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Phillips Lumea has changed my life!

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Desmondo2016 Sat 02-Mar-19 13:59:57

Just that, really.

Been using it since Xmas, every 10-14 days. Haven't removed hair from legs, pits, bikini line or arms in 10 days now and there's practically no regrowth. This isn't a sales pitch btw, I just wish I hadn't spent the last 10 years wanting one but thinking they were too much money!

Musicalstatues Sat 02-Mar-19 14:01:52

I always come on these threads to say me too!! Amazing!

Whatsnewpussyhat Sat 02-Mar-19 14:11:14

Yep. Just wish they had been around 25 years ago! Would've been life truly life changing for young pasty, hairy me.
Also glad my own hairy DD's have better options available to them!

JeremyIronsBenFolds Sat 02-Mar-19 14:11:36

Yep! I bought mine just after Xmas, and have now got to the the stage where there is barely any regrowth whatsoever, I am so impressed! After the first session I was a little bit like ‘what have I just wasted £300 on’, but I’m glad I stuck with it, I can’t believe how effective it is. I’m always paranoid I’m missing spots on my legs, but it seems to be ok.

Thisimmortalcurl Sat 02-Mar-19 14:13:07

Is it sore to use?

Desmondo2016 Sat 02-Mar-19 14:13:42

I know, it's such a weird mental mindset to still feel like I 'should' shave before swimming etc and then actually looking at myself and realising there's actually nothing to shave!!

Juicyfrooty Sat 02-Mar-19 14:14:28

Is it good for facial hair?

Cuddlysnowleopard Sat 02-Mar-19 14:15:30

Not sore at all. I use it on my bikini line, and have gradually managed to clear pretty much everything down there over the last 6 months. Honestly, life changing for me.

Desmondo2016 Sat 02-Mar-19 14:15:30

I find it a little painful in the pubic area but I do tend to use it on the highest setting.

Kind of like an elastic band being flicked right against your skin, but it's only momentary. Legs, armpits and face don't hurt at all.

Whatsnewpussyhat Sat 02-Mar-19 14:16:03

You get the odd sharp zap but not really painful at all. And quick to use.
I bought one of the original laser things many years ago and although it did work the laser was tiny and took far too long to cover ever a small patch of skin.

Desmondo2016 Sat 02-Mar-19 14:17:09

I seem to be having slightly less success thus far, on the face but I think that's because the skin is less pale there. I'm confident it will be fine, just needing a few extra treatments than the area where the skin is paler and the hair darker

GoldenSyrupLion Sat 02-Mar-19 14:17:27

Does it basically pull the hair out? If so it's a no for me as I get ingrowing hairs.

Whatsnewpussyhat Sat 02-Mar-19 14:17:56

Only issue I've had with face is that chin hairs have started coming through white so laser won't work but I think that's an age thing not the Lumea!

HappyKatieA Sat 02-Mar-19 14:18:06

Which model is the best please? I think this post has convinced me!

Desmondo2016 Sat 02-Mar-19 14:18:57

And I agree @JeremyIronsBenFolds after the first treatment i felt it was money down the drain as nothing seemed to happen immediately!! Another good thing is being able to remove hair however you want between treatments so you don't have to go through the hairy yeti phase!

Desmondo2016 Sat 02-Mar-19 14:19:37

I think it kills the root so the hair doesnt grow at all.

I've got the lumea prestige

Whatsnewpussyhat Sat 02-Mar-19 14:20:04

No it isn't an epilator. It basically destroys the root so the hair doesn't grow, so no issues with in growing hairs at all.

I could never wax for the same reason.

Cuddlysnowleopard Sat 02-Mar-19 14:20:42

It doesn't pull the hair out. It sends energy into the root which kills it from the root. It doesn't fall out straight away, though, it gets pushed out as normal over a few weeks, so it takes a few weeks to notice a difference.

Inbedbynine Sat 02-Mar-19 14:21:42

whatsnew I bought one about 5 years ago and although I had patches of less hair it certainly didn’t get rid of it all. Is the newest one better? How much bigger is the ‘window’. I also agree that the one I have it’s far too small. Also the battery lasts barely a few minutes. Have to stop, charge and go back again later. Is the newer ones longer lasting? (Sorry to but in OP.)

GoldenSyrupLion Sat 02-Mar-19 14:21:42

That's good but I see it only works on dark hair. I need something for peach fuzz.

