This brush was handed down to me by my mother... by handed down, I mean left behind in the depths of her sock drawer where I unearthed this gem after about 4 years after she purchased it. THAT happened about 3 years ago, and I still use this regularly to cleanse my face after a long day. It's undoubtedly well constructed but I can't say that about the newer version as mine is ANCIENT(think pre-Dick Page) The bristles are intact if only a bit mis-shaped. The brush in action is excellent; it foams up my Dove bar quite nicely and is a good exfoliator, but it can also get a bit scratchy if you tend to hover over a particular area or apply too much pressure, but that's a problem with any brush/exfoliator, really. With that said, using this has helped to reduce my breakouts significantly, now to a point where the only time they occur is around my period or when I get lazy with washing my face with this for a prolonged time. Would definitely recommend to those whose skin is not too sensitive.
I am using this brush over last 2 years. For me its the best cleaning brush i ever had. It feels no nice on my skin, privides gentel massage and increasing cleaning result of soap i use
I have had this brush for a year now, and it's still holding together well. The bristles are very soft and gentle and don't scratch skin at all. This works well to clean the sebaceous filaments on my nose and leave them looking invisible until they reappear later like usual. I would easily purchase this again if I lost it.
I bought this product after getting broken capillaries--and not much benefit--from the Clarisonic. The Shiseido brush is a cool product, but honestly I wasn't as floored as I thought I would be.
First of all, it does feel nice on the skin, but the head is really small, so you only get a bit of massage contact at a time. (The massage nubs do make this a much more luxurious product than a basic cleansing brush, though.) The design is nice, and it's honestly very pretty, but the travel/storage/drying cap always comes off if you try to put the brush in a bag or even nudge it the wrong way. After traveling with this brush a couple times, a few of my bristles have already gotten a bit out of shape because the cap keeps coming off. It's annoying, because I know this brush really could last a lifetime if the bristles were protected consistently.
(That said, the protective cap also makes this an improvement over basic cleansing brushes, because it gives you a very simple, practical way of drying and storing the brush for everyday. It's just not ideal for travel.)
Finally, the two things I hoped this brush would do--make my cleanser foam like crazy, and exfoliate--didn't happen. I still had to use about as much foaming cleanser (Clinique) as usual. (Granted, that isn't much--but I was sort of hoping this brush would reduce the amount I needed to use to just a pinprick or something. I still had to use a full dab.)
Also, I guess I should have known that this wouldn't really exfoliate. The bristles are too soft for it to really take off dead skin in a completely thorough way. I think most people will not have their exfoliation needs fully met by this product. If you are using something else--such as a weekly scrub or peel--in addition to this, you should be OK, but not otherwise. This would probably be a great exfoliator for those with super-sensitive skin, as it is seriously gentle, but for most everyone else, it won't do the job alone.
Get this if you want a basic cleansing brush, as it's a great, luxurious choice for that. But don't expect it to exfoliate deeply or perform any other miracles that a super-gentle cleansing brush wouldn't.
I am giving this brush away...please contact me.highly dissapointed. the head is too big and when hair gets wet they just get useless...
Overall, I find the product OK. I've never tried Clarisonic, so have no basis of comparison. I bought this after a couple of reviews. I chose this over the Clarisonic because, besides the price, I could control how harsh to treat this on my skin.
I still pick this up every now & then for a deep clean. I must admit that it did help calm down my breakouts, smaller pores and made my skin soft when I first used it. I use to use it everyday with my shiseido extra gentle foaming cleanser. However, I only use it twice now because my skin is not as bad as it use to be and I use minimal makeup now.
But I would definitely recommend it if you want an deeper clean and don't want to fork out too much money for the clarisonic. continued >>
I liked this more than the sephora pore cleansing pad . It's delicate enough to use everyday. What I don't like is that my little holder broke off so it can't hold the brush anymore. And one morning the bristles started to shed like mad. In chunks. Maybe I got a bad one? I returned it. But I used it for a little over a month everyday till I had to. I think I will repurchase though, food for thought I tried the olay pro x brush and didn't find it any better than this.
I use this brush once or twice a day with a Vichy foaming face wash and the combination is just lovely, it cleans my pores completely and the amount of blackheads since I started using this brush a few weeks ago have diminished greatly. Another thing this brush has done for me is even out my skin tone... The light red patches that have always been on my cheeks (not scars as I am not acne-prone at all, I don't even know why I had red patches on my cheeks) are GONE! Perhaps it has something to do with the massaging action.... which feels absolutely wonderful by the way. It helps to ensure that my makeup is removed completely and the cap-stand keeps the brush protected at all times. Great design! I would recommend this to people who do not have major skin concerns but want a more complete and deeper cleansing.
Edit one year later: A splurge buy. I used this every day for a month and then never again. Well, I tried once every few months - but it just didn't do anything for me that my fingers and a scrub couldn't. I already use glycolics and other scrubs - this tool was unnecessary and in my case, overkill. Ah well, live and learn. :)
With this brush, I get a massage every night! And the results are showing up: My skin is tighter and my eye area is more 'awake' (for lack of a better description).
When I started using this, I felt oil-slickier than usual. I found that this was normal as stimulation increases sebum production / skin turn-over and it was all good from there on out. More skin-savvy folks may find this to be common sense, but it was all new to me (and maybe to you too).
I use this with a variety of face washes and soaps and they're all made a treat by this brush.
Quite different from what you would expect from something called a cleansing brush, in all the right ways. It feels soft and relaxing on the face. I have had mine for around two years now, and it looks and feels like I just took it out of the box, so this product is manufactered to last. I've dropped it more times than I care to admit, and the stand it comes with really protects the bristles. One of those very rare "they thought of everything and I'm truly impressed" products. I am so very happy I discovered this.