30 August 2016


I have been using an epilator as my preferred method of hair removal for years, for the one reason that I simply hate the stubble you always get a mere few days after using a blade. So I was excited when I was asked to try a new model from Philips, the Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator BRE 640.

This new Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator BRE640 is a very advanced in that it is both a dry and a wet epilator, with all of my previous epilators (and I've had a few over few decades I've been doing this), none of them have been able to be used as a wet shaver.

Some may think that using an epilator hurts, and yes, the first few times it is a little uncomfortable, but if you ask me, no where near as uncomfortable as having a wax at a salon, and bonus is that you can do it from the comfort of your home, at a time it suits you.

I have never in the years of using an epilator experienced any irritation, but for some reason while I was pregnant with our youngest, my skin got really irritated in general, and since then, I have started developing some smaller red dots where the hairs are being pulled out - however, these do disappear after a few hours, so I just need to keep this in mind and not shave my legs just before heading out the door.

All the accessories 

But I have, however, discovered that using the shaver in the shower, when my skin is warm and the pores open does minimise this irritation a lot, so I am very impressed.

The epilator head

The Philips Satinelle Shaver has a unique ergonomic S-shaped design, which makes it super easy to hold, even with a small female hand, and it makes it easier to reach difficult areas such as under arms, the back of the legs etc. too. It is suitable to be used on the legs, body and face.

It comes with a massive 8 different accessories including: 
  • Trimming head
  • Bikini comb
  • Shaving head
  • Trimming comb
  • Facial area cap
  • Massage cap
  • Skin stretcher
  • Body care head

Combined all these accessories make it possible to give a close shave, remove unwanted facial hairs, remove hair from underarm and bikini areas, and trip and shape delicate areas including the bikini line. I don't have unwanted hair on my face, so have not tried that accessory, and admit to finding the epilator a tad uncomfortable using under my arm pits, where I usually just use a normal shaver - but one day I'll have to bite the bullet and try, and love the fact that t does come with a delicate cap to help make it a little more bearable. But you can also decide between two speed settings, depending on personal preference.

Shaving head with trimming comb

The Satinelle also features micro-ridged discs to help grip hairs easier and more firmly, so even the finest and smallest hairs won't be missed, and it also has a wide 30mm epilator head to remove hairs from a larger area in just one stroke, and it also have a small light that makes it easy to see the fine hairs as you are shaving.

Epilator with massage cap

The shaver also features a massage cap to help ease any irritation while epilating the skin, along with a skin stretcher cap that tightens skin during epilation to stop it from 'grabbing the skin' (one of my previous epilators did that, and let me tell you it hurt!), as well as the stretched out skin makes it quicker and easier for the epilator to grab the hairs. And you can also decide on two speed

Epilator with skin stretcher cap

I also love that this Satinelle shaver charges up quickly, in just 1.5 hours, and that it then has up to 40 minutes of usage, so you can finish without it running flat.

Epilator with facial cap

Epilator with delicate area cap

Overall, using an epilator, has, and I think, always will be my preferred method of shaving my legs - there is no denying that it does take longer to do than using i.e. a standard shaver, as generally I find that I can shave both my legs and bikini line in about 30 minutes - but then you also remain hair-free for the next 2-3 weeks, and without that annoying stubble that comes after just a few days of using a normal shaver.

Trimming head with comb trimmer

You do inevitably miss a few hairs here and there, so at least during summer when I'm wearing skirts and dresses, I like to give my legs a quick shave weekly, which grabs all those few hairs I've previously missed, making shaving quicker and quicker each time.

This is also by far the best and most advanced epilator that I've used. Both in terms of the accessories that it comes with, but also how easily it grabs the hairs, making it so much easier and quicker to use. And the fact that it can also be used while in the shower is a massive bonus for me.

At $199.95 this is not a cheap device, but if you compare to how much money you'd spend on having frequent wax treatments at the salon, or even buying shaving gel and blades, over the years this epilator will last you, you will without a doubt be saving money!

Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator BRE640 - RRP: $199.95
Available at leading electronics retailers and department stores

* Products have been kindly provided for consideration, and have reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.


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