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Philips Lumea 9000 & 9900 series unboxing

Full review coming soon…

by | May 14, 2024

I'm not quite done testing the Lumea 9000 series IPL devices yet. So, my full review isn't quite ready. However, you can learn more about Philips technology, my first impressions during unboxing, and how and when to use the device in the article below. It won't be long until I'm ready to share my in depth feedback on how easy it is to use, how it feels, and what I think the pros and cons are.

TBC

Face, small bits, legs & large areas

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Philips Lumea 9900 & 9000 series hair removal device reviewed by Wearebodybeautiful

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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Laura Gladman
I'm a bit obsessed with at-home beauty devices. It's a habit I've had for around 9 years now. I love the science, testing and reviewing them, and sharing my experience and feedback on my site Wearebodybeautiful.com. I'm also a crazy dog lady, and I don't care.

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