I was recently accepted as a product tester with Inflenster and one of the first items they sent to me was the Gillette® Venus® Embrace® razor. One of the coolest things about this razor is that all the blades are interchangeable!! Influenster was kind enough to include both an Embrace® blade and an Olay blade in my box and I tried them both. First I tried the Embrace® blade, twice. I think I had been using this blade for a while on the past but upon trying to purchase it at the store could not remember which one it was, so I resorted to using my husband's razor. When I had the opportunity to once again use the Venus® Embrace® , it was a whole new world!
The Venus® Embrace® is lightweight and formed to fit in a woman's hand. There is no need to apply extra pressure, the razor and blade are the correct weight needed to apply the proper pressure needed to shave a womans' legs. The blades glided effortlessly over my legs, and gave me a great shave, even with several days growth. The first day I used the Embrace I was in a rush and had to do a quick shave. Normally under these circumstances, I would end up with nicks and/or razor burn. This did not happen with the Venus® Embrace®. The second time I used it, I got the same wonderful results.
Then I tried the Venus® handle with the Olay blade and was astounded! There are moisture bars on each side of the blades which release skin conditioners to help get a better shave. These bars float on some sort of spring mechanism and move at the slightest pressure, to glide effortlessly on every curve. I felt like I had a new toy after attaching this to my Venus® handle!! Once again, I had several days growth on my legs when I tried this blade for the first time and got an amazing shave. I could feel the moisturizers being laid down on my skin as I shaved.
The second time I used the Olay blade, I tried it "dry," without the soap I usually use to shave with. I was amazed that I was still able to get a good shave, only missing parts that I couldn't see because I did not have my contacts in! This blade is truly amazing and I will continue to use it and report back how long it lasts. I do not know how water will affect the moisture bars, if rinsing will make them shrink or not.
Another thing I noticed about both of the blades is that I did not need to rinse them as often as with the previous razor that I had been using. So far my opinion is that the Embrace® is great for everyday use and the Olay would be great for people in drought conditions. I say this because as I mentioned previously, I do not know if the Olay blade will not last as long due to the potential shrinkage from water. I plan to continue to compare the two and report back.