Well, I just tried to post this but for some reason it didn't go through. Here's attempt number 2.
I recently decided to venture into the world of DE shaving for several reasons. I've been told it's much cheaper than the cartridge route in the long run (a huge plus as a recent college graduate) but it's also a much better experience overall. I've been cursed with the unfortunate combination of extremely sensitive skin and extremely thick hair so I need the best shave possible. After just a few uses the cartridges tear my face to bits. So I decided to pull the trigger and buy this shaving set.
However, nothing has gone correctly for me. I'm experiencing significant discomfort and tightness not long after the shave, and I cut myself to bits. I don't even get a very presentable shave. I feel like I've got the angle and pressure down because, despite the cuts, I don't feel any real pain during the actual shave. I think my problem has been in the lathering aspect. I've watched Mantic's videos and looked around this forum some but I still don't know why I'm not getting a good shave.
What I've been doing is what I think is the usual: soak the brush during a shower, wring it out, charge it on the soap, which has a tiny bit of water resting on it while I shower, build lather in the bowl (or in my case, Tupperware) and then transfer it to my face with the brush. For some reason, no matter what I do, I always get runny lather. There isn't any real presence of bubbles in the bowl, but when I try to transfer it to my face it always comes in quite thin and I doubt it does its job correctly.
When I shave I don't experience any real pulling aside from the always difficult mustache area. I'm now through 4 shaves, almost all with 3 passes: WTG, XTG x2. Arrogantly, I attempted an ATG pass on my first attempt and needless to say, that didn't go so well, so I eliminated that from the routine.
Did I just pick a poor set or does my technique need work?
Sorry for the wall of text (just think though, I typed this twice!) but I'm getting a little discouraged with this process and I don't want to be. Any advice is extremely appreciated.