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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100 Comments

  1. Isabella
    May 12, 2020 / 10:15 PM

    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
      May 13, 2020 / 10:52 AM

      If you try it let me know what you think!

      • Katie
        May 15, 2020 / 6:50 AM

        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!

        • May 15, 2020 / 8:21 AM

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

  2. Yoli
    May 12, 2020 / 10:19 PM

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

    • Angela Lanter
      May 13, 2020 / 10:52 AM

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

  3. Erin
    May 12, 2020 / 10:20 PM

    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
      May 13, 2020 / 10:53 AM

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

  4. Katie
    May 12, 2020 / 10:30 PM

    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
      May 13, 2020 / 10:56 AM

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

  5. Leonie
    May 12, 2020 / 10:51 PM

    Winning by a hair 😂

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

    • Angela Lanter
      May 13, 2020 / 10:56 AM

      They are the worst. I absolutely hate getting them.

  6. Larissa
    May 12, 2020 / 10:56 PM

    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
      May 13, 2020 / 10:58 AM

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

  7. Nadya
    May 12, 2020 / 10:58 PM

    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
      May 13, 2020 / 10:59 AM

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

  8. Lauren W
    May 12, 2020 / 11:00 PM

    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…

    • Angela Lanter
      May 13, 2020 / 10:59 AM

      I haven’t seen that one yet!

  9. Tina
    May 12, 2020 / 11:05 PM

    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
      May 13, 2020 / 11:01 AM

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

  10. Melissa
    May 13, 2020 / 12:33 AM

    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
      May 14, 2020 / 5:18 AM

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

  11. Kelly Cabana
    May 13, 2020 / 3:11 AM

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

    • Angela Lanter
      May 14, 2020 / 5:19 AM

      So glad you liked it!

  12. Kelley
    May 13, 2020 / 3:16 AM

    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.

    • Angela Lanter
      May 14, 2020 / 5:19 AM

      If you try it let me know how it compares!

  13. Lauren
    May 13, 2020 / 4:57 AM

    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

    • Angela Lanter
      May 14, 2020 / 5:20 AM

      If you do let me know what you think! What do you currently use?

      • Lauren
        May 18, 2020 / 3:48 AM

        Schick Hyrdo Silk. It’s amazing!!

        • May 18, 2020 / 10:30 AM

          Nice! I think I’ve tried that one a while back!

  14. Britney
    May 13, 2020 / 5:22 AM

    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
      May 14, 2020 / 5:20 AM

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

  15. Ashley
    May 13, 2020 / 5:51 AM

    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
      May 14, 2020 / 5:21 AM

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

  16. Torri Lynne
    May 13, 2020 / 6:13 AM

    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
      May 14, 2020 / 5:22 AM

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

  17. Katherine
    May 13, 2020 / 6:36 AM

    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
      May 14, 2020 / 5:22 AM

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

  18. Brooke
    May 13, 2020 / 7:15 AM

    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.

    • Angela Lanter
      May 14, 2020 / 5:23 AM

      Oh no!! I hate that!

  19. Amanda Brewer
    May 13, 2020 / 7:56 AM

    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
      May 14, 2020 / 5:23 AM

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

  20. Tricia
    May 13, 2020 / 8:06 AM

    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!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 14, 2020 / 5:24 AM

      I really love the holder too! It’s so great!

  21. Beth
    May 13, 2020 / 8:26 AM

    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! 😁😁

    • Angela Lanter
      May 14, 2020 / 5:24 AM

      Let me know how it works for you!

  22. Jennifer
    May 13, 2020 / 8:27 AM

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

    • Angela Lanter
      May 14, 2020 / 5:24 AM

      YAY! Let me know what you think!

  23. Shannon Chabot
    May 13, 2020 / 8:58 AM

    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
      May 14, 2020 / 5:25 AM

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

  24. Kari
    May 13, 2020 / 9:01 AM

    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!

    • Angela Lanter
      May 14, 2020 / 5:25 AM

      That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Lindsey Clayton
    May 13, 2020 / 9:27 AM

    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
      May 14, 2020 / 5:26 AM

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

  26. Tracy meldrum
    May 13, 2020 / 9:52 AM

    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 !

    • Angela Lanter
      May 14, 2020 / 5:27 AM

      I’m glad you have a razor you love!

  27. Brianna
    May 13, 2020 / 10:00 AM

    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.

    • Angela Lanter
      May 14, 2020 / 5:27 AM

      I’m so glad it’s worked well for you!

  28. Stephanie
    May 13, 2020 / 11:29 AM

    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 🙂

    • May 13, 2020 / 6:06 PM

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

  29. Bethany
    May 13, 2020 / 12:05 PM

    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.

    • May 13, 2020 / 6:07 PM

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

  30. Casey
    May 13, 2020 / 3:39 PM

    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 🙂

    • May 13, 2020 / 6:08 PM

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

  31. Lindsey
    May 13, 2020 / 4:30 PM

    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!!

    • May 13, 2020 / 6:10 PM

      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.

  32. Briana
    May 13, 2020 / 4:50 PM

    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.

    • May 13, 2020 / 6:11 PM

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

  33. Samantha
    May 14, 2020 / 5:46 AM

    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!

    • May 14, 2020 / 7:50 AM

      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!

  34. Brittany
    May 14, 2020 / 6:04 AM

    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

    • May 14, 2020 / 7:50 AM

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

  35. Mallary
    May 14, 2020 / 6:18 AM

    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.

    • Marissa
      May 14, 2020 / 7:00 AM

      Good to know, thanks. I have sensitive skin too

    • May 14, 2020 / 7:51 AM

      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!

      • Mallary
        May 20, 2020 / 6:01 PM

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

  36. Marissa
    May 14, 2020 / 6:59 AM

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

  37. Laurie Pinnell
    May 14, 2020 / 8:18 AM

    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.

  38. danyel
    May 17, 2020 / 9:42 PM

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

  39. Wenn Ginn
    May 18, 2020 / 1:20 AM

    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!
    Wenn

    • Angela Lanter
      May 18, 2020 / 3:36 AM

      Let me know if you like it! Thanks, Wenn!

  40. Tiffany Bailey
    May 18, 2020 / 6:07 AM

    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!

    • May 18, 2020 / 10:32 AM

      No! I’ve never heard of either of those!

  41. Ashley
    May 18, 2020 / 8:56 AM

    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

    • May 18, 2020 / 10:33 AM

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

  42. Bonnie
    May 18, 2020 / 7:38 PM

    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.

  43. Brittany Blackburn
    May 21, 2020 / 1:01 PM

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

  44. Meg
    May 24, 2020 / 9:49 PM

    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!

  45. Carly
    May 25, 2020 / 7:58 AM

    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!

    • May 25, 2020 / 8:38 AM

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

  46. Holly Blakeburn
    July 15, 2020 / 4:01 AM

    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?

  47. Sarah
    July 15, 2020 / 6:03 AM

    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.

  48. Crissi
    July 15, 2020 / 6:22 AM

    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.

  49. Ashley Phelps
    July 15, 2020 / 11:27 AM

    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!

    • Angela Lanter
      July 16, 2020 / 10:13 AM

      I’m so glad you like it too!

  50. Hannah
    July 15, 2020 / 1:47 PM

    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!

    • Angela Lanter
      July 16, 2020 / 10:12 AM

      YAY! I’m so glad you like it!

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