Geared toward individuals of color and those with coarse, curly hair, Bevel is a five-part, end-to-end shaving system specifically designed to help reduce razor bumps and irritation.
In fact, when using all five parts of their system together, the company claims that Bevel can help you achieve smoother, clearer skin within 4 weeks!
Look, we know that razor bumps and irritation can make an otherwise pleasant experience something to be dreaded. But other than quitting shaving an adopting a mountain man look, is there really something to the Bevel system that can help you “shave with a razor again without fear”? That’s exactly what we’ll help you decide.
Before we dive in though, let’s find out exactly what you’ll get with the Bevel shaving system.
What’s Included In Your Bevel Shaving System?
There are five main parts to the Bevel system; two pieces of hardware and three topical products:
At the core of the system is Bevel’s single blade safety razor (which they call a “re-engineered version”—we’ll come back to this in a moment). Unlike modern multi-blade razors that cut hair below skin level and can lead to bumps, this razor will cut hair level with your skin, while giving you a closer shave than alternatives like electric razors, or dealing with the harsh chemicals and bad smells of depilatory creams.
In fact, by featuring blades with perfectly polished edges, a weighted handle, and a razor head that’s designed to provide “effortless, precise maneuvering,” Bevel’s safety razor has been “clinically proven to reduce your razor bumps and prevent irritation in those with coarse, curly hair”!
On top of this, your kit will also include:
- Priming Oil – Features lavender oil and vitamin E-rich olive oil, both of which naturally moisturize and reduce irritation and swelling. This will also soften your skin and your hair and prime them before each shave.
- Badger Brush – A high quality brush that exfoliates and lifts hair while you’re applying shave cream.
- Hydrating Shave Cream – Formulated with shea butter, aloe vera, and white tea to moisturize, protect against UV damage, and heal and smooth damaged skin.
- Restoring Balm – A post-shave treatment featuring oat kernel, tea tree oil, and jojoba oil to moisturize, protect against irritation, and repair your skin.
Ok, now we know more about what’s included in the Bevel shaving kit, the ingredients it uses, and the benefits it claims to provide. But is this realistically what you can expect?
What Causes Razor Bumps? Can Bevel Help Prevent Them?
Razor bumps are caused when “strands of hair curl back on themselves and grow into the skin” after shaving, leading to irritation and pimples, and even scarring in some instances. While just about everyone who shaves has experienced razor bumps at some point, they’re most common among those with coarse, “tightly curled or spiral hair strands.”
While the exact causes and severity of razor bumps can be specific to each individual (e.g. those with oily skin are more likely to get them, while those with especially sensitive skin might be more prone to swelling and irritation), one of the primary culprits is modern multi-blade razors.
Specifically, these types of razors actually provide too good of a shave. Why? Because they first lift the hair before cutting, which means that after the hair is “released,” it actually goes back below your skin line. And although this might give you a close shave, it also makes these hairs more susceptible to curling back and causing bumps.
From this perspective, the single blade found in Bevel’s safety razor won’t lift the hair, meaning that you might end up with fewer razor bumps. So, whether you take the company’s word for it or read about other people’s experiences online, the reality is that safety razors just might be able to eliminate (or greatly reduce) your razor bumps.
Is the Bevel Shaving System Clinically Proven?
There are a couple important things to note here:
First, Bevel claims to have “re-engineered” their safety razor, but they don’t provide any details as to what this means. But based on our research, their design doesn’t appear to be meaningfully different than most other safety razors out there (more about this in a second).
Second, although Bevel claims that “in clinical trials, 4 out of 5 patients saw a 50% reduction in razor bumps and skin irritation over a 4-week period,” this might be a prime example of some overzealous marketing. Why?
Here’s how the company puts it:
“A four week user-perception study was conducted prior to making Bevel available to the public. In just four weeks, four out of five men reported an overall improvement in skin clarity, smoothness, and softness using Bevel's razor blades. They reported a shave that is closer than other methods of hair removal. Participants also reported positive changes in the reduction of ingrown hairs and an improvement in the appearance of razor bumps.”
So, this wasn’t actually a clinical trial. Instead, participants basically just used the Bevel system for a month, filled out a questionnaire, and reported back on their experiences. Granted, their results seem encouraging, and in line with what other safety razor users are saying online, but this still doesn’t make them “clinical.”
Now, how much will you pay for Bevel?
How Much Will a Smoother Shave with Bevel Cost You?
A 3-month supply of Bevel’s shaving system (Priming Oil, Shave Cream, Restoring Balm, and 60 blades) costs $59.85, which is split into three equal installments of $19.95. Your first shipment will include a complimentary razor and badger brush.
After your original shipment, you’ll be sent a fresh supply of Priming Oil, Shave Cream, Restoring Balm, and 60 blades once every 3 months, and will be charged $29.95 each time.
