Review & Giveaway: Braun Silk-épil 5

In my last post, I talked a little about my current favorite beauty products. Among the photos of lipstick and nail polish, you might have noticed this contraption called the Braun Silk-épil 5.

I know epilators have been around for a while and most people know what they are and how they work, but when mine arrived in the mail I really had no idea what to expect. I believed the epilator was going to remove my hair swiftly and painlessly, then immediately transport me to an exotic island where I would dance along the shore in a white fluttery dress and  jump into the arms of Fabio circa 1990.  And he would love me forever because of my goddess-like soft legs.

Okay, I lied. To be completely honest, I watched the product video and read all about it. I was so excited before I tried it out, but at the mention of “40 tweezers”, I went into a state of complete denial. I’m possibly the biggest wimp in the continental U.S., so prancing on the beach with Fabio was my coping mechanism. It was a good thing though because I didn’t wimp out. As soon as I actually tried it, I realized how truly awesome it is.

Are you wimping out? I can feel you wimping out. Stay with me, here! Those 40 tweezers may seem intimidating, but they work some crazy magic, let me tell you. It took me about 10 minutes to do my legs and though it was a little uncomfortable at first, they stayed smooth for 2 weeks. TWO WEEKS. Shaving my legs is at the top of  my Most Annoying Things list and I’ve loathed the process since I was 11 years old, so I appreciate this greatly.

What does it feel like, you ask? The closest thing I can compare it to is when someone snaps you with a rubberband, except it would be a much lighter snap and would be reaching speeds close to 20,000 mph. More like, if a rubberband… who just had 10 shots of espresso… gave you butterfly kisses. Hmmyes, that’s pretty accurate. Epilating feels like highly caffeinated rubberband butterfly kisses. IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE SHUT UP I’M NEW TO THIS SORT OF THING OKAY.

But really though, this product is very well made and it’s obvious the Epilator Department (the official title) over at Braun really thought things through. It comes with an ice pack cooling glove to soothe your skin after your hair is plucked from your body at warp speed, shaving and trimming attachments and a carrying pouch for all your goodies. Plus, it’s white and pink and adorable. Nothing more to say there. Go to Braun’s site for a detailed list of the Silk-épil 5 features.

To enter this giveaway:

Comments are now closed and the winner has been contacted. Congratulations, Brittany Cowdell! Thank you to everyone for participating!! 

Come on, girls. Do it for Fabio.

248 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: Braun Silk-épil 5

  1. Oooh, glad to hear a real life review! My mother used one of these religiously when she was a young lass, but she talked of the pain regularly. Glad to know technology has improved!

  2. I hate wasting my “mommy time” shaving but I also hate my daughter announcing my hairy legs to everyone at Target. I would love to try something new.

  3. gaaaah, I didn’t mean to use a common word like loath, that just came out due to my hatred of shaving!

  4. Haha, I love your comments about an amped up rubberband giving you butterfly kisses :-) I would LOVE to win one of these!

  5. I’d love to try this out! Also love your blog… I know I can always count on a good laugh when I read your posts :)

  6. Seriously cracking up at the caffeinated butterfly kisses.

    I have another version of this that I bought at Bed Bath and Beyond with a 20% coupon. Getting acclimated to the feeling of having your hair ripped out of your legs SUCCKKS. But after that it basically feels like nothing! So great!

  7. Hahaha! Fabio! True story, one of the last times I went shopping at the Whole Foods in Thousand Oaks before we moved, Fabio was in there demo-ing some sort of energy or protein healthy thing. He’s a freaking giant! And he was wearing cowboy boots. Still had longish blong hair. I was kind of weirded out by the whole thing. :)

  8. So, it makes me a little nervous, but I will try anything not to shave for two weeks! Please pick me!

  9. A few years ago a French friend convinced me that these are the way to go. But mine is broken, so… fingers crossed!

  10. Pick me!!! I’m totally excited about having highly caffeinated rubberband butterfly kisses all over my legs. Count me in.