MamaFlintstone Sat 02-Mar-19 14:22:52

How long does it take to do e.g. a leg? I tried a boots laser thingy eons ago but never made any real progress as it took about half an hour just to do an armpit.

bananamonkey Sat 02-Mar-19 14:29:35

I got one last year but find it’s taking ages, over half an hour just to do my legs. Also find the armpit a bit painful so gave up in those. It definitely made a difference but I gave up over winter so need to start again. Am I doing it all wrong?!

Desmondo2016 Sat 02-Mar-19 14:41:53

I reckon I do everything in 45 minutes. Legs (Up to and inc knees), arms, armpits, full pubic area, upper lip and annoying fuzzy cheekbone bits.

Inbedbynine Sat 02-Mar-19 14:43:29

Can any of the newer models be used whilst it’s charging? My old one you couldn’t use whilst charging which was useless....

Inbedbynine Sat 02-Mar-19 14:44:06

desmon do you know which model number? I see there’s a couple of prestige?

JeremyIronsBenFolds Sat 02-Mar-19 14:50:45

I bought the latest one, which you can use while charging, which is great, and has four different heads for underarms, face, bikini and legs. The face was the first one to stop growing, it’s totally got rid of my little moustache. The legs have taken the longest, but I’ve noticed in the last couple of weeks there’s hardly a hair back. No ingrown hairs either, which is what I hated about epilating. It’s not painful, but can be a bit uncomfortable in places. I have very pale skin am dark hair, which is supposed to be the best combination to work.

Inbedbynine Sat 02-Mar-19 14:53:39

jeremy do you know which model number?

Desmondo2016 Sat 02-Mar-19 15:01:48

BRI956 is the one I have. Can be used while charging.

Susannach Sat 02-Mar-19 15:04:09

This sounds amazing! One for the birthday list.

Susannach Sat 02-Mar-19 15:04:54

Do you know if it just does hairs or is it pulsed light which would work on eg. broken capillaries as well?

Inbedbynine Sat 02-Mar-19 15:15:31

Thank you.

If anyone’s interested here is a 10% discount off Philips website

JeremyIronsBenFolds Sat 02-Mar-19 15:24:39

Yes, I have the BRI956 as well.

schnubbins Sat 02-Mar-19 15:44:59

Does anyone know if you can reorder the attachments.I bought one with a body and a face attachment but the one for the face has gone missing.I just cant find it.Nothing on the website about ordering individual parts.I hadn't even used it.So annoyed !

DarkestBeforeDawn Sat 02-Mar-19 16:40:53

I think you have all convinced me to invest too! Thank you, this may be the answer I have been searching for. Can you use it all over the bikini area or just the bikini line?

HappyKatieA Sat 02-Mar-19 17:39:40

The best price I can find is £315 from amazon, does anyone else know of a good deal? I know a PP said 10% off with Phillips, but I think they're at £350 to begin with.

Inbedbynine Sat 02-Mar-19 17:42:26

I paid £315 delivered on Philips website.

yearofthehorse Sat 02-Mar-19 17:49:53

Another vote from me. For people who say it's very time consuming, yes it is to start with. But if you never have to do it again, very, very worthwhile

OakElmAsh Sat 02-Mar-19 17:52:35

Anyone with ash-blond hair ever had any success with one of these? If I could get something to sort out facial hair I'd pay a fortune

Desmondo2016 Sat 02-Mar-19 19:13:11

Re bikini line area... I've done the whole area, 3 treatments and I'm completely hairfree having last shaved about 10 days ago smile

chocolatespiders Sat 02-Mar-19 19:16:05

Maybe worth an investment for myself and daughters.
Would use it in legs and moustache!

Citytwin Sat 02-Mar-19 19:23:52

Do you have to shave first to use it?

rainydogday Sat 02-Mar-19 21:38:49

When you say hair free, is it smooth? Also is there any known side effects? Is it just light/burning no weird sonic stuff that damages your skin blush

KittyWindbag Sun 03-Mar-19 00:40:03

I’m so interested in this, but am hesitant as I don’t know which one to go for? Is the latest one really the best? I currently epilate so pain is not an issue for me, but want something longer term.

