Technology is not what it used to be. Specifically, stubble-slaying technology is now better than ever, with a slew of new beauty innovations hitting the market and causing a serious stir in the men’s grooming world.
Now, rather than head into your local barbershop for the perfect close shave, you can do it yourself from the comfort of your bathroom and walk away oozing with confidence.
On that note, The Art of Shaving has teamed up with shaving superpower Gillette to create a manual razor called the Fusion Chrome Collection that is the epitome of luxury meets precision.
I had the pleasure of trialing this bad boy and am now a tried-and-true convert. Read on…
THE DESIGN: The Art of Shaving has successfully merged modern metallic aesthetics with black lacquered accents and a textured grip surface in their intelligent ergonomic design of the Fusion Chrome. While the product feels a little heavier than other traditional razors, I was pleasantly surprised to find the weight distribution very balanced, which is important in achieving the perfect shave.
At the head, there’s five blades closely spaced together to reduce friction and irritation and increase comfort. It should be noted that the head is also interchangeable, adding convenience in case you want to rock a beard, goatee or plain old stubble. Add to that a precision trimmer blade to shave and shape facial features and line up sideburns with ease, and we have ourselves a sleek little number.
THE PREP: I always use a high quality shaving cream (L’Occitane is a favourite) that contains glycerine to lock in skin moisture and generally stay away from creams containing menthol because they actually work counterproductively by closing your pores and stiffening your beard. I have unusually sensitive skin so I usually apply a pre-shave oil too just to make sure the hair is nice and soft and easily removable.
THE RIDE: Proper shaving techniques are often overlooked but are imperative in the hair removal process. With this particular device, the five-blade head makes certain that you achieve maximum cutting power so you aren’t repeating strokes and thus irritating the skin and increasing the chance of skin abrasions. The innovative textured grip and balanced weight assures that accuracy isn’t a problem either because let’s face it, who likes leaving the bathroom looking like you’ve just jumped off the surgery table?
All in all, I found that both my longer stubble and shorter hairs were removed easily and swiftly without any tug or pull or the common inflamed skin conundrum.
The razor literally glides over the skin, meaning you can shave every single day with ease and there’s even anti-clogging rinse slots, useful when shaving in tricky places like under the nose.
Once finished, this can easily be washed under the tap and positioned back in its sophisticated casing. Too easy.
THE VERDICT: Practicality comes first so, naturally $160 for a razor seemed overzealous. But there’s more than meets the eye in this case and never has the old adage “you get what you pay for” seemed truer than now. By the end of your shaving experience, you’ll realise that you really are getting bang for buck and you’ll wonder how you ever went without this in the first place.
– October Boy –
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