I'm so glad that I finally caved in and bought the Mia 2 from Sephora during the 15% sale. Mine is the version with red and pink roses on it...I bought it with bundled with a set of Boscia products so it was really value for money. The main differences between Mia and Mia 2 is the T-timer that switches off after 1 minute and 2 speeds - low and normal. I only use the Mia 2 once a day, after I take off my make up. In the morning, I wash my face without it. I wouldn't use it more than once a day because it feels too exfoliating and I don't want to damage my skin by over-exfoliating it. Also, I only use the low speed because the normal speed sort of hurts my skin, which is not particularly sensitive.
I did not have the dreaded breakout that some people are purported to have. I must admit that for the first few days, I was quite nervous about having breakouts and kept checking my face in the mirror :-P The only side-effect I experienced for the first week was the sides of my nose turning red. It was easily covered with makeup and subsided after the first week.
While I haven't encountered any life-changing experience with my Mia 2 - I have no major skin issues at the moment - I must say that it does remove residual make up well. There is no foundation on my cotton pad after toning my face at night. Also products seem to absorb into my skin slightly faster and an old brown acne scar on my chin has faded quite significantly. What I haven't noticed is the size of my pores shrinking or reduction of oily areas. But then I've only been using this for 3 weeks so I'll give it more time.
PS: Although this is pricy, the best time to buy Mia 2 is from US sites during their sale period. The charger can be plugged into outlets up to 240V so it is suitable for international use. Just buy a plug adapter (costs a few bucks) and it will work perfectly fine.
Before I start, I just wanted you to know what this review was about. I wrote a review a while back on the differences between the spinbrush pro (and the different models) as well as the oil of olay version of the spinbrush. In this review I am comparing and contrasting them (this was before I bought one) to figure out which one would work best for me... I hope by reading this, you will have a better understanding of your options before purchasing a spinbrush...
I was very skeptical of this brush to begin withÖ. but I finally pulled the trigger after much consultation from my dermatologist. For any of those wondering, my dermatologist herself told me 1) this brush will make a huge difference regarding the health of my skin 2) that the Oil of Olay Spinbrush is just as good as the Clarisonic. That was her honest professional medical answer... So now I will give you my opinion on each of the two models.
The brush head: the brush heads differ on a few levels and I honestly feel that the The Clarisonic brush is superior. The Clarisonic brush head is much larger, even when comparing the smallest size Clarisonic MIA model to the Oil of Olay Spinbrush. The Clarisonic also has the optionality of different removable heads, one of them specifically for sensitive skin. I use this one. The drugstore versions do not have this optionality. After trying both Clarisonic brush heads (the regular and sensitive), I prefer the sensitive. I also feel the bristles on the Clarisonic model are softer and higher quality.
Cleaning power: About equal, but different. The Clarisonic uses a sonic oscillation system while the Oil of Olay Spinbrush uses a nonsonic rotating brush. The Oil of Olay version doesnít really vibrate like the Clarisonic but just sort of spins around in circles. When using the Clarisonic you simply move it in circular motions around your face as the brush vibrates. The Spinbrush doesnít necessarily work in that fashion since its already spinning around. They do feel different in my opinion. Probably both get you to the same place but I prefer the Clarisonic. I also think its much more effortless than the cheaper Oil of Olay brush. One thing that blew me away was not only how well it worked on my face- but also the eczema and tiny red bumps on my arms, after a few scrubs- GONE!
Charging: Clarisonic charges either in a base (if you buy the larger models) or in a simple handle attachment if you buy the MIA (thatís what I have). The Oil of Olay is battery operated- and this SUCKS! I have to change the batteries every two to three times of use (depending on how long I use it, which often varies). Yes, I do have rechargeable batteries, but still can be rather frustrating changing them SO often. This is why there is such aclassic difference in price, though. You get more with the higher quality, you just have to be willing to spend more too.
