Clarisonic • Clarisonic PLUS Sonic Skin Cleansing System • Misc Beauty Tools
|Would buy this product again.||75%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
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 with…. 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 doesn’t 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 doesn’t 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 (that’s 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 don’t 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 don’t 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 doesn’t 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! <
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Brown, Curly Eyes: Blue
I have had my Clarisonic now for about a year and unfortunately dropped it on the bathroom floor and it stopped working (it still buzzes but doesn't vibrate to clean your skin, so obviously something is loose inside). I tried to contact the (then) distributor without success and tried again last week, to now find that L'Oreal Luxury are now the Australian agents. Great, I thought - a big company who would be able to help. Wrong. After speaking with their Consumer Affairs line today I am so much more than disappointed - unfortunately they say you cannot repair the handset as it is a sealed unit, so the only option available if they stop working is to buy another one. I think not! A really great product but I can't understand why, as it is an expensive unit, that it is unrepairable!! Not happy.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I love the Clarisonic but the intensity switch quit working after only two months of use. I still use it on the lowest intensity, but I wish that I could adjust it. It truly helps refine the pores and make your skin much more supple.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Kinky, Fine Eyes: Black
i got a pretty good deal on the Clarisonic Plus on ebay and am super happy with it, the cleansers that it came with (mine came with small samples and two large full size cleansers) are pretty much rubbish so i am using it with my Emma Hardie miracle balm. This cleaning system is pretty impressive, currently i am pregnant and my skin started breaking out quite badly due to hormonal changes in my body. Thanks to this product my skin cleared somewhat, not everything disappeared but i don't have those angry red spots any more and the clean feeling after having used this is simply superb, yes it doesn't strip my skin of oils so it never felt dry after using it.
I don't think everyone needs to get the PLus edition as my husband has the MIA (i am forcing him to use it as he has large pores) and from what i see the difference is so small, it's not worth overpaying 80 pounds for the PLUS one. Plus i like that the MIA comes in different colours and my husband doesn't feel emasculated as i got him the Black edition one:)
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
A lot of people who had acne prone skin / problematic skin did claim that this truly changed their skin for the better, but bare in mind that I don't have acne prone skin and hence might lead to a different experience that you might possibly go through. I went through several phases before finding a suitable way for the Clarisonic to fit my skin type.
the breaking in phase
the too much of a good thing is never good phase
the solution phase
to read more please refer to the full review on my blog!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I love this product more than anything, it's a miracle worker. I've always felt insecure about my skin after I got out of high-school, it became really bad scars, scabs, I felt ashamed to look in the mirror until I purchased this product. Before I purchased this product I did a lot of researching. I was worried whether if this product would make me break out more or will it work due to the reviews I've read. I knew I wanted the best so I got the Plus which you can use on face and body. It cleared up my skin, my other face products I was using worked very well. My skin started to clear up the pores got smaller, complexity, skin felt smooth and clean also tighten. I feel more comfortable without make up because my skin is improving so much and I've only been using it for a week.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I will update when I have used all the different features, but so far I like this. I think it really does help get my skin cleaner and clearer. Is it a miracle worker? I don't think so, but if you are very into skin care or can find a good deal on it, I recommend it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I wasn't sure I needed this, since I was already taking good care of my skin. With this tool my skin feels even softer and cleaner. The body brush for the body is a luxury as it makes my skin oh so soft!!! It's like a spa day everday ;)
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Ok, so this brush is not a miracle worker, but it does deliver the cleanest, softest skin ever.
What more can you ask for? I love mine!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I don't have much to say about this that anyone hasn't said already but this is done a TON to clear up my adult acne. I regret not purchasing it sooner. I have been wanting this for YEARS but never wanted to buy it. Welp, I hit the jackpot on ebay and found a man selling his wive's clarisonic because she didn't like it. It was gently used. Knowing what I know now, I would purchase one at full price in a heartbeat.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
This will give you old lady skin after a while. Do not use it more than once a week or your skin will go into sebum overdrive. Trust me!!! My skin is doing SO much better now that I've ceased all types of daily exfoliation and harsh cleansers.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Cystic acne on my nose, jawline, and forehead. Not through the "shedding period," but every time I used it. Switched cleansers, used for fewer days in a row, made sure the brush was clean and clear of bacteria. More cystic acne. Which is not usually my problem at all! For those of you with breakouts, be aware that the Clarisonic might make your problems worse. An expensive mistake. Right now Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser is doing the trick. Simple and cheap!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This product is great for helping refine the pores on my face, which in turn gets rid of some of the hormonal and stress acne that I have developed! I recommend using it once a day as twice can be a little harsh for your skin! For the body brush, DO NOT USE ON BACNE OR CHESTNE!!!!! It will only make it more irritated and believe me i thought it was purging at first but i only learned three weeks after using the body brush that it irritated my acne like noooo other! Anywaysss the body brush is still good for taking off the dead skin on elbows feet and knees and actually is helpful for preventing ingrown hairs on my legs! All in all, this is a great product and 100% worth the money!!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Black
Initially i went to Sephora to buy the Clarisonic Mia, due to the rave on how good the stuff works , but the salesperson said it was out of stock and might take a few months to have it back in stores.
