You might have noticed that I’ve got a Countdown To Launch running in the sidebar for the newest version of Philips Lumea, the Precision Plus. The reason this is exciting is because with the Precision Plus IPL you can safely tackle facial hair, one of the most misery-causing beauty issues I know of. Pretty much every woman has to tackle the ‘tash issue’ at some point in their lives; whether you’ve naturally got dark and abundant hair, or whether it is a hormonal issue (such as menopause, maybe), we’ve all stared at those painful wax strips and hated them. But for some women, it isn’t just the downy hair on the upper lip (which I might say is perfectly natural) but an issue of far more facial hair than they feel comfortable or happy with.
I need to say straight away that there are some skin types and hair types that aren’t suitable for Precision Plus – grey, red or white-blonde for example, and nor is it suitable for black skin or very dark brown skin. Dark brown is fine, but if your tone veers over to extremely dark brown and beyond, it isn’t suitable. So if you aren’t in any of those categories, the Precision Plus can treat the upper lip, chin and sideburns. In the instruction booklet it says ‘it may be used on other sensitive areas on the body, such as underarms and bikini area or hard-to-reach areas.’ Hmmm. Hard-to-reach areas? Once you’ve eliminated the bikini area, underarms, the face, the entire body, I think what the booklet coyly calls a hard-to-reach area is the bum. Isn’t it? No idea, but that’s my best guess.
A word of warning – never use this if you are sunburned, and check that you have a skin tone or hair tone that this machine can work with before you splash out the £450 that it costs.
Lumea Precision Plus is £450 and launches on 25th July (this Wednesday) at John Lewis and Amazon. (earlier info was incorrect.. my fault!)
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Have you got any information whether there are any long term side effects from using one of these. I’m tempted as I seem to spend too much of my spare time plucking my chin and upper lip but I’d prefer a few hairs to long term damage.
Do you have any idea when if ever a device like this that works on red and blonde hair will be available?
Ok GreatShe, it is a solvable problem.. according to Colin @beautyscientist it should be possible increase the resolution to pick up the darker bits and/or increase the number of pulses. I am trying to find out if there are any trials going on and if so will let you know.
Trimplerley, actually no.. I don’t know of any, but if I find anything I will let you know x
Yup, I think they’re referring to the bum!
I’ve been in Boots recently and there are loads of these types of devices (IPL) I’m interested in these, as I’m a beauty therapist..not yet trained in them, as this is the next course I’m about to do. I wonder if these are as strong as salon machines? And if they deal with other skin issues that salon IPL does? I do also think these are a better way for anyone want to have hair removal, because overtime it will save you loads of money.. Once your hair is gone you can always sell the machine..
Ah but at boots it’s reduced down to 399 (until 7th august). So where would we be able to get it for 350? Thanks
I don’t think it’s just the bum, I think it’s the more intimate areas of your bikini bottoms!
Although I’d have to say I’d feel a bit silly standing in the bathroom and waving a gun like that around to give myself a full “wax”!
I was wondering if you have had any update on this release?
I was hoping to buy one today (I was just about to buy the Lumea Precision but I think it’s worth holding out for the new features). I can’t see it anywhere for sale online today. Do you know if it was actually going to be released for sale now, or just announced? The Philips press release in German says its for sale from September…
Thanks for any info. Love your blog, so much good info and also the other readers comments are so helpful!
HI Anon.. well, unbelievably, the entire consignment was stolen and those units that were left are now part of a *crime scene* and can’t be released.. it’s true. Really shocking.. but true. So now not at all sure when it will go on-line. x
Wow, amazing! Thanks for letting me know. Think I’ll wait a little longer.
do you have to shave your face before use? if so and did your hair not grow back looking like stubble? very scared to put a razor on my face! x
They’re on offer at the moment, Boots.com 5% off plus an extra 10% if you type in code SMOOTH5. I ordered mine today…can’t wait to be fuzz free!