I was sceptical. But it works as well as professional IPL
I've had the Lumea for about 6 weeks and over 2-3 treatments i've seen the same results as professional IPL. No pain, treated hairs fall out after a week. Fabulous!
Purchased in July 2020 at Shaver Shop for $499.00.
I have been using the Lumea (with the app) for a few months now on my legs, I am quite surprised & happy with this product. Was very skeptical when I received this gift & honestly was not expecting it to work at all, but after the first treatment, I noticed the hairs on my legs took longer to grow back & were also not at course as usual. I have fair to medium skin tone with dark hairs. I will be honest, there was a few weeks when I thought that the Lumea wasn’t doing what it says, but then I noticed that it had been 4 weeks since I last shaved ...my legs!! It really does work!! I am happy only having to shave once a month, the growth of the hairs has slowed down dramatically & my legs stay smoother for longer. I was a bit worried what kind of sensation the Lumea would give, but it is overall a generally mild sensation. It did take me a few goes to get completely used to it & I would expect it will take some people a bit longer to get used to the sensation than others. To me it is like a getting quickly flicked with a rubber band followed by a warm sensation. Definitely start off on setting 1 or 2 & go from there. Does take considerably longer to treat than the recommended time from Philips. I also find if the Lumea stays on for too long it does seems to overheat, so I will do one leg or the bottom-half of both legs, turn it off & let it cool down for 30 mins or so then continue with the rest. Would recommend to try to stick to the schedule for optimal results. I have just finished my 7th treatment on my legs & I can happily say that it does work for me
Purchased in August 2019.
- Lumea Advanced IPL SC1999/00
I have been using this IPL machine on my underarms, arms, and legs for about 6 months following the phone app sessions. As someone who had to shave every other day, this IPL has been a complete gamechanger. I now have to shave once every 2-3 weeks, and even then the hair is sparse.
As it is an IPL, it does take around 3 sessions to notice significant difference. However after the first session I did notice that hair growth rate had decreased (i.e. could shave every 3rd day!).
I have also been using this on my SO's neck with the facial attachm...ent to get rid of unwanted beard areas. So far there has been a reduction of hair growth there too. Some cons: - For bendy, bony areas such as knees and ankles you have to hold the device a bit awkwardly and your hand can cramp. - Need to remember where you have covered or else you could end up with weird strips/patches of hair here and there. - Expect to take double the estimated times that Philips says to IPL until you get used to it. For reference my skin colour is light and hair is black. I've been using the device with the phone application.
Purchased in April 2019 at Shaver Shop for $399.00.
- Lumea Advanced IPL SC1999/00
So glad I bought this, I read a lot of reviews on it but still wasn't convinced. I've had it for a few months now and it was advised to use once every fortnight but I've used it once a week. Really happy with the results though, after the first 3-4 uses I noticed the hair started getting thinner and slower growing and now I only have to shave once a week (right before I do the treatment) instead of daily!
Purchased in March 2019 at Shaver Shop Online store for $339.00.
I was a sceptic, but I’m pleasantly surprised!
I bought this device knowing in the back of my head there was a cash back return policy as I was dubious it would work having seen reviews of other similar at home products. I have had laser done years ago and 6 sessions didn’t remove much of my hair because I am quite fair, but I thought by buying my own IPL I could at least do it more regularly and so might get an OK result eventually. I’m 4 sessions in, I have pale skin and dark blonde/light brown hair (so not ‘ideal’ at all for laser) and my underarm hair hasn’t grown back since the last se...ssion two weeks ago, and I’m seeing a reduction (but not yet close to full removal) of my bikini line hair but I imagine in 3 or 4 more treatments it may all be gone. I also did my husbands shoulder/neck hair (black hair on pale skin) and it is basically gone after only 2 sessions with only a few stray hairs left. There’s no doubt it’s not as strong as commercial lasers, but if your hair is the right colour then this is way more convenient than attending a salon. The $100 cash back was also a great deal and I had it in my account two weeks later. All in all I’m pretty happy with the result and think it’s a worthy purchase for the price.
Purchased in April 2019 at Shaver Shop Online store for $399.00.
Good product. Disappointing customer service!
I bought this product more than one month ago, as part of Philips Mother's Day AU$100 Cash Back promotion. I am still trying the product, with nothing to complaint so far (I still have to test for few weeks more to give a good review). My discontentment is with the poor customer service they provided me in regards to the promotion (which was the reason that lead me to buy the product in first place). I never received the promised Cash Back from Philips. Last contact was 12/05/19, when they said that the cash back was approved, and that I should...received an email within 7 days confirming the payment. However, I never received neither the email nor the money. I have been trying contact since then unsuccessfully. I am very disappointed. I imagine how difficult must be to get the "Philips Beauty 90 Day Money Back Guarantee" deal.
Purchased in May 2019 at Shaver Shop Physical store for $399.00.
