Phillips Lumea Hair Removal Laser Zapper Thingy

(33 Posts)
TheRealFellatio Wed 20-Mar-13 05:36:48

Has anyone tried it?

They are very expensive so I don't want to buy it without being sure. The reviews on Amazon seem good but the comments about whether or not there is any discomfort seem to vary wildly.

I am not so hairy that I couldn't live without it but I am not a fan of waxing and I'm fed up with shaving stubble around my bikini line, and my legs always feeling a bit rough.

I don't have any problem facial hair (yet) but it struck me that for women with PCOS for example, this thing could be worth its weight in gold if it actually works properly.


ChaChaDigregorio Wed 20-Mar-13 06:34:37

Yep, it works. Time consuming, but it works.

Yes, I have one and it's fab. I'm blonde with very thick hair, took quite some time on underarms yet bikini line and legs responded well after just a few sessions. Not used for while as 36 weeks pregnant bug gave barely had to shave my legs and can't see it reach bikini line grin. They are quite often in offer mine was £249 from Amazon.

TheRealFellatio Wed 20-Mar-13 16:10:25

It said in the blurb that is was no good for read or blonde hair, or very dark skin. So as a dark head pale person it should be great for me, but I'm please to hear it's worked for you carrie.

I need someone to talk me through the pain. I don't do pain, as a rule. blush

TheRealFellatio Wed 20-Mar-13 16:10:34

red not read

WildThongsEggHunt Wed 20-Mar-13 17:29:11

That does look good. If you get it will you come back and tell all please.

E320 Wed 20-Mar-13 17:33:52

I have one. It is great for face and underarms. My jury is still out on legs and bikini zone. It does not hurt.

PullyWoolOver Wed 20-Mar-13 18:47:21

I've got one and can happily report that it works! I'm of the pale skin and dark hair variety. Takes a little time and effort but it really works for me.

Looking forward to a lovely hair-free summer grin

How long is a long time? Eh to do a tash?

nemno Wed 20-Mar-13 19:11:53

It says it should not be used above the neck. Is there a good reason for this I wonder. I have had professional IPL on my jawline so would this indicate that it would be ok for me to use there. I am guessing that there would be some very good reasons why some people shouldn't use it on the face but if I avoid my eyes etc might it be ok?

Wolfiefan Wed 20-Mar-13 19:12:53

I did think about getting one too. How long to do a leg?! How frequently do you use it? Any problems with ingrowing hairs?

beeny Wed 20-Mar-13 20:29:44

I am confused thought E32O said it was good for face.

delilahbelle Wed 20-Mar-13 20:33:36

I am considering getting one too, but am slightly afraid at the cost...

tvstand Wed 20-Mar-13 20:37:19

I got one on groupon for about £120 if I remember correctly, haven't used it yet though

E320 Wed 20-Mar-13 20:38:50

The ine I have, bought last summer, has devices for face & body.

E320 Wed 20-Mar-13 20:39:28

Sorry, one, not ine!

Mewsical Wed 20-Mar-13 21:21:04

I have the precision one with the interchangeable heads (x2) which can be used on the face.
I'm quite impressed with the results so far but am under no illusions that I can ever be free from doing it on a regular basis.
Absolutely no pain for me.

nemno Wed 20-Mar-13 21:27:18

Ah, the review I read on it must have been old. Excellent that it can be used on face. Thank you

msmorgan Wed 20-Mar-13 21:37:46

I've had the original one (without the extra attachment to do facial hair) for about 3 years. I have dark body hair and medium skin. I noticed a difference within a few sessions. After around 6 months I had no regrowth at all.

I use it on the max setting on my legs with no pain at all, it a slight sharp pain if I use max setting on bikini line but fine if use slightly lower and still works.

You do not get any ingrown hairs as it kills the hair at the root, you don't have to grow hair to use it, you shave it off before use.

I love it, it does take a while to do your legs and I always have to recharge it at least twice to do both legs but I just use it whilst watching tv so don't mind. It only takes 2 minutes to do underarms.