Compared to most other membership programs (which basically just involve recurring shipments), Bevel also provides members with 1-on-1 video or phone consultations, blades sent to you while you’re traveling at no extra charge, and access to grooming and style-related articles. You can even receive free products by referring your friends!
All Bevel products come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H. You can also cancel your membership at any time by calling customer service at 1-844-442-3835.
Are There Other Methods of Reducing Razor Bumps?
Taking everything we’ve learned so far about razor bumps and how to minimize them, along with Bevel’s price, it might seem like a no-brainer to hand over your credit card info. But not no fast. Why?
You might not need a safety razor at all in order to accomplish this, because there are several other ways of reducing shaving bumps without necessarily having to purchase any additional equipment.
This includes making sure you’re using a sharp blade (ideally, less than a week old), shaving immediately after your shower (the steam will condition your skin and hair), making sure to shave in the same direction as your hair, and more.
But are customers finding that Bevel’s benefits are worth the money? Let’s take a look before wrapping things up.
Customer Feedback For the Bevel Shaving System
GentlemenStandard.com provided an in-depth look at the Bevel system; everything from packaging to performance. Overall, they noted that the safety razor was high quality, the topical products smelled good, and they liked the fact that it came with a “manual for rookies.”
On the other hand, they thought that, “The shaving cream needs some bolstering to produce a richer lather that lasts longer,” and that it might be easy to over apply the priming oil or shaving cream and quickly run out.
TheShavingReview.com also provided a fairly in-depth Bevel review, who liked the overall design of the kit, the razor’s “strong and sturdy design,” and the pleasant scent of all the topical products. They ultimately concluded, “If you’re sick and tired of razor bumps, or even just looking for a high level shaving kit at a competitive price, then there’s absolutely no reason for you not to try the Bevel Razor and the shaving system kit.”
Given all of this, should you take the plunge with Bevel?
Does the Bevel System Make Financial (& Facial) Sense?
Razor bumps are awful, plain and simple. They hurt, they’re unsightly, and they last for weeks. So if you’re looking to try something new in order to make them stop, and are looking for an all-in-one system that can help ensure you start off on the right foot, Bevel seems like a good choice.
This is especially so when you consider that most mid-level safety razors cost between $30 and $60, which could be more than Bevel’s entire system. Plus, you’ll continue receiving products every 3 months, so that takes one less thing off your to-do list.
However, the vast majority of Bevel’s ability to potentially reduce razor bumps lies with its safety razor, and has very little to its topical products. Given this, continuing to receive these products every 3 months might not be the best use of your hard-earned money.
So, if you’re just starting to look for solutions, you might get more bang for your buck by trying some of the options above, without spending anything extra. Then, you can know whether or not it’ll make financial sense to take the leap and sign up for Bevel’s subscription service.
4 out 4 people found this review helpful
Bevel - worst customer service, stay away at all costs!
I signed up for Bevel's starter kit; the product is okay but severely overpriced.
However, future buyers beware, when you sign up for Bevel, it automatically enrolls you into this 3-month subscription after you have paid for your starter kit. You will not realized this until the item has already shipped to you and your credit card would have already been charged!
The customer service agent is only available through email and they are completely useless. It is impossible to cancel the package they sent you (that you didn't really want in the first place), given that shipping will not be refunded and a $10 restocking fee would be charged (for an unopened product)!
This is absolutely a scam with the subscriptions for a mediocre stainless steel shaver! It is not worth the hassle, so buyers be careful be making the first purchase.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
6 out 6 people found this review helpful
Product is decent (still over priced), but the service is the worst
I saw the advertisement for "the first month free" and thought it was similar to The Dollar Shave Club or Harry's where they send you a sort of a trial run with a small amount of product and a razor or two. Well, I was surprised to find a giant box in the mail, and I tried it out and decided it wasn't all that great for me.
So I emailed customer service to see what I need to do and they explained how I owe them $90 over three months, and then they will stop my subscription. Or I can return the product on my own dime. You mean you're not even going to send me a return label or anything? Nope.
Anyways, I just feel that their one-month free thing was a little deceptive because you don't realize that you are actually signing up to pay $90. It is just not explained.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
10 out 11 people found this review helpful
Worst Online Experience
I bought the Bevel system for my son, so obviously I am not commenting on the razor itself. He said it was okay, but nothing that was worth the hassle of cancelling.
You never get to talk to a person. You call and leave a message and then they call back but if they don't reach you, they won't return the call and you start the process over again. It took about 6 months or so for them to actually cancel the membership after our first call, and they sent out a new shipment anyway, which I had to return for $15.
Then when they finally refunded me, it cost another $6 or so, because they only refunded cost of the product and no shipping. So I paid almost the cost of the product to cancel it!
So I highly recommend that you steer clear of Bevel if you don't want to mess with bad service.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend