Recently, I acquired half a box of Nad’s Facial Hair Removal Strips. If you’re curious as to why it was half a box-I swapped away an unwanted lip gloss for them on Makeup Alley (if you haven’t heard of this site, expect a review in the near future)!
I figured if they worked well, I could spend less time hunched over a mirror tweezing, and more time showing off my smooth face and well groomed eye brows. Plus, they’re only $5.99 a box on drugstore.com. Here’s what the site has to say about them:
“Nad’s hair removal strips are easy to use anywhere, anytime. They remove hair by the roots you stay smooth and hair free for weeks. Suitable for sensitive, delicate areas including face and bikini line. With regular use hair growth is progressively slowed down.”
Here’s what I have to say!
Ease of Use: Honestly, the strips are pretty damn easy to use. I didn’t feel like getting out of bed, so I grabbed my portable vanity mirror and tried ’em out while still comfortably under the covers.
Actual Hair Removal: So-so. Since you “activate” the wax by rubbing the strips between your palms to warm the icky green gel, it didn’t grab on to the hairs as firmly as wax in a salon would. Even though the directions advise that you don’t go over the same spot multiple times, I found I had to in order to really clear the area.
After Effects: It’s been a solid twenty minutes, and my face is still blotchy and burning. I tried the strips on my chin, upper lip, neck, and in between my eyebrows-those are areas I normally tweeze, bleach, or don’t pay any attention to (my neck really doesn’t need any hair removal) but I thought I’d try it out. The brow area is fine, but it also didn’t really lose any hair to the strip. As for the Soothing & Finishing Wipes-gross! The smell wasn’t quite as bad as the desensitizing wipes, but the wipe had a simultaneously dry and oily sensation that I really didn’t enjoy. Really, I’m tempted to go scrub my face… but again, still burning! Also, I’m still going to need some tweezing to finish cleaning up, and perhaps some ointment to calm the impending rash. See how much I love you guys?
Overall: Even at $5.99 a box, I don’t think these strips are really worth it. I do have another six strips left, and I won’t be tossing them-I’ll probably keep them around for a day when I need a quick touch up and can’t find the tweezers. However, if NAD’s decides to make new before and after treatments to go along with the strips, I think they’d be worth another try!
Off to Get Some Ice,
The Beauty Sniper
I have some Sally Hansen strips that look really similar to those (you also warm those up with your hands) and they had basically the same effect. If you find a better wax strip definitely post about it because I’d love to try it out.