Philips Lumea 9000 & 9900 series unboxing

Philips Lumea 9000 & 9900 series unboxing

What is it?

The Philips Lumea 9000 series launched in 2022 replaces the previous Lumea Prestige models. The latest 9900 series (with the same device spec but different App features) was launched in early 2023. All these models use powerful light energy called Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). It heats and damages key areas of your hair follicles slowing and reducing hair regrowth after each treatment. Eventually hair stops growing and periodic use will keep you fuzz and stubble free. 

Learn more about how home IPL works here.

The Philips Lumea 9000 and 9900 series sends intense pulsed light at wavelengths from 565 to 1400nm into your skin. You get 5 intensities, ranging from 2.5 to 6.5 J/cm2. Philips IPL technology gives clinically proven results and they’re a long established brand leader in at-home IPL. This series of IPL devices standout for the intuitive gun-shape and the option of cordless use and on mains-power too. They’re top quality and you get a 2-year warranty.
Philips Lumea 9000 & 9900 series clinically proven powerful IPL

Philips are long established in the UK and European IPL market. They’re trusted for their exceptional build quality, thoughtful and ergonomic designs, plain speaking and evidence-based claims. They’ve also co-published robust peer-reviewed studies on the long-term results of at-home IPL devices.

First impressions

The Lumea 9900 packaging is a clean, attractive, compact and sturdy cardboard box with a slide-off information sleeve. It matches Philips’ distinctive brand in mostly white, with accents of rose gold and magenta unique to Lumea. Everything is neat inside, but unfortunately it relies on chunky rigid moulded plastic to secure the device, which is likely to end up in a landfill somewhere. That’s bad, and I expect a cleverer, more eco-friendly solution from Philips.

The Philips Lumea 9000 series box is professional and clean styled in white, with rose gold and magenta accents. On the front of the box is the device and the flash window attachments with the model, and the key features of SenseIQ technology, cordless & corded use, the skin AI app, plus the tiny bonus facial hair remover device.
The front of the attractive Philips Lumea branded box
On the back of the Philips Lumea 9900 series box is the treatment schedule, safe skin tones and effective body hair colour charts, SenseIQ technology explained, and a diagram of the typical body treatment areas. You can read all this info in other languages on the box sides too.
More concise and clear info on the back
Slide off the info sleeve and see the Philips branded magenta coloured cardboard box below. There are manufacturing marks on the lift-up front flap.
Lumea magenta box
Under the lid you see a magenta coloured welcome card with a QR code to download the app. Then underneath this is the device, window attachments and power outlet plug, shielded in moulded transparent plastic and clipped onto a white plastic moulded bed. Lift this out, and at the bottom secured in cardboard, is the facial hair remover device, plus the rest of the kit. 
Inside the box…
In the Philips Lumea 9900 series kit: the Lumea 9900 device, Flash window attachments, Power supply & plug, Storage pouch, Cleaning cloth, User guide, Facial hair remover device, warranty leaflets.
The contents of the Lumea 9900 kit

In the Philips Lumea 9900 kit:

  • Lumea 9900 device
  • Power supply & plug
  • Bikini window
  • Underarm window
  • Face window
  • User manual
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Storage pouch
  • Facial hair remover device
  • Warranty leaflets

Quality & design

Most at-home IPL and laser devices can’t compare to the distinctive quality, shape and styling of the Lumea 9900 and 9000 series. 

The pale pink body with delicate sheen is a stunning change from the typical white of the earlier models. It’s complemented with a dusky rose gold front section with a striking metallic edge. This device oozes quality, with smooth and strong materials, close seams and joins, a long and flexible power cord, and easy-to-change flash windows. 

The Lumea 9000 subtle pale pink body with dusky and metallic rose gold accents. It’s a distinctive and ergonomic gun-shape with precise angles and curves. The materials are smooth and solid with close joins. It’s exceptional quality and robust. 
Standout gun-shape, quality and styling.

The gun-shape is larger and heavier than rival IPL devices because it has a rechargeable lithium battery inside. That means you can do cordless zapping as well as with mains power. The precisely angled and rounded handle fits comfy in your hand. Plus, it’s perfectly balanced so you won’t feel any strain on your wrist.