  11. OK, I will give you the benefit of a doubt. But the last epilators that I have ever had the pain of knowing was the eipilady. Anyone else remember watching your mother painfully use this on their legs and wonder why the hell is she doing that? Well, I would love to try this one. I tend to think you tell the honest/brutal truth. So here’s to hoping I win!

  12. Oh yay a giveaway I want to enter! I need this. Being a mom and leg shaving just DO NOT go together. Seriously.

  13. Oooooooo… Talk about a time saver, shaving every 2-3 days gets old really fast. ;D. Thanks!

  14. Oh I would love this little miracle worker! I hate shaving as it is, and when I finally decide to one of my 3 girls has to knock on the door and want to know how much longer I will be. To have something that lasts longer than a day would make both my husband and I very happy lol.

  15. When I saw this in your last post I decided I had to have it! I shave everyday! Yes, everyday! If I don’t it just irritates way too much, I’m weird I know lol. So two weeks of no shaving would be awesome!!

  16. I have wanted one of these! Shaving is my least favorite thing to do and this makes it look almost (almost!) fun.

  17. Pick me! I never have time to shave! I want Fabio circa 1990! (wait, do I?) Also, I’ve had this in my wishlist on Amazon for like 4 months. Make my wish(list) come true!! Look at all the exclamation points!

  18. Since my legs only stay smooth for about 5 seconds after shaving (seriously, the first bout of goosebumps will do it!) and my hair is thick and black, I reallyreally want to try this!

  19. Yes! This thing sounds amazing. Shaving my legs is about the worst thing in the world. I cannot imaging going TWO FULL WEEKS between hair removals. Hahaha HEAVEN. I’ve never heard of this type of thing before, so I sure love your beauty reviews!

  20. Hey Morgan! I can’t wait to be all oiled up and smooth like Fabio with a new epilator :P

  21. Yeah… I was totally one of those girls who thoughts she was so fkkin awesome when she was finally “allowed” to share her legs. Fastforward fourteen years and that awesome has long since dissipated and I’m prickly more often than not. I NEED THIS!

    Big puffy hearts.

  22. I’ve been wanting to try one for a while but so far have been too chicken! Even if I don’t win, you may have convinced me to finally go out and buy one.

  23. I’ve never even heard of this until you mentioned it and it sounds a little scary! I’m sure my husband would appreciate this more than I would since I have a penchant for um…not shaving often. haha

  24. Ok I’m kind of in the pansy column but with three littles under 4 squeezing in a shower is hard enough and taking the time to shave can be devastating to the state of my house . So I’d definitely love to win this and buck up the courage to inflict some pain on myself for the sake of my house. ;)

  25. I tried one of these before, but it wasn’t this one– and the one I tried didn’t work very well! I’d be totally willing to jump on the bandwagon and try this again.

  26. Morgan have you been waxed before, how does it compare to salon waxing? I worry that anything which comes with an ice pack means using the product will hurt. Maybe you should pick me just to prove me wrong? :->

  27. This sounds amazing. I’ve been looking for some type of electric razor. I ALWAYS get razor burn from regular ones and it sucks. I want this! Lol

  28. PICK ME!!!
    I loooove my epilator and reaaaally need a new one especially because I am a mother that does not have time to shave her legs every other day, let alone shower that often. Yay!

  29. “highly caffeinated rubberband butterfly kisses” hahaha…
    I would def try this though!!!

  30. I HATE shaving my legs! I actually get my underarms waxed every 2-3 weeks….I’m not brave enough to do that to my legs…or made of money…I hope I win this! Thanks for being so generous :) Annnnnnd my last name is Braun :)

  31. You mean, I can really have two weeks of an extra 10 minutes in the shower to just hide quietly and steamily from my children?! And I can stop buying those reedonkulously priced razor cartridge refills? Seriously? Sign me the freak up! It’s totally worth a little pain ;)

  32. Good gracious I need this! With a two week old infant to take care of it would be nice to only worry about shaving every couple of weeks!

