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On The Naughty Step: Veet High Precision Facial Wax


Evening all!

Wilkommen to the first instalment of my new feature, On The Naughty Step, where I'll tell you the products/services I have used that are a waste of time and money.

First in the firing line is Veet High Precision Facial Wax for sensitive skin. I have quite prominent, unruly eyebrows and unfortunately I hate plucking (My pain threshold is -657). I bought some other Veet Wax Strips on offer once and got into a habit of snipping off tiny strips and doing my eyebrows that way, which actually works very well but it is a bit time consuming, so I was hoping to find an easier way.

Enter High Precision Facial Wax! It consists of a little tube of wax and an applicator stick. The directions instruct you to put the wax into a mug of hot tap water for 1 minute, and then use the stick to apply a thin layer of wax to the face. It sounded weirdly fun and you know I like a good DIY, so when I saw it as part of a buy-1-get-1-half-price offer in Boots (usually £8.16), I snapped it up.



Image: Boots

When I got home, I tried it out. I used the stick to apply a thin layer of wax to the brow region and pulled the wax strip against the direction of hair growth. Unfortunately the wax strip didn't whip off like they're supposed to, it was more like unpeeling a gooey sticker! It only removed one or two hairs and left behind a bunch of sticky wax on my skin.

I tried a few more times but gave up, returning to my tried and trusted wax-strip-snipping method. It just didn't work at all. I followed the instructions to the letter, so why didn't it work? Was my tap water not hot enough? Was it too hot? Maybe my slugtastic brows were too much for this sensitive formula? So many questions. Maybe there's a knack to using this product, but my eyebrow was red by the time I'd given up trying and I couldn't be arsed to try different techniques and make the product work for me. It should just work.

I am really surprised at just how crap this product is. Veet are a huge brand, and it's hard to believe they would release a product like this. I'm not the only one that feels this way, either. Its reviews on Boots and Amazon are less than impressive.

I didn't try it elsewhere on my face, as I don't really suffer with facial hair, so I'm not sure how the wax performs there! But for eyebrow use, consider this product well and truly On The Naughty Step!

Have you tried this product? Did it work for you? Any products you've tried lately that have been an epic fail?

35 comments:

  1. Lols, this is a brilliant feature! I also have mad brows but I think I've gotten over the tweezing trauma! x

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  2. Loving this feature! I have the opposite problem - my brows aren't thick enough for my liking, but I have tried another wax pot for my legs in the past which was a dreadful experience! Best to leave it to the pros I think even if it means they get so see everything, so embarrassing! x

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  3. Love this idea. I wouldn't use this anyway though, I was put of waxing my eyebrows for life when I once accidentally took a chunk out of one of them that's never properly grown back :(

    The product that springs to mind that hasn't worked for me is (and I know lots of people will disagree because it seems to be so popular) Umberto Giannini Backcomb in a Bottle. It literally does NOTHING to my hair, I may as well be spraying it with water. Even after reading reviews/tutorials online and trying loads of different ~techniques with it - still nothing. Such a disappointment! x

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  4. Great feature! this'll be really useful!! I have slug eyebrows at the moment! and they defiantly need a wax/pluck. I think I'll be sticking to the plucking thanks to this review! that doesn't sound good. And i thought veet was the best!!

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  5. I have unruly brows too, I have used cold wax strips on both my brows and legs and really like them. I've tried boots and very but my favourite ones were 98p from my local bodycare! There's my home waxing tip!

    Penny x

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  6. I've tried this on lip and it doesn't do a thing - no pain or anything, just goo that doesn't dry or want to come off! Failure of a product indeed! x

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  7. Luckily I have no sensitivity in my eyebrow region whatsoever and I love plucking my eyebrows so I don't have to resort to wax.

    The one time I did try it at home (on my legs) it went quite spectacularly wrong and I ended up with brown gunk stuck to all the worktops.

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  8. I've never tried any veet products, I'm a little scared that if I wax my eyebrows and mess it up the shape will be horrible for ages. I don't find many hair removal products very good so I usally leave it to the professionals to get any excess hair waxed.
    Great post x

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  9. I'm so glad i read this because was considering buying it on my next boots haul!! I don't think i could trust myself getting the shape right anyway - cue Chandler plucking Joey's eyebrow moment! xx

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  10. awesome feature gem!! I could never wax anything, I tried once and it just hurt way too much! Can't wait to see what else you think is pants. xx

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  11. I think Veet are generally a bit crap to be honest. I've tried their body wax strips. May as well have bought some Tesco value plasters and had a go with those! And hair removal cream isn't too amazing either. (Please don't think I'm a gorilla, I find shaving annoying!)