You get 450,000 flashes from the IPL bulb (which is many more than you’ll ever need) plus a 2-year warranty.

The Lumea 9000 and 9900 series IPL device is rather large. It’s an overall 21cm tall, the rounded handle is 14cm long with a diameter of 4.5cm at the top tapering down to 3.5cm. The body top is 15cm long and rounded at the back, out to the widest width at 9cm, then tapering back in to almost 7cm where the flash window attachments fit onto the body.
It’s rather a large gun-shape
The power cable fits snug into the base of the handle. You get a 2 metre long, thick and flexible power cord with the power pack and plug in one at the very end of the long cord. It’s dual voltage (100 to 240V). You can use this device both cordless (on battery power) or corded for non-stop mains power.
Corded & cordless use
On the back of the device is a futuristic waved dotted pattern of cooling air vents, and just above that, a ‘ready’ status LED strip light curves around the back edge. On the back of the rounded handle is the model data, CE and UKCA certification marks. The controls sit on the body at the top back pale pink section of the IPL device.
The bits on the top and back…
The simple flush buttons on top select your intensity level. Press the power button to turn it on or off. Use the up/down ◀️▶️ arrows to choose from 1 to 5 intensities shown by the line of 5 small numbered indicators at the top. Or you can use the SmartSkin sensor button 🔍to check your skin tone, then set the suggested intensity with the ✔️ button. The buttons glow white to show the next step and your selected choice.
Simple intensity controls on the top
The long tapered handle on the 9000 series device gives an easy, comfy grip with the long flash button perfectly positioned on the front of the handle. It’s easy to find with your trigger finger because there’s a small circle pattern of raised dots. It’s weighty at 510 grams. The device comes with the large legs & body flash window already attached.
Comfy & intuitive grip and flash
In this closeup of the large body flash window you can see the 3.4cm by 1.3cm rectangular opening with a 1.3cm mirrored recess. It covers 4.1cm2 of skin per flash. Around the rim of the opening is the skin contact sensor - the device won’t flash unless it’s all covered. The body window is also gently curved inwards (convex curve), which matches the contours on your legs and torso. Pull the small raised lips at the top and bottom of the attachment to remove the window.
The pre attached legs & body flash window
You get 4 flash windows for different body areas. The windows are rectangle shapes but with different dimensions to fit different body areas. The largest is for legs and body and it’s a wide and high rectangular shape of 4.1cm2. Next is the bikini which is a thin and long rectangle of 3cm2. The underarm window is also a 3cm2 rectangle, but it’s fatter and shorter than the bikini window. And the face window is smallest at 2cm2 in a thin and long rectangle shape.
Flash window sizes & shapes
The flash windows are precise and targeted (or “intelligent”, as Philips says) which makes them easier to flash and targets your different body hair types. That’s because each has a chip which inserts into the flashbulb. This chip configures the IPL flashes to suit different hair types and sensitivity by body areas. Face, bikini and underarm windows have icons to tell them apart. The large legs and body one doesn’t have an icon. The bikini and underarm attachments are also gently curved outwards. This helps them fit tight against your body contours in these areas and makes it easier to flash. The body and leg attachment curves gently outwards, which perfectly matches your legs and torso. And the face window is flat as this is best for the softer, plumper skin on your lower face and neck.
The flash windows are precise and targeted, unique to Philips

How to use it

Don’t forget to read the user manual and do a skin sensitivity test first!

A razor to shave your hairy areas before laser and IPL hair removal.

First, shave your treatment area and dry it. Don’t apply any lotions, creams or deodorants. Then, follow with your IPL treatment.

Find a comfy and private spot. You may need an extension cable if you can’t work close to a power outlet. A full-length mirror is helpful too for your face, underarms, and backs of legs.

