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Epilady Legend 4 Review

A while back I purchased the Epilady Legend 4 from Hautelook when it was on sale. I’d never tried an epilator before, and I’d heard they were torturous devices. However, the modern ones were supposed to be great. So as soon as I got this and charged this I gave it a try.

The Website Claims:
Use corded or cordless
New, quiet, wide epilating head, with perfect angle guide to keep you at the perfect angle for the best epilation
Removes even the shortest and finest hair, leaving skin smooth for up to 4 weeks
Dual voltage adaptor (110-240v) for easy use anywhere in the world
Two operating speeds

Price:
$69.95 on Amazon.com, $53.95 on Hautelook (including shipping)

Does it live up to its claims?
Yes & No. To me, this is not quiet. The noise is disconcerting. It’s not exactly loud, but it definitely makes noise. The faster speed is noisier. It does have two operating speeds, but I’ve only used it on the low speed. It does remove even my short and fine hairs. So I feel it fails as a quiet device, but otherwise lives up to the rest of its claims.

Would I purchase again?
Probably. When I first tried this, I hated it. I felt like it was torturous. I waited a few weeks and then tried it again. The second time around, it wasn’t so bad. I’m able to use it easily to remove hair from my underarms, which I normally wax. However, my skin is too sensitive for me to use it anywhere else. I can’t make it through an entire leg because it just irritates my skin too much. I do like that I can use it under my arms, and will continue to do that. I may quit getting waxed there since I can use this fairly easily under my arms. It doesn’t pinch the skin or grab it at all, which is a relief. It really does just stick to the hair.

How about you? Have you tried out an epilator? Do you like them? What’s your favorite way to get rid of unwanted hair?

Product purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

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  • Laser hair removal can definitely be painful, though no more so than a little razor burn/rash and discomfort from lasering lasts a much shorter time. Or at least this has been my experience. I’m currently in the throes of getting my girly bits and my underarms lasered and I’ll admit that how you feel after the treatment has a lot to do with the technician you’re working with and what level she sets the device for. For example, I’ve gotten my bits done twice already and it the way I explain the feeling is like getting into a hottub without giving yourself time to adjust. They start at the top and it’s fine because the root of the hair isn’t as deep set, but then they start getting lower and that’s when you feel like you just jumped into the water. And it’s not a big hurt, I spend the whole time laughing actually(though that might have something more to do with my masochistic tendencies). And my bits have never been irritated by the laser any longer than a few hours after the treatment. The lady who did my underarms though is a little more brave and decided not just to set her laser to stun*badum-che!* and she actually burned me a little. Though the underarm irritation wasn’t really visible(just looked like a spot or two of folliculitis and healed in less than a week) but I had trouble shaving when I took a shower 3 days later(yes, I’m a no bathing hippie, heh) and for 4 or 5 days when touching up deoderant, though I noticed it tended to only be an issue when I went against the grain of the hair. I also have a coupon to get my lower legs done, and if you like I’ll let you know how bad that one ranks.
    Overall, to me it’s worth paying the extra to get lasered 3-6 times and not have to worry about growth for a while-forever, and the discomfort hasn’t been enough to turn me away. But if you’re light or burn super easily and are worried about burning I would definitely talk to any salon/spa/technician you plan to work with before you put any money down.

    P.S.-Please don’t look at the website/blog yet, it’s a work in progress and slow going, but jebus forbid I don’t use a chance to shamelessly advertise. 🙂

    • Thank you for sharing this! I’ll have to look into the laser hair removal then, because I really do get tired of shaving!

  • I bought an Epilady like 25 years ago when they first came out. It was a LOT of money to me back then, and it hurt horribly. I hated to get rid of it because it cost so much, but I could never use it. I wouldn’t even consider getting another one. The Tria Laser Hair removal device has come down in price to $395. And, sometimes you can get a 15% off at Bliss with free shipping. Seems like every year, they improve the model and drop the price. Started out at $1000 about 3 years ago. I have had one now for a year and a half, and I can’t even bring myself to use that on my legs or armpits very often. I was going to consider getting my lower legs waxed and then using it after I’m waxed so it wouldn’t be such a traumatic experience. I don’t know if this is a bad idea, but it just takes so darn long. However, my skin is white and hair is so dark that I have to shave my legs every single day. Sux!

    • Regarding the Tria: I work in the laser industry and it has come down so much in price because the company is in trouble and outsourced all fab. to one facilty. It will work best, however, on light skin with dark hair. I personally wouldn’t recommend using the Tria (or any laser device) on recently-waxed skin.

      • Oooh, it might work well on me then. I have dark, sparse hair from the knees down on my legs.

    • I’m pale and my hair from my knees down, my lady region and my underarms is very dark.

