Philips Lumea Prestige SC2006 Review

Philips Lumea SC2006 Review Summary

When it comes down to it, there’s very little price difference between this and the SC2009 as you spread the cost over double the amount of time. With 250,000 flashes, the SC2009 lasts almost twice as long than this SC2006 and costs much less than double the price. Added to that is the bikini attachment.

Nevertheless, if you want to start out with IPL and want a good machine for as affordable as possible then this is really a great place to start. This machine is just as effective as the SC2009, it just lasts for around 4 or 5 years instead of up to ten. The facial attachment is great for underarms as well combined with the Step and Flash mode and this will take the time and hassle out of hair removal from now on. Lumea is definitely a product to invest in and this SC2006 is ideal for the beginner.

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In-Depth Review

Philips jumped on the consumer IPL industry as soon as the technology was out there and they’ve really strived to be market leaders. They are keen to keep prices affordable, even with major technology such as this and the company has a fantastic reputation in all of its consumer industries.

What does the Philips SC2006 IPL Hair Removal System come with?

Philips SC2006 comes with:

  • 1x Philips Lumea IPL handle
  • 1x body attachment
  • 1x precision face attachment
  • 1x storage pouch
  • 1x power adapter
  • 1x instruction booklet
Philips Lumea SC2006

A slightly earlier model...

Philips Lumea being used on an armpit

This is a very effective Prestige IPL system in the Philips Lumea range and comes with two attachments and a neat storage pouch. It’s comfortable to hold and use for the time it takes to do legs and underarms and it feels sturdy and of good build quality.

This is a slightly earlier model than some of the others in this range but it still has the two modes that you need for effective and fast treatment. The Slide and Flash mode allows for super speedy treatment on legs and stomach through continuous action. The Step and Flash mode is perfect for curvy, harder to reach areas like underarms and face.

The precision facial attachment features extra filters within the window; this ensures that more fragile skin cells aren’t damaged by the intense light and that you can be hair-free without safety concerns. The attachments also have UV filters within them, a further safety feature that makes this product trustworthy and usable long term.

With five intensity settings, this IPL system offers a customisable experience as different settings work better on different people. Cordless and without any replaceable parts, this Lumea is easy to use and even easier to look after.

Philips Lumea being used on an armpit

The Philips Lumea SC2006 has excellent battery life...

This Philips Lumea Prestige SC2006/11 IPL Hair Removal System for Face and Body can produce 370 flashes per battery charge, which equates to weeks and weeks of usage. When it does eventually need charging, it only takes 100 minutes. This means that you hardly ever need to remember to charge it, especially after the initial period you only need to use it every four to six week.

The lifespan of this Lumea SC2006 is 140,000 flashes, which should be good enough for at least 4 years, possible 5. This is great for someone new to IPL who isn’t sure if they want to pay for the models higher up the range and this will be very effective for those few years. Models such as the SC2007 and the SC2009 however, have a lifespan of 250,000 flashes, which makes them a great deal and investment for those who know they want to IPL for years.

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The final word on the Philips SC2006...

With 250,000 flashes the SC2009 lasts almost twice as long as the SC2006. When you take this into account there is very little price difference between this older model and the current top of the range SC2009. 

Nevertheless the lower price of the SC2006 makes it a very good entry level machine for those who want to start out with IPL. This will take the time and hassle out of hair removal at an affordable price.


The Good Stuff:
  • Two good attachments
  • Five settings
  • Cheaper than other models
The Bad Stuff:
  • Only 140,000 flash lifetime
  • Higher lifetime cost than other models
  • Older model

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