I purchased this model three months ago and have had no trouble with its operability. After relatively lengthy use at level 5 it can overheat and need a couple of minutes to cool off, but otherwise it has worked faultlessly. The cord length is generous and the machine design makes it comfortable to hold. After three treatments I was pleasantly surprised to discover a noticeable reduction in hair growth. I've found that for best results I've needed to apply treatments over more weeks than the instructions imply, but am very happy to have achieved smooth almost hair free skin, painlessly. Great investment considering the ongoing cost of waxing or shaving.
Great product, looking forward to great results
After a heap of research I chose this IPL machine because
a) it has 5-10 years worth of flashes and no replacement cartridges necessary
b) It has both a large and small window, for large areas like legs and small/bumpy areas like upper lip/ underarms/ knees (as it needs to press fully on the skin to work this small window is necessary for these areas)
c) it has a continuous mode, hold the button down for a flash and slide it to the next spot (wait 1-2 seconds for flash to charge) and flashes automatically again
d) it was top of its field (I...
Absolutely fantastic. Exceeded my expectations
I was sceptical thus would work but after 4 weeks i have almost zero hair. It didnt happen immediately so i thought it wasnt doing much but after 3 sessions i can clearly see results. Mostly painless to use. Good control over level means it can be adjusted to suit tender areas. Easy to apply takes 5-10 minutes each time depending on area.
I love this and cant believe it works so well. Excellent value at this price.
Questions & Answers
I was wandering so the device does not get rid of the hair for ever no matter how long you use it?
And I have some hair grow under the skin in my legs is it safe to use it on them?
Hi there, thanks for asking. 100% permanent hair removal is highly unlikely, regardless of whether you use IPL at your home or at a salon. You will always require regular maintenance to keep your skin fully hair-free.
About your second question, the answer is yes. That is completely safe. Hope this helps!
The Philips Australia Team
I have Philips IPLSC2001/01 from 2011. My daughter never used it. I have used it so it was in new condition. I have used about 6 times in the last few months. It switches on, is placed on the skin correctly but the ready light does not come on. Why? How can I fix it please?
Hi there. Thank you for your question here. We're sorry to hear your Lumea is not working correctly, and can imagine this is quite inconvenient for you. We advise you to Place the appliance in a 90° angle onto the skin in such a way that all contact switches touch the skin. Then check if the ‘ready to flash’ light is on and press the flash button. If this does not work, place the appliance on a part of your body where it is easy to establish full skin contact, for example on your lower arm. Then check if the ‘ready to flash’ light works. Finally, please clean the safety ring carefully. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the following numbers: 1300 363 391 from Monday - Friday: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm EST or 0800 658 224 from Monday - Friday: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm EST. Our colleagues are happy to help you out.
The Philips Australia Team
I have my Philips lumea around a year, I have used it around 15 times, now when I turn it on, it keeps flashing white and not working, has anyone had a similar experience or any advice on what could be the issue and how to fix it?
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. The most common way of troubleshooting this is to reset the device. In order to do so, please turn off your device and leave it off for a few minutes, then turn it back on. This will reset your device and it should be ready to go.
If the issue persists, we'd like to refer you to our product team for more information. You can reach them directly on 1300 363 391 (Australia), or 0800 658 224 (New Zealand) from Mondays to Saturdays: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm EST. They'll be happy to help.
The Philips Australia Team
The mid-range version of the popular Philips Lumea Prestige, Philips’ Lumea Advanced model retails at $559, compared to the Lumea’s price of around $750.
Advertised as providing ‘gentle, long-term hair reduction,’ Philips seems to have produced many happy customers. Most reviews expressed happiness at the quality of their product, and how quickly they witnessed effective results in progress.
The Philiips Advanced IPL is suitable for arms, legs, belly, bikini and armpits, and for face areas on the chin, sideburns and upper lip. There are three separate attachments for use on body, face and bikini.
There are 250, 000 lamp flashes (at enough for 15 years of monthly treatments, this is plenty), five power settings and a skin tone sensor.
The Advanced model differs from the Prestige in these ways:
- It is corded with an extra long cord (compared to the Prestige’s cordless design)
- It is not suitable on medium/dark skin tones. Using the Fitzpatrick skin standards chart, you can use the Advanced model on skin tones I to IV, but not V (dark brown) or VI (very dark brown). The Prestige is however suitable for V – dark brown skin, whereas no IPL is suited to very dark brown shades.
Philips estimates it takes both models about 15 minutes to treat the lower legs, though some reviewers commented initially it might take longer. Both models have skin sensors to select the right light intensity for your skin.
The main difference may be a logistical one: it is harder to find Lumea Advanced models to buy. The LumeaPrestige seems to be so popular that most most retailers are stocking them, while hardly any are selling the older Lumea Advanced models.
|Category||IPL Machines||IPL Machines|
|Features||Cordless and Skin Tone Sensor|
|Target Areas||Bikini, Body / Legs, Face and Underarms|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)||2 year(s)|
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