  33. I’ll try for it. I know my sister used to do her arms but then switched to veet, but she has some santabeard arms so 40 tweezers would be a turn off.

  34. Not sure I could shell out the cash for something like this unless I knew that it worked. Thanks for the review and I hope to win it!

  35. Oh, heck yeah! Please enter me in this giveaway…I am harrier than Cousin It!

    P.S. I love you and your blog!

  36. Shaving?!?! What is that? I don’t even think my legs remember what that is? With an 18 month old constantly running in the bathroom, opening the shower curtain and laughing – just to scare me – makes shaving non-existant in my life now-a-days. This would be an amazing treat!!! (And, my hubs would love it too!) ;)

  37. OMIGOSH! I want one of these so bad! I have three kids, so I hardly ever have time to shave my legs and when I do I always miss huge patches (embarrassing).

  38. I’d love to win this! And thanks for the great review, good to know it doesn’t hurt as much as I’d assumed :)

  39. I’ve been looking at these and wondering how well they work….would love to try it out.

  40. Caffeinated butterfly kisses! Sign me up! I’ll admit that I’m a little nervous too, but the idea of having smooth legs for even a week is too good to pass up. Fun giveaway! Thanks :)

  41. I’m really tired of shaving my legs every single day- occupational hazard of living in Florida.

  42. Oh my gosh I need this!!!!! Please pick me times one million. If I took a picture of the hair length that is coexisting with my arm pits right now….you would for sure understand that I need this product.

  43. Thanks to a couple of bulging discs in my lower back, shaving my legs is literally a pain (the bending over and the reaching and such). While the thought of receiving butterfly kisses from a highly-caffeinated rubber band sounds like reason enough to enter, I’m also entering to maybe possibly bring some relief to my back from not having to shave so often. And thirdly, who doesn’t love the feel of freshly shorn legs let alone to have them for two weeks!? I’ll put up with a few minutes of pain for long-term beauty (after all, I’m used to it from keeping the brows separated)…

  44. Im completely fascinated and want to try ASAP. Thank u so much for posting about this, I have really never heard of anything like this besides the nono and I had some douts :0)

  45. I’m just as much of an Epil-virgin as you were, so I’d have no idea what to expect outside of the content of this butterfly kiss-induced epic lovefest.

    THAT BEING SAID. I’m going camping soon and MAMA NEEDS SOME SMOOTH LEGS. Count me in. Or I might have to go out and purchase the damn thing by myself.

  46. So is it too embarrassing to admit that I had a HUGE teenage girl crush on Fabio in middle school and maybe still have one of the romance novels he “wrote” on my bookshelf right this minute?

    True Story.

    Also true story? I would love to try this. I let someone wax my lady garden once and it was awful, but I would totally let 40 tweezers go to town on my legs if it means I don’t have to shave for the next few weeks.

  47. Please help a hairy girl out!
    Having the Fernandez Curse (hairy women and bald men) I am in constant search of hair removal/shaving/hiding systems that work.

    PS…I’ll love you FOREVER!

  48. I want to win this just so I can convince my husband to let me try it on him :) No, but really I have been wanting to try one for for-evah. Please pick me!

  49. I want to try, I want to try! It seems like the roots of my leg hair are always left behind causing tiny, black specks that make me feel a little weirded out. This might be perfect! :) And worth the pain, in my opinion. Eeeee… crossing my fingers.

  50. I have been epilating for a few years now and i am in serious need of an upgrade. I hope I win! :)

  51. I’m a relatively new reader and your posts always make me laugh. :) Shaving my legs (particularly from the knees down) is one of my least favorite things to do (ranks right up there with getting my oil changed…). I have quite a commute to work very morning so it’d be great not to wake up extra early to shave on the days I want to wear a dress (waxing scares me and I don’t make enough for laser)!

  52. Um apparently I’m living under a rock because this is totally new to me but I promise I hate shaving my legs most! I own a crazy amount of maxi dresses just to avoid having to shave!