First, choose your flash window to match the body area you’re treating. Here, I’m using the legs and body attachment. To remove the window, gently pull it from the body. To put on an attachment, line-up the chip with the inlet and then slide in.
Make sure you have the right window for your treatment area
Second, power on the device by pressing the power button until the intensity levels light up white in sequence and you hear the cooling fan whir.
Power on…
Next, set your intensity level. To do this manually, use the down / up arrows. Level 1 is low (for medium and dark skin tones) and level 5 is high (for fair tones).
Set your intensity…
Or you can use the advanced SmartSkin sensor to read your skin tone and match it with the most powerful and safest intensity. Press the ‘magnify glass’ and the intensity levels glow white in sequence…
Scanning your tone…
Then, place the flash window against your skin for the sensor to scan it. Once it has a reading, the intensity levels glow white up to the suggested intensity. Press the ‘tick’ button to select this intensity…
Scan complete. I’ll choose the suggested intensity.
Now you’re ready to cover your skin in flashes. Place the device in the starting spot. The ‘ready’ light on the back glows white when you have good skin contact and the device is ready to flash. Press and release the flash trigger. You’ll see a bright flash and hear a gentle pop. Move to the next position (move the height of the flash window opening) and flash again. Repeat until you’ve covered all the skin in the area. You can keep the flash trigger pressed for continuous flashes, and glide over your skin in between flashes.
Ready…flash! Flashy, flash, flash.

When to use it

Home laser and IPL devices demand effort and commitment. There’s a start-up routine to get you to smooth, and give your longest lasting results.

Follow this treatment schedule: do 4 sessions, one every 2 weeks. You’ll see hair reduction results after 2+ treatments, and significant results after 6+ weeks. Hairs grow slower and softer, and bald patches get bigger until you’re silky smooth! Then switch to top-ups every month to stay hair-free. After several top-ups, you can go longer in between them, just one every few months or even longer!
Follow the treatment schedule

Coming soon…

I’m still testing my Philips Lumea 9900 series device. Once I’m done, I’ll update this review with sections on what’s it like and how easy it is to use, what it feels like, my results, the negatives, and a summary round-up of my testing scores and the pros and cons.

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CurrentBody Skin Laser hair removal device unboxing

CurrentBody Skin Laser hair removal device unboxing

What is it?

This is a mains-powered infrared Diode laser hair removal device from CurrentBody launched in November 2023. It has a large spot size of 3cm2 which sends powerful light energy at a single 810nm wavelength into your skin. There, it damages and disables your hair follicles, slowing and then stopping your hair regrowth. Learn more about how home laser hair removal works.

CurrentBody lasers technology is an infrared 810 nanometer wavelength diode laser. The pulses are invisible to the human eye. You get 6 intensity levels ranging from 2 to 7 J/cm2. This laser is unique because it has a large spot size, which means quick treatments. The laser has clinically proven results, and it’s FDA cleared for permanent hair reduction. It has unlimited flashes and a 2-year warranty.
The CurrentBody Skin Laser credentials

CurrentBody says their laser device is superior to at-home IPL devices because of the inherent characteristics of laser vs IPL. They say lasers are better because they penetrate deeper with direct and concentrated light, whereas IPL light energy is diffuse, and so it’s less effective. 

However, they don’t give any comparison studies of their laser vs. IPL devices to show this makes a significant difference. Plus, scientific studies of professional laser vs IPL (at comparative intensities) prove inconclusive results too. So, it’s difficult to confirm this claim. Learn more on how laser and IPL compare here.

However, we can compare the optical power of this diode laser versus rival IPL devices. 
The CurrentBody Skin Laser has a maximum energy intensity output of 7 J/cm2 compared to the most powerful IPL device with 6.5 J/cm2. So, based on the hair-zapping energy sent to your follicles, there’s not much in it at all.

The only laser hair removal device available outside a clinic?

CurrentBody says this is the only at-home hair removal laser. But there is another called the Tria 4X diode laser.

First impressions

The laser comes in the distinctive sturdy and sophisticated cardboard box synonymous with the CurrentBody Skin brand. Smooth white paper precisely wraps the box with neat black and silver typography. It features a simple, angular line graphic depicting the laser technology. This time, it’s a powerful laser pulse.

Levels of strong white moulded foam secure the kit inside. It’s all colour coordinated and precisely positioned. It looks and feels quality and expensive. There’s not much plastic, and the cardboard box is recyclable, however the white foam is not. Keep the box to store the device and cables safely between uses. It fits in a deep drawer, under your bed or in a cupboard.

