Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review

Monday, January 20, 2014

Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review

Hi friends, if you remember I did a post long back on a nifty little product to do facial hair removal at home. Today I am reviewing a product that you can use all over your body for easy hair removal. Braun's Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa (model 7951) is an epilator, shaver & spa all in one. This is a long post because there is just so much to talk about here. Its also picture heavy but I hope you will find this useful. I also have a comparison note where I talk about how this new Silk Epil 7 is different from the earlier Silk Epil that I've been using.

Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review
Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review

What is Epilation?

For those of you who are new to epilation let me first explain a bit about the process. Basically epilation involves removal of hair from the roots by plucking it out using a machine called the epilator. Hair is removed from the roots hence the hair takes longer to grow back and over time the hair becomes thin and sparse. In these terms it is almost like waxing except there is no mess involved. For those of you who are used to waxing, the pain is similar or less (depending on your sensitivity) but the good part is while waxing doesn't work on small hair or during humid/rainy days, epilation works perfectly.

Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review
Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review

Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa (model 7951)

Now coming back to the Braun Silk Epil7 Skin Spa. This is the latest launch from Braun. The epilator and its accessories come nicely packed in a box which also contains a small cloth bag to store all the contents in safely. Silk Epil7 Skin Spa can be used both dry and wet (yes you can take it with you to the shower!), and has a light to light up shorter hair which you would otherwise miss.
Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - 5 Different Heads - Review
Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review
The main body of the epilator is white and the area below the dial is all nice and sparkly. I love the use of white and purple throughout the product.
Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review
There are a total of 5 different heads that attach to the main epilator body. Each head is meant to be used for a specific purpose.

Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review

The main head is of course the epilator head. This has a sensitive skin attachment designed to help pull out short hair without  causing any pain. This is the attachment you will be using most often.

Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review
Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review
Next there is a shaving head, now why do you need this - well for starters if your hair is longer than 5 mm then you should clip it down to the optimal 5 mm length or use this shaver head to shave it off and then wait for it to grow back a bit before you do the epilation. This also comes in handy if you epilated but did not cover an area properly but realize that only a week later - so while rest of the area does not have hair you notice some in a small patch - simply shave it off so that you can do the epilation once for the entire area together.

Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review
Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review
Then there are two attachment caps - these reduce the surface area that the epilating head covers. While one is meant for the delicate areas like the underarms, the other is specially designed for facial use. This is the one that you can use to do your upper lips (don't get scared, I've used it and it does not hurt at all - will come to that in a bit)

Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review
Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review (Delicate Area Head)

Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review (Facial Epilation Head)
Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review (Facial Epilation Head)
And finally the Spa head, this is a round head with soft plastic bristles attached to it. This head can be used for buffing away dead skin or used in the shower to apply your body wash and at the same time give your skin a nice polish!
I think this is the best part - the Spa head, this little attachment works wonders. Use it in the shower and watch the lather build up. Its great to exfoliate your skin. One point to note here is that you should not exfoliate using this attachment on the same day as your epilation, give a gap of two days just like you would between exfoliation and waxing.

Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review (Spa Head)
Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review (Spa Head)
I've been using an epilator for a long time so using this was  breeze for me. For those of you using it for the first time do make sure you read the instruction guide that comes with the epilator which explains everything about usage and also about how to store your epilator so that it lasts you for years!

Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Compared To Silk Epil Eversoft Deluxe

Now I have used Braun's Silk Epil older version called "eversoft deluxe" and have been very happy with my purchase. The older one I has lasted me over 10 years (yes that is true!) so when I got this new one comparisons were inevitable.
Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review (Compared to Silk Epil Eversoft Deluxe)
Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review (Compared to Silk Epil Eversoft Deluxe)
Firstly I am glad this one can be used in the shower, that is a huge benefit because wet hair comes off easily which essentially means less pain. Although I did notice the epilator discharges faster when used in wet mode. So when using in the shower make sure it is fully charged. My old silk epil did not work off a battery and came with a cord which meant it could not be taken to the shower. It also meant that epilation had to be done closer to a power source.

Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review (Compared to Silk Epil Eversoft Deluxe)
Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review (Compared to Silk Epil Eversoft Deluxe)
The size and shape of the newer Silk Epil 7 is more sleek and hence easier to handle.

I tried the facial attachment and tried to do my upper lips. It was very gentle in plucking out the hair and I think this attachment is very useful for beginners. Just  make sure you stretch you skin nicely before epilating any part of your skin - particularly the face where the skin is softer. My old epilator did not have this attachment.

For underarms I prefer using the main attachment head because it covers more area faster and epilating the underarms is always a bit more painful simply because the skin there is softer. I am used to epilation and hence do not need the special cap for this purpose but all of you doing it for the first time, please use the cap and once you get used to the whole process you can do without the cap (I am actually so used to this that even for upperlips I can easily use the main attachment without any caps)

The shaver is very nice as well though I'm going to keep it away only for occasions when I'm in a hurry and don't have the time to do epilation.

Overall I am glad I got this as its a nice piece of investment for any girl who likes the privacy of her home and the convenience of anytime hair removal. You can purchase this model from Amazon.in (Silk Epil 7 - 7951) for Rs 8800 and if you don't want to use the Skin Spa attachment you can buy the other Silk Epil 7 model that costs about Rs 15000 less but you can buy it at Amazon.in-Silk Epil 7 (7891) for a whopping Rs 4000 discount - that is for a price of Rs 4095! (And they deliver this in 3 days!)

