Billie Razor vs Flamingo… Which Is Better? GTT

Billie Razor vs Flamingo… Which Is Better? GTT

I know I’m not alone in seeing the Billie razor literally all over the internet.  It’s so hyped by virtually every blogger on Instagram.  My question is…  Is it really worth the hype?

I decided to put the Billie razor to the test and compare it to the Flamingo, which I see every time I’m at Target or shopping their website.


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price comparison


Billie starter kit is $9 + free shipping.  The set comes with the razor handle, two cartridges and a holder.

Flamingo starter kit is $9.99 and available in store or online at Target.  The set comes with the razor handle, two cartridges and a shower hook.


how they measure up


I first tried my Billie (sent to me in a PR package) several months ago.  It was so hyped that I had very high expectations.  My first impression?  I’ve never had worse razor burn in my life.  I don’t even have sensitive skin.  Like, at all.  I could probably count on one hand the times in my life that I’ve had razor burn.

On the off chance that it was that one particular cartridge that was burning me, I decided to give it a second chance today.  So I popped on the replacement head today and put it to the test.

I shaved my right leg with the Billie and my left with the Flamingo.  I used the same shaving lotion for both legs to make sure it was fair.

Upon first swipe…  The Billie glides across my skin much more smoothly than the Flamingo.  The Flamingo has an aloe strip, but it doesn’t feel soapy or smooth.  I actually thought the aloe strip was styrofoam until I read that it was aloe.?

I would like to mention that Billie is a clean beauty product and is rated very well by EWG.


the touch test


I waited about 10 hours after shaving and did a touch test to see which leg was smoother.  Both Matt and I agreed, it was the Billie leg.  This time, no razor burn.  I’m wondering if I was sent a janky cartridge the first round?  I’ve never had such torn up skin in my life.  This time, however, I don’t seem to have a single nick, cut or bump.

To be quite honest, the left leg (Flamingo leg) is only a smidge less smooth than the Billie leg.  It’s super smooth and no irritation at all.

Based on my findings from this very in-depth scientific experiment, I have to say that the Billie wins this round.  But only by a hair…  See what I did there??

Side note: I tried the Joy razor (the Walmart version of the Flamingo) back when we were living in Ohio and I wasn’t impressed at all with it.  I don’t remember all of the reasons why I didn’t like it, but I do remember promptly tossing it in the trash.  Not worth the $1 savings from the Flamingo or Billie.


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  • I have a flamingo one with a men’s razor head and the women’s head didn’t work to well for me and so I would personally love to try Billie.

    • Angela Lanter

      If you try it let me know what you think!

      • I’ve been wanting to try the Billie.
        I have the walmart joy razor and like it. Maybe I’ll have to put the two to a test!

        • Angela Lanter

          I threw my Joy out because it rusted on me so fast!

  • I’ve been meaning to buy a Billie. Now I will. Thanks for sharing.

    • Angela Lanter

      Let me know if you like it! I love hearing other’s opinions on these things!

  • Now I am curious to try Billie Razor. I have seen Ashlee K Nichols who I have followed for several yrs or so now and she has talked about the Billie Razor too. She seems to recommend it. I usually just buy the Venus razors and love them! They for me personally feel smooth when I shave and don’t hurt or cut me. Compared to cheaper razors. I usually buy their Venus boxsets around Christmas time when they have those giftsets in stores for $10.

    I might give the Billie a try.

    • Angela Lanter

      I’ve always loved Venus razors too! They’ve never given me any problems.

  • I wonder how either hold up to my regular all-in-one Schick intuition? ? any thoughts? (I haven’t bought shaving cream/gel in years.)

    • Angela Lanter

      I haven’t tried that one! That’s so nice that you don’t have to use shaving gel with it!

  • Winning by a hair ?

    Razor burns are the worst, usually only get them when I don’t use shaving cream

    • Angela Lanter

      They are the worst. I absolutely hate getting them.

  • Love this lol Billie won by a hair haha
    I’ve been loving it for few months now, In fact I tried shaving with out any shave cream. I’m allergic to all except aveeno and I don’t dare try any other brands. I shaved without any only to see if I’ll be able to travel easy and sure enough, I have been shaving with water and Billie lol also got it for my 11 year old, she’s so excited she can’t wait till she gets to shave ? little does she know how that’s gonna go ??

    • Angela Lanter

      That’s amazing!! So nice when you’re in a pinch!

