Ok, I just have to say that switching to a de is the best thing I have ever done for my face. My technique is imperfect, my lathering is very inexperienced, I constantly have little things I have to work through and figure out.
That said, I never had any idea how much better shaving could be. My absolute worst experience with my ej, is still tons better than any experience with a cartridge razor. I didn't know that your face wasnt supposed to be red and rubbed raw after shaving.
I shave now, and even if I have a little irritation the rest of my face feels great.