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Saturday, February 18, 2012

[clarisonic Mia & SIRIUSONIC] Electric Face Brush

I wanted to say something about the two electric facial brushes I got: clarisonic & SIRIUSONIC.
I use the clarisonic for 3 weeks now and the SIRIUSONIC just a few times but I still wanna review both products.

clarisonic Mia (SONIC SKIN CLEANSING):
I purchased the clarisonic Mia which is the smallest and cheapest version of the clarisonic brushes. It's available in a huge range of colors - I decided to get 'Tangerine' which is a really pretty pastel orange. I also liked 'Turquoise' and 'Island Coral' but these colors were sold out at the time I ordered my one. I think all 3 colors are limited!!
I got the Mia for just US$95 (excluding shipping costs from the US) coz the shop offered 20% discount on their whole range. The normal price is usually US$119 for the Mia, US$195 for the Classic and US$225 for the PLUS.
The clarisonic Mia comes in a box which includes a Universal Voltage pLink Charger, a Trial Size (30ml) of the gentle hydro cleanser and a User Guide. A Sensitive Brush Head is already included, too.
I also purchased some Replacement Brush Heads as back-up (will last me for over 12 month):
2x Sensitive Skin
2x Deep Pore Cleansing
Waiting for a Acne Cleansing brush head as well but it didn't arrive yet.

How many brush heads does clarisonic provide?
Normal Skin: Can be used for cleansing normal skin or preparing (men's) skin for shaving.
Sensitive Skin: Gently cleanses normal to sensitive skin types.
Delicate Skin: An ultra-soft skin brush for sensitive and extra-sensitive skin.
Deep Pore Cleansing: Cleanses oily skin or skin with large pores. It gently reaches hard to reach areas of the face (like nose) and can be used daily.
Acne Cleansing: Soft and specifically designed for gentle cleansing of acne-prone skin.
Body Cleansing: A larger brush head designed for your decollete, hands, arms, elbows, feet and other areas of the body. This brush head is preferably used with the clarisonic PLUS and PRO models. It can't be used with the Mia!!

The Replacement Brush Head costs US$25 or US$40 (TWIN-PACK).
Each brush head got a translucent cap for easier removing and attaching.
The clarisonic Mia has just 1 Speed but that's fine for me. I use the brush 2 times a day for always 1 minute. The Mia automatically switches off after that time.
The clarisonic has a soft vibration and the inner ring of the brush head is turning/ rotating.
You should clean the brush head at least once a week with a antibacterial soap and let it air dry. Remove the brush head for doing that with the help of the cap: Press, move counterclockwise and then pull! To attach it again just press and move clockwise until you hear it snap in.
Replace the brush head every three (3) months to keep your brush clean and your skin healthy.

The SIRIUSONIC is just available in white.
It's not very easy to find a shop who sells this Skincare System except from their official website ( which is located in USA.
The SIRIUS brush is more favorable than the clarisonic one. It costs US$49 (excluding shipping costs) and around US$14 for the replacement brush heads (set of 2). I have to say that I got it for free coz the shop canceled my order and still shipped it. They didn't charge my credit card!
This facial brush comes in a box and contains, beside a User Guide, a Storage Cradle and 5 different attachments:
1x Brush Head (Normal Skin)
1x Brush Head (Sensitive Skin)
1x Exfoliation (Sponge) Applicator
1x Hydration (Sponge) Applicator
1x Toning (Massage) Attachment
The Skincare System also came with a pair of batteries since it's not rechargeable like the clarisonic.
 Removing and attaching the different attachments is very easy: just pull off and press on.
Compared with the clarisonic the SIRIUSONIC device does vibrate only. The brush heads aren't turning/ rotating. In addition, It doesn't switch off automatically after 1 minute.
With the same order I got 2 Replacement Brush Heads for 'Sensitive Skin' which are white/blue and not just white like the one which came with the device.
You should clean the attachments once a week with soap and replace them every 3 month (Brush Heads) or every 1-2 month (Sponge Applicators).
The Toning Attachment is made of plastic with 4 massage knobs. I don't think you have to replace this one.
The SIRIUSONIC also has just 1 Speed which is enough for me. The included Storage Cradle is very useful, too.

Which one do I prefer?
The way you have to clean your skin is with both brushes the same: wet your face & the brush head, add some cleansing foam and clean your face in circular motions:
forehead (20 sec.), nose/chin (20 sec.), cheeks (10 sec. each).
Both brushes are waterproof, so you can use them in your shower (don't throw them in water, though).

I like the clarisonic Mia a lot more than the SIRIUSONIC which I use currently only when I recharge the Mia. Unfortunately, I don't really see an improvement of my skin yet. After cleansing my skin looks sleek and some pores seem to be smaller but that's all atm. I still get breakouts, blackheads, oily skin and dry patches. Of course I will continue using both facial brushes and hope it will work on my skin soon.

I haven't tried all attachments of the SIRIUSONIC yet. Just the Sensitive Skin Brush and the Exfoliation (Sponge) Applicator. The Sponge Applicator is kinda weird, though. I don't really know how to use it, so it always seems to 'absorb' the products only. The Peeling works better when I use my hands for that.

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