  • Thank you for doing this side by side test. I’ve been using the Flamingo for about month after hearing about it so much of TheSoundsFunPodcast, and I love it (especially since I can get it at my fav store). I’ve been wondering if Billie was better, but if it’s only better by a “hair” then I’ll stick with my flamingo that hasn’t disappointed me. Thank you, Angela!

    • Angela Lanter

      If you love Flamingo I definitely wouldn’t switch it up!

  • HAH laughing at the “by a hair” joke ? but I have noticed so many ads and another being from a brand called Athena- be interesting if it compares to Billie- I have heard mixed reviews…

  • I bought the Billie and really liked how smooth it made my legs feel and that there was no irritation. My issue is that after a couple of weeks with the Billie is that the cartridge started to fall off mid shave. It started occurring so much I suspended my subscription and bought the Flamingo. I am NOT a fan of the Flamingo as it’s rough and seems to catch on my legs. On the search for something different.

    • Angela Lanter

      Isn’t it crazy how different they work for everyone? I hate that you’ve had problems with the Billie like that!

  • Should would recommend the Billie or just get the ones from Walmart or Target brands? The one with 5 blades in a pack of three or five.

    • Angela Lanter

      I’m going to stick with the Billie so I would just get it!

  • Kelly Cabana

    Thank you for the test! I’ve been wondering about the Billie hype!

  • I had been curious about the Billie after seeing it every time I got on social media. Thank you for the comparison. For the last 10 years I’ve been using a men’s Gillette Fusion Razor.. one because the shave is always smooth and two because the refills were always cheaper then women’s Gillette razor refills.

  • I had the exact same issue with the Billie. I have never once had razor burn in my life and I usually just quick shave with only water and I had razor burn everywhere including my armpits. I tried several new heads and always got the same result, even with shave lotion from Billie. I am really sad I had to toss it because it I loved the magnetic holder! Maybe I will try the Flamingo now

  • I have the flamingo razor. I have enjoyed it. But it’s cool hearing the difference between the two. I might have to try the Billie now!

    • Angela Lanter

      Let me know what you think about the two if you do!

  • I bought a Flamingo razor a few months ago after being a loyal Shick customer for years!! I’d been hearing so many great reviews on Flamingo and after looking a prices, I decided to give it a try. Plus Shick brand just wasn’t doing the job anymore, it never felt like I was getting a good enough shave and within hours, I could feel little prickly leg hairs growing back….not to mention I’m Italian, German, polish so the last thing I want is my dark leg hair showing by 1pm. And I have a 14 year old girl and we were both using $20 razors each and required $25 replacements each, talk about EXPENSIVE!! So I made the switch to flamingo first and LOVE IT!! I love the cost and the fact that at the end of the day, there’s no prickly little leg hairs popping through. I’ll be switching my 14 year old soon once she’s done using up her Shick products

    • Angela Lanter

      That’s amazing!! I’m so glad it worked great for you!

  • Torri Lynne

    Hi Angela!

    Never tried either of them, but I did just order the Billie razor to try after hearing good things about from Alyson Haley. So I guess I’ll find out if I like it better than my hydro silk quatro razor. Which does give me razor burn. In fact I i get razor burn very often, especially on my inner thighs…not sure if you’re really supposed to shave that area but I do anyway and I don’t think there has ever been a time when I haven’t gotten razor burn. Maybe this razor will be better?…

    • Angela Lanter

      Oh goodness, girl! I hope you see a difference with it! I hate that you have it all the time.

  • Katherine

    I’m so glad you did this comparison. I’ve been using the flamingo but I see the Billie all over Instagram and I’ve been curious. After this review I’ll definitely be trying it out for my next razor purchase. Thanks so much!!

    • Angela Lanter

      Let me know how you compare the two! It’s always great to hear other’s opinions.

  • I’ve been using the Billie for a few months now. It is very nice the first couple of uses but after that it’s not great. I also have so many ingrown hairs now! I have never experienced ingrown hairs on my legs and now I have horrible ones and even scabs on my legs from them. Not cute.

  • Amanda Brewer

    My Flamingo blades rusted after a couple of uses…thinking it was just a bad batch of razors, I bought more (not once, but twice) and same issue: rust after two shaves, even with me rinsing, wiping it off and putting it on the shower hook. So, I’ve gone back to using the same Gillette brand that my husband uses. I might have to try the Billie Razor, now ??

