I got the Phillips HP 6576 Satin Perfect Deluxe Epilator as a gift from my husband. I have to say I was pretty thrilled with how elegant and feminine it looked just out of the box.
I also thought it was a good sign that it came with a lot of attachments.
I eagerly dumped everything out on the bathroom counter and plugged it in so I could use it right away, excited to try epilating for the first time.
Hair, Hair Go Away
Oh, holy night, did the first few passes at my legs leave me gritting my teeth trying not to howl in pain. I was unpleasantly surprised by how much it hurt when the dozens of little ceramic discs tore the hair off my legs by the roots. I have had my bikini line waxed, too, and thought that was as painful as it could get. Boy, was I wrong?
When I felt the strip of skin on my leg that I had used my new Phillips HP 6576 epilator it was as smooth as could be. I decided to finish the job. The massaging action is supposed to make epilating less uncomfortable. Combined with the speed control it was tolerable. The bikini line attachment made doing that area easier and I loved how smooth my legs felt when I finally finished.
I decided to try out the shaver head on my underarms. It worked great! Best shaver I have ever used.
Attachments In Order
While I was waiting for my new Philips HP6576 Satin Perfect Deluxe Epilator to become fully charged I had the opportunity to check out the rest of the accessories that had come with it. I love the illuminated tweezers. They are so great at getting really tiny fine eyebrow hairs and I shaped my brows beautifully with them. It might be the best thing about the Phillips HP 6576 epilator. The entire package consists of:
- Satin Perfect Deluxe Epilator
- Active hair lifter – to get even the hairs that are lying flat against your skin
- Shaving head
- Trimming comb
- Illuminated smart tweezers
- Massage system w/ pivoting cap – so you don’t strain your wrist shaving some of the hard to reach areas
- Cleaning brush – the head comes off for easy cleaning and the little brush gets rid of tiny hairs trapped in between the ceramic discs
- Storage pouch
The Good, The Bad, And The Unbelievably Long Instruction Sheet
If you are considering going the epilator route, the Phillips HP 6576 Satin Perfect is a good choice if you want all the attachments included, to be able to use it while it is charging, and want a really great shave head. The very bright light on it helps you nab even the smallest hairs, even those you couldn’t have waxed yet.
The HP 6576 is NOT for you if you want to use it in the shower, your face, or have a small budget. At over $100 it is a sizeable investment, but what do you spend on shaving products or waxing per year? You might be saving money over the long term.
Speaking of your face, the product information online says it’s for face and body, but when you get the unit it says for use only from the neck down. What?
I don’t need to use it on my face, so this was not an issue for me, but it will be for men and girls with stray chin hairs.
The instruction sheet that came with my new Phillips epilator was ridiculously long and complicated to follow. I tossed it and just figured out how to get all the heads on (and off to wash) myself. If you have a degree from MIT you might find it useful.
The Hairy Truth
I wanted to read what other people thought about the device so I checked out the Phillips HP 6576 reviews to be forewarned about any problems that might crop up. Most people loved the device and gave it 4 or 5 stars. Those who complained that it hurt, well, duh, it’s yanking your hairs out, there is going to be some pain.
I am concerned that a few reviews claimed that the battery life is short, but since you can use it while it’s charging that’s not a deal-breaker for me.
Fast forward two weeks and my legs are still relatively hair-free. I have had to touch up a few spots where it grew back faster, but it was not as uncomfortable as the first time I used it.
I like the fact that it has a travel lock so you can’t accidentally turn it on when it’s banging around in your gym bag.
Overall, I have to recommend this epilator and think the only thing missing that I see on other models around the same price is an exfoliating brush (check out the Braun 7921 if that is a dealbreaker for you). It’s really important to exfoliate when you epilate to avoid ingrown hairs. It does have all the other bells and whistles, though, and is very stylish.
All in all, the Philips HP 6576 is a great option for those who want a top-rated epilator.