So she promoted me the Clarisonic Plus which was way more expensive than the Mia.
In Malaysia, the Mia costs about rm600 and the plus is rm850.
I was all excited about getting the Clarisonic and was so devastated that it ran out of stock. So i bought the Plus right away, I did'nt care if the salesperson was just trying to get me to buy something i just bought it anyway.
I have very oily skin, and i wear quite an amount of makeup. due to the acne scars on my face, i wear Laura Mercier's silk foundation. In Malaysia it is also very humid and hot. Imagine the damage to my skin!
i have a few pimples, acne scars, blackheads and large pores.
The first attempt of the plus was average, it cleanses very well i guess.
after a week it went kind of gross because my pimples were sort of aggravated and they were a lot of tiny bumps around my forehead and along my jawline.
but i continued anyway consider the amount of money i splurged on it.
Then after the 2nd week. i noticed that although my pimples havent subside but my skin was really soft!
now after the 4th week my pimples are gone! my acne scars are fading slowly, and my skin is looking really good.
i would'nt say this is a miracle worker, but i would definitely recommend this to any person who wears makeup and to those who have those stubborn acne scars!
it is expensive but when you think about it, its not something like toner or moisturiser that you have to keep buying when its empty but you can use to for a very long time.
considering the price it is a very good investment for the long run.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
i have a love hate relationship with this product , i have really bad breakouts right now and i thought using the clarisonic to deep cleanse my face would make my acne better but it made it WORSE, my pimples were so RED and RAW. EW GROSS. But in the same time i love it because this removes makeup like a miracle and leaves my skin really clean, i will update this review once my skin has cleared up and when i use my clarisonic again. but this product is so expensive. i feel like i need to change my brush head. i use this with my dermalogica clearing skin wash .
UPDATE : my skin has cleared up from the purging stage of the clarisonic and i love my skin condition now, its so smooth and my pimples are lesser now:) took about a few weeks for my skin to clear up from the purging stage of the clarisonic
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Medium Brown, Warm Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
My face was so-so after using this. Better than with my manual brush or a cloth, but nothing life-changing. I didn't love it, but it wasn't the worst thing I'd ever used. I did see a decrease in oilies and fewer clogged pores on my nose and it wasn't irritating. I think the combination of this and exfoliating PTR Un-Wrinkle pads keep my face bright, clear, and unclogged.
I *do* love what this does for my body. No more waking up in the morning with scratches all over my legs.
I take my brushes to my esthetician for cleaning/disinfecting. The charge lasts a long time, I took mine to St. Lucia without the charger and it survived the week.
The boring stuff:
Rough in appearance
I might get a pimple every few months.
My body is as dry as the Sahara. It itches and itches no matter what I do. It is especially bad in the winter.
My night ritual: apply cold cream to remove makeup if needed, hop in the shower, rinse cold cream away with water, apply a bit of cleasner and use the deep pore brush on the Clarisonic. I wash with whatever body soap/shower gel I want and switch to the body brush to exfoliate my body with the soap still on it. Quick rinse, dry off, apply Bioelements gel moisturizer with a bit of Philosophy WHINE to my face and Nivea Original to my body.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I am sorry, but this tool was a waste for me. It has done nothing what-so-ever for my skin. You could buy one of those non-oscillating cleansing brushes from CVS and get the same results in my opinion. That's clearly not the common consensus, but I would never waste this kind of money again. I get skeeved out knowing that I am using the same brush head that has bacteria and skin cells on it over and over. Yes, you rinse it and what-not, and I suppose I could put an-antibacterial cleanser on it, but it just is not one of my favorite items by any means. I plan to buy new attachments and sell the darned thing to at least get some money back.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
THE SHORT: Probably the most expensive beauty investment I've ever made...and I would not repurchase this model (I would buy the Mia, however). Yes, there is a slight (oh so slight) improvement in my skin, but is it worth the $230ish price?--No. If you have trouble prone skin and can keep the Clarisonic from irritating it, you might see better results If, like me, you have decent skin to start with, the Clarisonic Plus may not make enough of a difference to warrant the price. If interested in a Clarisonic model, I would strongly urge you to consider the Mia, unless you know for sure you need all the speeds of the Plus. I also made the mistake of buying this from a place that I can't return, so since I'm “stuck” with it, I will continue to use it.
