The Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream

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Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream

It may sound like it’s for pirates, but it won’t leave you a scurvy knave. Sold under the name Dreadnought in North America.

Used with: Gillette Silver Blue (4th shave)

I opted to use the pre-shave oil before this shave, then lathered on top. The cream is much firmer than any other I’ve come across, it looks solid in the pot, but as soon as it’s wet it turns to a slurry. It didn’t take much to produce a good amount for two passes and touch-ups. Very good slickness after each pass. Although the blade was smooth, I did pick up plenty of nicks and some irritation on my top lip though. I had the odd patch in the nooks and crannies, but everywhere else was smooth, with plenty of BBS areas. A very good shave.

Used with: Bolzano Superinox (2nd shave)

I didn’t use the pre-shave this time, and opted for my boar brush. Again, it didn’t take much lather to get enough for a couple of passes and touch-ups. I was a bit asleep as I performed an ATG grain pass on my neck when I should have done a WTG pass. It was very tuggy and painful. I practically did a third pass for my touch-up. It paid off, because all bar a few patches of my face was left smooth, although not BBS. No nicks or irritation. The scent is very subtle, to the point I could barely pick anything up, but it’s not unpleasant. A very good shave.

Used with: Gillette 7 O’Clock Super Stainless (3rd shave)

No pre-shave again, but back to my badger brush. A bit of cream produced plenty of lather for two passes and a touch-up phase that was at least another pass. The blade tugged throughout, but excellent slickness prevented any nicks or irritation. Once again I barely registered the fragrance because it’s so subtle. The finish was good, generally smooth, but not particularly close. There was the odd rough patch, but certainly WTG it felt good. Post shave feel wasn’t as good as some, but not bad.

Used with: Sputnik (1st shave)

I went with my badger brush and no pre-shave for this one. Once again, lather wasn’t an issue. Hitting the ‘cream’ with water causes lather to explode. The blade felt fine throughout, but I picked up a nick, just the one. Slickness was good after each pass. The finish wasn’t perfect, with the odd patch below my jawline, but was generally very good. Not quite BBS across the rest of my face, but smooth WTG, great post shave feel too. Didn’t detect any fragrance this time, it really is that subtle. Good shave though.

Used with: Rapira Swedish Supersteel (1st shave)

No pre-shave and I opted for my badger again. A quick swirl in the pot was enough for two passes and a comprehensive touch-up phase. The blade felt good and I didn’t pick up any nicks. Slickness between passes just seemed to get better as I washed my face down. The finish wasn’t perfect, but the only patches were low down on my neck and around my mouth. My top lip seemed to pick up some irritation. That said, everywhere else was smooth and BBS in a couple of places. Great post-shave feel, nice and soft. Good shave.

Verdict

I’d dismissed The Bluebeards Revenge range as some average stuff wrapped up in a marketing gimmick, as many of the slick-looking products seem to be. So when I received a tub of it as a Christmas present I was a little cool in my response (ignore the photo, I had acquired the trial size before someone bought me a full size tub). I have to say, I’m impressed with it.

It’s utterly different to anything else I’ve used. Good performance is all I ask and it delivered that, giving good slickness and I got some great shaves (albeit with some good blades). If you like a strong scent with your shave, this is not the one for you though. It’s also quite pricey. While I didn’t buy mine, it seems to go for around £10 a tub. It looks pretty big in the photos you see, but the tub is only 100ml and is small compared to others (a tub of TOBS is 150g, while a tube of Proraso is 150ml), so you’re venturing into high-end pricing.

Not too sure about the claims for Decelerine, which supposedly reduces beard growth, but it doesn’t hurt. It ranks up there with some of the best creams and soaps I’ve used. For the price it should be. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending it if someone was thinking of giving it a try though.

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Last updated: February 9, 2015