Wednesday, March 14, 2012

BzzAgent: Philips SatinPerfect Epilator

As a BzzAgent, I was recently chosen to share and review the Philips SatinPerfect Epilator. (Disclaimer: I did receive this for free, but all of the comments, thoughts, and ideas are solely my own and are truthful) As any mom will more than likely agree, shaving is one of those things that I never seem to do often enough. I hate every minute of it and it is what makes me dread the warmer months (besides the constant humidity here in SC). I have very fair skin that tends to be very sensitive, so I have to shave EVERY day and I almost always get bumps and itch. I've found a few products to help with it, but needless to say, I wish I was a guy when it comes down to needing to shave my legs. I've been shaving since I was 8 years old because even though I have more of a light brown hair, my leg hairs have always been BLACK and pretty thick. So, combine that with the ivoriest skin tone you can pretty much get and then add in pretty spring church dresses...Yeah, my mom recognized real quick that the fur on my legs was either going to have to go or else she was going to have to ban dresses on me, lol! So, 21 years later, I'm tired of it and I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels that way!

So, after being accepted into the program from BzzAgent, I was anxiously awaiting the epilator to arrive. When it finally did, I was ecstatic! I couldn't wait to try it out- till I opened the box. I hate to admit it, but it scared the crap out of me when I first saw it. It looked like some kind of weird torture device and there were so many pieces and the directions were HORRENDOUS! I really have to say, I think they should improve upon the directions. This is a MSRP of $149.99 so I would think a nice color booklet would be much more appropriate than the giganticly huge black and white poster size paper (see my smilebox to see it!). So, I packed it away to try to figure it out another day. If I had actually bought this in the store, well, I might be inclined to return it because it was just so confusing to me. Maybe it was just me, but I've never owned an epilator before, so this was ALL new. A week or so later, I finally decided to brave the device and its awful directions, so here it is:

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

So, here is some basic tips:
1. What is Epilation? Well, here is a basic definition- Epilate: To remove a hair from a part of the body by forcible extraction, electrolysis, or loosening at the root by chemical means. So, basically, we are removing hair at the root. I find this helpful, because now you understand exactly what this contraption actually is doing.
2. Put it all together. A lot of the pieces were confusing when all laid out as the came. You are going to want to figure them all out. After you get it all situated like below, it becomes a lot less confusing and easier to look at. 
3. The Epilating Disc and all the caps are for your LEGS. The Shave, Trim & Style Attachment and Trimming Comb are for your underarms and bikini areas. So, don't expect to be epilating in those sensitive areas!

4. Epilating is somewhat painful- especially in the beginning. As you get used to it, it will become more comfortable. I recommend using those caps (as shown in the above picture) over the Epilating Discs attachment so that you can get used to it. Also, keep in mind your hair should be between 3-4 millimeters! If it is longer than that, then you need to either shave it down and epilate another day, or trim it down with the Shave, Trim & Style attachment and Trimming Comb cap. 
5. Your skin should be DRY!!!! It helps to do this right after showering or bathing because any type of hair removal is easier after being in warm water, but you can do it anytime of day.

6. Expect some irritation. Mine, surprisingly, only lasted about 20 minutes. I got some small red bumps and then they were gone, leaving smooth silky skin! :)

7. The directions, though hard to read, were helpful.

Okay, so back to my actual review- Overall, once I got past the "WTH is that?! Some kind of torture device!" and then the insane poster of directions in small black font, it really was a good little machine! I've used it a few times now on my legs and with the increasing warm weather here in SC (84 degrees today! We already didn't have a winter, are we loosing Spring too?!), I'm pretty excited about not having to shave everyday. It seems to last about 3-4 days so that is MUCH better than needing to shave everyday. The pain decreases with time and so does the sensitivity. I rarely even get the bumps anymore and even if I do, they are gone in about 10 minutes after using it. I love using the Shave attachment for my bikini area and underarms, very quick and gets very close! And we can't forget those awesome tweezers...My now sculpted eyebrows are thanking it! ;)

So where to buy?
Use code BBUZZEP20 (last digit is a letter O) and get $20 OFF!
Philips Online Shop 
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  1. Very nice production. Makes me want to go out and get one of these, even with the scary instruction sheet. I would hesitate because of the high price but you did a great job showing all the parts and going through. Very brave showing your leg-LOL. Great work. ;-)

    1. Yeah, I don't know if I would've ever considered buying one of these before being involved with this at that high price. I do have to say that I feel like it is worth it now. But, I think anyone would have had a hard time talking me into it! LOL. I figured the best way to show it working, was to actually *show* it ;) Thanks! :)

  2. CHristine RatliffeMarch 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    I also was chosen to try one of these, but I simply can not get past the pain- the epilator HURTS!!! But- the shave trim and style attatchment is AMAZING!!

    1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Shave, Trim & Style Attachment as well...I find that the best thing to do when first starting to use it is go for the least sensitive areas first...For me, that was my shin area. HTH!

  3. I wish I was chosen to try this. I have issues with hair on my chin that is so embarrassing. I shave it almost every day. But I have a feeling it would be painful in that area.

    1. LOL- I actually have some facial hair that I wax off (YIKES!) so I did try this on it...Let's just say I'll stick to waxing, :D

    2. Most individuals have been cutting for their undesirable locks and it’s so delicate choices. It can seriously become health harm if any co-incidents. Therefore, epilator develops fast for protection and care.

  4. Hi Lisa, you are right, the instructions are horrible. Stuff is all over the place and it is so gigantic. The little light up tweezers it comes with are awesome. I thought the lipstick shaped case was incredibly cute.

  5. This is a honest review. I really love the epilators even it hurts sometimes.

    1. Thanks! :) I try to always be honest!