Desmondo2016 Sun 03-Mar-19 04:33:38

You can carry on using your normal hair removal method. So for me, I shaved my legs, atms, pits amd bits about 24 hours before I intending to use it. I carried on epilating facial hair.

nosleepformetonight Sun 03-Mar-19 06:57:30


Do you think your face is less affective as you epilated and not shaved that? I am really tempted by one but don't want to shave everywhere before as usually wax / epilate. But worried it won't work / be as effective

Desmondo2016 Sun 03-Mar-19 07:26:06

I've kinda changed my mind since posting that and have realised that actually the facial results are still pretty impressive. If anything I think the lesser contrast in colour between hair and skin would be what made results slightly slower. Epilating is fine alongside the lumea, as it only works on hairs in certain stages of the cycle which is why it takes several treatments a fortnight apart to get full results. When you epilate you're only pulling out hairs that have got to a certain length so there will be loads that haven't poked through yet that it'll work on. But really, it doesn't matter as after a couple months you won't need to shave OR epilate!

Whatsnewpussyhat Sun 03-Mar-19 23:44:34

When you say hair free, is it smooth?

Yes! I've always had the type of leg hair that is stubbly even after shaving and you could see the black dots of each hair just under the surface of my skin. After a few goes I lost most of the hair and black dots and my legs feel lovely and smooth.

Even when I didn't use it throughout my pregnancy, the few hairs that grew back were much finer.

BabyDarlingDollfaceHoney Mon 04-Mar-19 04:11:50

Is it painful at all?

nosleepformetonight Mon 04-Mar-19 06:31:40

The latest prestige one only seems to come in cordless which I don't want in case I forget to charge it and kill the battery.

£315 on amazon.

ArtisanPopcorn Mon 04-Mar-19 07:15:42

I have light skin and almost black hair, this sounds amazing. If I get one now would I not need to worry about my bikini line by my may half term holiday?!

Fazackerley Mon 04-Mar-19 07:20:12

Don't get the cordless one, it's a pain. The corded one is much quicker. I've done my legs three.times and seen a good difference in the speed of regrowth, also hair isn't itchy as it grows back. Face it hasn't been great on but will persevere.

It's a bit undignified trying to do the backs of my thighs! But deffo makes a difference.

O4FS Mon 04-Mar-19 07:20:21

Another vote for it here. It’s made a big difference to my facial hair. Have started bikini - not sure it’s made a massive difference after three treatments but persevering. Legs will be next.

I epilate my face before using (have epilated/waxed for years). It got rid of the most stubborn ‘tash hair almost immediately.

tinyradish Mon 04-Mar-19 07:28:48

Did nothing for me or my husband!

youreajetalltheway Mon 04-Mar-19 07:53:01

Also love my lumea, didn't shave all winter and only a few sparse hairs. Try Facebook selling groups, there's a few really cheap on mine xx

Desmondo2016 Mon 04-Mar-19 09:57:03

I think good results were happening after 6 weeks (3 treatments) and brilliant by 8 weeks (4 treatnents). I think the guide is 2 weeks but you could go 10 days I guess

f83mx Mon 04-Mar-19 12:20:59

ooohhh i'm intrigued - sorry for TMI but can you use it on all the pubic region - full undercarriage (!) and is the aim that it eventually pretty much disappears - I am pasty and dark haired, HATE shaving......this could be great!

blibblibs Mon 04-Mar-19 12:29:10

I'm also chiming in to say how great they are but also a word of warning to anyone who has one that requires charging. You should charge it every month even if you don't use it that often as it can give up the ghost without a regular recharge.

TemporaryPermanent Mon 04-Mar-19 12:44:22

I love mine too. I've been doing it since September and always saw it as a long term project, have also only just started on my undercarriage. I bought the most expensive model which can be used while charging. Very little sensation, occasional twinge. For me the face is the most important part and it's made a huge difference. I used to have to shave my face twice a day to be sure I wouldn't have rogue stubble, but it's calmed down massively. I'm still careful about my face so haven't reached the point of forgetting about it, but my tache for example really barely appears ever, plus the delightful little patch on my lower lip is gone. Legs and underarms still on perhaps a weekly check. Feet hardly ever an issue any more. Chest hair gone. (I have PCOS btw so was pretty hairy).

Desmondo2016 Mon 04-Mar-19 15:04:15

Yep full undercarriage. I find that the most uncomfortable area but deffo worth it. Felt a bit wary of ending up with singed labia initially but so far so good.. grin

ChaircatMiaow Mon 04-Mar-19 15:06:59

Have pale skin And dark hair on my legs so should be perfect candidate but finished the bootcamp (every fortnight x 6) and it has made no difference. So disappointed at the waste of money.