I love the instantly recognisable white, robust, precisely wrapped and elegantly branded boxes from CurrentBody Skin. The packaging is minimal, smooth, clean and professional, featuring a silver laser pulse line graphic and black text.
The front of the sturdy laser box
On the back of the box is a brief paragraph explaining the hair reduction results you can get with the CurrentBody Skin laser. It’s printed in English, French, Italian and German. There’s also a colour chart showing the safe skin tones and effective hair colours, the key features and benefits and the UKCA and CE manufacturing standards marks.
The concise info on the back of the box
Lift of the lid and on top you’ll see the quick start leaflet and smaller user guide booklet.
Remove the lid…
Under the guide is the laser device laying on its side, secured in a sturdy white moulded foam bed. Use the semicircle grips on opposite edges to lift out the foam and device.
Here’s the laser…
Under the laser, at the bottom of the box in white foam cut out rectangles are the white power pack, long coiled cable, and mains cable and plug. 
And underneath the power cables and mains plug.
IN THE CURRENTBODY SKIN LASER KIT is the CurrentBody Skin laser device, power pack & cable, mains cable & plug, user guide booklet, quick start leaflet.
The contents of the laser kit

In the CurrentBody Skin Laser device kit:

  • CurrentBody Skin laser device
  • Mains cable (with UK plug)
  • User guide booklet
  • Quick start leaflet

Next the quality, design and features of the laser kit…

Quality & design

The first thing I notice about this laser is the very chunky, angular shape. The body is a uniform width, with the handle connected at harsh right angles. If you’re a fan of Chris Hemsworth (which I am), you may see a resemblance to Thor’s hammer. Or a large 90s travel hair dryer with nozzle attached (if Chris isn’t your cup of tea).

This boxy shape doesn’t scream ‘ergonomics’ like Philips or Braun does, but the styling I rather like. 

Laying on one side, you can see the angular shape of the laser with the long handle connected to the body at a right angle. I like the air vent patterns, the laser pulse line graphic on the handle, and shimmery cream body. And the contrasting reflective dark metallic trim around the aperture and vents on the back.
Chunky & retro

The laser is a smooth, off-white colour with a subtle shimmer, and contrasting dark reflective metallic accents. The cooling air vents create pretty and interesting patterns. And I like the repeated black line graphic laser pulse on the handle too. This care and attention to the styling elevates the rather boring silhouette, creating an overall retro feel.

Here’s a little welcome tour of the CurrentBody Skin Laser in photo format!

The laser has a very angular shape with the straight handle connected to the cylindrical body at a right angle. Both handle and body are smooth and rounded. The handle has a diameter of 3.7cm and is 12cm long, whereas the body has a larger diameter at 6.5cm and is 15.5cm long. The gun metal effect laser aperture is at one end with the power cable power inlet on the base of the handle. There’s no flash button because the device auto flashes when unlocked and against your skin. It’s weighty at 490 grams.
The dimensions of the laser
Because it’s a laser, there’s an appropriate Class C1 laser warning label on the body where you can clearly see it. As such, don’t look directly into the laser!
The laser safety labels
There’s just one button at the top of the handle to power on/off and control the laser with your thumb or finger. Above that, on the end of the body metallic rim, is a line of six small round intensity indicators which light up white. There’s a pretty hexagonal pattern of cooling air vents on this side too. At the bottom of the handle, there’s some manufacturing and model information in tiny print.
Controls and pretty vent patterns
The laser’s nozzle tapers to a vertical flat surface of 2cm wide and 4cm high. There’s a border of 0.5cm around the glass covered aperture. This is the cooling tip which stops your skin feeling too hot. The laser aperture (or opening) is 1cm by 3cm and you can see down to the workings below. Set at an angle and to one side of this flat treatment surface is the small rectangular skin sensor which senses your skin contact and controls the automatic flashes.
The business end of the laser…
The power cable comes in 2 parts. First, the 145cm long flexible and robust cable with the heavy power pack at the end connects to the laser. Then a shorter 90cm mains cable attaches to the power pack and plugs into the mains. It comes with a country specific plug.
Connect the cables up, then to the mains…
I like the velcro cable ties attached to the cable to keep everything neat in the box.
Nice touch tidy ties!
The long power cable fits securely at the bottom of the handle.
Connect the laser to the power cable…
When powered on, the laser aperture shines blue. You get unlimited laser pulses too.
Powered on…
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TIP: Because there are several heavy bits in this kit, it’s best to keep the original box with foam inserts to store it all together!

