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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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32 comments

  1. 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. 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!

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

    • 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!

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

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

  10. 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?

    • 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.

    • 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

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