I had never used an epilator before this one, and to be honest I didn't really know what epilating (epilation?) was. Turns out, it's a mix between tweezing, shaving, and waxing. Basically, the SatinPerfect removes hair from the root by pulling it out. It has an active massage system to soothe the skin, a pivoting performance cap for optimal skin contact, and an active hair lifter to remove even the finest, flat-lying hairs.
In my own words, this epilator is battery-powered and when you turn it on (by pressing the silver button smack dab in the middle of the photo), those comb-like things at the top start whirring really quickly. There are two speed levels, the highest one comes on when you click the button once, then it slows down a little bit (but is still moving pretty quickly) if you press the button again. The epilator comes with a plug-in wall charger, which is nice, too. The battery lasts for about 40 minutes, and takes an hour to recharge.
When I first turned on the epilator I won't lie, I was pretty scared to use it! My BzzGuide warned that the first few uses, it will feel a bit uncomfortable -- similar to waxing. I've waxed my eyebrows before, so I figured I could handle it. And, luckily for me, I've been blessed with very thin hairs on my legs. I honestly could go a month without shaving them and you really wouldn't be able to see much hair growth. Those two things combined made me less afraid to give it a shot.
The kit came with a pair of Smart Tweezers (on the left), and three attachments (on the right). I think they look like mini shark jaws! I used the epilator as it appears in the photo -- no attachments. It really didn't hurt much at all due to my sparse hair growth, it mostly just felt like little pinpricks here and there. Kind of like how it feels when your foot has fallen asleep and it gets tingly when you "wake it up." I didn't find it to be unpleasant at all, but I could definitely imagine it hurting for someone with thicker hair on their legs. Back to the attachments, though: they all function differently. The one on top is for underarm use, the two below it are to aid in prepping the hairs to be pulled and to provide a massaging sensation to the skin. The next time I use the SatinPerfect I'll probably give one of the bottom ones a try.
I found that it was really effective at removing even the tiny hairs I had on my legs! I was really surprised at how much it was able to remove. And since the epilator removes hair at the root, with continued use the user should experience less hair growth over time.
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*Disclaimer: I received the Philips SatinPerfect Epilator HP6576/50 for free for participation in a BzzAgent BzzCampaign. I was not monetarily compensated for this review and the honest opinions here are entirely my own.