Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Review: Clarisonic Skincare Brush

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of testing out the Clarisonic Skincare Brush ($195.) I got the pink Breast Cancer Awareness one, cuz what can I say? I don't usually have pink things so it's nice to have this be pink. OH MY Gosh, as I seriously, this second, JUST found out that this is made by the people who make the Sonicare Toothbrush!

(PERSONAL RAMBLING coming... Skip ahead if you'd prefer.)

I used to be pretty into dental hygine and I had one of those toothbrushes like 5 years ago and it was awesome, I LOVED it and then one day it just stopped working and nothing could fix it. And then I got in the habit of using a regular t-b, and now I'm remembering how awesome the old one was and want one. Now. But they're expensive. And I don't have any spare $. (Mainly cuz I spend every cent on new makeup or clothes, or shoes or purses, cuz those are like investments, right?) Haha, not very good investments apparently, cuz I've got lots of pretty designer stuff, and what else? I've paid $20,000 to live in my apartment, which makes me literally ill to think of. I think it's time I start saving my $ for a house. AND I have noticed that all I do lately is buy, buy, buy. Let's address that for a minute. I mostly blame this obsessive online shopping on things like "Shop it to me"- the newsletter that sends you the day's sales based on the designers and sizes you choose,,, It's so messed up. I have to stop. Cold turkey with that stuff and the makeup. Which scares me , because what if there's some super awesome limited edition CHANEL eye shadow quad that I MUST have, and can't? AHH it's so hard! I apologize for the rambling. Back to the review.
The Clarisonic Skincare Brush is NOT recession-friendly. $195? Are you kidding? But, coming from this brand, I'm not so surprised it was so pricey. Those t-b's ain't cheap. It seems to be an unnecessary splurge. But if you're really obsessed with your skin, you should certainly look into this. The soft brush head moves back and forth at more than 300x per second. That loosens dirt, makeup and oil. It's proven to remove more dirt than traditional superficial cleansing, which prepares your skin to absorb serums and moisturizers better. It claims to "reduce dry skin patches, oily areas and blemishes and get skin 2x cleaner. Pore size, fine lines and wrinkles appear smaller." It's good for all skin types and gentle enough to use for cleansing rosacea and sebborheic dermatitis. I have to say I was definitely skeptical but intrigued. If you look on there's lots of raves and a couple rants.

First you have to charge the thing for 24 hours, which kind of reduced my excitement to try it. Sometime the next day, you wet your face and the brush head, apply cleanser and then rub in a circular motion. Beeps will tell you when to move to another part of your face. The first 20 seconds are spent on your forehead, 20 seconds on your nose/chin region and 10 seconds for each cheek. Then it automatically turns off. Rinse the brush head and you're done. Replace the brush head ($25) every 3 months and charge every 30 minutes.

I keep mine in the shower since it's waterproof. For only 50 seconds every morning and night, it does get your face VERY clean and smooth. After only the 2nd day my husband asked me if I was doing something different. Overall I do really like it. At first my skin broke out, but that's just because it's working. I continued use and it got better. Revitalized. I think I will continue to use it and buy $25 brush heads. Here's another option, if you're tight on cash and want the same type of results...

Go to Sally's Beauty Supply and buying this Bath Secrets Facial Cleansing Brush for $1.99 and move it in really fast circles on your face. Everyone that reviewed it on the website gave it 5/5 stars. One lady even likes to use one for cleaning off mushrooms.


HouseofMsMyTPen said...

Ok that thingy from the beauty supply is not the same and neither is a buff puff. They just don't move that fast. Kinda like that toothbrush. By the way, for the brush at a discount look to Costco or similar store or Wal-Mart. They are really nice now and come with 4 settings and a uv germ zapper. I like that. They always say you should toss your toothbrush after a cold or the flu and hey who wants to spend big bucks on a replacement head before the 3 month replacement time. I think you have to budget for it just like a once a year sale that you know is coming.

Rebecca said...

I am thinking of getting a Clarisonic Skincare Brush myself, but, like you, I have no money from all the shopping I do. Your post was eerily similar to my life,the shoes, the bags, the clothes, the make-up, and my guilty pleasure, skin care. So what do you think? Good enough for a splurge?

shill said...

I read tons of reviews and decided to sink some cash into the clarisonic. I loved it...for 3 days. then it stopped working. I dug a bit deeper into reviews and found that there are many MANY cases like mine. btw, that warranty only covers if you buy from an 'official' dealer, and you will be shocked that MOST dealers are not official (i got mine from a spa). There is also no such thing as repair. the units are sealed, and you will need a whole new one if any problem develops. So now i have an expensive hand brush that sits on my counter mocking me.

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