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  12. LOVE this feature!!! I get my eyebrows faxed in a salon, yes it's more expensive than doing it yourself (I can't pluck and wouldn't risk self waxing) but at 1 appointment a month lets say for a tenner it really isn't breaking the bank. I have light-ish eyebrows though so it doesn't bother me too much when I don't wax them. Looking forward to seeing more crap product reviews =)

    Hannah xx

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  13. Their body wax strips work brilliantly for me and I had good experiences with the hair removal cream when I was younger so I trust Veet as a brand to make good products. I'd heard of this and was going to try it but after reading your review I don't think I will! Such a let down! x

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  14. aw I love this feature! I had this problem once (a couple of years ago) and got a little tweezer happy and ended up looking like I had literally no brows for months, it was dreadful!
    But now I get treatments done at college as it's a beauty college which is MUCH better than experimenting with products on myself..Friday I had to have hot wax on my underarms, NEVER AGAIN! xxx

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  15. It's a shame to hear that this product didn't wor; especially when Veet are such a hug brand! Their body wax strips work great for me! Thanks for the review! xx

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  16. I've tried it too and it was just a massive fail for me :(
    Didn't remove a single hair...not impressed! x

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  17. looooool this post is hilarious cos i can actually imagine u doing it 3 times and just getting more and more irritated LOL....sorry, its serious but funny *stifled sniggers*

    oooh forgot to say welldone for reaching 1400 followers hun! As one of the many, gotta say....LOVE your blog xx

    http://say-bleurgh.blogspot.com

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  18. Brilliant new feature Gem! I have only ever tried home waxing once and after using just one strip on my leg I will never try it again! After pulling the strip off I was left with a nice rectangle of bruised and bleeding skin! Not a good look!

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  19. I haven't tried it but I don't think I will be now. With my luck I'd end up with uneven eyebrows that I wouldn't be able to fix. I tweeze or get them threaded.

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  20. Purchased this last week, gave it three attempts and gave up! Waste of money indeed, aaaargh! x

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  21. Great new feature, love it! That product really does sound pretty crap.. i'm attached to my tweezers for my eyebrows, howeber use boots own brand facial wax strips from time to time which work pretty well! x

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  22. Love this feature! I was going to buy it but luckily I read this. Really disappointed about it - I mean, as you said it's such a big brand and you would think they at least test their products to see if they work properly?! Ugh.

    http://leiladarling.blogspot.com

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  23. What a fab idea for a blog feature, I hope you keep this regular, I'm all ears/eyes
    x

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  24. Veet waxing products in general aren't very good, I find! I've used this stuff and had the same problem as you, and when I tried the hot wax none of it came off with the strip so I had to cut sticky chunks of set wax off my thighs with a knife :(
    Veet hair removal creams are quite good though, so they're not a complete failure of a company.
    Have you ever thought of using a numbing cream before tweezing, since your pain threshold is so low? It works for some of my friends, I can't remember the brand they use though.

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  26. I only have one waxing story - and there shall be no more. My sister is a freelance beautician that started offering a waxing service, all was going well with arm, legs brows etc until a chap asked her to do his chest. Ever the professional she wanted to test this out out before saying yes to the client. So in I step as the helpful big bro and offer myself up for the experiment. Ouch - big ouch! I shall never so foolhardy again but on the plus side two days later I met a beautiful girl, and upon taking her home she was very impressed by how hairy I wasn't. Nearly two years later and she stills brings up 'the lie' that was my smooth chest, but she can't hate my man forest that much, as she's still by my side :)

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  27. I've tried a Nair hair removal cream before and absolutely nothing changed - even the strawberry smell was vile!

    Rosie x

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  28. can't imagine veet releasing a dud product! all their other products work so well!xxx

    www.stilettos-and-cigarettes.blogspot.com

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  29. Here's a tip that will change your life — or at least your beauty life! A few years ago my Mum found the number of a woman who comes to our house and waxes whatever we need — including eyebrows!

    Eyebrow waxing and/or threading is so, so much better than plucking. In every way. Hurts less, is over more quickly, and I ALWAYS get a lovely shape to my eyebrows. Plus it's only £2, which is a bit of a bargain really.

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  30. Veet are rubbish, not sure why I keep buying them...even the normal wax strips are temperamental at the best of times! From (years) of experience, I think that the wax might have been too hot. I tend not to rub the wax strips between my hands for 30 secs or whatever they recommend, if their wax gets too hot you can never pull it off properly.

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  31. I used to have this problem with all the wax I tried, no matter what brand of whether it was hot wax or strips.
    I think if it's gooey you should leave it on a while longer so it hardens a bit, always works for me. And I LOVE the fact that you cut up wax strips too! I thought I was the only one who did that.. they're so big and useless
    xx

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  32. arg thats so anoying, i hate it when products are total c**p xx

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  33. im massively looking forward to seeing more of this feature! named and shamed veet, i imagine alot of people buying facial hair wax will have the intent to use it on their eyebrows! good to know not to bother spending the best part of a tenner on something useless! xx

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  34. please keep this feature up i love it! veet are absolutely rubbish ive tried the hair dissolving cream that doesnt dissolve hair at all and the wax strips that did exactly what youve just described happened to your eyebrows. i never buy veet anymore.
    margief
    x
    www.margieheartsclothes.blogspot.com

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  35. Hi Gem. I reviewed this product on my blog and actually really liked it. I think the trick is to leave the wax strip on for a few minutes, allowing the wax time to cool and go tacky. Don't know if you did this? I did get the gooey wax a couple of times but I figured out I was ripping the strip off too quickly. My brows are quite fair though so maybe I didn't notice as much!

    Stacey
    http://hatsnheels.blogspot.com/

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