IPL Laser Hair Removal Test: Philips Lumea VS Vivre® IPL

INPL laser hair removal Test: Philips lumea VS Vivre® IPL. Which do you think is the winner? Read the blog post below and you'll be surprised by the results!

The summer season is in full swing, so you need to show a little more skin - smooth skin is a dream for many of us, especially women who struggle with a lot of dark and "rich" hair. I belong to this group too.

Laser Hair Removal

I've always dreamed of getting rid of all the unwanted hair on my body through laser hair removal. Unfortunately, my wallet does not allow me to do this, but I found an alternative that proved to be my salvation and solved my hair problem.

I will present two devices for IPL laser hair removal home that differ in price, but have the same features - I hope that with this I can help you choose.

What to choose for IPL laser hair removal?

I hesitated for a long time before making my purchase, because a one-off cost for this type of equipment is a heavy burden for me. But I got tired of wax patches, mechanical epilator, boiled sugar wax (which gave me a bruise) and anything else I could think of to try and test and see if it could help me get rid of my unwanted hair.

I have black hair, fairly dark skin, and that's the worst part - my hair can grow back on the second day after shaving.

This becomes a problem because you have to shave every day and with my strong, thick and black hairs, I ended up with a lot of skin irritation and infection and had to put my pants on anyway.

As if that wasn't enough, the consequence of removing hair with a razor or epilator was ingrown hairs.

The introduction was too long, we will go through everything now... hang on 🙂

Philips Lumea IPL laser hair removal SC1995

Laser Hair Removal

Device adapted for safe and effective laser hair removal at home

Philips Lumea uses the innovative Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology based on the technology used in professional beauty salons. They have adapted this technology so that it can be used safely and effectively at home. Philips has worked closely with dermatologists to develop a groundbreaking IPL package. "For over 10 years we have conducted extensive consumer research with over 2000 volunteers." Philips Lumea directs gentle pulses of light to the roots of the hair. As a result, hair naturally falls out and its growth is inhibited. Repeated treatment ensures skin remains smooth every day.

Efficient without effort

Phillips clinical studies have shown significant hair loss during four treatments every two weeks to keep the skin even. To maintain these results, it is sufficient to repeat treatments as needed. The time between treatments may vary depending on your individual hair growth. 

For use on the body

Philips Lumea laser hair removal works effectively on naturally dark blonde, brown and black hair. Like other light treatments, Philips Lumea is NOT effective on red, light blonde, white/grey hair colours. This IPL is also not suitable for dark skin hair removal.

Phillips Lumea IPL laser hair removal can be used on the areas under the neck: legs, armpits, bikini area, arms and stomach. The device's large laser allows for quick treatments on larger areas of the body, such as the legs.

Gentle treatment for the skin.

Philips Lumea is a complete solution that you can use right out of the box. It is worth mentioning that the product does not require the replacement of lamps.

Five adjustable level settings

Philips Lumea laser hair removal has five adjustable light intensity settings to ensure the treatment is gentle and gentle on all bodies yet effective epilation. Properly performed IPL treatments with Philips Lumea are safe and gentle - they can also be used on sensitive skin and body parts.

Technical specifications

Wet effect: 230-240 V 50/60 Hz
Type of epilation: IPL hair removal
Lamp life: 250 000 light pulses
Color: white
Additional features: Automatic pulses, built-in UV filter
Packaging dimensions: 19 x 26, 60 x 12 cm
Weight with packaging: 1 kg

Applications: arms, legs, stomach, bikini areas, armpit.

My opinion about Philips Lumea IPL laser hair removal
Two years ago after a long time thinking, I decided to try Philips and invested in the SC1995 model. 

The box contains instructions in several languages, including English, a power cable, a cloth to wipe the glass (after using the IPL laser on unshaven hair, there will be residue on the lamp that needs to be wiped off with this cloth; if you shave thoroughly with a razor before use, you will avoid this moment) and the Philips Lumea IPL laser, which is our main target for review. 

As for the laser hair removal treatment, I had to wait a long time to see any results, for me it took about 4 months until the hair was gone almost completely. However, I saw reduction in hair regrowth already after about 4-5 weeks.

