I have to admit, I enjoy playing with makeup, but I also enjoy sleep. In the past, I chose to stay in bed as long as possible before getting up for work, and I generally didn’t leave enough time for proper makeup application.
However, all that changed last year when I moved to the U.S. and was unemployed for an extended period of time. I started to make an effort to “do my face” in the morning, and in doing so noticed a patch above my nose where plucking just wasn’t working. My makeup seemed to cling to the hairs, and after much thought I decided that I would be brave and wax.
My dirty little secret: I’ve been bleaching my upper lip for years, but I’d never waxed anything on my face before. While contemplating this foray into facial waxing, I noticed a product at my local supermarket that looked like interesting. Sally Hansen Microwaveable Eyebrow, Face & Lip Wax ($5.99) sounded perfect for me — no strips needed, and with results that last up to 8 weeks. I liked the sound of that because it reminded me of something my ex-beautician used on a rather more painful region. I thought, “This could be what I’ve been looking for!”
It’s supposed to be simple to use. Just heat based on the directions. Spread the wax using the spatula it comes with (apply in the same direction the hair grows). Then, let the wax cool for about 10-15 seconds. Using your fingers, peel up one edge, and quickly pull the whole section away, along with all of the hair it captured.
Having used it a few times now, here are my thoughts…
- Well, it’s wax. It does what it’s supposed to do.
- I do think it’s more convenient than wax that requires the use of strips.
- The directions say to heat it in the microwave on medium for no more than 90 seconds, but that hasn’t worked for me. The last time I found it took 2 full minutes on high (pausing to stir with the spatula that comes with it at the halfway point) before it reached a consistency I could use. The directions say it should be like honey. When dipped into the wax, the top of the temperature-sensitive spatula is supposed to read “READY” when it’s the right temp to use. Oddly, I have never once seen it say anything else. No matter what temperature the wax is, mine always thinks it’s ready!
- The wax my beautician used would cool on my skin to a kind of rubbery consistency, but this is more solid and crispy. You may be able to see what I mean from the picture (on the blue spatula).
- I find it quite hard to use. It does remove some of the hairs, but it misses almost as much as it removes. The texture is inconsistent and difficult to spread evenly, with some areas having more wax than others. Where it’s thicker, it removes more hair.
The first time I used this was on the space between and slightly above my brows. It worked really well there. Next, I targeted the stray hairs below my eyebrows, and the first time I did that it HURT! But it didn’t appear to do very much beyond that. Finally, after I’d built up my courage, I tried it on my upper lip, where it did fine, but I’d been hoping for great. Once again it only removed about half of the hairs. For my mustache, there’s no way it will replace bleach.
Yikes! I’m not wearing any makeup
The kit also comes with a few other things, like a useful pair of mini-tweezers, an orange stick that I still haven’t worked out the purpose of, three different eyebrow guide stencils and something called Extrasoothe, a topical analgesic with 5% benzocaine. It really stung my skin, so I only used it once.
Sally states the results can last for 8 weeks, but I just don’t see how. I like the idea, but I can only give this a C+. I would love to hear your results if you decide to give it a try. You can find it at major supermarkets and drugstores for about $6.