Clarisonic Mia 2 Review – First Impressions

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I got the Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing system yesterday after reading tons of reviews and pondering over it for ages. It’s the largest investment I’ve made into skin care this year at $170+ and I’m hoping to see the same results that many of the positive reviews have mentioned.

For those of you who have no idea what this is or what the Clarisonic does, watch the video below. Or you can skip directly to my first impressions of this product.

What is a Clarisonic?

According to the manufacturers, the Clarisonic is a sonic cleansing system for your skin that cleans 6 times better than manual cleansing. It supposedly helps remove impurities, clear pores, and thoroughly cleanses your skin so that your skin care products can be absorbed better. On the product’s box, it even says that using the Clarisonic helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

And if you want a less biased view of the Clarisonic, below is a video by DermTV

It doesn’t sound like he approves of it, especially the price, but that didn’t stop me from getting my Mia 2.

My Clarisonic Review

clarisonic mia 2 in pink

I used my Clarisonic Mia 2 for the first time last night and I love it! The set I got came with a sample cleanser but I didn’t want to use that so I used my Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal cleanser instead. Any other cleanser that foams well would probably be okay to use too. The instructions said I could either put the cleanser on my face and use the Mia 2 on it or put the cleanser directly on the wet brush head.

It was super easy to use, just start it up and go 20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds on chin and nose, and 10 seconds on each cheek. The Mia 2 automatically beeps and pauses for a moment after each of the specified durations so you’ll know when to change spots.

The brush head I got was the Sensitive one which is also the one that’s most commonly packaged with the cleansing systems. It was pretty soft and I thought it wasn’t doing much at first because I wasn’t expecting it to be so soft, but it got all the makeup off. It felt a little ticklish when I had the Mia 2 go over my nose (haha).

Other standard brush heads (not included) available for the Mia 2 are the Normal, Delicate (for people with even more sensitive skin I guess?), and Deep Pore (for clearing out clogged pores). I might try one of the other ones later.

A note on brush heads

clarisonic sensitive brush head

You might want to note that a change of brush head every three months is recommended for the best results, so there’s a recurring cost if you intend to use this daily and change out your brush heads according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. However, I don’t intend to do it that frequently as I suspect it might just be another way for the company to get more brush head sales; many of the reviews I read were okay with not changing the brush heads after just three months too. And if you don’t use it every day, you probably don’t have to stick to the three months schedule. I’ll definitely do an update on the condition of my brush head once three months is up :)

Where do I get one?

While I love shopping online, this is one product I would recommend you not get over the internet. There are unfortunately too many counterfeits being sold online and it is safer to go to an authorized reseller. You definitely should not buy it off eBay and don’t google “Clarisonic authorized reseller” or something like that because there are many fake web sites that are claiming to be authorized resellers too. Go to Clarisonic’s official web site at http://clarisonic.com and find a retailer near you or one who sells online.

The Clarisonic is made in USA so if you get one that says it’s made in China, you’ve got a fake!

A comparison of various electric cleansing systems

I found a great video that compares the various three different face brushes including the Clarisonic. The other two were the Vcell and the Elisha Coy. Even if you’re not interested in the other two cleansing systems, you’ll want to see the Clarisonic in action! It got tested on water, tofu (yes, the one that you eat!), and finally on a thick layer of foundation and eyeliner.

Alternatives to the Clarisonic

Before getting the Clarisonic Mia 2, I did some research on alternatives to see if I could get something similar at a lower price. If I hadn’t gotten the Clarisonic, the best alternative would be an Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System. It is more than eight times cheaper and just slightly pricier than a replacement Clarisonic brush-head.

However, it also works differently. Instead of vibrating/oscillating, the Olay Pro-X spins. It also does not have different brush heads so you wouldn’t be able to get one with softer bristles if you found it too harsh. On the other hand, the Olay Pro-X claims to be as effective as an unnamed product costing nearly $200 (*cough*Clarisonic*cough*) and there are thousands of positive reviews for it too.

I eventually opted for the Clarisonic Mia 2 since I had already saved for it but I would have gotten the Olay Pro-X if I wasn’t able to get the Clarisonic for any reason. I may eventually get the Olay Pro-X just to try. If I do that, I’ll definitely do a comparison of the two here on this blog.

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