    PLEASE let me win!!

  53. The only person in the world that would love this more than my hubby is me. Oh yea, you heard me, my hubby. I have no shame, I can go weeks with out shaving, I loath it, despise it, hate to even say the words, ugh. (I do make a daily exception for my underarms tho! ;) ) But this would be doing us both a HUGE favor. With two jobs and a rambunctious 2 year old, I don’t have more than 5 minutes for a shower, so until I can get my hands on one of these, hairy legs is the way to go! :D Thanks for the great blog!!

  54. O…o…o…choose me, choose me!! I hate to shave these course stubbly legs just to have then grow back out by the end of the night! Not even Nair works for them!

  55. Will it work on my eyebrows to? B/c that sh!t sucks. I promise to do a trial run on my brows (with pictorial evidence) if you let me WIN!!!

  56. Even though your description of this sounds like it will make me cry, I would rather try this than shave every few days for the rest of my life. Bring it on Braun!

  57. Oh boy… that would be awesome, the no-shaving for a few weeks (because while shaving is annoying, my legs not being smooth is a pet peeve- I may not do my makeup or hair most of the time since I had kids, but dang it my legs are smooth!). But I’ll admit I’m a bit terrified even by your assurances that it’s not that bad. I’d love to try it out though!

  58. No shaving for up to two weeks…. I am intrigued! I shave daily now and frankly could use a break!

  59. I NEED THIS!! With a 3 yr old and a 7 month old I get all of 3 minutes to myself everyday. Please!

  60. July 18th is my birthday! :) And with three little girls, I rarely get to shave. (Oops! Did I just say that?!) Would love to win!

  61. ~~Being a stay at home mom of a 4 year old has its disadvantages when it comes to wanting a shower, so most of the time she goes in my 2foot x 2foot (and that may be generous) standing only shower.. if I’m bending down to shave my legs, I either get nicked or bumped.. so being able to shave *less* would save me blood loss and be a huge benefit to the both of us! Lol!~~

  62. Loving this giveaway!!! :) Thanks for hosting!!! :). Would loooooove something like this ! :)


  63. you are too funny. I think it sounds like an ingenious little contraption. Anything that replaces taking forever with a razor is good in my book!

  64. Sure would love to stop using a razor!! Thanks for the giveaway!!! :)

    Denise Anderson

  65. I’ve recently noticed my hairy arms as well…have I been in denial these past 30 yrs??? I think so my friend. I think so. And I may be the laziest shaver on the planet. Maybe every 3 weeks, and only from the knees down. I can’t count how many times lately where I’ve said to myself, today prooooobably would have been a good day to shave just a cpl inches higher. Woops. Oh, and the bf asked me the other day if I had on sparkly lotion, or if that was stubble. Lol. Obvi stubble.

  66. I would love to be hit by a ton of rubber bands all at once…ha ha! Seriously though, would love to try this, and have some extra time to spend with my little man!

  67. WOOO!!! I have trouble shaving my legs because I have severe dry skin… this would be AMAZING!

  68. I’m dead at your description of the pain!! Would love to feel those rubberband butterfly kisses for smoothy smooth legs!!

  69. thanks for the giveaway! that sounds amazing 2 weeks with out shaving. i have tried an epilator before but it took me a lot longer then 10 minutes to do my legs and i had to do it kinda often… i suppose it wasnt such a great one.

  70. My tummy is churning in wimpiness :( But I would certainly give it a try if I won!!!! :)

  71. I would be the happiest girl ever to win one! I hate shaving my legs everyone morning. I must have had mind laps this morning in the shower…. I got out and was drying off and I FORGOT TO SHAVE MY LEGS!!!! WTH?? I’m wearing a shirt now and my prikly legs are driving me nuts!!!

  72. I think my mom or older sister had something like this when I was a kid! I have been dying to try one lately (summer has required me to actually do something about my pale, hairy legs…occasionally…) but I didn’t want to spend money on something that might torture me / not work even though it tortures me. Thanks for the chance to try it!