    • Angela Lanter

      Oh, man. I hate that you’ve had problems!! If you try the Billie let me know what you think.

  • I bought the Billie after seeing it so much on Insta, works fine but doesn’t seem to be much better than the disposable ones I was using. I do love the magnetic holder! I’ll keep using it until it gives me a reason not too!

  • I’ve been holding out on purchasing the Billie because I have yet to just sit down and actually read the comparisons lol and I didn’t want to purchase based on hype! So thank you for this in depth scientific study.? I have sensitive skin and am prone to razor burn so hopefully I have success with this one! ??

  • Jennifer

    Thank you! I’ve been wondering if it was worth trying given the hype. Now I may take the plunge.

  • Shannon Chabot

    Thank you for this honest test run! I’ve seen so many beauty experts rave about it and I wonder if it’s because they get paid money or if they truly love it! I always trust your opinion so thank you.

    • Angela Lanter

      Some have been sponsored so that’s why I knew I needed to do this comparison! So glad you liked it!

  • I’ve been using Billie since this past summer and I really like it! I can’t even explain why I like it more than the Venus razors I had been using for years but I really do!

  • Lindsey Clayton

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve wondered about the Billie razor, so this definitely gives me an idea of what to expect! I have always used the Venus razor, and lately I’ve been using my husbands because it gives me such a close shave and super smooth legs! ?

    • Angela Lanter

      Why are men’s razors so different? I’ve never understood it.

  • Tracy meldrum

    I’ve been using the men’s Gillette sensitive razor. Some new thing that came out! And it really helped my skin ladies!
    I’ll have to try the Billie razor !

  • I always get razor burn regardless of the razor (unless my leg hair is intensely long ?) but I have a Billie and love it. It’s so cost effective compared to so many other ones.

  • Stephanie

    That’s crazy about the Billie razor burn. I’ve been using billing for the past 8 months and love them. Also their service is impeccable. I love the texting feature AND I (accidentally) dropped my razor in the shower once after 3 months of use, the top button part had fallen off, so I planned on purchasing a new razor but they sent a new set to me, for free, no questions asked. Great service. I’ve never heard of flamingo but I’m glad you tested it for us GGs 🙂

    • Angela Lanter

      That’s AWESOME customer service! I love supporting companies who treat their customers so well!

  • Thanks for doing this! I’ve been eyeing both of them and think I will give Billie a try! What shaving lotion do you use? I usually just use body wash but hate going through so much of it to really larger up my legs so I’m on the hunt.

    • Angela Lanter

      I used the Billie shaving lotion and it’s nice because a little bit goes a long way!

  • I purchased the flamingo razor a few months back and overall was very disappointed with the product. The holder fell off the wall after only a few days and I could not get it to stick back on, and it broke off one of my blades. I also noticed the blades rusted very quickly. I have been curious to see if trying the Billie would be worth it or if I would be wasting my money again, but after reading this I may have to give it a try 🙂

    • Angela Lanter

      I had the same cartridge in my shower from the last week of January until yesterday on my Billie and it never rusted!

  • I just received the billie about a month ago to see what all the hype was about!! It’s probably my favorite razor right now. I think the most excited about is how cheap it is. This really weird about the razor burn though. So far I haven’t had any problems.

    Thanks for doing this review!!

    • Angela Lanter

      I honestly believe that the burn was from a faulty cartridge now that I switched them out! I l=think one of he blades was wonky.

  • I have used the Billie razor for a while now and love it! I will say I don’t always use their shaving cream but the times that I have used it, my skin was very soft and smooth afterwards.

    • Angela Lanter

      I really love their shaving cream. It works well with any razor!

  • Samantha

    Thanks for the review Angela, definitely helps hearing a review from you! So many things that were praised everywhere online that I got and was so disappointed with, but girlfriends always keeping it real. One thing tho do you find a difference in using shaving cream? I’ve always just used my moisturizing soap on my Loofa and it does the trick. Since Nick signed up for dollar shave club years ago I haven’t needed to try anything since!

    • Angela Lanter

      Honestly, I’m not sold out to using shaving cream. I have been using the Billie shaving lotion and really like it, but I’ll reach for anything moisturizing in my shower to shave with!

  • Brittany

    I tried the billie razor and just didn’t love it. Honestly I go for the ease and convenience and use the Schick Intuition razor because I don’t have to use shaving cream! LOL

    • Angela Lanter

      I used whatever Matt kept in the shower before this lol!

