Many guys want a nice close shave, and the big companies that make men's grooming products are eager to supply that need. I've learned that there's one thing you can make use of that will give you a fantastic increase in the quality of your shave more than anything else, and for modest cost.
Get yourself a shave brush. You know-- the old-school brush like you saw the barbers use in the old Western movies, right before they broke out the straight razor and leather strop.
You need not spend a fortune on different blades or cream, or even on a fancy brush. Just get an inexpensive badger hair brush and use it to put on the same shave cream you use now.
Wash your face like you normally would. Squirt your shave cream into your hand. Take your DRY brush and lather the cream in the palm of your hand and use the brush to put it on your face.
Then shave as you normally would.
Gently rinse the brush and stand it up to dry. Done. It's amazing how much closer your shave will be using the exact same products you used before. Not that a company would quickly advertise that using their overpriced razor refills has little to do with shave closeness and comfort.
Save your money on the Gucci-priced cartridges and buy a shave brush instead. I dare you to go all the way to 100% silvertip badger hair. If you spend more than $150, you're buying fancy, not performance. You can get a decent brush for less than two four- packs of Mach 4 cartridges.
For you electric shaver types: sorry you miss out.