Models: The Clarisonic comes in 5, yes 5, confusing models. What is the difference in all of them? Why do we need 5 models? They differ in speeds, size, battery life, attachments they come with, and warranty. They range from $119 to $225. There is the MIA (both the MIA 1 and MIA 2). This is the most compact and does not come with a charging cradle but a charging link. The classic comes with a charging cradle. And the Plus and Pro models have 3 speeds and are for the face and body. I think this is all mumbo jumbo and all you need is the MIA. You really dont need different speeds and you can use the regular brush head on your body as well. Unless you really want a standup cradle I would purchase the MIA for $119. The higher models also come with more Clarisonic skin care products. You donít need to use their products. Use your own favorite products. The Oil of Olay only has one to chose from, with no models to choose from. It is very standard and really comes with NO bells and whistles.
Body functionality: The Oil of Olay Spinbrush is very tiny, almost too tiny for the body. I think you can use the MIA Clarisonic for body even though its not marketed that way. You can really tell the difference in price here because the Clarisonic is well built, and sturdy... but the Olay version doesnt fit in your hand as nice, and its not as well built as the other models.
Do I really need to spend $119 on a brush to wash my face? No. You donít need to. But it will get your skin cleaner and you will likely see improvement- like I have after using for just a few days. The brush removes significantly more dirt, oil and makeup than manual cleansing. Both brushes will help to loosen impurities from your pores alot more effectively than your fingertips rubbing soap on your face. However, this does not eliminate the need to exfoliate on a regular basis. The simple fact is that results from either brush are going to be better than not using one at all. The Oil of Olay clearly provides more value at $30. Although I cannot say for sure, it doesnít feel as though it will last for years and years like the Clarisonic does. The Spinbrush is a bit flimsier in your hands than the Clarisonic. I have had my MIA for about a year now and I love it. I would recommend it to every woman really. Especially those women who are obsessed with new facial products, those who keep their skin a top priority and also those who have needs and maintenance when it comes to keeping their skin glowing. If you have dry skin, if you suffer from serious acne or a few blemishes, if you have large pores- this brush will be a godsend. Like I stated earlier, I saw results within DAYS of using this. Keeping in mind, I was using the Nutregena Wave beforehand, which I thought was just the greatest thing... NOT. It doesnt stand a chance against my Clarisonic, not even close. Plus I got sick of spending money on those expensive pads that you needed to attach. I dont have that problem with this- I can use any product i want, and can change them anytime I want. Well worth every penny ladies! Honestly! <
I love my mia! I have to say I was hesitant about buying it, because of the price tag, but I finally broke down and bought one. I only use it once a day, using Cerave gentle non-foaming cleanser, I take off all my make-up and rinse my face first and I make sure not to apply any pressure, just glide it over my face like the sales-person instructed me. I've noticed a huge difference in my pore size. I've not had any acne pop-up, nor have I had any issues with my skin feeling tight, but I clean the brush with peroxide every time I use it, and like I said, I don't push hard. Overall, I love it! My face glows and my serum seem to absorb much faster
I can't see the point of this thing. I wanted one for years, and I finally bit the bullet and got one. I've noticed absolutely no difference in my skin, and actually I think it irritates my skin. The "sensitive" brush head it came with left my skin with a scratched-up feeling so I got the delicate one. I've had a couple of cystic acne bumps pop up which I haven't seen that kind of thing in over 15 years. Any good dermatologist will tell you there's no such thing as a "purging" phase where things get worse before they get better. I don't even have acne but this thing has given it to me. Aside from the fact, I can't imagine using this thing on acneic skin. It could do nothing but irritate. If I bought it from a legit store (I got a deal on amazon from a private seller) I would be returning this thing for sure.
I have very dry skin - patches all around my nose, upper lip area. I usually don't get acne but due to my recent lifestyle change (diet - high protein) I've been breaking out around my chin and middle of my forehead- they're not pimples, they're small little irritible itchy red dots. So I figured I should invest in a cleaning system. I've never washed my face before I purchased the Clarisonic. Every time I tried to wash my face prior to Clarisonic, my face would break out from being too dry. I use a very heavy moisturizer for night and day as well.
