Here’s a confession: I don’t like shaving. It’s a chore for me, and I try and limit it to once a week, usually in the good hands of my neighbourhood barber. So, do I qualify to test the latest grooming product for men released by Philips? An all-in-one combination electric shaver that apparently lets you carve out works of art with your facial hair and turn you into John Abraham? Well, why not? You need to start somewhere.
The QG3030 4-1 multigroomer comes with a full-size trimmer blade, a comb attachment with nine settings that lets you choose the length to which you want to crop your beard or moustache, a precision trimmer to define your beard, a mini-foil shaver for a close shave, and a glossy and highly entertaining “style guide” which begins with the ominous question: “Who you gonna be today?”
A quick perusal of the guide before getting on to the real thing revealed more gems. I learnt that a “balbo” is a “moustache made along with goatee. There is no connection between both of them”. That the “Fu Manchu”, a ridiculous downward drooping moustache usually sported by cheap sidekicks of Bollywood villains, “epitomises valour”.
But the real delight is the definition of a goatee: “It is a tuft of hair grown on the chin much like that of an adult goat. Tuft can be thick or mild but the authenticity of the style comes with heavy tuft.”
If you’ve got a full-length beard, the beard trimming comb, which attaches itself to the trimmer, is great for sizing and shaping it—by far the best use of the grooming kit. It does give you a nice stubble as well, though it’s time-consuming—why not shave the night before and let the stubble come out naturally next morning?
The foil shaver was up next to turn the stubble around the goatee and the moustache into a shadow beard. No surprises here—it was smooth, comfortable and got the job done.
The full-size trimmer is efficient, comfortable and easy to handle, and creates a nice stubble, but using it with precision to outline an angular beard and moustache is difficult, and takes considerable practice. The precision trimmer was brought into action to get more definition and angularity, but it pinched every time it came anywhere close to the beard, and I had to stop using it.
2W, 100-240V, 50-60 Hz. The machine works only on a rechargeable battery. A 10-hour charge will give you about 30 minutes of battery time. Priced at Rs 1,995.