The beauty industry constantly comes up with new gadgets and creams that claim to make us look more youthful and glowing. It is sometimes hard to figure out what is worth it and what is just a waste of money mostly when the said products are priced beyond the £/$/€ 100 mark. Who can afford that anyway?
This is exactly what the Clarisonic device falls under, people who use it swear by it, yet at £100+ one would wonder if it isn’t anything our little hands and a decent face wash could do on their own.
You know me I love a thorough beauty review so I have decided to put the Clarisonic brush to the test, which I did for the past 6 years. You have read that right! So 6 years later I think I can finally write the review I wished I would have found when I first bought it.
I have a slightly older generation of the Mia 2 which I purchased in 2012 (hence all the stains on it). The device is not too big and feels very sturdy. My brush has only one setting which is a minute vibration but to be completely honest it is more than enough. Some Clarisonics have additional feature but if like me you just want to use it for your daily face wash, the most basic version is more than enough.
With it, I use the Sensitive brush which is perfectly fine but could feel a bit rough for the most sensitive skins. I had that issue at the beginning where I used the brush daily and focused too much around my nose which can be my problem area, and after a week it made my blood vessels flare up. I would say that Clarisonic is more of a 2 to 3 times a week treatment and I would never use anything stronger than the Sensitive brush.
The brush also comes with a cap so it makes it very easy to pack in a bag for a weekend away or a longer trip. The device being very sturdy you won’t have to worry about a chunky protective case, it travels very well tucked in between clothes.
Pros: a very solid device which lasts a long time. I have been using mine weekly for 6 years and it travels with me each time.
Cons: It won’t be your daily face cleanser device if your skin is sensitive or prone to redness
No matter what your currency is the Clarisonic brush is definitely on the pricier side and a bit of a ‘princess’ product if your budget is limited. I saved a bit to buy it myself AND I waited for a trip to the US to do so. The pound being stronger than the dollar, it was much better value for me to buy it there. I mentioned it when talking about budgeting for a nice bag, use the excuse of a trip to either buy it on duty-free or somewhere where it is cheaper!
You will also need to change the brush head every 3 months, but if like me you only use it twice a week, you can stretch it to 4 months.
Pros: so does it worth the money? Yes because it lasts such a long time. Mine cost me $120 and I have been using it an average of 2 times a week for 6 years. So overall my cost per usage is $0.36! With the new brushes every now and then, I must be at around $0.75. Not bad!
Cons: you have to buy a new head regularly which adds to the cost.
As I mentioned above, I use my Clarisonic brush a few times a week, usually in the shower on the day I wash my hair.
I am going to be honest, you won’t see a drastic change in your skin using it. It is the type of product where you notice how good it is when you stop using it. The few times I ran out of battery and didn’t use it for a week my skin got more pimples and texture started appearing. The head is also a little beige (dirty?) after I use it even though I always remove my makeup before. This indicates to me that the Clarisonic brush does a great job washing the pollution and dirt off my face.
You will also need less product to wash your face with the brush, and because it is a powerful tool I recommend using it with a very gentle cleanser like Cetaphil.
Pros: It really does a better job at cleaning your face than just using hands. You will also save on those expensive face wash as you will only need a pea size with each use.
Cons: It won’t drastically transform your skin, it will just deep clean it.
I hope this review will help you make an informed decision if you are planning to get a Clarisonic brush. I personally would absolutely repurchase it the day mine breaks, hopefully in another 6 years from now!