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Good on legs but doesn't perform so well on awkward bits
on 18 July 2013
It's been years since I last had an epilator, and that was back in the day when it was like having a row of tiny pixies holding tweezers running up and down your legs. So I was really excited to have a try of a 'new' style epilator to see if the technology had improved any!
This comes with a nice little bag that holds all the bits and pieces together, and a charger - which is perfect as I always used to get seriously annoyed when the batteries start to run flat. It has a clever light which shines on your skin so you can see where the hairs are. If you remember to turn it the right way round to start with that is.
The instruction booklet is pretty rubbish to be honest and very difficult to navigate - it's one of those ones with no words in it, and you are expected to be able to decipher what various little icons mean. When will manufacturers learn that customers actually prefer having an instruction book in their own language? In writing?? Anyhow, I'm digressing.
Once I'd worked out which head was which, I charged it up and off I went. First thing I noticed is that IT'S VERY LOUD. If you wanted to use this discreetly, you're out of luck. It whizzed up my legs, removing all hairs after 2-3 passes apart from those which must be growing at a funny angle - but because it vibrates so much it 'bounces' over bony bits like toes and knees. I didn't notice this at first - more on this later.
Spurred on by my apparent success, I decided to try it on my bikini line. Did it hurt? Yes, but probably not that much more than a very poorly trained waxer! It's much better if you hold the skin taut. I chickened out of doing my underarms, because there wasn't an 'epilator' icon agains the 'underarm' icon. I assumed that even the manufacturers thought this might hurt too much.
Enjoying my silky smooth legs, I slipped on my sandals and went off to a family picnic. We were just enjoying our strawberries, when my 7 year old shouts (very loudly) 'MUMMY, YOU'VE GOT BLACK SPIKES ON YOUR FEET - WHAT ARE THEY?' Well, I could have curled up and died. I should have looked more closely!! When I did look, I could see that on my toes, feet, and knees, the epilator hadn't removed the hairs at all - it had just 'cut' them. I wish I had noticed this earlier.
So, whilst this is good for big flat fleshy areas like legs and arms, it really is NOT so good on bonier areas, because it just bounces over the top of the hairs and bites the top off instead of pulling them out :( I have since tried this again to improve my technique, but still can't manage it :(