Another product from one of the big names in grooming. How does this budget cream hold up?
Used with: Rapira Platinum Lux (4th shave)
I used my badger brush and a reasonable dollop of cream, from which I was able to build plenty of lather for a couple of passes and touch-ups. I did have to use some water to encourage if for the second coating. Slickness felt good and I picked up a solitary nick. My neck was suprisingly smooth and the only real area that wasn’t was my jawline. There was the odd patch of BBS, but mostly it was just smooth, pretty good post shave feel too. The fragrance is nothing to worry you, just non-descript. A very good shave.
Used with: Voskhod (2nd shave)
I opted for my boar brush this time. Despite a decent amount of cream, lather proved a bit of a struggle, especially on my second pass. I did add water throughout, but it was still thick enough to clog my blade during my first pass, and I then had to work hard to get a good coating. Still, I managed enough to allow me to do some touching up. I did pick up a few nicks though and a bit of irritation on my top lip. The finish was pretty good on my neck (relatively speaking), though there were patches on my jaw. Above that it was smooth, with the odd patch of BBS. Post shave feel was average. Still, another very good shave.
Used with: Personna Platinum (1st shave)
Back to the badger for this one. The brush was shaken out but still quite wet, enabling me to build a good lather very easily. It still clogged my blade for the first pass though. Slickness felt good but I picked up a few nicks, a couple that were all but weepers. I ended up doing plenty of touching up, partly because I had a lot of lather, but also because I couldn’t quite seem to get the finish I wanted. Despite going over my top lip until it was left with irritation, I still didn’t get everything at the edges. Large parts were smooth, though not BBS, and I had patchy areas on my neck and jawline. Post shave feel was nothing to right home about. Not a bad shave.
Used with: Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge (3rd shave)
A decent glob and my badger brush produced plenty of lather, though I did seem to need to work it. I also added a fair bit of water, but it still clogged my blade on the first pass. Despite the blade feeling a little rough, I only picked up a couple of nicks, probably because the slickness was good. The finish on my neck wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty good. Above the jaw wasn’t bad either, though nowhere quite made it to BBS. Post shave feel wasn’t quite up there with the best either. A good shave though.
Used with: Schick Premium (4th shave)
I used my badger brush again and it lathered up well once more. A couple of dips were needed to get the right consistency, but it wasn’t a lot of work. Slickness felt good, but that didnt stop me picking up more than a few nicks. The worst was self-inflicted though. My neck only had the odd patch, but my jawline wasn’t great. Above that was smooth though and soft too. A few places made BBS. A good shave.
I picked this up in a supermarket in Greece while on holiday. I’d never seen any in the UK, although I knew it existed. While the big names in shaving seem to focus on the fragrance, most products down the bottom end simply worry about it not being revolting. That’s the case here. It’s not unpleasant, but you won’t be looking for a matching EDT. The key thing is performance though. Some products smell great but perform poorly. Performance has to come first. This cream isn’t as slick as some, it doesn’t have the post shave feel of the best, but it’s a solid performer. Combine that with a great price and I have no problem recommending it for those who simply want a decent shave. My results showed the importance of picking the right blade though.