My vote: HYPE
So, my comparison is vs. the battery operated Olay brush which I used for one year. Batteries replaced once with 4-5x weekly use. I used Olay thinking if I use it consistently for a year, and didn't dump it in a drawer of forgotten hauls, I can justify an 'upgrade'.
Well, the upgrade is a downgrade in my skin care.
Here's why. The movement of Mia's brush is actually a vibration that's unnerving on it's own compared to the smooth circular motion of Olay's brush. I can do without vibrating my facial nerves before rest/bed and sure as heck, not first thing in the morning.
Then, my nose pores on Olay were clean, smooth and invisible, now after a year of the goodness, (get ready for tmi) 2 days with Mia, (oily) pores are noticeably visible - clogged, black, large and needing more makeup to conceal them. My 'natural' makeup kick this summer is over until Olay can straighten this flub out - which I'm starting again as soon as I can get new replacement heads. Manual scrubs til then.
My skin wasn't bad, thanks to Olay brush and good skin reggie this past year and Mia hasn't caused problems *but* she certainly hasn't maintained my good skin and invisible pores *because* Mia's vibration on the nose is intolerable, hence pores not cleaned. Gross.
I'm disappointed, as using Mia to clean my face, then another product to clean my nose is not an option I'm willing to entertain - not at approx $90usd. Back to drugstore.com
I am not affiliated with Olay and don't use any other Olay products.
FYI, nightly retin-a, and twice daily DYI 'serum' (tea tree/aloe/shea+)...and the olay brush:) with a variety of cleansers
I've only been using my Mia for a couple weeks and I have never in my life had such great results. My skin has made a dramatic improvement (is really starting to clear up) which I'm pretty impressed with since I havn't had clear skin since before puberty.
My Mia came with the sensitive brush head which I wasn't too impressed with. I felt like I needed something more, so after two weeks I bought the deep pore brush. I'm very happy with the change I made and the stronger brush has made a big difference. I'll use my Mia twice a day (morning and night) and so far have not experienced any irritation. I think my skin in general is pretty tough and not at all sensitive.
For those of you who arn't impressed with the Mia, I strongly suggest you try a different brush.
If anyone is curious I'm currently using the Giovanni D:tox Purifying Facial Cleanser with the Mia. I think the bush is so good that it probably wouldn't even matter what cleanser I'm using (well to an extent).
Mia is my one HG beauty item which I don't give out often. Don't let the price throw you off. I know mine is the best purchase I've ever made and I think everyone with Acne prone skin should have one in their bathroom.
Buying this is the best thing I have ever done for my skin. It was expensive, but after seeing how great it is, I would gladly pay triple the price. My face has never looked so radiant, and I haven't had a blemish in months. The money I save on foundation is amazing, I barely wear it anymore! Do yourself a favor and take the plunge!
This is the best thing that I have done for my face. Note to other reviewers, you should wash the make up off your face before using the Mia. I don't usually go out and spend over 100 dollars on any makeup products, let alone a brush. However, I was suffering from really bad stress and hormone-induced breakouts. I researched this product on youtube, blogs, and review sites for months. When I finally gave it a try, I saw results immediately. First off, my skin is not as oily anymore. I am cleaning and exfoliating my face right to the very pores. My skin became instantly soft and I started seeing results in that acne began to heal.
Note: This is not some miracle brush. You obviously have to use it consistently. Wash your hands and avoid touching your face. Also, start watching what foods you are eating. There is no product out there that will make up for daily fast food diets.
Clarisonic Mia....I think its nothing more than a fancy rip off. I have normal skin with small pores and very minor acne. I use Benzamycin( benzoyl peroxide and erithromycin) at night for any blemishes. I wanted pimples underneath skin gone (on forehead and some on cheeks) and for blackheads because those are my favorite to pick. I don't take the time to exfoliate so I thought the Mia would be perfect for that purpose. I made a visit to Clarisonic's site a few times before ordering. Originally, I was planning on getting the Clarisonic Classic b/c it has a charging cradle but I ended up going with the Mia. Not to mention I couldn't justify spending $195 on one product. Upon arrival, I followed the directions to a T. I wet my face to begin, then applied cleanser ( I use Mary Kay). Afterwards, I usually wipe my face down with a warm washcloth to make sure all residue is gone. Bottom line: Not impressed, skin has stayed the same. Knock on wood, I haven't seen any out of this world breakouts so that's a plus or I would absolutely be returning it. The "sonic" part is such b.s. Its just a gimmick to make you think your skin is getting cleaner. All it does is vibrate and make noise. After first use, I looked at the brush head and its stained from removing my foundation. It makes it look dirty. I wish Clarisonic could have made a stain resistant brush head.