Before you start

Read the user manual and do a skin sensitivity test.

Read the full user guide before your first session. You can use the quick start guide as a refresher for your subsequent sessions.
Read the full user guide and use the quick start guide as a reminder

You can read the user manual in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. It’s a quick and easy read which covers the laser device overview, safety info, suitability colour charts, warnings, how to use, patch test instructions, treatment schedule, maintenance, warranty, troubleshooting and tech specs.

Pay close attention to the warnings which list reasons and body areas you should not use the laser devices. There are several reasons you could be unsuitable to use home IPL. These include being pregnant, having epilepsy or diabetes, taking photosensitising medications, having skin conditions, tattoos or after skin peels. You can check the full list before you buy at currentbody.com or learn more about home IPL contraindications here

You must also complete a skin sensitivity patch test. 

To do this, shave your treatment area. Turn on the laser and complete the skin tone check. Then, starting at level 1, zap a section of skin. Increase to level 2 and repeat on an adjacent section. Continue until the zaps become uncomfortable or you’ve zapped all levels up to intensity 6. Wait one hour and if there’s no skin reaction, you can complete zapping the treatment area at your preferred intensity level.

How to use it

Don’t forget to read the user manual and do a skin sensitivity test first!

A razor to shave your hairy areas before laser and IPL hair removal.

First, shave your treatment area, dry it and don’t apply any lotions, creams or deodorants. You can shave, then immediately follow with your session. Or ensure you do your treatment within 4 hours of shaving.

Find a comfy and private spot. You may need an extension cable if you can’t work close to a power outlet. A full-length mirror is helpful too for your face, underarms, and backs of legs.

First, press and hold the power button to turn on the laser. You’ll hear a beep and the laser aperture glows blue. The first intensity light glows white. It’s in standby mode.
First, power on the laser.
Second, place the laser aperture on your treatment area to test your skin tone. You’ll hear a beep and see a white light if your skin tone is safe. If it’s too dark, the light stays blue, there’s no beep from the laser and you can’t unlock it.
Second, test your skin tone.
Next, select your intensity level by pressing the power button to cycle through the 6 levels, low to high. Your selected level glows white. Quickly double-press the power button to unlock the laser when you’re ready to start your session.
Choose your intensity and unlock the laser to start.
Now you’re ready to cover your skin in laser zaps! Place the aperture against your skin on the first spot. Wait for the light to turn pink and a beep. That’s the laser pulse. The laser zaps continuously, which means there's no button to press.
Start zappin’.
After each beep, the light turns blue again. Move the laser aperture 1cm to the adjacent spot and repeat. You can work in up and down strips to cover your legs. CurrentBody says to use a stamping motion, but it also works if you glide along your skin. Continue until you’ve zapped all the skin in your treatment area.
Zapping time!

The laser goes into standby mode if not zapped in 10 seconds. Double press the power button to unlock it again and continue. Long press the power button to turn off the laser. It turns itself off after 5 minutes of inactivity.

When to use it

Home laser and IPL devices demand effort and commitment. There’s a start-up routine to get you to smooth, and give your longest lasting results.

Follow this treatment schedule with your CurrentBody Skin laser: during weeks 1 to 3, do 3 sessions per week. During weeks 4 to 12, do one session weekly. After this, use it once per month until you are happy with your results.
Follow the treatment schedule

The start-up schedule is more frequent than most rival IPL devices. You do 3 sessions per week for the first 3 weeks. Then, once per week during weeks 4 to 12. After 12 weeks, use it once weekly until you reach your desired results. 

After this, zap any new hairs as you see them.

Coming soon…

I’m still testing the CurrentBody Skin Laser. Once I’m done, I’ll update this review with sections on what’s it like and how easy it is to use, what it feels like, my results, the negatives, and a summary round-up of my testing scores and the pros and cons.

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