Unlisted Brand • iSkin • Skincare - Face
|Would buy this product again.||50%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I've had this 1 week and I can already tell a big difference in my skin. My pores are smaller and my skin is smoother. I love it and I really love the fact I didnt have to spend a lot of money!!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Very Oily, Tan Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
its ok. not buying it again. doesnt do much
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
The bristles on this brush are really soft, which is great because I have dry and sensitive skin. I use it one to two times a week, and I think it does a great job at exfoliating my skin, and keeping the spots where I have some breakouts (my nose) under control. The trick is to make sure you care for the brush. If you get it dirty or fail to clean it, you could end up with more bacteria on your face - not less.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Curly, Fine Eyes: Black
Clarisonic dupe? Hmm, not sure. I owned the Clarisonic MIA before I found out about this product and it really bugged me, because I felt like I wasted my money (bargain shopper here).
What made me buy this guy was the extra strong speed it had. If you own the Clarisonic and it does wonders to you face, you start wanting to use it on your body...
So I got this product!
Let me tell you, it feels cheap. The brush is a little stiff and there's nothing you can do about that since there aren't options like the Clarisonic (my brush is sensitive, level 2 out of 3 -normal, sensitive and delicate-, that tells you that my face can take rough stuff). It's good for certain parts of the body, but not for your face.
I like the shape of the brush better, but I wish it was smaller. It's too bulky. Again, great for the body, not for your face.
The bad part about the brush is that it got too used in one week. So you have to spend $20 for the replacements, I feel like in no time I will have spent what I did spend for my Clarisonic (my Clarisonic brush is 3 months old of daily use and still feels great).
The handle sucks, it gets slippery and the shape makes it falls out of your hand in no time, and when it does, it opens up and you have to gather the batteries around.
By the way, the expensive lithium batteries will last 2 weeks and a half of daily use. So you will have to spend extra on those too.
Last, but not least, the looks. A lot of people don't care about it, but I do. The Clarisonic is sooooo cute; this guy is bulky, squared and ugly. The teardrop brush would look beautiful with a slim round-like design, but the squareness of the handle just doesn't bring the nice looks of the brush. I feel like I wanna hide it in my bathroom.
I don't think this product will last, and I'm very careful with my things.
I feel that people who say the iSkin is a Clarisonic dupe, haven't used the Clarisonic. Pretty sure they haven't because I wouldn't say this is a dupe. It sure has the same idea behind it, but the quality leaves us to question if the $30 of iSkin is as worth as $150 of Clarisonic. I would NEVER say I wasted my money when I bought the Clarisonic, I would say that I did for the iSkin.
Seriously, spend a little bit of money. I got my Clarisonic on eBay for $70, free priority shipping. It was new, had an extra set of brushes, 7 little skin care serums (1 comes originally with the product and other 6 you buy separately, but they came all in one deal to me) and the charger. It is so much worth your money!
PS: remember, never bid twice, ALWAYS BID LAST SECOND and always the highest amount you are willing to pay (eBay will adjust to the lowest possible).
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I have stubborn dry patches on my cheeks and around my mouth and was tired of scrubbing them with a washcloth. I had also tried a Buff-Puff type of sponge and it was so harsh on my skin. So, I heard that the iSkin was a better tool and I didn't mind paying $23 for it at Sally Beauty. (I had a coupon; normally, it's around $30).
For me, the iSkin delivers good results. It helps to lessen the flakies on my dry areas and the rest of my face just feels much cleaner than it does when I wash manually. Also, my skin is noticeably smoother and softer to the touch. On days when my skin feels more sensitive, I use the lower setting but on most days, I can use the higher setting with no irritation.
It took me a month to use up the small bottle of cleanser that came in the box. It's an okay cleanser; I didn't notice any outstanding results with it, but it didn't break me out, either. After I ran out, I started using Cetaphil with the iSkin.
One of my only complaints is that the iSkin is very noisy (in contrast with the Clarisonic Mia, which I tested in a store and found much quieter).
I wouldn't purchase the iSkin again because I decided to upgrade to a Clarisonic Mia. However, if you're on a tighter budget, I do recommend the iSkin.
Age: Unknown Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
After reading so many reviews and comments on how the ISkin is a great "dupe" for the Clarisonic, I feel like I have to be the voice that screams FALSE. I'm actually a little annoyed so many people said they were comparable, because after using the Clarisonic for a month and trying out the ISkin, I can honestly say they are not at all comparable.
