Ever since the Clarisonic appeared on the beauty market, there have been a number of brush cleansing systems that have emerged claiming to do the same thing, but at a much more affordable price point. With the Clarisonic Mia starting at $150 CDN, it is a bit of an investment especially if you don’t know how it will work on your skin. If you currently do not own a brush cleansing system or exfoliate regularly, the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush ($95 CDN) is actually a wonderful starting point for ALL skin types and a great tool to get you in he habit. Having used both systems now, I can confidently say which one I prefer, but let’s break it down shall we?
I love that the Clinique Cleansing System comes with a charging dock. The lack of a charging dock is one of my pet peeves with the Clarisonic Mia.
The body of the cleansing brush is lightweight (lighter than the Clarisonic) and waterproof.
The bristles are very gentle and I love the ovular shape of the brush head as I can more easily manoeuvre into the areas around my nose with more precision than with the Clarisonic.
The green bristles are coloured to indicate “T-zone area” and are slightly shorter and angled to facilitate a deeper cleanse in this area of the face.
SKIN STATS: Dry, but not sensitive. Dehydrated on cheeks, sides of nose and chin. Breakouts are rare, but hyperpigmentation starting to happen when I do.
CURRENT CLEANSER: Philosophy Purity
If you are not using ANY sort of brush cleansing system, using the Clinique cleansing brush will most certainly improve the condition of your skin. The bristles are quite gentle, more gentle than the sensitive and delicate Clarisonic brush heads, so if you are looking for a more gentle daily cleanse, you will like the Clinique brush.
The shape of the brush head is one of my favourite things about the Clinique cleansing brush. The slant at the top really makes it perfect for getting into hard to reach places like the crevices of your nose. The brush head is also antibacterial so you can rest assured that you won't be introducing bacteria back onto your face during every cleanse.
This holds a charge much better than the Clarisonic Mia,but I have a feeling this is because the timer 60s on the Clarisonic as opposed to 30s on the Clinique brush. One 24hr charge has lasted me just over 2 weeks now with everyday use of the Clinique brush. The battery has enough juice for 180 minutes, so if you’re sticking to 30s/day, you won’t have to charge this for a VERY LONG TIME.
The price is very affordable at just $95 compared to $150 for the entry level Clarisonic Mia.
THE NOT SO GOOD
The vibrating technology feels FAR BETTER with the Clarisonic. With the Clinique brush, you will notice that the WHOLE machine vibrates. It took me awhile to get used to the fact that my arm was vibrating too! With the Clarisonic, ONLY the brush head vibrates making it feel more powerful when placed on the skin. I had to press down a little bit with the Clinique brush to really feel a cleanse, but with the Clarisonic, you actually CANNOT press down because the head will stop vibrating. You can literally glide the brush over your skin.
The brush head that comes with the Clinique Cleansing System is meant for all skin types, but even with my skin type I felt like I would have liked a “tougher brush head”. From my experience with all of the Clarisonic brush heads, “toughness” is all about length of bristles. For those that have felt the Cashmere Cleanse brush heads, they are incredibly soft because the bristles are about an inch long. Deep cleansing bristles are very short. I just didn’t feel like I was getting a really great cleanse with the Clinique brush head. I appreciate that Clarisonic has a variety of brush heads to match different skin types/preferences.
I find 30s too short to cleanse my face. I understand that all you have to do is press the button again, so it's not that big a deal, but I prefer the 60s I get from the Clarisonic Mia.
Final Verdict: The pricing on the Clarisonic is steep, so I do consider this a bit of an investment OR you can save up your Shoppers points and pick one up during Mega Redemption like I did!
Based on the vibrating technology alone, I will continue to stick with the Clarisonic as I feel like I am getting a much deeper and efficient cleanse, but that's just me. The Clinique price point is really quite affordable and to be honest, if you've never tried the Clarisonic, you wouldn't know what you were missing, but if budget is not a huge concern for you, I would put my money towards a Clarisonic.
Do you own a brush cleansing system? If so, which one?
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