Buying razors used to drive me crazy – it always seemed like refill packs were way more expensive than they should be, but it didn’t seem like there were any good alternatives at the store… so I went online to see what else I could find.
After some googling, I came across Billie – a brand that sells women’s razors and is part of the movement to remove the “pink tax” (the higher price of women’s products). I gave it a try and have *loved* using it ever since.
Recently, though, I saw other women’s razors getting lots of buzz about their quality and prices, so I wanted to test two side-by-side to make sure I ended up with whatever was the best quality and price.
Here’s a quick overview of each razor:
Now for the results! Here’s what I found after a week of testing…
This is one area where I definitely felt a difference between the two razors. I tested both razors two different ways – 1.) with a shaving cream and 2.) using a bar soap that lathers up really well.
So, starting with using a shaving cream – the shave from each razor was really similar. Both felt smooth gliding along and both did a great job. Neither gave me any nicks or the slightest issue.
The real difference was when I didn’t use shaving cream, but instead used a (really nice & lathery) bar soap. (This is just my personal preference – I’d rather use the minimal number of products to get a job done so that’s why I skip buying shaving cream… plus it’s less to spend in the long-run too. 😉)
When I used my normal bar soap (in this case Native’s Coconut & Vanilla) to lather up, I felt that the clear winner was the Billie razor. It glides along smoothly and seamlessly and I didn’t feel worried about getting nicks with it. On the other hand, the Flamingo razor did not feel good as I pulled it along my legs. It felt rough at times and I found myself having to slow down because I didn’t want to nick myself and I constantly felt like I was right on the edge of doing so.
So for this category, your method of shaving will probably make the biggest difference. For anyone using shaving cream every time you shave, it’s a draw. If you don’t use shaving cream 100% of the time or you use bar soap, etc. – Billie is the winner hands-down.
I felt equally smooth after shaving with both. (And FYI – I felt equally smooth when I shaved with shaving gel versus bar soap.)
The one place where Flamingo might have a slight advantage was on my knees. I had missed a tiny spot on my knee using the Billie razor, and not so much with the Flamingo – which I think is due to it’s flexible hinge.
Overall, both razors did a great job leaving me really smooth – I’d say it’s a draw.
Look & Feel of the Razor:
This probably comes down to personal preference – so I’d leave it up to you based on looking at both pictures which one you think looks better. Personally, I think the Flamingo looks a touch better – but ultimately I think both look good, and both razors come in different colors to help you find something you like.
In terms of feel, although I thought I’d be won over by the weighted handle of the Flamingo, surprisingly I still liked the Billie razor better because it’s lightness actually makes it easier to use in my opinion.
Personally, Flamingo wins just barely for looks, and Billie wins for feel.
I had to mention one more thing – Billie’s magnetic razor holder is such a great feature! I didn’t think it would make that much of a difference, but I’m always amazed by how much easier and quicker it is to grab my razor every day. Such a fan of this tiny magnet!
The Billie razor starter kit sells for $9 plus free shipping. It includes the razor, magnetic holder, and two blades. From there, you can order a set of 4 razors for $9 (with free shipping) as frequently as you’d like through their subscription program.
The Flamingo razor plus two blades sell for $9. Refill packs also sell for $9 per 4-pack, but they’re $16 for an 8-pack, or $30 for a 16-pack… so there is a (small) price savings if you buy at least a $16 8-pack compared to Billie refill blades. One thing to note, there’s only free shipping on orders over $15 for Flamingo (as compared to free shipping with $9 on Billie) – so just something to keep in mind.
All in all, I think for most people, this is a draw since the price is the same for 4-pack refills, and I’m guessing that’s what most people buy. If you buy your razors in bulk of at least 16 cartridges at a time, then this would be a slight win for Flamingo.
Where to get it:
Billie sells its razors and blades (and some other products) only through their website though a subscription.
Flamingo razors are sold through their website and Target. They don’t offer a subscription through their website, so you order razors as you need them.
All in all, I’m glad I tested out both razors side-by-side to know whether I’m getting the best value and shave, and that I’m not missing out on anything. For me, this was a clear win, so I’m sticking with my Billie razor. 😉