Better then using your hands as I seem to spend a bit more time washing my face but not as good as the Clarisonic. It's nice and soft but not good enough to purchase again. I think more gimmicky...
2nd: ok, so i've had this brush for a couple of weeks and i find myself reaching for it more often. because i spend more time washing, my face is clean. i use only in the AM and use the Clarisonic in PM. also makes my face wash last longer -- only need a pea size ( Purity ) of cleanser - when i use my hands, i have to use double the amount of cleanser.
Been using this for about 20 years, twice a day, since I was around 7 years old. Brush lasts for awhile (on my 2nd or 3rd brush) if you're gentle with it. I can no longer wash my face without this brush because it always gets my face clean. Doesn't really massage, but does a good deep clean of pores to get grime out. Definitely helps with making shiseido cleansing foam washes last for a year or more.
This is a review for the brush with pink silicone stems. I recently experienced mild breakouts around the mouth and chin area combined with really sensitive skin, probably due to hormonal changes (I'm a breastfeeding mother) that I couldn't keep under control with my usual remedies : Avène water, Dr Brandt Pore Control, Shiseido Pureness anti blemish fluid etc.
I now use this brush since about one month and am happy with the results. My face looked more radiant and even toned in one week and blemishes are def more under control. The brush is very soft, doesn't scratch at all and works up a nice lather with my Shiseido Benefiance cleanser, without drying my skin or causing redness.
Usage tip: wet brush and add a pea size of foam cleanser, start brushing with circular motions on the lower part of your skin as excess water and foam will otherwise run in your eyes, work your way up, rinse with warm water and a cloth (to avoid water spilling). Pat dry and finish with a splash of lotion and moisturizer.
Learn how to double-use this brush with Dermalogica's Microfoliant (here follows a recap of my review of the Microfoliant):
I used to be a fan of the Clinique 7day scrub but than learned that scrubbing is damaging to the skin and skipped to exfoliation because my skin needs a take-the-dull-layer-away action now & then. I love the effect of this exfoliator, and have repurchased before, despite the totally steep price. Aside from the exfoliating effect due to enzymatic action, it also contains salicylic acid to deep cleanse pores (a must ingredient for when my skin acts weird).
However I hated how much product I spill e-v-e-r-y time. I find it difficult to turn the powder into a "cream" without any grid (to avoid the scrub effect) within the limited space of my hand palm, sometimes I just slather it on my moist face in the shower, anyway I always end up with half of the expensive powder in the bath tub or sink - so I gave up on regular use.
Now I really want to share my new secret of how I re-started to use this recently.
I'm already using the Shiseido Cleasing Massage brush with my cleansing cream for a while and - on a desperate bad skin day/week - grabbed for it while my eye caught the Microfoliant catching dust in my closet and thought : "Hey!"
Tadaaaaa! A match was made in heaven. Here's how I do it:
- wet brush and face
- dry hands
- put some powder in palm of your hand
- work up to a lather with the brush and apply to face
Since the Shiseido brush is super gentle and soft, it's safe to use this with the Microfoliant I guess - anyway no irritation so far (haven't tried this with Dermalogica's brush thought, which seems like no good idea since their brush is exfoliating on its own).
So: Dermalogica Microfoliant + Shiseido Skincare Massage brush = clear, exfoliated skin without spills! I hope you read it here first, otherwise I'm afraid I'm poaching about a discovery of a very unhidden treasure ...
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.
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.