Reviewed by Tracey Flintham
I recently received the Gillette Fusion Proshield Chill Razor to try. This is the latest in the Gillette Fusion range and is designed to try and ensure the best shave possible.
The razor arrived in a plastic pack with a razor handle, one blade and a small holder for after use. Unlike many plastic packs for razors which require considerable effort to get into this pack was easily opened allowing for simple access to the razor. The blade slots easily on and off the handle making changing blades a quick and simple task and the base is small but still allows you to store the razor easily and safely.
The handle is a comfortable ergonomic design in silver and black with blue styling, to reflect the ‘Chill’ model and is lightweight and fits easily in the hand. It uses Gillette’s 5-Blade technology, like the rest of the Fusion series, and has a built-in ‘precision trimmer’ for those hard to reach places which together with the Flexball technology of this series makes it excellent at getting you a nice close shave.
The new feature for the Proshield series is the lubrication slips which are now placed both before and after the blades to help ensure that the razor glides smoothly, even after the shaving foam or gel has been removed. The Chill series is also claimed to have a ‘Cooling Technology’ which helps to ‘cool while you shave’ although Gillette have not stated exactly what this is.
I am always wary of a first shave with a new razor as small nicks and cuts are all too easy to acquire. However this razor surpassed my expectations by providing a smooth, clean and close shave without a single nick and repeated uses since have now left me feeling confident that I can get a close shave without risking a cut.
The precision trimmer is a single blade on the top of the razor which is excellent for trimming sideburns or beards. The Flexball can take some getting used to if you have never used one before but once you have confidence in its use you will find shaving is far easier and faster.
Overall I have found this an excellent razor which has produced nick free close shaves. The blades are compatible with other Fusion handles so that you can even try out the new blades without investing in a new handle if you don’t want to.
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