  73. You are hilarious! The Fabio pic at the end killed me! I would LOVE to win this. After reading your previous post I told my husband I wanted to get one, but how awesome would it be to win one?! I have to admit, I’m a little nervous, but I guess highly caffeinated rubberband butterfly kisses wouldn’t be too bad.

  74. I’m willing to give it a go! Since I am 6 months pregnant, I LOVE the idea of not having to bend down to shave my legs as often :)

  75. Ooh, pick me! Pick me! I’ve been wanting to try an epilator for a while. I’ve been waxing my legs, but it’s really messy. It would be nice to have something like that that only takes 10 minutes! :-)))

  76. I want to win this! It seems like the perfect option in the summer, who wouldn’t want to skip shaving for 2 weeks? I know I would. (p.s. nice review!)

  77. Ok, I’m trusting you on this one and because I hate shaving my legs just as much as the next girl it would be awesome to win this!

  78. I’d love to not shave my legs for 2 weeks. Or ever, really. But I think my husband would complain at some point. Thanks for the review!

  79. I’m 35 and have yet to figure out how to shave without trying to draw blood. I’d love to win this!

  80. As a new mom, the thought of not having to shave my legs for 2 whole weeks seems downright luxurious (even if it does feel like the whole rubberband-snapping thing). :)

  81. I read your first review and wanted one SO BAD! I recently acquired a new job in an office, so I’m excited to wear all the dresses and skirts that have been bummed out in my closet forever. Shaving sucks, waxing is way too expensive, and I’m not into the “natural” look. PLEASE PICK ME :D Or else I’ll have to save my pennies to buy my own, and by that time, summer will be over. LOL

    P.S: You’re hilarious! I love your blog, it always cracks me up.

  82. Ooh I would love one of those. I’m am almost to the point of wearing long pants in a 100 degree weather because I am sick of shaving. Every. Day. :)

  83. I didn’t even know what an epilator was until your last post, but I’d love to try it! Thanks for putting together the giveaway and for having one of the most entertaining blogs I’ve read. :)

  84. Wow, two weeks of smoothness! I get prickly the DAY after I shave- even 4 or 5 days of smoothness would be awesome!


  85. I’m scared, but I’m in b/c I’m a sucker for giveaways. I think the e-card reeled me in! I was literally LOL’ing at my desk…don’t tell my boss! :)

  86. I would love to have smooth legs for 2 weeks at a time and my hubby, who lovingly tolerates my stubbly legs between shaves, would love it too. Thanks for the chance to win.

  87. I love your product reviews! I think we look for the same thing in products, so I trust your opinion. Plus you’re hilarious. :)

  88. Interesting contraption, indeed! Curious to see what highly caffeinated rubberband butterfly kisses feel like.


  89. So a mother of 3 under 4 years old…I never have time to shave…so something that could be done out of the shower seems like a God Send to me! My amazon jungle legs and arms would be so happy to be cleaned up!

  90. Hmmm…a highly caffeinated rubberband, huh? Well, I love both coffee and office supplies so I feel like this give away and me are a perfect pairing. ;)

  91. like fabio (kinda), love your blog (tons), dislike shaving (tons). Honestly I do love this blog, if I don’t win I hope the winner shares their experience. But I hope I win :)

  92. I would love for my legs to be smooth for two weeks at a time! Even if I do have to endure “highly caffeinated rubberband butterfly kisses” to make it happen…
    Love the review :)

  93. After your last post describing how awesome this was I walked my little self straight to Target (ok, I drived) to get my own.