The Mia is $175CAD, ridiculously expensive compared to in the US, I used my SDM points so paid half the price but would gladly buy this product again. I purchased the white color that comes with the sensitive skin brush.
my skin:36 years old, asian, sensitive, acne prone, clogged pores, red scars from cystic acne, pox marks from cystic acne, hormonal breakouts, whiteheads, oily by midmorning, needs blotting throughout the day, freckles from the sun, not alot of wrinkles, sallow looking.
how I use the Mia: in the evening I always use an oil cleanser b/c that's the only thing I've found that removes sunscreen effectively, I've started using the Mia the way most people suggest, once a day, felt that my skin is so oily that it could probably tolerate the increase to 2x a day, so after using it 4 days in the PM I switched to using it 2x a day, sometimes I get overzealous & use longer than 1 minute:p I'll go for an extra 20-30seconds.
what I've noticed:purging definately happened during week one, cystic pimples came to head alot faster but the red scarring also lightened alot quicker, skin is alot tighter tooking, pores are definately smaller around the nose/cheek area, skin is lighter/brighter/fresh looking, with continued use skin is starting to flake a little bit which is surprising b/c I thought the device is supposed to take care of the flaking but perhaps its drying out my skin b/c I've also noticed my skin is tighter/drier after washing, less "drenched in oil" look throughout the day, still noticing blackheads on my nose although the pores filled w/ blackheads are noticably smaller, also still noticing clogged pores beside my nose/beside the cheek area.
note: you're probably not supposed to do this....but b/c I found I could not get the brush close enough to the sides of the nose/cheek area where most of the clogging is occuring...I popped the middle brush out & just used the middle brush, I found this is working well for me b/c now I can concentrate on the bridge, nose, sides of nose/cheek area where the bigger brush would not reach.
plans: I'm going to continue using this for a month then might try the deep cleansing or acne brush. continued >>
Love Love Love this product dont think I can ever cleanse without using this brush ever again.
I broke down and bought a Mia after using my sister's Clarisonic and loving the results. The Mia delivers smooth, clear skin as promised. I use the acne brush heads for face because they are very gentle, and the sensitive brush heads for my back. I use the Mia 3 or 4X per week on my face and back (anything more is just too much), and I love it. My skin needs regular exfoliation, and the Mia has made a huge difference on my back alone with the bacne I get on my upper back. I can't say that products are absorbing better, but I do like the fact that it delivers great exfoliation and clear skin without leaving leftover grit all over my face like scrubs do. For my back alone, the Mia has been worth the purchase, and when I factor in the cost for the occasional back treatment the Mia has eliminated the need for, the Mia has already paid for itself. The Mia does not eliminate or reduce blackheads, but keeps your skin clear so that any extractions are easy. I also bought only the plain original Mia because beeping timers, variable scrub settings and other frills were unnecessary- I just want straightforward cleaning. I've been using the Clinique Foaming Cleanser with my Mia and find it works very well, and every so often I soak the brush head in a shallow dish of hydrogen peroxide (bristle side down) to sanitize it. I purchased my Mia from Skinstore during one of their 20% off sales, and am very happy with the purchase overall. When/if this Mia dies, I will repurchase another.
***edit: Dang, I love this thing! After a few months of regular use, my skin is just GLOWING. I used to get regular mid-month hormonal breakouts, which are mostly a thing of the past. The odd pimples I get now are small, and go away completely within 1-2 days on their own with no special treatment (no BP treatments, no retinoids, etc.). My skin does really well with daily exfoliation as long as I'm not using retinoids or overly harsh products, and I've discovered that the acne clalrisonic brushes are super soft and are fine for daily use. I frankly didn't expect to love my clarisonic this much, and it's very pleasantly exceeded my original expectations. I will absolutely be purchasing a replacement once this one expires.
I have combination, prone-to-breakout skin. Scars takes a long time to heal on their own, and generally, my skin needs help sloughing away dead surface skin. I would recommend this brush to everyone to get a truly deep clean.
I was first intrigued when I switched to a sonic toothbrush and I noticed how much cleaner my mouth was after brushing. I knew that the same technology would be great for my skin and I wasn't disappointed. What's great about having this tool is that you can thoroughly clean your skin without the need for abrasive cleansers or lots of massaging. The brush just makes it so quick and easy. Just use any basic cleanser, and run the brush around your face in circular motions for the allotted time and its as simple as that.
I don't get as many pimples as I used to and when I do they are small and go away a lot quicker than before. They don't get inflamed or irritated. I don't even wear foundation anymore because of the improvement in my skin.
I use this once a day at night to make sure I get all makeup and dirt off my face. The brush is gentle and you can use it in the shower. Its a pleasure to use - like getting a mini facial everytime. I've used facial brushes in the past, and I don't think the results are comparable. There is just no way you can achieve the same results by hand. Most of us will probably have those nights when we are too lazy to do a thorough wash by hand (i.e. with a brush), but the Clarisonic makes it so easy there are no excuses for skipping a wash. Highly recommended.
The Clarisonic Mia 2 is working wonders on my skin! I used to get random dry, flaky patches on my face, but since I've used the Mia, my face is baby bottom smooth and bright! I have noticed a glow to my face that was never there before I started using the Mia. I cannot say enough good things about this product and how it has improved my skin so much... and i've only been using it for a month! I can only imagine it keeps getting better.