The Clarisonic Mia 2 Skincare Cleansing Brush

First Impressions: Clarisonic Mia 2

January 16, 2013

The new year has begun and I have a lot of product reviews lined up.

I’m going to start with a tool that I think every skincare enthusiast should look into: the Clarisonic cleansing brush.

If you are not familiar with the Clarisonic brush, it is a cleansing system that uses incredibly rapid sonic movements (more than 300 movements per second) to gently and thoroughly remove dirt, oil and makeup from the skin. The Clarisonic claims to be able to remove six times more makeup and two times more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone.

I’ve gone through many different type of cleansing creams, foams and exfoliating scrubs, but none have been satisfactory at keeping my skin clear. So this was a tool that really appealed to me.

You may remember from a previous post about how I was having problems ridding myself of the small, flesh-colored bumps on my face (a mild form of acne known as closed comedones, aka whiteheads). And although I’d been regularly using La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo with positive results, the fact is, my skin never became completely free of those little bumps that appeared a year ago.

ROKderm, a blogger who I consider to be a bona fide skincare guru, has lauded the Clarisonic brush time and time again for its effectiveness at cleansing the skin. I also read countless other reviews by people who had suffered from acne and how using the Clarisonic brush had helped clear out their skin. So although I’d looked around and read up on different skincare brushes, in the end, the Clarisonic was my first and only real choice.

After reading all the positive raves and reviews about it, I narrowed my choice down to the Clarisonic Mia 2.


The Clarisonic Mia 2 Skincare Cleansing Brush

2 Speed Settings

Bristles For Sensitive Skin

My Experience Thus Far:

The Clarisonic Mia 2 has two speed settings and a one-minute timer that beeps after 10 and 20 second intervals in order to tell you when it’s time to move to a different part of your face. The brush head that came with it is made for sensitive skin, but you can replace it with different types of brushes depending on your skin type and conditions.

I’ve been using the Clarisonic Mia 2 for three weeks now. I’ve been using it every other night, on the lowest setting. I haven’t used it every night because I wanted to first test out how my skin would react to it.

The first time I tried it, I could barely feel the brush moving against my skin. But immediately afterwards, my skin felt slightly raw and tender. Over time however, my skin adapted to the brush and no longer reacts this way.

During these past three weeks of using the Clarisonic brush, my skin has visibly cleared up and feels wonderfully smooth. I have to keep from touching my face so much because of how smooth my skin feels.

On days when I wear makeup, it’s really satisfying to see on the brush how much makeup has been removed. Besides cleaning your skin, another advantage of using the Clarisonic is that it allows your skin to absorb skincare products more readily, which also means economizing on your moisturizers and serums as you will need less of them for the same effect.

I think the coolest feature of my Clarisonic is the magnetic charger which snaps onto the brush handle and permits the brush to be waterproof. Even though I know it’s waterproof, it still feels pretty weird being able to run the brush under water, like I’m going to mess it up or get myself electrocuted.

Things To Consider:

This is not the type of beauty product that you buy on a whim. I got my Clarisonic for Christmas but for a long time I’d given it a lot of thought. The price of the different Clarisonic cleansing brushes range from $120 to $225. And the brush heads, which are priced at $25 each, have to be replaced every three months.

Personally, I think if you suffer from acne and you are having a hard time keeping your skin clear, or if you wear a lot of makeup, or live in a city and expose your skin to a lot of pollutants, then the Clarisonic cleansing brush is a must-have tool for your skin.

A Must-Have Skincare Tool

To Learn More, Visit Clarisonic’s Official Website.

14 thoughts on “First Impressions: Clarisonic Mia 2

  1. Vyvacious

    Oh my gosh I have those darn whiteheads too! They just started popping up a few years ago right at the height of my cheekbone and nothing I’ve done has helped! I bought the $20 Oil of Olay brush product but it hasn’t really helped me that much. I might consider the Mia 2 now that you recommended it. Did it help a lot with those pesky whiteheads?

    1. Kareen

      Hey girl those pesky little bumps have buggered off for a good amount of time now so for me it’s been really worth it!! If I may ask what is your regular skin care routine like?

  2. ROKderm

    Hey Kareen! love the new layout! Also, I’m happy your already seeing results with the clarisonic. I’m sure it’ll prove to be a great investment! 🙂

  3. The Girls On Fire

    Je la voulais la Clarisonic ! Mais maintenant je veux la Hada Crie 😀
    C’est vrai qu’elles sont chères ces brosses mais le résultat est là ! Je suis contente pour toi qu’elle te plaise !
    Bizzz et désolée de ne pas lire tes articles plus vite : je suis very busy !!

    1. Kareen

      Oui, je savais que tu as voulu cette brosse asiatique! Je l’ai regardé mais comme j’avais une carte kadeos chez sephora où on vend la clarisonic, la décision était déjà prise pour moi. Mais en tout cas, je l’adore et je suis SIII contente!! Ma peux est aussi contente:D Ne t’inquiète pas, je sais que tu es très busy mais je t’aime quand même! bisou

  4. LittleMissSCB

    Thanks for this review. I’m still up in the air about whether or not I want to buy this. It’s super expensive. I’ve tried a manual face brush (and ouch), but that hasn’t done anything to help my troubled skin. I think I may cave in to buying this very soon…

    1. Kareen

      I wish there was a way to use it for a trial period! It is quite expensive. There are also other brushes out there. I have a friend who’s really crazy about asian products and she just got this japanese brush called the Hada Crie which does the same things as the Clarisonic but also has a “patting” effect to tone the face. I should write a post about other brushes that can be an alternative to the Clarisonic.

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  6. aly

    im curious as to what cleanser you were using with it? i have alot of whiteheads and im looking into changing up my routine

    1. Kareen

      Hi Aly, thanks for your question. I’m currently using Dermalogica’s special cleansing gel. I had an ongoing problem with whiteheads or “closed comedones” before. I’m not sure the Clarisonic alone will be able to help you with that. I used La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo, which contains salicylic acid and that really helped to clear the whiteheads. You can read about my experience with whiteheads & use of La Roche Posay here:

  7. donni

    I had comedonal acne and alot of clogged pores. Mine was caused because I had little bits of oil or waxes under my skin which created tiny bumps all over my face, especially in the T-zone. First, I unclogged my pores – and then used a face wash that was deep cleansing. To unclog my pores, I used the Citrus Clear Blackhead mask – i used this twice a week. And then I used the Citrus Clear Control face wash – its super strong – but its exactly what my comedonal acne needed. . . you have to get under those pores!


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