Having tested out several different Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) systems, I'd say this one really isn't bad. It's not great, but it's not bad.
It has all the usual rules and restrictions for use that IPL devices have-cannot be used on dark skin, doesn't work on pale or red coloured hair, can't be used on moles of freckles etc etc. Best candidates have fair skin and dark hair. Please look up the advice/restrictions before buying!
The Gillette Venus IPL System is different to most others in that it is meant to be used with a gel and has a skin colour sensor. I am of Asian origin and always assumed that I would need to used the setting for the darkest skin all over my body. I was surprised to learn that my legs are, in fact, lighter than my arms and therefore require a different setting. The gel dries out quickly so it's best to treat small patches at a time. For such a sleek-looking unit, having a messy gel to go with it doesn't make sense, buy hey, it is probably the best way for Gillette Venus to continue to earn money off you once you have bought their machine!
The treatment area covered with each pulse is rather small (compared to other machines) and therefore it takes rather a long time to complete areas you want to treat. That said, it mostly works first time on all hair and you rarely have to re-treat follicles that have clearly already been treated. You do need to be aware of the follicle cycle and the fact that some follicles in an area you are treating might be resting and so hair might sprout there at a later date when the follicles become active.
It is important not to expect complete hair removal from one of these systems. If you are lucky, that will happen, but as most good professional IPL system operators will tell you, IPL only ever reduces the amount of hair you have. This works but you do have to be patient.
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