Tuesday 9 April 2013


My experience with the Clarisonic

Hey Beauties

I hope that you have had a great weekend. I thought I would start off this week by doing a quick review of a product on which have received a lot of attention over the past year - the Clarisonic. 

I have tried both the Clarisonic Mia and the Clarisonic Plus so I will be doing a review of both of these together. The differences between the two are pretty minor in my opinion so I don't think that they warrant separate reviews. 

The Mia is smaller and has only one speed. In comparison, the Plus is larger, has 3 speeds, you can use a body brush with it and comes with a cradle for charging. Other that the things that I have pointed out, they work exactly the same.

Before I purchased my Clarisonic Plus (the Mia is not mine by the way), I had read many reviews about how amazing this product is for your skin. After reading all these positive reviews, I was keen to jump on the bandwagon. Its not as if this product is super cheap, I looked at it as more of a skincare investment.

At first I thought this product was amazing, my skin had never felt cleaner! The appearance of my pores greatly improved and I did not experience any breakouts whatsoever from using this product. However, after around 2 months of using this product once a day, every day - this is when I started to experience breakouts. My skin had never been worse! 

From what I had read about this product, I understood that your skin goes through the purging stage (which involves breakouts) when you first start using the product not after a few months. I sent a query to Clarisonic asking about this and they just replied with a link to their website explaining the purging stage, not really providing me an answer to my question.

In order to get on top of the breakouts, I stopped using this product for a while. Once my skin got better, I significantly reduced my use of my Clarisonic. I now use it 2-3 times a week and that's it. It has now been around 5 months I have been using the Clarisonic and it is still causing breakouts for me. I don't think that this is normal especially since my skin was not prone to breakouts prior to using this product.

Overall, I think that this product is probably a bit overrated. I know that it works for some people, but I am starting to realise that maybe it is just not for me. I am trying not to give up on it though because I paid a lot of money for my Clarisonic Plus and would feel like it was a complete waste if I stop using it. I have hardly had any use of the body brush and I barely ever change the bush speed so I can't justify the extra money I spent on getting the Plus model rather than the Mia. Looking back, I wish that I had purchased the Mia instead because it does exactly the same thing at a more affordable price.

This review is just my personal experience with the Clarisonic. It's not a product that I would personally recommend. It's not as if I hate it but I don't think that it is amazing either. Do you own a Clarisonic? How has it worked for you?

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  1. Chels @ COABA said... 9 April 2013 at 13:46

    I don't own a Clarisonic and honestly I don't think I want to. I just don't see the need in my routine, and I don't see all that many positive reviews :/

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  3. Lady Sapphire said... 10 April 2013 at 15:15

    This was so interesting Billi. As you said people usually think its amazing and go on and on about it. Ive never used one so i cant really share an experience. I was always keen to own one but if i got breakouts frequantly from using it id get a bit upset. After all, that what we try to avoid when it comes to skincare.

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