Clarisonic Mia 2 Review

The new Clarisonic Mia 2 comes with a new beepy function and its very own plastic coffin. I have to say that it’s the plastic case, or “Ghost of Clarisonics Past” that I like most about the new version – the beeps don’t really do it for me. I mostly ignore them anyway, spin-brushing away until I realise that half an hour has gone by and I have no face left. (JOKE! I do not do this, and it doesn’t take my face off. I do not want to get sued.)

I fell out of love with the Clarisonic, for a while. I think it was mostly because the brush went a bit brown and I couldn’t get it clean. It just felt a bit…ugh. And I didn’t want to fork out for a new one when I hadn’t really used the old one all that much. So recently I soaked the brush head in a solution of something very dangerous and quite possibly caustic (don’t try this at home kids!) and then rinsed a LOT for a few days with cold water. It came up a treat! I’m pretty sure that using my Clarisonic a couple of times a week as a deep cleanse has helped in getting rid of those pesky breakouts. It does remove more dirt than manual cleansing, and that’s a fact. I’ve experimented! I know there are some people out there who can’t stand this particular beauty tool, but the proof, as they don’t say, is in the cloth test. After normal cleansing with a cloth, there was still makeup coming off on the Clarisonic brush head. After cleansing with the Clarisonic, there was…well, there was no trace of grime. I have to point out that I used two Clarisonics for this experiment, it was all incredibly scientific. If I wasn’t such a clumsy oaf, I would have taken pictures of the various cloths and brushes, but I can’t afford to drop my DSLR or my iPhone into the bath, and once I’m out of the bath, I can’t be bothered to return to document my findings.

(On a sidenote, have I ever mentioned that about 80% of my post and video ideas are conceived in the bath tub? It’s true! I pretty much wrote this whole post in my head whilst waiting for my hair masque to take effect.)

I’ll chat some more about the old buzzy face brush quite soon when I do my skin routine update, but until then: Hear Ye, Hear Ye. The Clarisonic Mia 2, out now, has beeps and a slightly gynaecological-esque case. £130 from SpaceNK

See also: Cleansing with the Clarisonic

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  1. October 22, 2012 / 8:21 am

    I am with you, I think for anyone with oily or combo skin, congestion can be a big problem, I can actually feel my skin start to get grainy and bumpy if I don’t exfoliate regularly. Think the trick is to be gentle when using it

  2. October 22, 2012 / 8:32 am

    Hi Ruth, what was the solution of something very dangerous that got it clean?? I am having the exact same issue and have tried baby shampoo and water. I am at a bit of a loss at how to restore it to its former magnificence!

    • Sarah
      October 22, 2012 / 10:02 am

      i think she used bleach..

        • RuthCrilly
          October 22, 2012 / 12:19 pm

          I did indeed! Thanks Sarah! x

      • NeedACleverName
        December 21, 2012 / 1:04 am

        On the Clarisonic website, they actually recommend occasionally disinfecting your brush head with a mix of one part bleach and one part water, left to soak for a few minutes. So using bleach wasn’t as crazy an idea as you might think! :)

  3. Donna M
    October 22, 2012 / 9:35 am

    Gynaecological-esque? LOL. Only you would say that…

  4. candace
    October 22, 2012 / 9:51 am

    I wish they sold those plastic cases separately, because I’d love one for travelling with my Mia 1. As for keeping the brush clean: I put a squirt of handsoap on the brushhead and work the lather through the bristles and rinse it just about every day after I use it. Mine is 4 months old now and still looks pretty new. Also, if I am taking off heavy makeup, a quick wipe with micellar water before the clarisonic cleanse keeps the makeup from getting the brush too yucky.

    • RuthCrilly
      October 22, 2012 / 12:18 pm

      Yes, I usually do a little bit of pre-cleansing! x

  5. October 22, 2012 / 9:59 am

    I have the Plus size model (see what I did there). I absolutely love my Clarisonic and I do like to follow the beeps personally. I’m a little neurotic about the brush head getting dirty though so if I’m wearing BB cream (or mineral powder…ssshh!) then I always do a pre-cleanse. Seeing the brush head full of makeup etc freaks me out!
    I definitely think my skin is better with the Clarisonic. I use mine once even twice a day. I think it gets a bad name sometimes from people who are too heavy handed with it. If the bristles are bending, it’s too much pressure. It should glide, almost hover over the skin & almost tickle NOT scrub the skin. I wish the did weird coffins for the Plus too as I do travel with mine. It came to Gran Canaria with me in June x

    • RuthCrilly
      October 22, 2012 / 12:18 pm

      Yes, that’s a good way of putting it. Tickle the skin! x

  6. October 22, 2012 / 11:19 am

    Dr Bronner’s soap works wonders for cleaning my Clarisonic brush head without being all toxic. Don’t know if you can get it over there, but I would think any good organic liquid soap might work. They do definitely need to be cleaned every once in a while.

    • RuthCrilly
      October 22, 2012 / 12:17 pm

      Thanks, I shall try that! xx

  7. Jennifer
    October 22, 2012 / 1:05 pm

    I know millions of people love this gadget, but I follow the advice of my uncle (who happens to be a board certified dermatologist) to stay away from the Clarisonic. It’s just not worth what it does to the skin over time. Still, I enjoyed your review! The gynecological case remark at the end cracked me up!

    • Cherie
      December 2, 2012 / 10:18 pm

      I have to wonder what you should use then? I have very sensitive, combination skin. I also suffer from a lot of break outs and I think the link black pin sized dotes on part of my face is most likely clogged or dirty pores. I really want to get closer to a flawless complexion. Also if anyone else has any suggestions I would love to hear them!