I've been using this for about two weeks in conjunction with my Apple Cider Vinegar 1:1 toner - I wash my face with the Clarisonic and then use toner, wait 2 mins then wash off with cold water. I no longer have the acne spots on my chin or forehead - my blackheads seems like they've disappeared and are easier to remove. My face is super clean and soft; I also have less dry patches. I have not experienced a purging period yet. But so far, I really enjoy this Clarisonic tool. But I'm not sure if it's the Clarisonic or Apple Cider Vinegar Toner that's improving my skin. Both work amazingly well together.
This was waaaaay too harsh on my skin, I broke out a lot more between my forehead and chin. If you have sensitive skin, be aware.
I've stopped using this and have gone back to my original routine of water washes and moisturizer.
Love this product! I was using the olay spinbrush for awhile telling myself it was probably just as good as the clairsonic and for much cheaper (I was so wrong)! The clarisonic is truly amazing it really exfoliates your skin, deeply cleans and makes your skin care products better absorb. My skin hasn't felt this supple in so many years! It's really worth every penny the cheaper alternatives just don't compare.
I absolutely adore my Mia 2. It has cleared up my skin and really changed the texture. I feel like my products are able to work better because the skin is thoroughly cleaned and energized. I was told to use an enzyme masque and then take it off with the Mia. This product truly makes my life better and it feels great too!
I started using my Mia 2 about a week and half ago. Complete and total skin transformation! My skin was lifeless and dull. I exfoliated twice weekly, Moisturized, e.t.c. Nothing seemed to help. This little baby has made my skin glow. I alternate between the deep pore brush and the sensitive skin one that it came with.
I use it Morning and night without and damaging effects. My skin hasn't broken out and my pores have shrunken drastically. I put off buying this because of the price. Glad I finally broke down and bought it. Well worth the money!!
I started using the Clarisonic on my oily skin about two weeks ago. I used to have moderate/hormonal acne flare-ups on my chin regularly, and over the past few months have been mostly acne free since discontinuing hormonal birth control. ANYWAY. Two days into using my Clarisonic Mia2 twice a day with their acne cleanser and Dermalogica moisturizer (that I've always used!) I got THREE massive cystic pimples. One on my chin, one on my cheek, and one next to my nose. I was so irritated, but I continued to use the Clarisonic hoping for the best.
I am a totally happy camper now. I haven't had any new breakouts, my skin is glowing and soft, it absorbs masques and moisturizers sooo much better than it used to. I'm even beginning to see some minor fine lines diminish.
The best part: I got a compliment on my skin! From a stranger! The last time that happened I was probably 13, when I had naturally perfect airbrushed skin. Maybe those days are back?
All in all, stoked on my Mia2.
I got one of these during the holidays and it came with the deep pore cleansing head and the sensitive skin head. I first used the deep pore cleansing brush. Instantly after using it, my face felt smooth and looked a little bit glowy. One month after using it, my face had really cleared up! It definitely cleansed and shrank my pores! Foundation looked better on my face than ever before! I was skeptical about this at first, I didn't think it would have such an impact. Now I can't live without it. I went on vacation and forgot to pack the charger, and unfortunately it died, so I wasn't able to use it for a few days. By the end of my vacation, my face had started to break out, and my pores were noticeably larger again. This is a miracle product for me!
The only bummer for me was that the sensitive skin brush it came with does not work for me! After 3 months, I changed my deep pore brush to the sensitive one and after using it for a few days, my face had broken out horribly! My pores were huge! I immediately went and got some of the deep pore cleansing brushes and my face is starting to get back to normal again.
I love the Clarisonic Mia! It worked wonders for me. This is one of the best things I've ever bought. It's worth a try!