Philips Lumea IPL stopped working

Then the sad thing happened that my Philips Lumea laser hair removal stopped working completely one day after use. Now I don't know if my particular IPL had some childhood illness or what was going on but at the end of one of my treatment sessions the Phillips IPL gave off a strange pulse and it hurt a lot and after that it didn't work anymore.

Since the device was not covered by the warranty, the only solution according to the manufacturer was to buy a new one and since I couldn't afford to spend over 3 000 SEK again, I had to go back bitterly to my old razor blade.

 One day I was googling and saw a promising equivalent to the Philips Lumea at a much lower price and was absolutely delighted!

Vivre® IPL for permanent laser hair removal

Laser Hair Removal

The large 3.9 cm² light window allows epilation of any area of the skin. Compared to traditional hair removal methods, it provides higher efficiency and faster hair removal.

  • Vivre® IPL for laser hair removal is equipped with a skin sensor: when the LED light on the device flashes, it means that the IPL lamp will be released when you press the button.
  • Safe to use, no side effects

Recommended frequency of use:

  • First 4 weeks: twice a week,
  • Next 4 weeks: once a week.
  • When the amount of hair begins to decrease or grows more slowly, use Vivre® IPL once a month to maintain the effect.

My opinion Vivre® IPL for laser hair removal

The user reviews online were very positive about Vivre® IPL for laser hair removal and many users recommended the purchase and I wasn't too bothered considering that my Philips Lumea that I wrote about above had stopped working and I was in need of a replacement. 

Vivre IPL comes nicely packaged and a magnetic box is a very good idea. It has two pulse heads that come with it - a yellow and red one. A red one that is used for skin smoothing and helps and removes wrinkles and a yellow one that is used for hair removal.

Surprised by my new discovery!

Recently, I discovered that the red lamp that comes with Vivre IPL has light rays that eliminate broken blood vessels. So far, I have done four series and I must admit that the cheeks on my face are not as inflamed and red as they used to be after my treatments.

To be honest, I don't really think I'm going to do anything about the red vessels on my face, but if I do manage to soften my skin, it will be my best household appliance ever. 

The red lamp also works on stretch marks, enlarged pores and skin discoloration!

Vivre IPL user manual

Vivre IPL for laser hair removal also comes with user manual in English and Swedish, power cord, 3 types of plugs for socket (depending on country) and - what surprised me very positively - protective glasses against laser light. Philips is not equipped with them namely, and I got pain in my eyes from looking at the light when I used my previous Phillips IPL. I either had to close my eyes then or use regular sunglasses.

Vivre IPL is easy to use - just plug it in, plug in the power cable, put it on your body and start pressing. I have been using it for 9 weeks once a week and compared to Philips it is much better!

The hair grows back more slowly after about 2 weeks. There are also larger patches where the hair does not grow back at all, which I was pleasantly surprised by. The effects are almost immediate. Another plus is that the tip of the "gun" doesn't heat up like the Phillips Lumea, so it doesn't hurt when epilating. 

I have discovered one more feature of the Vivre IPL for laser hair removal and that is that holding down the start button for about 5 seconds generates a beam of light automatically without having to click each time - I must admit this is a great convenience and improvement!


As for the disadvantages, in both cases it is a time-consuming procedure, so you need to take your time to perform it carefully. 

The table below summarizes: Philips Lumea vs Vivre laser hair removal:

Price2990 kr1990 kr
AvailabilityAvailable in stores and onlineOnline only
Easy to useVery easyVery easy
Number of pulses250 0000300 000
Visible effectsAfter about 4-5 weeksAfter about 2 weeks
EquipmentBasicExtra head for skin treatment, Protective goggles, 3 types of plugs for the socket
Irritation after useNoNo
User manualIn several languagesEnglish, Swedish

As you can see, the Vivre IPL laser hair removal works much better in comparison to the Philips Lumea, but I still recommend both IPL lasers, they helped me a lot in the fight against hair removal.

I will continue to use Vivre IPL regularly, maybe I can get rid of the hair so it doesn't grow back - that would be wonderful. 

“Best IPL on the market right now”

Vivre® IPL can simply be described as the most innovative, cost-effective and practical laser hair removal system at home.

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