    • NeedACleverName
      December 21, 2012 / 1:17 am

      What did he say it does to the face over time?

  8. October 22, 2012 / 1:29 pm

    I’ve more recently started using mine. The trick is using the right brush, nothing too harsh, and not too often. I wouldn’t go out and the new Mia, just because they’ve improved it. It can remove, more than a cloth.. and it does work on the dead skin.. Its a funny feeling..Yes you do need to ensure brush is cleaned properly don’t want to be spreading bacteria to the face. But, do be sensible with what you clean it with. x

  9. Upa
    October 22, 2012 / 2:44 pm

    I fell in love again with my Mia (and the old Clarasonic once I changed the heads to sensitive. Ah! Bliss!

  10. Em
    October 22, 2012 / 3:18 pm

    Ruth, or anyone else, do you have any experience with the ‘delicate’ brush head? I’m interested in joining the Clarisonic bandwagon to help with congestion. However, an aestician used one on me a while back and the experience left my skin horribly over exfoliated, aka tight and peeling for days :( Any thoughts or tips for sensitive skin?

    • Guest
      October 22, 2012 / 3:46 pm

      I used the sensitive skin brush head with the Clarisonic but it still irritated my skin, unfortunately. I only used it once a day and I had tight, peeling, flaking, burning and overexfoliated skin from it. Just FYI, I use retinol on my face so that could be why. I ended up returning it. I know I could have limited use to once a week but I just thought the Clarisonic is too expensive to buy and keep for once a week usage. For that price, I wanted it to be something I could use once a day or it wouldn’t be worth the money.

    • Jess
      October 24, 2012 / 10:51 am

      I have started using the delicate brush head recently after the sensitive one was too harsh for my skin and so far I do find it a lot more gentle! I only use it 3 times a week in the evening and this has helped me more than every single night! Hope this helps

  11. Bare Faced Chic
    October 22, 2012 / 4:03 pm

    I found that even tickling the skin with my clarisonic I end up with dry flaky skin. I think the big problem with it is the marketing of it as it is touted as being suitable for use every day whereas I feel it’s better as a twice weekly exfoliation. That said I use mine with the body brush around my knees and elbows and upper arms to get rid of little lumps and bumps and it’s really good for that although you do need a really good body oil or balm afterwards.

  12. Julie
    October 22, 2012 / 5:22 pm

    has anyone experienced a bad odor coming from the brush. I have the mia 2 and i always drained out the water and put in in its case. Then it’s started to smell weird (the brush). I personnaly didn’t see any difference on my skin when i used the clarisonic. And it’s not a pleasant feeling…

    • NeedACleverName
      December 21, 2012 / 1:22 am

      It can get mildewed or moldy if you don’t thoroughly dry the brush head after each use. On the Clarisonic site, their Customer Service recommends that you turn the device on again after use and let it scrub into a towel for several minutes, as the oscillation will throw more water off the device. They also recommend you only use the case for travel, in order to let the brush head dry. If the head is smelling funky, it’s probably got a bit of mold/mildew growing on it. Clarisonic recommends soaking the brush head in a mix of one part bleach to one part water for a few minutes and then thoroughly rinsing it if this happens. That will kill the mold/mildew.

  13. nemain
    October 22, 2012 / 5:35 pm

    I love the clarisonic with the delicate brush heads. I do have to clean mine really thoroughly once a week – soap ad water, then soaking in VWP sterilising stuff (not very glamorous I’m afraid).

  14. Zahra
    October 22, 2012 / 6:33 pm

    Lovely Ruth….the BEST way to clean your brush is in a baby bottle steriliser. Perfect and germ free. I picked a little one up for about fifteen pounds from mothercare and my ikkle mia brush fits in snug as a bug! x

  15. Rita the parachutist
    October 22, 2012 / 8:28 pm

    LOL! Plastic coffin… ah I love you :)
    Hmm.. mine never really got stained, and I practically only rinse it with water after every use and disinfect after a few uses.. mind you, I sometimes use MAC’s Pro Longwear foundation which is practically face cement, nothing less.
    I’m pretty convinced that the Clarisonic is the only way to cleanse my skin (quite a few enlarged pores and some scars) completely, there’s no other way to get into those… things.. you know what I mean. But even the softest brush head does feel quite harsh on the skin, and that’s why I would never use it on a daily basis or even twice a day :/

  16. Emma Computergirl
    October 22, 2012 / 8:56 pm

    I want a case! I love my mia- helped lots. x

  17. Steff
    October 23, 2012 / 10:42 am

    I wish they would sell the cases separately, would be so handy to have. I think I will try the caustic cleanser,good tip. I think mine is stained with fake tan maybe though I do wash it it looks yeurch. Which brush is your favourite? I have the sensitive and am thinking of replacing it with the deep cleaner as I’ve heard it’s actually softer…

    • RuthCrilly
      October 24, 2012 / 5:42 pm

      Really? That’s interesting, I shall have to look into that! Thought the deep one was the harshest! xx

  18. Clever
    January 6, 2013 / 1:05 pm

    Got a Clarisonic for Christmas and just wondering if you use it with Emma Hardie Moringa Balm? Not sure if it is the right kind of cleanser? Thanks.

  19. Agnes
    January 28, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    Hi Ruth, have you tried FOREO Luna? If yes, how is it compared to Clarisonic? I have clogged pores despite using muslin cloth and Deep Cleansing Mask from Omorovicza. Just from the look of it I prefer the FOREO Luna but I can not afford to try out something so expensive that would not work… Thanks for your help, Agnes

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