Shark are perhaps one of the lesser known brands, but their blades have a reputation as a good budget buy.
1st blade > 1st shave
Arko Shave Cream (Moist)
It dragged rather than sliced, and I was unimpressed throughout the shave. Most of my face ended up pretty smooth, after touch-ups, but there were plenty of patches and my neck wasn’t good. Quite a few nicks on my neck too. I also had some mild razor burn on my lip.
1st blade > 2nd shave
Proraso Eucalytus & Menthol shave cream
Again, pulled and dragged from the start. I had to go over several areas multiple times to get most of the stubble off, and ended with a few small nicks on my neck and razor burn on my lip. The result was a fairly smooth finish though, it just took more work to achieve.
2nd blade > 1st shave
Truefitt & Hill Authentic No. 10 Finest Shave Cream
Tugged from the start, although it turned into more a scrape when I switched to ATG. I didn’t pick up any nicks though. I had to do a fair bit of touching up, but the end result, while not perfect, was generally smooth with only a few small patches. A reasonable shave rather than a good one.
2nd blade > 2nd shave
Edwin Jagger Sandlewood Soap
A little bit of tugging again, and a bit of scrape ATG too, but I only picked up one nick, and that was down to touching up, which I had to do a bit of. The end result was pretty good though, with my cheeks ultra smooth in places, and everywhere else more than passable.
2nd blade > 3rd shave
Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street Collection Shaving Cream
It tugged and scraped, which meant it wasn’t the most pleasant experience. I didn’t pick up any nicks though. I had to do a fair bit of touching up, and anywhere I missed was liable to be patchy. Overall though, the shave was pretty good. Though perhaps not quite as close ATG as some, it was largely smooth.
2nd blade > 4th shave
Boots Shave Bowl Original soap
Not too bad going WTG but it was far less pleasant ATG. I didn’t pick up any nicks though. Having said that, despite plenty of touching up, it wasn’t particularly close and was very patchy.
While the blades did the job, they generally didn’t provide the smoothest experience. They also required me to do plenty of touching up each time. As long as I was diligent in doing that, I generally got a fairly good end result. I’d say they required too many passes to get what I wanted though.