MY CRITIQUE Compared to the Gillette Fusion they're more cost effective for me. You see I have a very very coarse beard and moustache. When I shave it doesn't even seem like I shaved. Sometimes I kid myself by saying that my facial hair is like barb wire. Haha. I'm trying to play it off a little bit but it can be seriously detrimental to your self image if you don't learn to have a thick skin or take things too personally. Anyway back to the review. Of course they (the Mach 3s) don't shave as close or as smooth as the Fusion blades but they're the next best thing. And they don't cost nearly as much. They're still sorta pricey as you guys who have a budget can probably attest to. But what makes 'em a bit costly for me is that the blades only last me for like two or three good close shaves. After that they start cutting wimpy again. It's a little more cost effective if I buy them in bulk. That's why I buy the 15 packs. Matter of fact that's what got me sucked in to writing this review for you guys. I need to get some more. And it doesn't help that my skin is not only producing coarse hair it's also a little more sensitive than most men's skin. So I feel razor burn a little more than most men too. And although it's not seriously bad I do feel a little twinge of it every day under my chin.
MY SHAVING TECHNIQUE When I shave I have to really prepare my beard and face 1st by washing my face and taking a very warm 8-10 minute shower (exclusively on my beard). I know this isn't for everybody but it's better for my really coarse hair. Anyway I wash it of course in order to remove any oils and debris that has built up throughout the previous day so that nothing will impede the cutting of the hairs. The very warm water (not real hot mind you. Just hot enough before it starts getting a little too uncomfortable. That's all.) to soften the beard where the beard can come off rather easily. It may not come off like a hot knife thru butter but it makes the hairs under my sideburns just fall off. And bc my hairs tend to lay flat when I shave I apply a little Williams Lectric Shave pre-shave solution on my dry face after I dry off to supposedly make the hair stand erect. It seems to work a little but I still get a little uncut hairs left. Then after I wet my face I put a few drops of shave oil on my face to help the blade glide more across my face to help prevent cuts. Then I put the shave gel or cream on. Now for me bc I have very coarse hair, especially around my mouth, I have to make two passes. You may only have to do just one and get away with it. I can't. Haha. On the 1st pass I shave with the grain (or in the direction my hair grows) downward for the most part. Upward under my Adam's apple. And then after I shave my whole face I apply a 2nd coat of shave gel or cream and I do a 2nd pass shaving against the grain. I do the sideburns 1st bc their already soft and work my way inward to about 1/2 inch to the mouth. I don't shave my mouth area just yet in order to leave the shave gel or cream on it to continue letting the water absorb softening it more bc it's the coarsest hair on your face. Then I jump to the other sideburn and start shaving inwardly towards my mouth. When I get 1/2 an inch to my mouth I move to under my chin. After I go across under my chin. I move to my neck. But here's where it gets sorta tricky. The hairs under your Adam's apple grow in the opposite direction of the rest of your face so I switch directions there to shave in the opposite direction. (i.e. if you were shaving downward now you go upward. If you were shaving upward on your 2nd pass you shave downward). Now you're almost finished. Double check to see if there are some hairs still uncut. You may have to twirl cut them (bc a one directional cut may not cut the hair) with your blade that is if they're stubborn hairs that don't want to be cut. Now don't be lolly gagging too much here doing that bc your face has just been traumatized with all that cutting and is probably getting inflamed. So you want to turn the faucet on the coldest water settings as soon as you can. And apply it to your face. This is not going to be pleasant. But man up bc if you don't you'll wish you had. Bc this can help your face avoid swelling and bumping up. And nobody wants to see their face all red and swollen and bumpy. Anyway when you're finished you can admire that work of art you just created. If you want to you can even enhance your face with an after shave or some cologne or whatever turns you on. It's your world man. Face it with a smile knowing that you got this.
Good blades. I'm cheap, get roughly 10 shaves out of one cartridge. Generally a very smooth shave, occassionally for some inexplicable reason a cartridge isn't as good a shave. Nevertheless, I've got sensitive skin and some difficult skin angles, and this style of razor works very well for me. Can't compare with the 5 blade cartridges, never used those. Don't feel like I would benefit from the extra degree of rotation some razors provide - the motion of the Mach 3 is plenty good enough for my face.
I switched back to the Mach3 from the Hydro 5 after retirement. When I shaved every day for work, the Hydro 5 was wonderful and smooth, but it clogs up with whiskers too easily after I skip shaving for a day or two.
The Mach3 is the best compromise I've found between comfort, close shave, and clog-resistance. It's also got the advantage of being much more compact than many of the other cartridges, making it easier to maneuver around the nose, corners of the lips, and other tight spots. On top of all of that, it's also a lot cheaper than the Hydro 5.
I like these blades even though they are quite expensive. I do wish they lasted longer, though. As a 69.5 year old, I seem to have a heavier and more tough beard than I had as a young man. I have noticed over the years that blades just seem to not last as long as they used to. If I go too long between shaves, I almost always have to use electric clippers to trim my whiskers before shaving, or the process is almost painful, even with the Mach3 blades. But I will continue using the Mach3s as they get the job done for me.
I love these. I am a female that has a difficult time finding just the right razors that don't cost an arm and a leg as well as last. These are perfect. I just wish the packing was a little less difficult to handle but I can deal with that so long as I am shaved.
For those who are against buying these blades, these seem to be expired blades. However, I have had no problem with them. They last just as long as normal store bought blades. From time to time I may get one less shave, but for the price? These can't be beat! $2 per blade instead of $3-4 per blade? Seriously this is a good deal!
Chinese junk? NO. Cheap blades? NO. Fake? NO. These are authentic, just maybe a little dated, but like I said, no problems. I don't cut myself at all! As long as you use these as normal blades, they will work just fine!
Hello, I have been using Mach3 blades for about 5 years, buying them from different places. Since I have a points card with amazon I bought a 15 pack and I'm happy with the order. I was a little worry when I read about fake blades in the reviews, but this is a second time that I purchased from Amazon and I have not noticed any poor quality so far. I usually use a blade for 5 to 10 shaves to get the most out of it because they are expensive. People who are hesitant, I figure make one purchase and if they are poor quality, you haven't lost too much, if they turn out to be good, all the better.