There’s only one product that I’ve regretted buying this month and that is the Gilette Venus & Olay Razor. I’m a pretty big fan of Gillete Venus Embrace Razors and I’ve never had any problems with any other Venus line either. I was expecting Venus & Olay Razors to beat all of the current lines because, well, Gillete tends to do that. Gilette keeps improving.
Unfortunately, the Venus & Olay razor absolutely sucks. When the razor is brand new, its quite nice; and that’s the ONLY pro to this product. There are two moisture bars that are kind of slimy but they’re ultra hydrating. This razor actually reminded me a lot of the Shick Hydro Razor. After the first use, it all goes downhill.
The moisture bars on the razor don’t last very long at all. I shave every single night so there isn’t an abundance of hair for the razor to whack off. After the first use, the top moisture bar was already starting to get flimsy. By my second shave, the top moisture bar had fallen off because there was barely any product left. The bottom bar had gotten incredibly flimsy at this point. By the third shave, the bottom moisture bar was completely gone. I get 3 uses of the special Olay moisture bars before it’s no longer available to use.
I ripped the little rubber piece at the top of the razor because it annoyed me. I realized I should’ve left it on for review purposes but it was too late by then. The rubber piece on the bottom is what was on the top.
My second issue is the razor after the moisture bars are gone. I’m all for 5 blade razors and that’s what I’ve been using since the day they were available in women’s razors. This razor is incredibly sharp. I’ve never had an issue with cutting myself during a shave and I haven’t gotten any cuts on my legs since I was around 19. That means I’ve been knick-free for a good 4 years… until this razor. I haven’t been able to get a single shave with this razor post-moisture bar without getting huge lines of skin sliced off. I even use an extra thick layer of cream body wash (this is the product that helped me stop getting cuts on my legs, btw) and I always end up with the skin on my ankles and thighs sliced.
Here’s a grotesque photo of just one thigh after getting out of the shower a few moments ago. The cut in reality is about 7.5 inches long. I didn’t even get to finish shaving the area. I have the same types of slices on my other thigh and near my ankles. This is a TYPICAL experience using this razor after the moisture bars fall off. Moisturizing after a shower REALLY sucks. This is my third time using this razor without the moisture bar and I’m done trying to get this product to work. It’s absolutely terrible.
I’m really disappointed with this product. I only got 3 moisture-packed shaves and every shave after that has been a blood bath. This product is quite expensive for only 3 decent shaves. I’m used to having razors last until I’m ready to change the razor (every 2-3 weeks).
I would highly advise against buying this product. However, it’s only the Venus & Olay line that I think is terrible. The rest of the Venus line is quite luxurious and gives an ultra smooth shave.