Three weeks. Probably TMI (so what else is new?), but that’s how long I went without shaving my legs to test the new Bliss Poetic Waxing Wax Strips Body kit ($36).
I’ve used similar kits from other brands like Sally Hansen before, but the strips included with this one are made of a loosely-woven cotton fabric called muslin, instead of cardboard or plastic. You get 36 pre-waxed strips and the tiniest, Grinch-who-stole-Christmas-sized bottle of soothing azulene oil to condition your skin and remove any remaining wax when you’re done. In addition to the muslin strips, which I find easier to grip than the smooth plastic ones that come with some other kits, the wax Bliss uses also feels slightly thicker than most.
Having tried so many waxing kits before on so many different parts of my bod, I expected the usual trubs — the strips missing a lot of hair, the wax being too sticky and hard to remove, or the kit not coming with enough strips. Basically, from kits like this one, I came to expect half-@ssed results.
So I was pleasantly surprised when the Bliss kit actually worked pretty darn great!
Sure, it may not be as effective as a hard wax, which removes even the coarsest hairs in a single pass, but for a kit designed for easy cleanup and convenience, it’s one of the better ones I’ve used.
And I think the waxed muslin strips really make a difference. Not only do they hug my curves better than the hard plastic ones do, they also remove more hair. They’re not perfect, but I’d guess they grab about 50% more hairs than the Sally Hansen strips per pass.
From my experience, the strips can be used about three passes each, sometimes four. To remove the hair from my ankles up to my knees (aka the half-leg wax), I go through about 10 strips.
With 36 strips per kit, that’s about three half-leg waxes, or $12 per job — much cheaper than the $30 I’d probably pay at a salon. Factor in your time (10 minutes at home, versus at least 30 minutes at the salon, not including travel time) and tip, and that makes the kit look like a better deal.
It also comes with directions, but here are a few quick suggestions to hopefully improve your results…
- Use a hair dryer — Warming the strips between my palms takes forever! To save time, I aim my hairdryer at each strip (set on low) for about 10 seconds to heat it up, and then place the strip on my leg while the wax is soft and warm.
- Massage like it’s your job! — Bliss recommends massaging the strips in the same direction that the hairs lie before pulling them off. I’ve found that the more vigorously I massage the strips, the more hair they remove, so prepare to rub-a-dub-dub like cray-cray!
- Pull the underlying skin taut — Typically, the hair on my legs grows downward, so before I pull away one of the strips, I also gently pull the skin around it downward (in the same direction) to make it taught. Then, I peel the strip from the bottom up in the opposite direction with a swift, smooth pull. For me, this way seems to remove the most hair.
Oh, you can also use these strips on other parts of your bod. Just cut them down to size with a pair of scissors beforehand if you need to. I’ve also used these on my bikini line and upper lip.
They didn’t work quite as well on my bikini line, though, only getting about half of the hairs per pull, but full disclosure — I’m, like, hella hairy at the moment because I didn’t do much upkeep last winter. I bet the strips would work just fine for regular touch-ups between bikini waxes.
They did much better on my upper lip, where they dominated the Sally Hansen strips I’ve been using for the past few years. They removed even the finest hairs in the very first pass.
I definitely plan to use this kit again, and again. It’s almost everything I want it to be — quick, convenient and effective — if I had my way, the only things I’d change are the price ($26 sounds more reasonable) and the size of the tiny bottle of azulene oil.
Um, is it gross that I get a weird thrill from seeing all of the hair that these strips remove? Wait, maybe you shouldn’t answer that.
AVAILABILITY: Available exclusively at Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A (works great, but it is a little pricey compared to drugstore kits)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,