I'm reviewing this as a woman who has been using a men's razor for years to get the closest shave. It definitely doesn't give as close of a shave as the men's razor I use, but it still gives a nice one, especially for the price. The fact that it came with five disposable blades total was what convinced me it was worth the price (and I just love Hello Kitty). You don't need shaving cream or gel when you first use this razor. It is larger than I'm used to but it is because a soap/shave cream surrounds the razor. It works really well and leaves the legs really smooth. Maybe since I'm not used to that model, it took me longer to shave my legs, and as the soap around it decreased in size the longer I used it, I did have to go back over some spots, but otherwise, it got the job done. If you're shaving areas other than the armpits or legs, you may not want such a large model. It is kind of flexible, but not the most accommodating. I bought it as we are entering Fall, so I don't need an uber close shave, but I likely wouldn't rebuy it for summer smooth legs. I will say it did cut me a little on the knees, but nowhere else. Hope this helps!