The Pitch: "Smooth away unwanted hair in moments"
April 2009. Most users who try Smooth Away are not impressed with the results. The select few who like it find it easy to use, though they say it works best on flat areas like legs and arms, and not so much on underarms and the bikini area. Users say the Smooth Away is relatively pain-free to use and doesn't cause nicks and cuts as razors can.
However, the overwhelming majority of users dislike their Smooth Away results. The chief complaint is that it tends to irritate skin and causes a rash similar to razor burn. Other users are dissatisfied because it can take several passes to remove all the hair from an area, and once the hair is gone, there is still some stubble left.
The idea of doing away with razors and waxing is tempting, so plenty of women put Smooth Away to the test. An ABC News affiliate in Cincinnati tries it out and provides a video of their mixed results. Smooth Away user reviews on MakeupAlley.com and InfomercialRatings.com are split pretty evenly, but even those who liked the Smooth Away results had some complaints. Amazon.com, Epinions.com and SplendidCity.com all have a handful of user reviews that believe Smooth Away is not all it's cracked up to be.
1. WCPO (Cincinnati)
Every Tuesday, this Cincinnati-based ABC affiliate puts a specific product to the test. The Smooth Away earns a B- after unnamed testers put it to the test on arm and leg hair. Although it causes no pain during use, the Smooth Away does not leave skin as smooth as it claims to do, they say. Smooth Away especially fell short in removing facial hair from a male tester.
Review: Try-It-Out Tuesday: Smooth Away Test, Suzanne Murray, Jan. 13, 2009
The user reviews for Smooth Away on MakeupAlley.com are a mixed bag; about half of the reviewers say they would buy Smooth Away again. Though it works fairly well for some, it doesn't always remove all of the hair and lacks the smoothness of shaving. Some consumers with sensitive skin find that Smooth Away irritates their skin, leaving it overly dry or causing red razor burn-like bumps to appear.
Review: Smooth Away Product Reviews, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
Over 40 users review Smooth Away on InfomercialRatings.com, and the reviews are split down the middle; users either love it or hate it. Those who like Smooth Away say that it takes several passes to remove all the hair and it works best on legs and arms than curvier areas like underarms. Those who don't like it say it didn't remove their hair at all and/or left a razor burn-like rash.
Review: Smooth Away Reviews and Ratings, Contributors to InfomercialRatings.com
Most Amazon.com reviewers agree that Smooth Away does not work. The consensus is that it only works on areas that are flat and taut, and several users found their skin to be red and irritated after using Smooth Away. The few users who say it did work for them admit that there is some stubble left afterwards, and it can leave the skin ashy and very dry.
Review: Smooth Away Reviews, Contributors to Amazon.com
SplendidCity.com reviews beauty and fashion trends, and welcomes readers to post their reactions too. When contributor Dexie Wharton asked for opinions on Smooth Away, she got over 20 responses, most of them negative. A couple of readers say it works great for them, but the majority has the same complaints of stubble and red, irritated skin.
Review: Readers Review: Smooth Away, Dexie Wharton, Dec. 12, 2008
A handful of reviewers on Epinions.com all agree that Smooth Away is not worth it. It feels like sandpaper on your skin, tends to not remove all hair and dries out skin.
Review: Skin Care Smooth Away Hair Removal, Contributors to Epinions.com