TemporaryPermanent Mon 04-Mar-19 15:31:56

sorry to hear that chaircat. I would say keep at it longer but it's a drag if you're not seeing any change.

Cuddlysnowleopard Mon 04-Mar-19 15:34:06

It took me much longer than a fortnight - it took around 12 weeks to start to have an impact.

Re: undercarriage, I have a couple of stubborn bits that are taking ages, but overall so so much better.

Chilledout11 Mon 04-Mar-19 15:36:01

Do you need to shave to use it? Do you need gel ? Some seem to advertise gel with it. Thanks

TheFlis12345 Mon 04-Mar-19 15:40:51

You don’t need gel with Lumea. You do need to remove the hair first, but you can use any method of hair removal.

Penguin34 Mon 04-Mar-19 15:52:11

I have one too and it was brilliant but when I stopped using it (lazy) the hair went back to normal again.
You've reminded me to get it out again though

Goatrider Mon 04-Mar-19 16:11:34

I've had limited success. It probably took 4 or more uses to notice any difference. It was patchy on my legs and when I stopped using it the hair eventually started to grow back.

Definitely less shaving needed than before though.

Bananasandchocolatecustard Mon 04-Mar-19 16:26:21

There is £40 off this in Costco this week.

BobbinThreadbare123 Mon 04-Mar-19 17:42:44

I waited it out on Amazon until they dropped the price of a fancier model. I don't care about anything but my face, but I think I need to do it more often as I wasn't seeing any results really. I'm a bit concerned about discolouration on my face too. I can't decide if I imagined it.

Chilledout11 Mon 04-Mar-19 18:00:44

What model (corded) is the best to go for?

ethelredonagoodday Mon 04-Mar-19 22:03:01

I'm several weeks into using mine and starting to see a difference. Glad to hear about the undercarriage too, as was slightly scared of tackling that area, having read the instructions! 😬🤣

IHeartKingThistle Mon 04-Mar-19 22:14:12

I'm pale but light brown hair, it's not going to work for me is it?

Desmondo2016 Tue 05-Mar-19 01:41:04

Yeah it probably will but it may take longer. Use it on setting 5 regardless of what setting it suggests for you!

Fazackerley Tue 05-Mar-19 07:11:46

Having said it's not working on my face, I had a good peer at my chin yesterday and the dark hairs have really reduced. Sadly there are still a lot of whiskery white hairs which the lumea won't deal.with.

ihatethecold Tue 05-Mar-19 07:24:46

I’m olive skinned with dark hair.
Will this work on peach fuzz or is something else more suitable?

NuffSaidSam Sun 10-Mar-19 01:35:09

Has anybody tried any of the alternatives? Any other ones worth considering or is the Lumea the one to go for?

The 3 attachments one is down to £299 on Amazon at the moment.

joyfullittlehippo Sun 10-Mar-19 02:02:08

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GoodFortuneAttendThee Sun 10-Mar-19 06:38:00

I have very bad facial hair..dark, pale skin..which I bleach..I'm guessing it wouldn't work for me because I bleach it? (can't not bleach it as it's so bad)

nosleepformetonight Sun 10-Mar-19 06:50:39

@NuffSaidSam it's £350 on

But if you sign up to newsletter there is 15-% off. And they have 100 day return policy.

Fazackerley Sun 10-Mar-19 07:01:53

Mine has cut the dark chin hair by about half in 6 weeks.

The nicest thing about the leg hair is that it doesn't itch when it grows back! I've shaved and lumeaed my bikini line, no itching and patchy regrowth

Bufferingkisses Sun 10-Mar-19 07:13:49

Does it not work on very light hair? I'm about as blonde as you can be, is this not going to work for me? I hate shaving sad

FookMeFookYou Sun 10-Mar-19 07:15:24

I have PCOS and it's changed my life. I'm now able to go out the door in the morning without worrying about my facial hair and the sometimes twice daily plucking I used to have to do on top of the bi-weekly waxing. I will now let my husband touch my face and I don't shy away from ppl when they get close to me. It's still there but as this is hormonal it'll never completely go with IPL but it's good enough for me. The lumea version I bought was a £500+ model in the sale for £350 - I've never before spent that amount of money in my life other than holidays but the difference it's made to me is priceless. Highly recommend to anyone still on the fence.

tasmaniandevilchaser Sun 10-Mar-19 07:47:20

Is the BRI/950 any good? The only difference I can see between that and the 956 is the 956 has 2 more attachments.

