Braun Gillette Venus Silk-Expert IPL 5001 Intense Pulsed Light

Last updated: July 30, 2023

The Braun Gillette Venus Silk-Expert IPL 5001 Intense Pulsed Light uses pulsed light to zap hair follicles,  a similar technology to what you'd see at a salon. A feature called SensoAdapt™ detects your skin tone and makes suggestions based on what it finds. The aerodynamic design of this model makes it easier to cover large areas quickly. It also allows you to better see your work area.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: Get specialized treatments with this laser hair removal system that features SensoAdapt technology.

In our analysis of 8 expert reviews, the Braun Gillette Venus Silk-Expert Intense Pulsed Light placed 11th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Venus Silk-expert is a ground-breaking IPL system, which results in permanent hair reduction in as little as four treatments. It works beneath the skin’s surface by targeting the melanin in the hair follicle, helping to break the cycle of hair re-growth. With continued, regular use, it helps prevent unwanted hair from reaching the skin surface. Skin tone varies across different parts of the body, with each tone requiring a specific energy level to target the melanin. Only Venus Silk-expert has the unique SensoAdapt skin tone sensor that continuously reads your skin tone—80x per second—and automatically adapts the light intensity for best efficacy and safety. This removes the guesswork of having to match your skin tone against the complicated color matching charts other devices require. Power source – 110-240v Mains ( It comes officially with a 220V UK/EU cable. Local plug is provided inside the box as extra. Machine itself is 110-240v can be used anywhere in the world! ).

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

A trusted brand that offers state-of-the-art IPL technology.
This is the only permanent hair reduction system that works with IPL technology that adapts to your skin.
Using light-energy technology, the Braun Venus works the same as laser hair removal done at the beauty salon by disabling hair growth at the follicle and stopping it from growing at all.
What is different is that the design is much more aerodynamic, allowing you to cover an entire arm or leg in as little as eight minutes, much quicker than cheaper devices.
Has SensoAdapt™ feature that reads the skin tone and suggests a level of intensity.
Compact, lightweight and portable. Ideal for body and face. 10-minute session, 80 pulses per minute. Built in skin sensor.
The Gillette Venus Silk-Expert ipl 5001 does not produce any noticable noise which is beneficial since you will be able to perform the laser treatment during any time that is convenient for you.
The ergonomic shape is easy to grip in several ways and gives good visibility of the treatment head.

What reviewers didn't like

Not very effective on very light or red hair.
It’s expensive.
Treatment will be needed roughly once a month.
The design is a bit hard to handle (especially if you have to click the button).
Minor reliability problems reported by a few customers, but the product itself comes with a warranty period.
The downside is that this product only performs well on certain hair colors and complexions.
Lower ratings include a faulty device, one found it too painful, and a few who received it free and weren’t that interested in it to start with.
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