  • I really wanted to love the Billie and I did, but my skin didn’t. I have super sensitive skin and the Billie irritated it completely. It gave a nice shave, but the aftermath gave me razor burn and bumps and isn’t worth it. I use the same shaving cream, which I found one that works for my skin so I know it wasn’t that. Unfortunately, the Billie just isn’t made for my skin even though the shave was amazing.

    • Good to know, thanks. I have sensitive skin too

    • Angela Lanter

      Did you try switching cartridges on he Billie before giving up? Turned out it was just that one cartridge that made my skin so angry!

      • Maybe I will consider it again down the road, but I’m too nervous too right now as it wasn’t that long ago!

  • Great post! Good to know. Finding good razors is always tricky.

  • Laurie Pinnell

    I got the flamingo some time back in a promotional box and I love it so I will be sticking with it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
    I love your side by side comparisons.

  • I will have to try these two and see. I’ve heard another about billie

  • Wenn Ginn

    Thanks so much for doing this! I too have been seeing these
    ads and placing them in my basket and then deleting them
    more times than I can’t count. I just opted for the Billie and
    went ahead and ordered it. I don’t think I’ve ever had
    razor burn in my life either so I’m sure you just had one
    schisty cartridge.

    Thanks again!

  • Tiffany Bailey

    I’m glad someone finally did a Billie review! I have been debating and debating about trying it for forever! Have you seen the ads for peppi gel for nails or the pony-o hair thing that’s like a ponytail holder? Maybe another the internet made me do it idea!

  • I haven’t tried or even heard of the Billie but I do use the flamingo and am happy with it. Especially with it being so cost effective. Most razor replacement heads are ridiculously expensive and I shave every single day so it’s not been friendly on my wallet until I found the Flamingo

    • Angela Lanter

      The Billie is the same price as the flamingo and ships free!

  • So I tried the flamingo last fall with high expectations. It was pretty good overall, and I liked that it at least appeared to be “clean”… but I could never find replacement cartridges in stock at my target (I tried several times). So On a whim I decided to jump on the Billie bandwagon and I’ll never go back!! I’m still on my original razor from March (I think?) and I totally get what people say about going longer between shaves. My legs definitely stay smoother longer, which is great. My flamingo razor also didn’t last very long and I’d be replacing it quicker.

  • Brittany Blackburn

    Interesting! I’ve never tried either! I have Bic on hand.

  • I just started using Billie after using Venus probably since I was 13 (different variations but you get the idea.) I swear that after using Billie and not shaving for a week the growth was half of what it was with my old razor. Good to know the flamingo I can find in stores in a pinch!

  • I tried the Flamingo razor from Target. I tried to stick the holder to my shower wall and it popped off shortly after application. I thought the razor was a nice quality and made well. Unfortunately, I used the razor for about a month and decided to throw it away since it literally started falling apart on me. I decided to try Billie and have been super impressed by the quality and clean, smooth, shave. The holder stays where you place it on your shower wall, but can also be easily removed if needed. I even bought the travel cover for my razor and love how nicely it fits around the razor. Billie all the way!

    • Angela Lanter

      So good to know! I didn’t use the holders, so this is great info!

  • Holly Blakeburn

    I just got my first Billie razor yesterday. I was so excited to try it. I was pretty impressed. My legs are so smooth. Did you try their dry bye lotion?

  • I had been meaning to read this post for a while now but kept forgetting to go back and take a look. I just ordered a Billie razor last week and this makes me very excited to get it in! I was nervous you were going to say you preferred the flamingo because let’s be honest, I would have went out and bought that instead then ? Thanks for doing a compare! Very excited to try mine.

  • I first tried Harry since my sister was saying it was the best. Tried it worse razor burn and instantly rusted. Then replaced the blade and still again felt awful and rusted again. Tried the Billie and loved it but will say it lets you know when you need to change the head. Also usually shave in the shower and the blade sometimes comes off. However my husband likes it so much got one for him. Plus the holders are awesome. Like the shower gel but such small bottles.

  • Ashley Phelps

    I had been using the Dollar Shave Club for about a year and kept seeing the Billie ads all over the place and it was a dollar cheaper for the razors. Decided to give it a try and love it!

  • I have had both recently, and the Billie wins by a landslide! It’s nice not to have to use shaving cream/lotion and I feel like the razor blades last longer too!

    It’s also so nice to be able to set up auto-refills for the razor heads because it’s one less thing to think about!

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