MY SKIN: 32 years old, light/borderline fair with pink undertones and prone to rosacea which flairs when hot, if I eat incorrectly or as a reaction to sunscreen...I categorize my skin as “combination”. So far I'm wrinkle free with minimal sun damage, although I see a few shallow wrinkles starting on my forehead that don't spring back as easily as they used to. Mostly smooth but susceptible to couple small pimples due to hormones once a month. Pores on nose/inner cheeks can get clogged (no blackheads) and are easily treated with BHA a couple times a week. I use the “sensitive” brushhead.
THE POSITIVES: I do feel like this aides in a “deep clean” and that my skin might be a little more “glowy” than without using this. I also feel like my skin might be just the smallest bit smoother so that treatments and makeup just glide on. I can't say for sure if any of these are true however because the results are so slight and I already had good skin to begin with. Obviously no one else as noticed, but I am complemented on my skin from time to time.
THE NEGATIVES: The price and needing to find a cleanser that works with it, and your skin, and for me, my skin routine has become more extensive.
MY ROUTINE: *Before I start, it should be known that I take a bcp, which I credit for my clear complexion.*
Before Clarisonic: Cold cream applied and tissued off twice a day. 2x a week I use Paula's Choice BHA lotion.
Using Clarisonic: Cold cream applied and tissued off the days that I don't the Clarisonic. Clarisonic used with Cetaphil's Oil Control Foaming Face wash 3-4x a week, followed by Paula's Choic BHA lotion 2x a week and Recovery Moisturizer, before bed.
-I bought the “Plus” model....I don't know why. I don't feel like the extra settings really matter all that much unless, perhaps, you are using this on your body. I have used this on my upper arms to combat KP, but thought having to change out the brush head (although super easy) was sort of tedious...I did notice a slight improvement in my skin, even if only because it seemed to make the BHA treatment more effective. If I had researched a little more, I would have just bought the MIA.
-Save the little brush head protectors if you travel.
-longevity of one charge was nice. Using it only a few times a week, I could last for weeks on one charge.
-If you buy, make sure you buy from a store with a good return policy. Nothing feels worse than spending a lot of money on a product that doesn't work out for you.
-Give this enough time to make a difference...I'd say a good month and half/two months...and make sure you have the right brush head (there are many models, from a delicate brush for super sensitive skin, to a body brush).
-Keep in mind that for most, this won't be a miracle product and that results will be slight. Even still, for the skin obsessed like myself, you just may be pleasantly surprised.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I bought this to improve the acne-prone skin on my face and the ingrown hairs and dark scars left from them on my legs. I really hesitated and read tons of reviews because this is probably the most I've spent on a beauty product. Didn't work well enough for either problem to be worth the price.
I will admit that the first time I used this on my face, the skin had a completely different texture (to the touch). But it didn't make me break out any less or improve the appearance of my skin significantly. It is great at removing makeup though.
Regarding the ingrown hairs on my legs, it did help a little bit. But I didn't see the amazing results I expected. I called customer service, and the representative informed me that the product is not meant for exfoliating, just cleansing. Save the money on this product and buy yourself an AHA lotion and a $5 Salux cloth if you are looking to treat ingrowns.
All in all, this product is overrated and overpriced.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Dark Hair: Black Eyes: Black
I am writing a review after using the Clarisonic Plus for 9 months.
I mainly bought this for my Keratosis Pilaris, which I have all over my arms and shoulders. I have found that the Clarisonic helped with buffing away the rough parts but hasn't prevented KP from reappearing.
I also use this on my face once a day to remove my makeup at night. I use both the Peter Thomas Roth gentle cleanser and Clarins Cottonseed cleanser. I have noticed that my skin appears cleaner, my pores are less blocked and my face overall appears smoother. Using the Clarisonic with a good cleanser, toner and moisturizer has helped my skin improve significantly. The Clarisonic removes my makeup much better than manual washing. Also the brush is very sturdy, I use this in the shower and have dropped it on the tiles many times and it always works!
I would recommend this for a more thorough clean of your skin (especially if you wear makeup every day like me), but don't expect miracles.