There is nothing I don't like about this product but there are a few enhancements I would suggest to Braun to address in their next Silk Epil version.
First is the placement of the light. The Silk Epil has a small light that goes on as soon as you turn the unit on, this is good so that you can see tiny hair on the body and works fine for the legs. But when you are using it on the face the light just doens't fall on the area you are epilating because that area is so small. I'm not sure how much battery this light eats up but I would still prefer an option to turn the light off.
Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review (Built In Light)
Braun Silk Epil 7 Skin Spa Model 7951 - Review (Built In Light)
Next suggestion is again related to the facial hair removal. It would be a lot easier if there was a seperate smaller epilating head for the face. Right now there is a cap that sits on top of the main epilating head. I think a seperate smaller head would give more control specially for a small area like the upper lips.

I hope this epilator lasts me just as long (if not longer) than my previous epilator.

Girls if you are still wondering whether you want to invest in an epilator I'll say Braun is a safe company for investing in epilators. You can chose the epilator that fits your budget. And I'd really recommend epilators specially to girls who are always on the go and have to travel a lot - you'll never regret your purchase.

And congratulations for surviving this long post :)

PS: If you have extremely sensitive skin please try and buy this at a shop where they are willing to demo the product to you - my skin is sensitive when I get it waxed and even with epilation sometimes I get bumps but they subside by morning (I prefer epilation in the evening). If your skin cannot take waxing pain or is too senstive then please take an informed decision and do try the product before purchasing it.

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27 comments:

  1. Loved the detailed review Shilpa, I would love to get my hands on this one soon .. Have you used that brush on face too or its usage is limited to body?

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    1. thanks Shalini - the brush is not suitable for the face I think.

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  2. I went through the entire post and loved how much in detail you have written it, it addressed all queries and points about this model. I use the older version and it really pinches. and I dare use the older one on my face and underarms, it really hurts bad then. Amazon services and discounts are pretty good!

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    1. u have an older braun model? mine is over 10 years old, after the first few uses the pain disappeared for legs and arms and on the face its like a gentle pain - just like threading no more - i think you should numb your skin before epilating if it hurts like that - check my next post on tips for epilation

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  3. I used to use the Silk Epil in years ago in college but i feel it increases the ingrowths. Does that happen with you as well? All the attachments look amazing too. Will check this out. Following you on GFC.

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    1. No Dollie - I haven't faced that problem, I think you need to exfoliate the skin better. This model has an attachment for exfoliation so ya this is a complete package

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  4. Nice detailed review. You have covered all the aspects in so much depth. Good one

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  5. Great review!! Even I have used same :)

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  6. Hello Shilpa,

    I just purchased it and I also have been using eversoft model before..I have noticed that the new model is much slower in rotation compared to the old model? do you notice the same issue? or just mine is defective?

    Thank you

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    1. Hi Menna, I think its slightly slower if you have the soft head cover attached, it makes the experience gentler. I think just like me you are used to epilation so you might feel its slower. I have actually started using this without the head that has those small round heads, but I wont advice that unless you are a pro

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  7. Hello!
    I just bought this and I am very happy :)
    I have one question though, as you have been using the same model for 8 months:
    How is the battery life? Does it still last 40 minutes?

    Thank you!

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    1. Hi there, yup mine is working fine, suggestion, dont use it continuously for 40mins, gibe it a short break in between, like switch it off when you switch arms etc

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  8. can it be used for bikini line...nd is it painful there????

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    1. it can be used but unless you regularly get your bikini line done I would say it is going to be pretty painful. I have personally not used it for that purpose.

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  9. Hey I am planning to buy this model so plz tell me if the spa head works well to remove ingrown hairs.( I really suffer bad from them near the knees).
    and also the facial cap.. is it really difficult to target the upperlip area? and can i use it for the whole peach fuzz?
    plz reply asap. :)

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    1. Hi Sophie, I am so sorry for the delay in replying, yes the spa head works well to remove ingrown hair - but its not a one time job - you have to be very patient and use it regularly. The facial cap is ok to use, I have done my upper lips using it a lot of times

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  10. Hello again!
    I am still happy with my SE7 and I have a trick to share :D
    On more sensitive areas just apply some mouthwash and wait a bit, it will become numb at the same time disinfected :D
    About the upperlip fuzz - I would not use it there. Better try threading as it removes 101% from folicle. if a hair is not totally removed you can have immence issues. They say do not use on the face on the packaging.
    About ingrowns - I had that issue on my arms, Now with SE7 they do not appear.

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    1. thanks for sharing this dear, I will surely try out the mouthwash trick!

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  11. Can it works with the cabel in charging mode or it works only on battery?

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  12. BRILLIANT Review… :) Great job done…
    Shivani m very confused between 7681 and 7951… i am going to buy it today from flipkart as there is 10% off 😛
    Few questions:
    1. I face a problem of ingrown hair… but i will have to pay 2k extra js for the exfoliation brush right :(
    2. If i use it under water while exfoliating, won’t it hamper the performance of the epiliator in the long run….
    3. What is the life span of an epiliator…
    please reply to the earliest as to whic one should go for.. as i HAVE to buy one today 😛

    Loads of love… <3

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