Yesterday I bought the ISkin for traveling, because the Clarisonic (plus) is not travel friendly at all and I don't think I can go six days without it! I never return anything, more likely to hoard it away than return it, but the ISkin after one use is going back! First, I find it a little awkward to hold maybe after being just so adjusted to the Clarisonic, and the ISkin is LOUD. It's like it vibrates so hard that pieces are rattling. Granted, this might just be me grabbing the one that wasn't made well, but it is so much louder than the Clarisonic which kind of bothers me.
As far as cleaning my face, I don't feel like the ISkin did a good job. With the Clarisonic I just place the bristles gently on the skin, and the vibrations are enough to scrub that top layer, whereas I felt like with the ISkin you actually had to apply some pressure, and it left my face feeling very raw.
If you get good results with the ISkin--great! I wanted to love it. But I really want to make it clear that loving or hating the ISkin doesn't mean you'll love or hate the Clarisonic. They are really apples and oranges to me and my skin.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I really really REALLY wanted to love this, and at first I really did. I used it for about a month. The first week or so, it made my face sooo smooth and really did a pretty decent job at taking my makeup off. However, I think it just ended up aggravating my skin and making me break out. Oh and my pores turned into giant little crater looking things on my face. Since I stopped using it, my pores shrunk back to their normal (yet still annoying) size and my face has cleared up some. I'm glad I didn't end up buying a Clarisonic! I thought the brush was nice and soft and I made sure to clean it very well after every use, but really, this was nothing more than a brush. There are two speeds of vibrations, but that really didn't do much but make my hand go numb and make a lot of noise making my fiance think I was doing something other than washing my face lol. I did like it though and may even use it just once a month for exfoliation, but other than that it did more harm than good.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Hazel
Hate to be the only person in the world that doesnt like this product. I'm pretty sure after using this for a week, this is what is breaking me out. I purchased this after seeing absolutely NO bad comments about this product. But it just didnt work for me. The bristles get scratchy after a while (i'm not going to buy a new head after only a week!) and i'm pretty sure it traps the extra cleanser you didnt use on your face in the bristles because after rinsing it three times i found the next day the brush was still soapy. Really wanted to like this product.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Red, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I bought this as an alternative to the Clarisonic, which I have not tried so I cannot compare it to that. It does however, clean my skin very well and works as a good exfoliator. My skin literally feels squeeky clean!
Minus one lippie because the only downside I see is from what I have read about the Clarisonic it spins around while this one vibrates, but for $30 at Sally Beauty Supply versus $200 I think I'll live.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Dark Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I purchased the iSkin Pore Perfecting System and I love it!! It makes my skin super smooth and clean. It is battery-operated and the brush head has soft and gentle bristles that are shaped into a diamond (great for going around your nose). I use it every other day and it removes the excess oil from my T-zone perfectly. I used it with my normal cleansers (Cetaphil and Clinique liquid cleanser) and it works amazingly. I am not wild about the smell of the cleanser that it comes with, so I haven't tried it out yet, but I will try it at least once. The iSkin is supposed to be a dupe for the Clarisonic, which I haven't tried, but I think it is an awesome deep cleaning system in its own right.It sells for a great price. It is normally $29.99, but I have a Sally's card and it was $27.49 and I had a 20% of coupon, so I got if for about $22.50. I might get the Clarisonic Plus one day, just because it is rechargeable and has a body buffer (until then I will use rechargeable batteries), but this is an awesome, budget-friendly alternative to the Clarisonic.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
UPDATE 10/14/11: I've owned my Clarisonic Plus for about a year now so I feel it's time to re-review the iSkin as a comparison to the other system. There really is a huge difference between the two. If you try the Clarisonic before using the iSkin the iSkin will disappoint but that does not make the iSkin any LESS of a great product. I just think it's another alternative, less expensive for those who are more budget minded. The iSkin is heftier and is more unbalanced in the hand where the Clarisonic just FEELS right. The rotating brush of the Clarisonic is super gentle and I have a tendency to use it every time I shower and my skin feels EVEN BETTER than when I started using my iSkin (which to be fair was way better than nothing). I sort of was skeptical about the Clarisonic after getting it because I thought the iSkin was good enough and perhaps it was but the improvement in my skin since I've started using the Clarisonic Plus is noticeable (as was the difference from when I started using the iSkin vs. nothing). So my overall recommendation is this: iSkin is better than nothing. Great for budget minded beauty shoppers. Since I purchased it there are other variations (I think Oil of Olay came out with something amongst other co's as well). I still feel good about the cleanser although I'm heading towards more natural solutions at this point in my life so I am not using the iSkin cleanser like I was. Good enough to recommend but if you have the budget for the Clarisonic - skip iSkin and get your Clarisonic, don't overthink it like I did.
