Can I just say something? I resent the societal expectation that I have to rid myself of pubic hair. I spent enough pre-pubescent time worrying that I'd never develop, and now that I'm an adult, I'm supposed to lose my lady forest completely? Not that there's anything wrong with choosing a Brazilian; I just don't want to feel like a leper if I don't want to visit Rio.
With all of that said, I'd rather not look like I'm sportin' a merkin at the pool, so I choose to do a little bikini-area trimming. As far as at-home waxing goes, Completely Bare's kit is tops. But when Bliss and Philips teamed up to create Bikini Perfect ($59.99), I was intrigued. The hair removal system comes with a trimmer attachment, two combs, a micro trimmer for eyebrow shaping, a micro shaver, an epilator, and Bliss samples.
How well does it work? To find out,
First, the good. The device is solidly constructed, so it seems like it will last a long time. The epilator, while hardly original, is extremely effective at yanking out stray hairs. (Yes, it hurts.) And I like the fact that you can use this waterproof gadget in the shower if you choose. Best of all, I can de-fuzz without having to deal with hot, messy wax.
Unfortunately, the shaver attachment doesn't get as close to my skin as a regular razor does. It definitely cuts down on the fuzz, but I had to go over my skin a few times, and even then I still had a few sprouts of miniscule stubble. And the eyebrow attachment is completely unnecessary; unless your beauty icon is Vanilla Ice, stay away from this risky thing.
Should you buy it? Yes, if you're looking for a way to touch up in between bikini waxes, the epilator is just as effective. If you'd only use this to shave, it's a little more iffy. In general, though, if you're in the market for a bikini-line trimmer, Bikini Perfect does the job well for a decent price.