is LOUD – it didn’t take two minutes before my skin got caught between the rollers making me jump up so high my head nearly hit the ceiling.
Anywhoolas, after staring at my own legs for an hour (up and down and up and down and up and down) I finally got the job done. It wasn’t pleasant, but at least I’d be good for a week or three. Or that’s what I thought. You can imagine the look on my face when I started feeling hairs again after exactly three days. Three! After eight days I couldn’t stand it anymore and I busted out the epilator again. Without success of course, because most of the hairs were still too short to be removed. And again, I am not some freak of nature with extreme hair growth.
So long story short, after a long boring and painful hour of epilating my legs I got to enjoy a very underwhelming three days of semi-smoothness. Not. Impressed. Also, my legs looked red and bruised, and felt quite sore for a day or two. All that for a few days of almost-smooth legs, and then waiting it out until the hairs are long enough to be removed again? Ridiculous. I gave the epilator one last chance after that, but when that was also a big miss I gave it a one-way ticket to beauty garbage island. Also known as the trash can. Such rubbish.
So are all those beauty bloggers and people on forums lying and do they secretly just use a razor to keep their legs smooth? Or do those people have a different idea of what ‘smooth’ means? I don’t know. But for me, using an epilator is not an option. I first tried it a couple of years ago, and it didn’t work for me then. But I had hoped that by now the new generation of epilators would perform better and that there would be some truth to all that raving and gushing. But apparently not. In the meantime I’ve gone back to shaving. It’s a lot quicker, a lot cheaper (100 CHF wasted on that damn epilator) and the result is much better. It’s really smooth. No-hairs-to-be-seen-or-felt smooth. Homemade-soup smooth.
Alright, it’s safe to take off your safety goggles now.
What is your experience with epilators? How do you remove the hair on your legs?