      I’ve never tried the laser hair removal. Is it super painful?

  • i tend to only use epilators now. I started with a braun which was on offer, and it was ok, but found it sometimes snagged skin. I then bought a phillps and that was much better but wasnt as good at getting rid of all tiny hairs. Now i have one of the newest phillips and that is fantastic.
    yeah they have all been noisy but i got used to that. Pain wise, it always starts bad, but the body kind of gets used to it after a while and i ignore it (except on sides of knee, they always hurt, maybe because i have keritosis pilaris there)

  • I’ve been toying with the idea of someday purchasing one, but for now it’s just me and wax strips. I really wish there was some place more local I could go to actually get a wax job…the only one with good reviews is in the heart of Atlanta, so I’m stuck having to take care of my own monster leg and bikini line hairs, and I’m no gymnast :[

  • I have a vintage one I keep for fun, but I used one in high school and it was literally a hair pulling experience. I might try another if the turnaround time is long enough. I hate shaving every other day. I might give this a go. Thanks!

  • After Grey posted an epilator review a while back, I got one for myself. I really like it, and use it all over. The noise is a little bothersome, but no more than your average electric shaver. It’s still pretty painful on my upper thighs, but elsewhere it doesn’t seem to bother my skin as much as waxing does. It’s a little tricky getting all the hair on my legs, and I end up going over them about every other day to pick up strays wherever I can.

    • When I use it on my lower legs, they actually end up with little red bumps of irritation if I try to do it too long. My skin is just way too sensitive :/

  • After Grey posted an epilator review a while back, I got one for myself. I really like it. The noise is a little bothersome, but no more than your average electric shaver. It’s still pretty painful on my upper thighs, but elsewhere it doesn’t seem to bother my skin as much as waxing does. It’s a little tricky getting all the hair on my legs, and I end up going over them about every other day to pick up strays wherever I can.

    • I don’t even touch my upper thighs because my hair there is oddly very thin and colorless. The hair from my knees down is very dark but sparse. What I still love about waxing is that it’s over with very quickly.

  • I have an Emjoi Gently Gold Caress (I think that’s the name?) that I’ve had for 4 or 5 years now. Shaving makes my skin very very angry/itchy, and I refuse to pay for waxing all the time. It’s not perfect, but my epilator does work pretty well. it’s not “comfortable”, but I do have a pretty high pain tolerance. I will epilate anywhere and everywhere (legs, arms, bikini area, underarms). I do find I have to shave my legs every now and then because the hair starts getting too fine for the epilator to consistently pick it up. Also, Tend Skin or some sort of ingrown preventer is still a must for me. Also, the model on mine had a guard that I think was supposed to make it more comfortable or something? I removed the guard on mine years ago which seemed to make it do the job faster. Overall, not perfect but it saves me a lot of money, so I love it!

    Also. It is definitely not quiet! The sound reminds me of those little fuzz shaver things you can use on sweaters/ clothes.

  • I remember my mom getting an Epilady when they became popular when I was younger. Of course, despite her warnings we all had to try it. Use of the thing didn’t last long in our household!

    But, as you mentioned, like with tweezing & waxing, it does seem to get less painfull over time. Maybe you can “work up to” doing your legs; do a small patch every week and when that patch no longer gets irritated, move on to a larger patch of surrounding area, and so on.

    It does seem like a lot of work to do compared to simply shaving, but in the long run, it could be worth it!

    • I’m trying to work up to my entire leg, it’s just not working as well as I’d like 😛

  • I have a relatively new one…I purchased it in February, I think. It’s my second one. I usually use it for those “freak hairs” that have sprouted with me getting just a bit older 🙂 I don’t think I could make it through my armpits or my legs….let alone my ‘lady area’–that seems like abject torture to me. But I DO love my epilator for what I use it for…way better than waxing, shaving and tweezing 🙂

  • My grandmother had one the size of a Buick, an Epilady that was probably one of the first that came out. It was light pink, as if to assure you it was cute and harmless. Wow was I wrong. My Grandmother ended up chasing me around the house with it because it hurt so much. It was also just as loud as a vaccum cleaner!

    I’ve tried some of the newer ones, and the results are pretty good, and not as hurty. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m older and a little bit tougher now, or if it’s because they’re better. I’m sure it’s a little bit of both.

    I think it’s hilarious that they are still so loud! To me , it makes it more intimidating to use.

  • I’ve been back and forth about getting one for a while – I really want it for underarms/lady area, but the screams of pain from my uni roommate really put me off! I think I need to man up because I do really like the idea of this – I can’t wax myself because I’m too much of a wimp to do it all in one go!

    • I still haven’t tried it on the lady area, but I’ve had no problems with the underarms, though I’ve been getting them waxed for quite a while.

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