TheRealFellatio Thu 21-Mar-13 06:28:05

My body hair is very fine and not especially dark. But my bikini line is more of a challenge! It says it can be used on 'hard to reach' areas, so I suppose that is a euphemism for you delicate undercarriage parts where you dare not put the VEET or a razor?

I am really tempted to go for it. I just need some more people to come on and reassure me that it doesn't hurt.

The bulbs are not replaceable though, so I guess once the bulb had ended its life then so has the appliance. I thing I need some reassurance that it doesn't conk out after a year and a month! Although I won't be a heavy user compared to most.

So once you get it all underway how long can you expect to go before you get any regrowth long term? It's only semi-permanent isn't it?

delilahbelle Thu 21-Mar-13 17:09:54

I really want one, but £400 is a serious amount of money to spend at once. Does anyone have a cheaper non Philips model that does something similar?

TheRealFellatio Thu 21-Mar-13 18:09:16

I know. But if you are a regular waxer then I guess it pays for itself in the end but if like me you are an lazy shaver with a bit of Veet on the side is it worth it?

msmorgan Thu 21-Mar-13 19:07:25

The bulb isn't replaceable but I've had mine 3 years and still use it now and then to prevent regrowth so it must last quite a long time.

I would say you need to use setting 2 or 3 for "delicate" areas but even on the highest setting it is nowhere near as painful as using an epilator or being waxed. It does not hurt at all on the highest setting on my legs, underarms or bikini line.

I can't really remember but I think I could see hair reduction by session 2/3 and by 6 months of use there was a massive difference.

Hope this helps you decide.

beeny Thu 21-Mar-13 19:18:47

Is it good for the face?

Lalamumtoone Thu 21-Mar-13 20:13:17

Is it any good for Indian skintones?

Phantomquartz Thu 21-Mar-13 20:43:16

You have to be very careful as it can stimulate hair growth rather than reduce it. The frequencies that a professional can use are different from the frequencies permitted on a home machine. It can also discolour dark skin which is why you can't use it if you have a tan.

I have PCOS and have been warned away from them.

beeny Thu 21-Mar-13 20:53:12

Oh thanks thats very useful

TheRealFellatio Fri 22-Mar-13 05:13:21

Who warned you off them Phantom? That's such a shame - I would have thought it would be a godsend for people with PCOS.

One the blurb it says not suitable for blonde or red hair, or for people with 'very dark skin' but I'm not sure what constitutes 'very dark'. confused

It's funny because I live in an Arab country and the local ladies here are OBSESSED with body hair removal, so I imagine it sells well. I wonder if they know before they buy it that if they are very dark it will not work?

msmorgan Fri 22-Mar-13 05:26:55

If planning to buy online I would pop into Boots and have a look at the Lumea first as there is a chart with it which tells you exactly who can and can't use it re hair and skin colouring.

Without checking mine, I think it is very fair skinned with red or very fair hair, and asian and black skin tones that can't use it. If you have fair to quite tanned skin with medium to very dark body hair it would work well.

I don't know about it increasing regrowth, for me personally it was the opposite. Although it is not permanent I found that after around a year of using it and then not using it whilst pregnant and breastfeeding I only needed to shave my legs once a fortnight and even then the hairs were much less and finer than before.

beeny Fri 22-Mar-13 05:54:16

I am indian with light brown skin.Would it work?

TheRealFellatio Fri 22-Mar-13 09:02:27

I would think so Beeny but I would read all the reviews thoroughly before you laid out that kind of money or email Phillips customer services to ask for clarification.

Bellebelle Fri 22-Mar-13 20:07:38

Came on here looking for a thread about these. The Boots one gets excellent reviews online but it's sold out. I think I'm convinced enough to buy one, I've been waxing since I was 14 (20 yrs!) and I'm utterly fed up with it and the constant ingrown hairs. Dreaming if hair free legs for summer.

Mewsical Fri 22-Mar-13 20:39:56

I had been wanting one for a while but at a good price.I bought mine in October when there was about 15% discount off electrical s at Boots and some other money off online order s over £50.It came to £267 in total.I also got lots of boots points so if you hang on in there... Just keep checking at Boots.

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