DEESS iLight 3 review - lifestyle 4

Home IPL devices provide a great way to remove unwanted hair in the comfort of your own home. The DEESS iLight 3 is a mid-range device that’s gaining popularity due to its affordable price and high-end performance. Here’s our DEESS iLight 3 review.

RRP: £229.99

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How does the DEESS iLight 3 work?

Like all of the best IPL hair removal devices, the DEESS iLight 3 works by emitting a high-powered (or Intense Pulsed Light) flash. The intense flash is designed to harmlessly pass through the skin and target the hair’s melanin (colour/pigment).

See also: Philips Lumea Prestige Review (BRI956/00): The #1 Home IPL Hair Removal Device.

When the hair’s melanin absorbs the flash, the light’s energy is turned into heat and this damages the hair’s follicle which stops hair growth. The ultimate aim here is to kill hair follicles with multiple IPL sessions. This can take up to 7-8 (weekly) treatments.

Treatments should be weekly, as this allows time for the injured hair to drop out, then enough time for a new hair follicle to develop in order to absorb the next wave of IPL. Timeline of hair-growth cycles vary. This is why IPL treatment can take 7-10 weekly sessions to complete.

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DEESS iLight 3 review: Does it hurt?

No. It’s not like the pain you’ll feel waxing or plucking. This is part of the reason IPL popularity is on this rise.

The sensation people often use to describe the feeling of IPL is similar to an elastic band being flicked against your skin. The intensity will depend on how much hair the area you’re treating has. Sensitive areas where the hair is dense will be more intense than less sensitive skin where hair is more sparse. What users feel is the actual heating up of hair follicles and it is over in a split second.

To sum up, the pain is manageable and you can handle it.

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DEESS iLight 3 review: Design

The design of the DEESS iLight 3 IPL hair removal device is pretty standard, but it has one thing its rivals do not. Detachable lamps. This is good for the obvious reason that it extends the device’s lamp life past its (already good) 350 flashes. However, DEESS is one of the first manufacturer’s to capitalise on the new research that shown IPL can help with common skin complaints.

For an extra £30, users can buy additional attachments specifically designed to tackle:

1. Oily skin with papula, impetigo, tuber and cystic inflammatory acne and pimple

2. Rough and ageing skin, dim skin, big pores, wrinkles and skin lack of elasticity

DEESS iLight 3 review: How to use

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Using the DEESS iLight 3 is simple. Using any IPL device is simple. The iLight 3 comes with a built-in skin touch sensor and 5-level of light intensity (its suggested you start o level 1 and work your way up through the intensities to find the right level for you). To operate, you simply select your level, place the lamp directly on your skin, then press the flash button. That’s it.

It’s also corded, which is a double-edged sword. On the one side, it can be annoying if the cable gets tangled or it’s not long enough to reach your mirror. The benefit, however, is that it won’t run out of battery and it’s ready to work at any time.

DEESS iLight 3 review: Cost vs Salon

The iLight 3 isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s not expensive either. It’s a mid-range model that offers excellent performance and versatility. However, when comparing its cost to how much beauty salons charge for a single full-body IPL treatment (and you need at least six treatments) the price starts to look a lot better. It’s also worth noting this device has an advertised lamp life of up to 20 years and you can buy additional lamps for £30.

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DEESS iLight 3 review: Verdict

The DEESS iLight 3 is a solid IPL device that works well and is easy to use. It also has one major trump card – its replaceable lamps. This extends the device past its 350,000 flash lifespan – enough for 8-9 individual’s permanent hair removal. The £30 removable lamps also allow DEESS capitalise on new research that shows IPL can help with common skin complaints (acne, pimples, oily skin, etc) and signs of ageing.

Read next: SmoothSkin Bare Ultrafast IPL Hair Removal System Review: Permanently Remove 92% Hair In 4 Weeks

David Court
David is a professional journalist. He's been reviewing lifestyle and technology products since 2007. His CV boasts a series of high-profile websites that he's previously edited and managed. These sites include,,, and is his new project.


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