Friday, July 6, 2012

Review: Clarisonic Mia

I did a lot of research, read a lot of reviews, and watched a lot of YouTube videos before I finally decided the Clarisonic Mia was worth a try. But in the course of my research, I discovered that a lot of popular reviews for this and other Clarisonic products were sponsored. I have nothing against sponsored reviews or the people who agree to do them, but when it's on something as expensive as this product is, it's hard to discern whether the reviewer genuinely likes the product or would just feel guilty bashing it because they got it for free. I saved up to buy this with my own money, though I did end up getting it as a birthday present from my mom :) My review is completely impartial, and I had every intention of returning the product if I was unsatisfied.

The Clarisonic Mia, the smallest in the Clarisonic collection, retails for $119.00 USD (according to Sephora.com).  That's quite a lot to pay for a vibrating face brush. But it exploded in the beauty world, leaving late buyers like myself to wonder, "Is it really worth the hype?" And lucky for me (and my mom), the answer was a resounding yes.

Unlike the Mia 2, the full size Clarisonic, and the Clarisonic Plus, the regular Mia only has one speed setting for the attached brush. But for me at least, one brush setting was all I needed. I wasn't looking for anything fancy or overpriced. I just wanted the simplest, smallest, most travel-friendly version so I could see if the product was worth all the beauty buzz.

First, a quick breakdown on my skin. It's oily/combination, but leans more toward the oily end of the spectrum than the dry. For years, I suffered from terrible acne. When I broke out, I broke out everywhere, not just in specific problem areas. It was embarrassing and painful, and nothing I did seemed to fix it. I used Proactiv for a long time, and while it controlled the breakouts, it left my skin looking really dull and unhealthy, and it never made my skin completely clear. So earlier this year, I switched to the Clinique 3 Step Skin Care System (want a review? Let me know in the comments!), and my skin started to drastically improve in the first few weeks. All I needed was a little something extra to help with makeup removal, since their cleanser isn't really made to take off heavy duty foundation. I wanted to get a deep clean in the evenings, something to unclog my pores and really remove all the dirt, muck, and old makeup that piled up throughout the course of the day.

Enter the Clarisonic Mia. I was very disappointed that I had to charge it for 24 hours before my first use. I actually ended up cheating and using it before charging it fully because I was so excited. It came with the "sensitive" brush attached and a "normal" brush head included in a little case. The website recommends changing your brush head every 3 months or so, and with all the stuff this brush removes, I would say that's a pretty smart idea if you don't want to reintroduce dirt and bacteria to your face that you're trying to get rid of.

So what did it do? Let's take a look at what Clarisonic claims that their products can do and see how it measured up: (All statements are quotes from Sephora.com and the Clarisonic website)

  • "Removes makeup six times better than traditional methods."
    • TRUE. This brush gets EVERYTHING off. Inclduing longwear foundations like Revlon Colorstay.Don't use it on your eyes, though, you'll need a separate eye-makeup friendly product for that. I use makeup removal wipes first and then I'm good to go!
  • "Clears pores and reduces the appearance of pore size."
    • TRUE. The pores around my nose are pretty large, and I do see a marked difference in them after using the Clarisonic Mia every evening.
  • "Cleanses so thoroughly that skincare products absorb better."
    • TRUE. I didn't expect this one to be true, but it is. My skin drinks up any product I use after cleansing with the Clarisonic because my pores are so open and clean . Needless to say, I was very impressed.
  • "Creates noticeably healthier looking skin."
    • TRUE. This was the dealbreaker for me. I knew how to make my skin relatively clear of acne, but the products I used before this did not make my skin look or feel healthy. After changing up my skin care routine and including the Clarisonic, my skin looked healthier, brighter, and stayed oil free for longer periods of time. 
What else did I notice? Well, as if all these things weren't enough, the Clarisonic did a pretty good job of removing dark marks left over from old acne. I get plenty of them, and once I have them, they tend to last 6 months to a year before finally fading. Thanks to the Clarisonic, they now fade in a few weeks. My guess is that the exfoliation from the brush increases cell turnover, allowing my clear skin to come to the surface a little bit faster.

The sensitive brush head is incredibly soft and effective. Since I have a normal brush head, I'll try it when it's time to switch out brushes. I also want to try their deep pore cleansing brush, and may do a review on it if I purchase it.

The only con I can think of is the fact that the Clarisonic needs to charged pretty often (once a week or so) in order to stay operational. But even that isn't really so bad. I'd rather have a waterproof chargable product like this one than a battery operated one that I can't use in the shower.

I've been singing this product's praises and recommending it to friends since the day I got it. It's one of the few expensive products out there that really deserves the accolades it receives. Want proof? Here's  a picture of my skin au naturale, without a stitch of makeup.

It' s not perfect by any means, but it's breakout free and healthy. And in the end, that's all I ever wanted.

Have you tried the Clarisonic Mia, or any other version of the Clarisonic? What did you think?


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    1. Thank you so much! I agree, if I try to use mine twice a day, it makes the dry spots on my face more flaky. So glad you're following me, I'm off to check out your blog right now so I can follow you too.

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  4. I did a clarisonic Mia 2 review on my blog. I liked it because it gave my face a deep cleanse and made it soft for a while but after a few weeks I broke out like crazy, and I don't have acne prone skin. I broke out on areas that I have never had break outs on before. I switched to the delicate brush to see if that helps...I am a bit scared of mine lol.

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