Billie: the razor with a ton of hype. You’ve seen everyone praising it on instagram. Maybe you’ve even been served the ads on social media. But, like, it’s a razor–what’s so special about it? Before I get into it, I must let you know that I have been using this razor for a little over a week and shaved every other day. That may not sound like much in the grand scheme of things but when it comes to razors, you pretty much know if you like something after the first shave; I wanted to give it a solid week before making the call. And as for some background, I’ve been a Venus Gillette loyalist since high school (probably?). I’ve dabbled with other disposable razors but have always remained true to the Venus. What I’m about to reveal isn’t actually that revelatory–sorry in advance. In fact, your life will most likely not be changed by the purchase of the Billie Razor. HOWEVER, there’s some good stuff here and I’m going to show you
What’s great about it:
- the price. I chose the “least frequent” option, which means I shave “once a week.” I actually shave more than that but I don’t really shave above my knees (TMI?) because I don’t really grow hair there (another TMI?). The package I chose was only $9–which includes 4 cartridges every quarter. When you include the free shipping–that’s significantly cheaper than the $20 (not including tax) four-pack of cartridges from Venus Gillette that I normally buy at any local retailer like Target, Walgreens, Walmart, etc (and you need a salesperson to get them out of the case for you).
- the shave. It’s pretty good, ladies. I like the built-in aloe (I don’t really like to use shaving cream–so, this is one less step). My legs felt SO smooth and I’ve been shaving every other day for a week and the blade is still razor sharp as ever. I made Eric feel my legs–he said, “smooth.” Very helpful. I will say that the smoothness is comparable to my Venus Gillette razors. But the Billie blade seems to be a smidge sharper after using it so much for a week.
- no nicks. I often nicked my ankles or that spot right behind the knee with my other razors. There’s something about the shape of the Billie that isn’t nicking me at all. Literally, no nicks over the past 8-9 days.
- the magnetic holder. I’m not going to lie–it’s awesome. I love just sticking the razor to the wall. (Note: our bathroom subway tile is super slippery and handmade, so it has fallen off once this week, but I got it back on.)
Verdict: Buy it for the price alone. The shave is super smooth and for that price, you can’t get any better. The pink tax is a real thing and I love that this industry is changing. There’s absolutely no reason that a single Venus Gillette cartridge should be $4. Plus, I love their pro-hair marketing stance because, you may have noticed, women in commercials are normally shaving their hairless legs. Don’t get me started on women’s razor television commercials and the fact that the Venus razor is named just that (“men are from Mars”…yuk yuk).
Other similar razors I am thinking about trying: Flamingo (available at Target) and Dollar Shave Club. And can anyone tell me why this Mave razor is $75 when it’s compatible with Venus Gillette cartridges?
PS After doing more razor research, I learned that Venus Gillette launched an exact version of Billie online for a dollar more. While I’ve been loyal to them for so long, I think I’m going to stick it out with Billie and also try some other companies, like Flamingo. I like that these companies compelled Gillette to change, though!