Nickel- and rust-free blades
Delivers a close, comfortable shave
Removes hair in one swipe
Hair grows back slower after use
Blades get gooey during use
Doesn't come with shaving cream
Razor doesn't pivot well
Billie Razor Starter Kit
We put Billie's Razor Starter Kit to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
I began developing body hair around fourth or fifth grade and after receiving a crash course in shaving from my mom, it’s been a weekly part of my grooming routine ever since. Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to elevate my shaving experience by testing and trying different razors and shaving creams. In the past, I’ve never put much thought into my razors and typically reached for a disposable drugstore one to quickly get rid of my body hair. But after growing frustrated with the bleeding knicks and cuts they caused, I knew I needed to make a change.
That’s why I was ecstatic to get my hands on the Billie Starter Kit. Billie is a woman-founded shave and body care brand, and its signature razor has garnered immense praise from beauty editors and users alike. With so many rave reviews, I excitedly put the Billie razor to the test on my legs. And to put it simply: I was not disappointed. From its design to its ease of use, this razor made the mundane task of shaving a more pleasurable experience.
Keep reading for my honest review.
Best Features: Five super sharp razor blades, charcoal shave soap surrounds the blades, and it features an ergonomic handle with a matte rubber back
About the Brand: Billie is a woman-founded shave and body care brand known for its Razor Starter Kit.
About My Skin: Often dry and prone to ingrown hairs
My skin isn’t sensitive to metals so I’ve never had to worry about having an adverse reaction to razor blades. As far as my leg hair, it’s thicker in some areas and thinner in others. However, it grows incredibly quickly so I find myself shaving at least once a week. I also deal with ingrown hairs and dry skin, so I was looking forward to using the Billie razor on my skin since it claims to be gentle and comforting on the skin.
Design: Fun and functional
The Billie razor scores major points with me for its design features. It is available in four chic colors: periwinkle, blush, cool blue, coral, and dreampop. I opted for dreampop, a fun lavender and pink shade. It boasts an ergonomic handle with a matte rubber back so it never slips out of your hand in the shower. I’m clumsy, so this is a major plus in my eyes.
Using the Billie razor has been a seamless experience that almost makes shaving feel luxurious.
But, of course, the main star of the Billie razor is its blades. When I picked up the razor, I immediately noticed that it had five super sharp blades—which are nickel-free and rust-free. And to help you have the comfiest shave, the blades are surrounded by a 360-degree cushion of charcoal shave soap that activates with water. For me, the only downside to this is that the blade does get a little gooey while using. The only other qualm I have about the blade and the handle is that it doesn’t pivot as much as I would like.
How to Use: A quick and easy shave
While I was in the shower, I lathered my legs in Billie’s Shave Cream ($8) for extra hydration while shaving. I then carefully ran the razor down my legs, working in long, steady strokes. I’m always especially careful while shaving around my knees and ankles as those tend to be the areas where I frequently cut myself. Per Byrdie’s leg shaving guide, I made sure to rinse the blades often while in the shower to get the most even and clean shave.
If you're prone to ingrown hairs, licensed esthetician Jodi Shays recommends a few tips. "Use a dry brush to remove dead or dry skin on the area to be shaved, and then take a warm bath or shower—this will soften the skin and follicles," she says. "Shave downward and always use a fresh blade. Lastly, moisturize skin immediately after [shaving] with a natural and soothing balm."
As I was using it, I was amazed by how smoothly the Billie razor glided over my skin and how efficiently it nixed every inch of hair on my legs. One swipe was all I needed to remove the hair in a specific area, which is quite contrary to other razors I’ve used.
The Results: Super smooth skin
With other razors, I’ve never been fully satisfied with my post-shave results. I would either be left with cuts or have to go back over the prickly patches of hair that the razor didn’t get the first time around. Using the Billie razor has been a seamless experience that almost makes shaving feel luxurious. After running the razor over my legs, I was left with such a clean shave–no cuts or razor burn in sight. My legs feel so much smoother and softer than they usually do after a shave with my less-than-stellar disposable razors. And because I was able to obtain such a close shave, my hair is growing back at a slower rate. What more could I want from a razor?
Subscription: A worthwhile monthly purchase
Your entry point to a Billie subscription begins with the Billie Starter Kit. The introductory kit includes the handles, two blades, and the brand’s signature magnetic holder. After selecting your razor color, you’ll be able to choose how often you’d like to receive a shipment of four razor blade replacements—which also ring in at $9. The razor blade replacements can be delivered to your door once a month, every two months, or every three months.
The Value: You get more than your money’s worth
The Billie Starter Kit rings in at $9 and comes with free shipping. And considering everything you get in the kit, I wholeheartedly believe you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. My one complaint: I wish the kit came with shaving cream—even if it was just a trial size—instead of having to purchase it separately. But overall, after experiencing such a pleasant shave with the Billie razor, I can say that it’s worth paying $9. Other shaving kits ring in at a higher price point—with Joy + Glee coming in at $10 and Flamingo’s least expensive kit ringing in at $16.
Similar Products: Another subscription option
Joy + Glee Starter Kit ($10): Joy + Glee is another subscription-based shaving company that aims to spark joy in your shaving routine. The brand’s kits both offer five-bladed razors, a non-slip razor handle, and a razor hook. However, the main difference between Billie and Joy + Glee rests in the price. Joy + Glee’s kit is slightly pricier, totaling $10 and their razor blade refills are $9 per delivery.
After shaving with the Billie Razor Starter Kit, all I want to do is keep running my hands across my legs. This razor delivered the smoothest, closest shave I’ve ever experienced. Once you give this razor a go, you’ll want to retire every other razor lying around in your bathroom.
- Product Name Razor Starter Kit
- Product Brand Billie
- Price $9
- Included The handle, magic holder, and two blades