    But then I remembered to because you were having a giveaway and maybe just maybe I could win it! :)

    So….PICK ME, PICK ME! :)

  94. OOOooooh my…shorter time for getting smooth legs? I’m in! Because with my wild 3 year old, showering involves a little face peeking into the shower, answering lots of “what’s that?” questions and shaving my legs becomes a quick 90 second job because….I don’t care who you are…standing with one leg on the tub and hunched over naked is just a little more than awkward!!! ;)

  95. OMG I so want one of these but am unable to afford one at the moment!!!! LOVE YOUR BLOG BY THE WAY! :)

  96. Your words make me laugh out loud. Love your blog and my hubby will love it if I win this.

  97. I hate shaving so after reading your review this was added to my list of must-haves…I will hold off and cross fingers that I win one instead though!

  98. My mom keeps telling me to use this, but I’m also kind of a wimp when it comes to this stuff. Your review has convinced me, though! Pick me!

  99. Oh boy, I’ve been thinking of getting one of these but haven’t been able to afford it and especially didn’t want to fork over the cash if I didn’t know for sure it would work; so glad to hear a real-life review!

  100. I was seriously just on Amazon looking at epilators because I really want to try one out. Great review! Sign me up please, I would love to win! :)

  101. I’ve always wanted to try an epilator because I have horribly dry skin that reacts poorly to traditional shaving. Problem is, I’m a scaredy cat! Thanks for the review…if I don’t win I think I will eventually purchase one!

  102. My husband would appreciate! During our bitter winters I tell my husband hair on my legs is just insulation.

  103. its worth a try! I have the pain tolerance of an infant but I’m sure it would be worth it to not shave for two whole weeks. (:

  104. My mom has an old epilator that works with springs that open and close super fast, I think that is more intimidating than 40 tweezers. I here the newer model epilators can grab hair that is much shorter and work much faster and I’d love to have one! Great Giveaway idea!

  105. OOO I will be able to keep the same shaving routine of once every 2 weeks but have smooth legs the whole time :)

  106. Pick MEEEEEE pleaseeee!!!! I swear I’m one chromosome away from being a monkey! I was hairy before pregnancy, during pregnancy it went away and after having my baby, my fur came back with a vengeance! would put that little machine to work! haha

  107. Fabio, butterfly kisses and caffeinated rubber bands, I am IN! plus I also hate shaving my legs.

  108. I always wanted to try one of these bad boys but seriously, I’m cheap, so I haven’t.
    Love your posts. So funny!

  109. I prefer tweezing to shaving, but boy is it annoying! I’ve always wanted to try an epilator!

  110. I am so intrigued by this. :) I really hate shaving and I am used to waxing so I figured this would be cool to try. :)

  111. Never heard of one of these but sounds cool if it means I don’t have to shave my legs all the time!

  112. Hi Morgan,

    I started visiting your blog following some clippie tutorial and then got browsing around it on a free day… Now i m hooked.. U r really funny and have the most adorable kids…

    U must have seen my name somewhr coz i m following u on twitter and on fb… (i realised u put more pics thr.)

    I am from mumbai and i dunno if i am eligible for this, but wud love to win this one.. I have been thinking of getting an epilator.. (cant wax, thinking of it makes my eyes wet so i used to shave.. I have heard epilators r good but never got around to buying one..)

  113. OH MAN!! This uber 30 wk prego mama would flip and do cart wheels (if I even knew how) if I won this and didn’t have to worry about hair on my legs for 2 wks :)


  114. Ooh, pick me! I’m pregnant right now and the already awful job of shaving my legs is quickly becoming almost impossible. ANYTHING to let me do it a little less often! (Plus I’m sure it’ll be really helpful to keep me feeling human after the baby gets here, lol!)

  115. I’m still a little scared, but if I won one then I’d have nothing to lose by trying it, right? :)

  116. My mom told me that the fine hair all over my body was “adorable like a little baby monkey” when I was a kid. It’s not so cute anymore, Mom.

  117. I thought I had left a comment, but now I can’t find it :( I hope I can still get this thingy! It would be AWESOME!

  118. Not shaving for two weeks sounds amazing! I’m intrigued and would love to try one of these out.

  119. I was JUST looking at these the other day and trying to decide if it was worth it. Thanks for the review!

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