Monday, 3 November 2014

Better Than Clarisonic? Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

I've now been using the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush for over a month, and I think it's about time I compared it to its main competitor, the Clarisonic.  Like the Clarisonic, the Clinique brush uses sonic movement to cleanse much deeper than rubbing your skin with your fingers.  The first few weeks of use were a bit rocky for me - I found the brush deep cleansed my skin so well that some quite deeply ingrained dirt was shaken loose, resulting in some hideous cystic spots.  Once they cleared up, though, my skin was in much better condition - noticeably smoother and generally more clear, even and bright.  As I found with the Clarisonic when I first tried it, I need less moisturiser after cleansing with the brush, and what I did use was slurped up by my skin very, very fast.

Effects wise, then, the two devices do much the same thing - deep cleansing.  There are some smaller functional differences though, the most obvious being the shape of the brush - the Clarisonic is curvy and fits well into the hand, where the Clinique is a simple bar shape, which is ever so slightly harder to grip.  Another difference is the timer - the Clarisonic helpfully beeps every fifteen seconds, prompting you to move on to another area of the face, but the Clinique brush doesn't beep at all, leaving you to guess when to move on.  The brush heads are also different - the Clarisonic has a circular brush, where the Clinique has a tear-shaped brush with slightly more abrasive green bristles to use on the nose area.

Ultimately, both the Clarisonic and the Clinique brush do a great job of cleansing the skin deeply, exfoliating gently, and adding a bit of extra gadgetry to your beauty routine.  The differences are pretty minor, particularly given the price difference - Clinique sell their brush for £79, with replacement brush heads costing £20.  Clarisonic brushes cost upwards of £125, with the replacement heads starting at £21.  If you're in the market for a sonic cleansing brush and you're looking for value for money, buy the Clinique.  If you're looking for bells and whistles and something which looks a little more sophisticated in the bathroom, it may be worth spending the extra cash on a Clarisonic.  Either way, your skin will probably thank you for it!

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