UPDATE 5/3/10: I've been using this for several weeks and without a doubt it's improved pore size and seems to have tightened (for lack of a better description) my skin. My skin also seems more luminous - I attribute that to part iSkin and part jojoba oil in the first step of makeup removal nightly. I would HIGHLY recommend the iSkin if you're considering it at all.
Orig review: I've been on the fence about purchasing the Clairisonic variation. I read the reviews, tried playing with it in store and wasn't sure if I was ready to make the $200ish investment in that type of product. I read a bit about the iSkin here on MUA as well as several other places and happened to be in Sally Beauty Supply one day last week and purchased the iSkin on a whim.
The iSkin is a decent system. It is waterproof, it has two speeds. I placed mine in the shower and have used it several times. There are three notable differences between the Clairosonic I was eyeballing and this iSkin that I got for 1/7th the price:
1) The brush head on the iSkin vibrates (there are 2 speeds from which to choose from), the Clairosonic brush spins - the inside part of the brush spins.
2) The brush head of the iSkin has a teardrop shape - I assume the pointy side is to get in harder to reach areas of the face. Admittedly it's still too big shapewise to get in to hard to reach areas of my face (where my nose meets or in between my eyebrows - so I just sort of run them over). The Clairosonic brush is of a slightly smaller diameter and round.
3) There is no timer on the iSkin - I'm fully capable of counting to 30 seconds so it's not a huge issue for me. It should be noted that the Clairosonic I was eyeballing did have a timer.
I've been using the pore cleanser that came with the iSkin. I enjoy the scent, almost spa like - smells a bit manufactured vs. botanical but it's not overwhelming and it is an overall pleasant smell. After using it two days in a row I already noticed a more even luminous appearance to my face, especially on my cheeks and forehead. My pores still seem large but they did seem minimized vs. the first day. I'll give it some more time before making a final evaluation but thus far I really enjoy this brush.
I give it 4 lippies because the size of the brush is a bit bulkier than what would be effective for my face. I'll have to take a look at the Clairosonic again to see if it truly is smaller like I remember it being. It seems like it would be an insignificant thing but it bothers me a bit.
Overall though I would recommend it. For $30ish you can't beat it. To purchase another bottle of the iSkin cleanser which comes with a replacement brush head is about $10 - pretty economical and it will last a long time. You only use a dime sized amount of the cleanser and it goes a long way.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I'd heard all the raves for the Clarisonic and how wonderful your skin looks and feels after using it, and being a teenage acne survivor, I'm always on the lookout (still) for products that will improve my skin texture. But $200 on one product for a struggling college student is a little much, so I sighed and kissed that dream good bye.
Just before my birthday, I hinted to my family that I would like to have the Clarisonic, but that it was just too expensive. After researching a little, I found a few reviews on the iSkin, which was considered a very close dupe to the Clarisonic. What was even better was that you could get it at Sally Beauty Supply for THIRTY BUCKS. Now this was doable. I received it on my birthday, and I'm so happy with it. I cannot compare it to the Clarisonic since I've never used it, but I will say that the results people have reported getting from the Clarisonic are the results I got from the iSkin; since my skin is quite sensitive, I only use it on the low setting (there are two, low and high) every other day or so for about a minute with a light hand. My skin is noticeably softer, the texture is much smoother, and I'm even seeing some slight fading of old acne scars. It's virtually gotten rid of every blackhead on my nose, and almost all blackheads on my chin. I break out less and less, and my skin absorbs my moisturizer so much better than before.
It comes with the brush handle, one facial brush, and a small bottle of face wash. The face was is great, and once I finished it off, I just switched to my other wash, which works just as well on the brush. I keep promising myself to go buy another bottle of the face wash, I know I'll get to it someday. :)
The brush lasts about six months, and after that they recommend you replace it; the brush heads aren't at all expensive, and they're soft and easy on the skin.
Overall, I'm really, really happy. This is a great brush for someone who wants a Clarisonic, but just can't afford it. I'd still like to buy a Clarisonic for myself one day, but the iSkin is perfect for me right now.
So I'm changing my rating now that I do own a Clairisonic-when you compare the two side by side, it really is no contest. This is not to say that the iSkin isn't a good brush-for someone on a budget, it is a fair alternative; it improved my skin texture, and eliminated most, if not all of my blackheads. But like I said...when I got my Clairisonic and began using it...no contest.