Fazackerley Sun 10-Mar-19 08:18:12

I've got the one with just 2 attachments and a cord
It's great I use the body one all over tbh

tasmaniandevilchaser Sun 10-Mar-19 08:55:12

Thanks Fazackerley, just ordered one on Boots - £275 with triple points! And 2% cash back with Quidco

megletthesecond Sun 10-Mar-19 09:01:36

I worry it wouldn't work on my hair. It grew back after electrolysis.

DollyPartonsBeard Sun 10-Mar-19 09:16:49

Love mine, too! It's worked wonders on my thigh beard and burgeoning moustache!

AmethystRaven Sun 10-Mar-19 09:25:45

I am jealous. I want one but I have red hair sad I've started swimming again recently and I feel like all I do is shave and it's such a faff!

NuffSaidSam Sun 10-Mar-19 10:39:43


IPL doesn't claim to be permanent, it just massively decreases how often you have to de-hair. I think once you've done the boot camp bit, you have to do it once every few months to keep it at bay. It might work better than electrolysis because you've got it at home so can just re-do as needed?That's what I'm hoping anyway!

tass1960 Sun 10-Mar-19 10:42:53

I've got one of these, had it for 2/3 and have only used it a couple of times. It wasn't giving me results so I stopped using it confused I keep meaning to sell it on but now I think I will give it another go and persevere ...

NuffSaidSam Sun 10-Mar-19 10:56:24

Thanks @nosleepformetonight.

I'm going to get one...I think! I wish I wasn't chronically indecisive as well as hairy!

mammmamia Sun 10-Mar-19 11:03:00

Is it actually safe - skin damage, extra sensitivity to sun, discolouration?

EdWinchester Sun 10-Mar-19 11:05:17

Me too! Best thing I ever bought. I now get about 3 hairs a year in my armpits and about 10 on each leg.

And I zapped the one black hair I had under my chin and I haven't seen it for about 2 years.

Howzaboutye Sun 10-Mar-19 11:14:53

I bought the Lidl IPL one and it's great.
It's all to do with how strong the light is that zaps the roots. The salons have stronger ones that work quicker, but they are so expensive.

And epilating after is good as it further traumatises the hair root.

Hoping for a summer of successful fake tan on my legs!

HalloumiGus Sun 10-Mar-19 11:49:14

It gave me a really bad ingrowing hair on my leg that has left me with a permanent red lump sad That put me off using it.

GorkyMcPorky Sun 10-Mar-19 18:03:46

Hi all. I'm a stranger to S&B (irl too, unfortunately!) but just wanted to pop in to say I bought the Prestige just now for £299 on Amazon. Have to say I'm not looking forward to the undercarriage contortions grin

IJustWantToWearDungarees Sun 10-Mar-19 22:54:00

Probably a stupid question, but can I use my Ameliorate on my legs while using a Lumea? HI ha ve to use an spf with the moisturisers it has AHA, so I am wondering if I need to be careful with a laser?

Sorry - probably v stupid question. Am a bit of a science dunce. 😳

Mustgetonwithit Sun 10-Mar-19 22:59:59

Not meaning to nab this thread but....being of the fair haired variety I cant use ine either SO has anyone used the NoNo!? and is that any good?

sazzle27 Sun 10-Mar-19 23:44:15

Just a quick one - it appears to be on offer in amazon at the moment, although my account is showing a countdown timer on the offer; 20mins left!

Desmondo2016 Sun 10-Mar-19 23:52:38

Ha ah just came back to this thread and didn't realise it would be so popular! I'm now another treatment down and results are pretty much perfect now, on armpits, arms and lower legs. Starting to get there on the upper lip too. And I must say, I broke will the rules and did the monobrow, just the bit across the middle and that's massive reduce too. Long live the Lumea.

If anyone is still on the fence, providing your hair is darker than your skin, id say 'go for it'. If mine broke I'd order another within days. I'm not exaggerating to say it has changed my life.

joyfullittlehippo Mon 11-Mar-19 15:36:53

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