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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine if you have a couple of hours to spare..., 26 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Braun Silk-Epil 3 3270 Women's Epilator Electric Hair Removal (2 Extra Attachments) (Personal Care)
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First off: a couple of complaints. The product I was sent for review came with only a two-pin EU plug (meaning I had to shell out for an adaptor), and no case or protective covering at all. The former is something you might want to check before purchasing; the latter is something that might persuade you to try a different model. Having a case is pretty handy, really.

As for the product itself, the light seems like a good idea (although slightly blinding after a while), but surely it ought to be optional rather than compulsory? Instead it comes on automatically as soon as the epilator's switched on. For me this was an entirely pain-free experience (although, admittedly, my legs are pretty much numb after years of aggressive hair removal), and I don't dispute at all that the Silk-epil is far gentler than the epilators I tried in the dim and distant past. My skin certainly feels softer than it does after waxing or shaving. However (and it is rather a big however) it takes FOREVER to finish a single leg! Backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards I went - all too often to no avail. As others have mentioned, this product has fewer tweezers than some epilators on the market. You have to catch the hairs at exactly the right angle. The Silk-epil seems only to like hairs of a particular length, and I saw no evidence whatsoever of the so-called 'Soft Lift Tips' that claim to remove even flat-lying hairs: this was NOT my experience.

Having wavered between two and three stars I've plumped for three. I've a feeling this is a product that might become more effective with practise, and - as with all epilators - the proof is in the regrowth pudding. I have to admit I'm hairier than the average female, so it may be simply that I need something more hardcore... If you've never used an epilator before, this could be a good 'starter' product: the process grows markedly less painful over time, and once your legs have adjusted to the sensation you might consider switching to a different, and more efficient, version.
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